Obituaries for Sept. 22, 2011

Union Democrat staff

Earldene Dale Garrison

Oct. 30, 1924 - Sept. 16, 2011

Vallecito resident Earldene Dale Garrison died Friday at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas. He was 86.

Born in Minnesota to Floyd William and Maude Garrison, he was an airline pilot for American Airlines for 25 years.

He lived in Vallecito for 34 years.

He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting and antique motorcycles.

Mr. Garrison is survived by his sister, Betty Greenslade, of Vacaville; stepson, Richard and wife Diane Hensley, of Vacaville; and two grandchildren.

A private family service is scheduled.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Harrison 'Elmer' Miller

June 4, 1924 - Sept. 19, 2011

Sonora resident Harrison "Elmer" Miller died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 87.

Born in Venice, Calif., he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a Purple Heart.

He worked for A.M. International as a multi-graphic salesman for 30 years. He later became the company's education coordinator for California.

After retiring from A.M. International, he and his wife Judy opened their own blueprint company in Stockton, which they ran for 10 years.

In 1991, the couple moved to Sonora where he began working for Sugar Pine Realty.

While living in Stockton, he was a member of the Village West Yacht club, serving as its commodore in 1990.

Besides boating, he enjoyed golf, bridge and was a San Francisco 49ers fan.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Judy Miller, of Sonora; children, Carol Brown and partner Mike, Janet Willing and husband Dave, and Sandy Richard, all of Sacramento, Kelly Montgomery and husband Marc, of Helena, Mont., John Miller and wife Christa, of Hawaii, and Glenn Richard and wife Becky, of El Dorado Hills; brother, Jerry Miller, of Oregon; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A private family service is scheduled.

Donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marcella 'Renee'

Hughes Whitehead

Feb. 5, 1956 - Aug. 27, 2011

Former Sonora resident Marcella "Renee" Hughes Whitehead died Aug. 27 at a nursing home in Framingham, Mass. She was 55.

Born in Tooele, Utah, to Johnnie Castle and Edward Hughes, her family moved to Twain Harte in the early 1970s and she graduated from Summerville High School in 1974.

She went on to marry Steve Whitehead and the couple had a daughter together. They later divorced.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, gardening and taking care of children.

She lived in Sonora for many years before moving to Framingham in 2006.

She is survived by her children, Amber and husband Don Macias, and Candi Whitehead, all of Sonora, and Kayla Gray, of Santa Cruz; grandchildren, Anthony and Andrew Macias, both of Sonora; ex-husband, Steve Whitehead, of Riverbank; and siblings, Lynn Tracy, of Arkansas, Karen Hughes, of Monterey, and Stan Hughes, of Boulder Creek.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the American Legion Hall in Twain Harte.

Graham-Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Home in Massachusetts is handling arrangements.

John 'Jack'

Phillip Boeding

Oct. 8, 1938 - Sept. 14, 2011

Longtime Angels Camp resident John "Jack" Phillip Boeding died Sept. 14 at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas. He was 72.

Born in Seneca, Kan., to August and Paula Boeding, he was the youngest of nine boys and two girls. He attended Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School and, after graduating from high school, went on to join the U.S. Navy.

He later moved to California, where he lived in the Los Angeles area and Bay Area before moving to Angels Camp in 1968, where he managed the Blue Lake Springs Golf Course and later sold real estate.

He served on the Angels Camp City Council from 1974 to 1978, during which time he also owned Gold Country Real Estate.

In 1981, he moved to Seneca, Kan., where he owned several businesses and continued to sell insurance and real estate.

He moved back to Angels Camp in 2000.

He was a member of the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce's board of directors from 2004 up until his death, and served as the president of the chamber in 2007 and 2008. He was re-elected to the City Council in 2008 and was serving as the mayor of Angels Camp at the time of his death.

He also served on the Friends of the Fair Board and on the United Way board.

He was a member of the Angels Camp Gun Club and enjoyed fishing and sports.

Mr. Boeding is survived by his children, Michael Boeding, of San Antonio, Texas, Wendee Woodson and Brandee Vietz, both of Overland Park, Kan., Jaemie Boeding, of Murphys, and Weston Boeding, of Los Banos; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 11 siblings.

A Mass of Christian burial has already been held.

Donations can be made to the Team Angels Trapshooting Team, P.O. Box 489, Angels Camp, CA 95222.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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