Past Posse captain Townsend has died

Charles Melvin 'Mel' Townsend

July 21, 1922 March 1, 2004

Charles Melvin "Mel" Townsend, former Tuolumne County Sheriff Posse captain and former Mother Lode Roundup grand marshal, died Monday at a Sonora hospital. He was 81.

He was born in Groveland. He worked as an electrician foreman for Sierra Conservation Center for 18 years. He also worked for the City and County of San Francisco MUNI Railway and for Anaconda Copper in Yerington, Nev., as well as working in Kennedy Meadows.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was injured in Guadalcanal Island, British Solomons.

Townsend was a former Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse captain and 1996 Mother Lode Roundup Parade grand marshal.

His family said he loved hunting, fishing and packing in the back country.

Townsend was an all-around man, his family said, and he repaired tack and cabins, and led pack trips. His family came first, and he loved them all, his family added.

Mr. Townsend is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Linda Townsend of Soulsbyville; grandchildren, Eric "Rick" DuTemple of Lodi, Nikole Nichols of Morgan Hill, Trevor Townsend of Heber, Utah, and Brian Townsend of Sonora; and great-grandchildren, Megan DuTemple of Lodi, and Kaylie Townsend of Sonora.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Townsend on Feb. 14, 2004; a daughter, Sandy DuTemple; brothers, David, Orland, Robert and Donald Townsend; and a sister-in-law, Clair.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350 for Tuolumne County or American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program-Call Center, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720 and include the name, city and state of the person the donation is dedicated to and the name and full address of the person who should receive notification of the donation.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edwin Lee Dunckel

Jan. 28, 1927 Feb. 26, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Edwin Lee Dunckel died Thursday at a Jamestown care home. He was 77.

He was born in Redwood City and had lived in the Long Barn-Sierra Village area for 15 years. He most recently lived in Cedar Ridge for 10 years.

He had a lifelong love of hunting, fishing and all the outdoors, his family said. His fishing expeditions led him to the Klamath River in Northern California, where he stayed at Peggy's Palace of Pleasure, a bed and "mini" breakfast establishment for fishermen, his family added. He fished countless western rivers, the ocean and took annual treks to Nimpo Lake, British Columbia, Canada, his family added. He was known as "the Dunk" in the San Francisco Chronicle's outdoor column, as written by Tom Stienstra, his family said.

His family said he was a proud World War II veteran.

His family said he was considered to be the best pitcher of his Sequoia High school team in Redwood City. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Palo Alto for more than 10 years. Before his move to the Sierra Nevada, his vocation was a master craftsman in the sheet metal trade for 37 years, 27 years with the local union and 10 years self-employed.

Mr. Dunckel is survived by his wife, Ruth "Ruthie" Dunckel; nine children, Terry, Stephen, Daniel, Alan and Earl Dunckel, Carolyn Bechtel, Marian Donley, Marcia Thompson and Leland Montell; five stepchildren, Kathleen Stewart, Alice Andrus, Meg Bozarth, Elizabeth Nicolas and Raymond Eshom; 28 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his dog, Biff, "The Biffer."

A memorial gathering is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Veterans Memorial Hall, 9 N. Washington St., in downtown Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

The Neptune Society in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth Ellen Dowler

Feb. 17, 1925 Feb. 27, 2004

Elizabeth Ellen Dowler of Chinese Camp died Friday at her home. She was 79.

She was born in Davenport, Iowa, and had lived in Chinese Camp for 25 years.

Her family said she enjoyed books, roses and rides to the high country.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Richard Dowler Sr. of Chinese Camp; children Jack Ward of Nevada, David Ward of Iowa, Kathleen Bookman of Ohio, Richard Dowler Jr. and Laura Porovich, both of Chinese Camp, Valerie Dowler of Turlock, Randy Wright of Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County, and Lisa Watson of Bay Point, Contra Costa County; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Poston; and her parents, Harry and Ethel Ezell.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marilyn June Faught

Dec. 29, 1932 Feb. 26, 2004

Longtime Jamestown resident Marilyn June Faught died Thursday at a Modesto medical center. She was 71.

She was born in Oklahoma City, and had lived in Jamestown since 1963. She was owner and operator of a flooring business in the Sonora area with her husband.

Her family said she loved to travel with her husband, Joe, and her favorite place was along the California coast. She loved arts and crafts, including painting, watercolor painting and sewing, her family added.

She was a member of the Jamestown Kingdom Hall.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joe Faught of Jamestown; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Sam Brown of Moccasin; sons and daughter-in-law, Randy and Karen Faught, and Mike Faught, all of Sonora; her mother, Mary York of Fresno; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Maryann York of Fresno; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne York.

Services were held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bruno Lentini

Dec. 5, 1980 Feb. 27, 2004

Bruno Lentini of Mi-Wuk Village died unexpectedly Friday in Pinecrest. He was 23.

He was born in Mendoza, Argentina. He worked at Dodge Ridge Ski Area for three months.

Mr. Lentini is survived by his parents, Eduardo and Magdalena Lentini, both of Mendoza.

A service will be held in Mendoza.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jeanne Y. Meyers

Dec. 26, 1918 Feb. 28, 2004

Jeanne Y. Meyers of San Andreas died Saturday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 85.

She was born in Santa Rosa. She was a true daughter of the California West and a fourth generation Californian. She graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco and attended Mills College in Oakland. She distinguished herself as a manager of ladies' high fashion retail in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She traveled the world in her later years, but her world was always her family and friends, her family said.

Her family said she was well-loved and known for her generosity for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Meyers of San Andreas; two sons, Richard Meyers of Oroville and William Meyers of Minden, Nev.; a daughter, Michelle Hie of Mountain Ranch; a brother, Edmund Kuenster of San Diego and his extended family; grandchildren, including Kimberly Kosta and Rochelle Hie, both of Mountain Ranch; and great-grandchildren, including Kaya Kosta.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 2979 Coloma St., Placerville. Private burial was held at Peoples Cemetery in San Andreas.

Donations can be made in her memory to American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine Ave., Stockton, CA 95204-3405 for Calaveras and San Joaquin counties or American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Judy A. Mills

April 12, 1945 Feb. 20, 2004

Former Sonora resident Judy A. Mills died Feb. 20 at a Manteca care center after a long illness. She was 58.

She was born in Sonora. She was a member of Volunteers In Police Service, or V.I.P.S., at the Ripon Police Department.

She is survived by her son, Todd Mills of Ripon; her mother, Edith Neil of Tuolumne; and grandchildren Darion and Bryson Hay.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Free Methodist Church, 218 W. Main St., in Ripon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations can be made to V.I.P.S., in care of Ripon Police Department, 259 N. Wilma Ave., Ripon, CA 95366.

Park View Funeral Home in Manteca is handling arrangements.


RATLIFF Earl Wayne Ratliff, 72, of La Grange died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SPURGEON Louise Spurgeon, 71, of Tuolumne died yesterday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

UPHOFF Brenda Uphoff, 51, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.