Obituaries for February 22, 2008


Earl Dean Olmstead

Dec. 13, 1920 Feb. 18, 2008

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Earl Dean Olmstead died Feb. 18 at a Chico convalescent hospital. He was 87.

Mr. Olmstead was born in Drain, Ore., and lived in the Sonora area for 35 years. He was an equipment operator at Pickering Lumber Company in Standard. He lived in Chico for the last 18 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a San Francisco Giants fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene in 1974; and his infant daughter Sandra.

Mr. Olmstead is survived by his wife, Betty Olmstead of Chico; daughters Linda Lewis and her husband, Bill, of Sonora, Paula Neuman, and her husband, Scott, of Cotati; Ronda Graves of Stockton, and Marla Olmstead of Elk Grove; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

No services will be held.

Bidwell Chapel in Chico is handling arrangements.

Gerald 'Gerry'

William Miller

Aug. 10, 1920 Feb. 11, 2008

Twain Harte resident Gerald "Gerry" William Miller died Feb. 11 at a Sonora hospital. He was 87.

Mr. Miller was born in Littlehampton, Sussex, England, and raised in Reading, England. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force as a flight mechanic and served four years overseas in Iraq, Egypt and Malta. His squadron was part of the Allied forces following Gen. "Monty" Montgomery in the North African Campaign.

In March 1952, he immigrated to Canada to work for the Hawker-Siddeley Group, Avro Aircraft Ltd., outside of Toronto. There, he worked in the experimental flight-test department.

On his way to Canada, he traveled to Halifax via the S.S. Georgic. During the voyage, he met his future wife, Patricia C. Campbell-Sutton, who was traveling with her parents.

They married on Aug. 1, 1953 at High Park United Church in Toronto.

He later transferred to Avro Special Projects to work in the development and testing of a top secret "flying saucer"-like vehicle for the U.S. Air Force.

In 1959, he was on the flight test ground crew for the prototype CF-105 Arrow interceptor, which broke the world air speed record.

That year, the Millers moved to San Diego, where he found a construction job with Harmony Homes in Escondido.

In 1962, he took a job with Solar Turbines, Inc., in San Diego, where he developed and tested gas turbine engines used for pumping oil and gas. He was later promoted to supervisor of the development and test department, from which he retired in March 1983.

He enjoyed off-road riding and rock hounding with his family and friends. In 1966, he and his wife became founder members of the Trafalgar Club, a British social group formed in San Diego to promote relations between the U.K. and the U.S. He served as president and vice president for eight years, overseeing and organizing monthly dances, card games and other entertainment.

After retiring, he enjoyed taking trips in his RV for sea and freshwater fishing as well as sightseeing trips with friends in Arizona and Twin Lakes in Bridgeport. He also enjoyed making clocks from the redwood he would bring back from fishing trips in Eureka. He traveled to New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and the U.K. In 1998, he and his wife moved to Twain Harte to be closer to their grandsons.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his father, Harry William Miller of Littlehampton; two brothers; and on Dec. 25 2007 by his daughter-in-law, Sherri L. Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia C. Miller; son Dean G. Miller and his fianc, Renee Ohnemus; son Robin P. Miller; grandchildren Gerry Allen Miller and his wife, Gina Bachtelle-Miller, Geoffery Paul Miller, Blake Dean Miller, and Alex, Taylor and Michael Ohnemus; great-granddaughter Zoe S. Miller; nephews and niece Michael Priest, Graham Priest, Chris Priest and Susan Priest-Bonish, all of Ontario, Canada; in-laws Louis and Judy LaForce, Elaine and Albert King; Scott and Gina Bachtelle, and Ray and Marcelle Bachtelle.

A memorial Web site will be established in his honor.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock and the Stanislaus Memorial Society, Inc., of which he was a member, are handling arrangements.

Frank Edward


Dec. 24, 1928 Feb. 17, 2008

Longtime San Andreas resident Frank Edward Browning died Feb. 17 at his home. He was 79.

Mr. Browning was born in Burson. He served in the U.S. Navy from Feb. 26, 1948 to Feb. 25, 1952 and fought in the Korean War. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Milton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2600 in San Andreas. He lived in San Andreas for 69 years, where he worked at the Calaveras Cement plant until its closing in 1983.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. Browning; his parents, Harry and Winifred Browning; brothers Harold Allen Browning and Clifford Browning.

He is survived by his children Chrystena Dee Reece of San Andreas, Cindy Ruth Smith of Gun Barrel City, Texas, Cathy Caudle of Kaufman, Texas, and Cheryl Browning of Samson, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in San Andreas. He will be cremated. Burial will take place this summer at Milton Masonic Cemetery in Milton.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


EDDY Mary Eddy, age unknown, of Sonora died Feb. 21 at her daughter's home in Forest Meadows. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KUEHN Geraldine Kuehn, 64, of Jamestown died Feb. 20 at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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