Edward Luke Olson

Feb. 29, 1940 Aug. 23, 2003

Former Sonora resident Edward Luke Olson died Saturday at a Montana medical center. He was 63.

He was born in St. Charles, Ill., to Robert and Rose (Latka) Olson. He graduated from high school in St. Charles. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served on active duty and inactive ready reserve from 1958-64.

He married Sara Sheldon in 1964. The couple later divorced. After the military, he worked as a mechanic in Sonora. He married Dale Cummins on July 6, 1974, in Sonora.

His family said he enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing and playing softball. In 2002, he took a medical retirement and moved to Kalispell, Mont.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Edward P. and Christina Olson of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mark and Jamie Olson of Kalispell, and Timothy Olson of Sonora; his first wife, Sara Sheldon of Boulder, Colo.; his father, Robert Olson; three sisters, Virginia, Carol and Patricia; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth; four grandchildren; and a lifelong friend, Jake.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose.

A memorial service was scheduled today at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Kalispell.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice, 175 Commons Loop, Suite 100, Kalispell, MT 59901, or the Fisher House, 1055 Clermont St., Denver, CO 80220-3873.

Johnson Mortuary & Crematory in Kalispell is handling arrangements.

Richard Fenn Carter

July 15, 1911 Aug. 23, 2003

Former Twain Harte resident Richard Fenn Carter died Saturday at a Simi Valley care home. He was 92.

He was born in Carterville, Utah, to Adelia Fenn and George Carter. He grew up in Magna, Utah, and played football while attending Cypress High School. He went on to become an avid lifelong sports fan and hunter.

During the Great Depression, he came to California seeking to provide a better life for his family, they said. He became a butcher under Charlie Von der Ahe at the original Von's store in Southern California.

He became owner and operator of five independent butcher shops in the greater Los Angeles area, and went on to establish The Grinder restaurant chain in the same area. The chain eventually had 23 locations.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Huntington Park, he achieved a perfect attendance record for more than 40 years and was active in all the club's philanthropic endeavors.

He was most proud of the beautiful family he and his wife, Beatrice, raised in the San Fernando Valley, his family said. Upon retirement, they moved to Twain Harte, where they lived for more than 15 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, any type of card game and cruising the world.

He was blessed with a long life and 62 years of marriage to his wife, his family said, and was surrounded by his loved ones when he died.

He was a good husband, loving father and grandfather, a cherished uncle and a compassionate man, his family said.

Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Beatrice Elizabeth Carter; two daughters, Sally Quadri and Cheri Carter, both of Simi Valley; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Valeen Carter of Murray, Utah; his grandchildren and their spouses, Jeanne and Craig Chudacoff, Steven and Lucia Quadri, Chris and Brenda Quadri, and Gregg and Kristi Quadri, Kathy and Sam Soehnel, Lisa and Troy Bryant, Cherilyn and Mark McCurdy, Kevin and Robin Carter, Deborah Carter, Greg Carter, and Paul and Judy Hollenbeck; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and his niece and her husband, Bathon and Fred Dessert.

He is preceded in death by a son, Richard W. Carter, and a grandson, Johnny Hollenbeck.

Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. today at Reardon Simi Valley Mortuary. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the mortuary. Burial will be at Santa Maria Cemetery in Santa Maria.

Reardon Simi Valley Mortuary is handling arrangements.