E. Elcock

Sept. 4, 1917 - July 4, 2004

Longtime Arnold resident Robert E. Elcock died Sunday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 86.

He was born in Bryan, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree in science from University of California, Berkeley in 1941. He was a retired accountant for Owens Illinois Glass Co. He purchased his home in Arnold in 1965 and retired in 1978.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of Ophir Bear Mountain Masonic Lodge in Murphys, Scottish Rite and Shriners.

Mr. Elcock is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Elcock, of Angels Camp; and a son, Donald Elcock of White Pines.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Darlene O'Neal

Nov. 10, 1958 - July 1, 2004

Patricia Darlene O'Neal of Mountain Ranch died Thursday from injuries suffered in a car accident on Highway 49 in San Andreas. She was 45.

She was born in Bakersfield and grew up in San Jose. She moved back to Bakersfield in 1973, then to Modesto in 1985 and settled in Mountain Ranch in 1994. She was a member of the Mountain Ranch Community Church and a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Michael O'Neal of Stockton; daughters, Megan O'Neal of Mountain Ranch and Jenny O'Neal of Carson City, Nev.; brothers, John O'Neal of El Centro, Imperial County, Douglas O'Neal of Bakersfield and Brian O'Neal of Mountain Ranch; sisters, Peggy Ambler of Milpitas and Christie Satterfield of Bakersfield; her parents, John and Edith O'Neal of Mountain Ranch; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Monday.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Ralph W. Stone

July 16, 1918 - July 5, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Ralph W. Stone died Monday morning at his Sonora home. He was 85.

He was born in Stillwater, Okla., and moved to Sonora in 1940. He was a heavy equipment operator for the U.S. Forest Service for 16 years. Prior to that he worked for Pickering Lumber Company.

He was a volunteer for the Sonora Police Department Police Association Citizens Patrol. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge and had been a business agent and financial secretary for the local chapter of the International Woodworkers of America. He was also president of Engine No. 3 of a local volunteer firemen company in the 1950s.

He was very active with the local veterans' groups and was a 40-year member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and charter member of the Tuolumne County Veteran's Committee. At various times during his many years of involvement, he was quartermaster for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Tuolumne County Veteran's Committee and the Disabled American Veterans. He was instrumental in the campaign to retain the Tuolumne County Memorial Building for Tuolumne County veterans. He also assisted in the formation of the Honor Guard and helped to re-establish the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW.

His family said Mr. Stone's passion, dedication and tireless efforts were recently rewarded with a Lifetime Service Award presented by the VFW Post No. 3154. The award is the first of its kind, his family added. In 2003, he also received the Service Award of Excellence from the Native Daughters of the Golden West for furthering the interest of the Veterans of the U.S. Military of Tuolumne County.

After retiring, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motorhome. His family said that he was a very gentle, kind and loving man who deeply valued his family. He had a generous heart and enjoyed the outdoors and living in Tuolumne County. His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and playing pool, his family added.

Mr. Stone is survived by his wife of 67 years, Susie Stone of Sonora; a daughter and son-in-law, Howard and Carol Bayers of Sonora; grandchildren, Pat and Cheryl McIntire of Jamestown, Jennell Avilla of Escalon, Kerry Tweedy of Santa Rosa and Rashall Stone of Sonora; great-grandchildren, Shannell and Sean McIntire of Jamestown and Sarah and Brian Avilla of Escalon.

A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A graveside service is scheduled and will follow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


HILTON Jane M. Hilton of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora care home. She was 86. Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.