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Stanford 'Les'

Lester Forde

Feb. 15, 1916 - Oct. 21, 2011

Former Strawberry resident Stanford "Les" Lester Forde died Oct. 21 at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 95.

Born in Decorah, Iowa, to Anna and Gerhard Forde, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah in 1939. He excelled in sports and was inducted into the Luther College Sports Hall of Fame. His records in football and baseball were memorialized by the college.

After graduation, he taught history and coached football in Minnesota.

In 1941, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he finished his cadet training at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. He went on to become a second lieutenant and was a navigator-bombardier instructor in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana, where he instructed in the use of once top-secret Norden bombsights.

While in the service he also flew training missions with actor Jimmy Stewart.

After World War II, he worked in the labor relations department of Giddings & Lewis Machine Tool Co. in Wisconsin, where he worked for 35 years, retiring in 1981.

After his retirement he moved to Strawberry, were he was the branch manager at the Strawberry Store, which his daughter and son-in-law owned.

While living in Strawberry he enjoyed golfing and fishing in the Stanislaus River and local lakes.

In 1996, he and his family moved to New Mexico, where he lived in Rio Communities before moving to Los Lunas to be with his daughter.

He also enjoyed taking care of animals. He was a member of the San Clemente Parish in Los Lunas.

Mr. Forde is survived by his daughter, Helen Kerscher, of Los Lunas; grandson and his spouse, Thomas Lester and Sara Kerscher, of Yorba Linda; half-siblings and their spouses, Kent and Pam Forde, of De Soto, Mo., Marti and Neil Ricklefs, of Estes Park, Colo., and Barb Forde, of Des Moines, Iowa; longtime caregiver, Gloria Nevarez, of Los Lunas; three great-granddaughters; and two nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Grace Forde; and siblings, Arthur Forde, Gladys McIntyre and Margaret Forde.

A rosary and funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, to be followed by a reception in the parish hall.

Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Fond du Lac, Wis., at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Valencia Animal Shelter, 1209 Highway 314, P.O. Box 1119, Los Lunas, NM, 87031, or the Animal Humane of New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108.

The Noblin Funeral Service in Los Lunas is handling arrangements.

Dale McWhinney

Oct. 6, 1947 - Oct. 24, 2011

Sonora resident Dale Scott McWhinney died Oct. 24 at his home. He was 64.

Born in Seattle, Wash., to Delbert and Alta Lorraine McWhinney, he graduated from Shoreline High School in Shoreline, Wash. While attending high school he worked at the McKinley-Denali National Park in Alaska during the summers.

He was a tour guide for West Tours for a number of years, leading groups throughout Canada and to the Rose Bowl in Southern California.

He lived in Sonora for 36 years, where he worked for General Plumbing Supplies for a number of years before going to work as a warehouseman for the Tuolumne Utilities District, where he worked for 12 years.

He was a member of Christian Heights Church in Sonora, and was the Tuolumne Methodist Men's President for two years. He enjoyed bowling, traveling and woodworking.

Mr. McWhinney is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ann McWhinney, of Sonora; children, Shaun McWhinney, of Munroe, Wash., Christopher and wife Bernice, of Rancho Cordova, and Sandra; grandchildren, Zachary Taylor and Damien Musgrave, both of Rancho Cordova; siblings and their spouses, Lanny McWhinney, of National City, Larry McWhinney, of Long Beach, Sheryl and Bob Malo, of Redding, and Brenda and Scott Franklin, of Graham, N.C.; in-laws, Darrell and Jessie Seavey, of Sonora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis McWhinney; and grandparents, Hyrum Raymond and Elsie Walker Henderson, and Earl and Love McWhinney.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Christian Heights Church, 13711 Joshua Way, Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Area 12 Agency on Aging, 19074 Standard Road, Unit A, Sonora, CA 95370, or to the Alzheimer's Aid Society, 700 McHenry Ave., Suite B, Modesto, CA 95250.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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