Union Democrat staff


Francis Stofle

Aug. 29, 1917 - Sept. 3, 2011

Groveland resident Robert Francis Stofle died Saturday at Meadow View Manor in Sonora. He was 94.

Born in Palisades, Colo., to George and Elva Stofle, the family moved to Oakland in 1919, where his father worked as a mechanic for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

He graduated from Fremont High School in 1935, where he met his wife Jeanette Arlene Paris. The couple married in Oakland in 1942.

He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, during which he was assigned to cargo flight missions based in Calcutta, India. He flew C47 cargo planes over the Himalayan Mountains into China that contained fuel for the Flying Tigers air fighters who were fighting against the Japanese invasions in China.

During the war, he flew over 3,000 hours, mostly instrument navigation during the flight missions, and was later put in charge of plane crash investigations.

He ended his service duties as a retired reserve major in Oakland.

He worked for Ballenger and Co. as a West Coast salesman for hospital supplies for 10 years before establishing his own manufacturing business in Oakland, Professional Apparel Co., which made specially designed apparel for hospitals and patients throughout the state.

In 1960, he opened his own retail medical uniform store in Oakland, which he later expanded. He opened his second store in Pleasant Hill in 1980.

He enjoyed camping in Yosemite during the summer, planning family reunions at the Yosemite Lodge and the Ahwahnee Hotel, and traveling up the West Coast in his motor coach.

He moved to Groveland with his daughter and her husband in 2007.

Mr. Stofle is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Jim Novak, of Groveland; granddaughter, Jessica Novak, of Groveland; and two great-grandchildren, who both live in Groveland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Stofle.

A private family service is scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William Drennon

Feb. 26, 1924 - Sept. 5, 2011

William Drennon, 87, of Twain Harte, died Sept. 5 at Meadow View Manor in Sonora. He was 87.

A native of Long Beach, Mr. Drennon was a school administrator for the San Leandro School District for 35 years. He lived in Tuolumne County for the past 11 years.

He was the son of Robert and Geneva Drennon.

Mr. Drennon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha Drennon, of Twain Harte; daughter and son-in-law, Debi and Timothy Theys, of Camarillo in Ventura County; and grandchildren, Dayne Marie Theys and Tristan Andrew Theys, both of Camarillo.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements. No service are planned at Mr. Drennon request.

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Michael Cassidy

Dec. 14, 1950 - Sept. 1, 2011

Michael Cassidy died Sept. 1 at his Groveland home. He was 60.

He was born in San Francisco, the son of Frank and Dorothy Cassidy. He lived in Groveland for 17 years.

Mr. Cassidy was a residential construction carpenter for 20 years. He was a member of the Carpenters Union of San Jose. His interests included sports and going to his son's basketball and baseball games.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Cassidy, of Groveland; two sons, Michael Cassidy, of Groveland, and Robert Cassidy, of Oregon; two brothers, Ed Cassidy, of the Sonora area, and Jim Cassidy, of Arizona; and three sisters, Patti Cassidy, of Sacramento, Barbara Carson, of Oakhurst, and Joan Lottermoser, of Santa Cruz.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Coulterville Christian Fellowship. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Christopher Handy

May 22, 1984 - Aug. 3, 2011

Sonora resident Christopher Handy died Saturday at his home of natural causes. He was 27.

Born in Pasadena to Catherine Thomas and Larry Handy, he worked as an outreach specialist for social services. He lived in Sonora for less than a year.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pasadena and enjoyed football, basketball, coaching youth hockey and movies.

He graduated from Arcadia High School in 2002, where he played football and basketball. On Oct. 14, the school is having a special program retiring his jersey (No. 5), and they have dedicated the season to him.

Mr. Handy is survived by his mother, Catherine Thomas, of Monrovia; guardians, John and Linda Allsbury, of Meridian, Idaho; and siblings, Andrea Allsbury Bond, of Meridian, Idaho, Thomas N. Morris, of Pasadena, Andrew J. Allsbury, of Boise, Idaho, Shane E. Allsbury, of Carlsbad, and Brianne D. Thomas, of Monrovia.

A private service is scheduled. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.