Obituaries for September 5, 2003


Donald James Watson

Dec. 19, 1919 Aug. 27, 2003

Longtime Angels Camp resident Donald James Watson died Aug. 27 at his home. He was 83.

He was born in Greenville, Texas, and lived in Angels Camp for 21 years.

He served in the 11th Cavalry in the Army during World War II, and was a prisoner of war in Japan for 31/2 years. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

He worked as a machinist and shop foreman in Belmont and worked in the aerospace industry. He put gears, manufactured by Western Gear in Belmont, in the Space Needle in Seattle. He worked as a journeyman machinist at Bofor's and retired from there in 1981. Then he and his wife moved to Angels Camp and bought a 100-year-old house and remodeled it.

He was an active member at the Union Congregational Church for nearly 20 years and had served as chairman on its board of trustees. He also served on the church's diaconate board and as an usher.

He was a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Betty Watson of Angels Camp; a daughter, Jean Gordon of Camino; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Union Congregational Church in Angels Camp.

Donations can be made to the Union Congregational Church, P.O. Box 186, Angels Camp, CA 95222.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Stanley 'Luke' Luecke

Nov. 1, 1925 Sept. 4, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Stanley "Luke" Luecke died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. He was 77.

He was born in St. Louis and lived in Sonora for 34 years. He worked as a school bus driver for Soulsbyville Elementary School for 12 years. He was a member of the Mother Lode Gun Club, Republican Central Committee, Woodcarving Club at the Senior Center and CalPERS. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Luecke is survived by his wife, Ellen Luecke of Sonora; a son, Keith Luecke of Union City; a daughter, Sharon Gobel of Turlock; a brother, Charles F. Luecke of St. Louis; three grandsons, Scott Gobel of Elk Grove, John Fail of Santa Maria and Joe Luecke of Dublin; a granddaughter, Mandy Fail of Santa Maria; a great-grandson, Jason Luke Fail of Santa Maria; and two great-granddaughters, Justice Guyer and Ashley Fail, both of Santa Maria.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350 or the American Lung Association, 1231 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite A1, Stockton, CA 95207.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mary Louise Elizabeth


July 20, 1938 Aug. 31, 2003

Former longtime Groveland resident Mary Louise Elizabeth Stowman died Sunday at a Modesto hospital. She was 65.

She was born in Southern California and worked in the property management profession.

Her family said she enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts.

She is survived by her former husband, Charles Stowman; a daughter, Lisa Belt of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Rudolph LeBlanc of Oregon; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Independent Church of Christ on Foote Street in Groveland.

Donations can be made in memory to Mary Louise Elizabeth Stowman to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350, or to the American Diabetes Association Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH, 44720.

The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.

Thora L. Pearson

Jan. 19, 1921 Sept. 2, 2003

Longtime Soulsbyville resident Thora L. Pearson died Tuesday at her home. She was 82.

She was born in Berkeley and lived in Soulsbyville for 28 years. She worked as a pantry worker for United Airlines at San Francisco Airport for 20 years.

Her family said she enjoyed cooking and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Caroline Lacaze of Valley Springs, Rodman C. Pearson of Riverbank, Robert Pearson of Stockton and Rosalie Adams of Hayward; and 10 grandchildren.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


PERRY A memorial service for Staff Sgt. David Scott Perry, 36, of Bakersfield is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. He died in Ba'quban, Iraq, on Aug. 11 when a suspicious package he was inspecting exploded.

MARTIN A celebration of life for Phyllis Martin, 84, of Columbia, who died Aug. 3 at her home, is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Sky Mobile Park No. 163. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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