Union Democrat staff

John B. Harmon Jr.

March 15, 1917 - Nov. 21, 2011

Former Sonora resident John B. Harmon Jr. died Nov. 21 at a veterans home in Barstow. He was 94.

Born in Sheridan, Pa., to Mary and John B. Harmon Sr., he began delivering newspapers when he was 10, which he did throughout his life in both Pennsylvania and California.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941 to 1964, participating in the invasion and defense of Guadalcanal in 1942, where he earned the Solomon's Island Government Medal.

He was a member of the Fleet Corps Reserve and available for national emergencies from 1964 to 1971.

He worked as an office clerk for the San Diego County Social Service Office for eight years.

He was a life member of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondent's Association, Masonic Lodge San Angelo 570 Free and Accepted Masons, the Episcopal Church and Kiwanis Club.

While living in Sonora, he volunteered with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Community Service Unit, was a car host with Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, volunteered with the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train in Oakdale, and was a leader for Infant-Child Enrichment Services for several years.

Mr. Harmon is survived by his children, Karen Atkins, of Boise, Idaho, Bob Harmon, of Hemet, and John B. Harmon III, of Barstow; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private family service is scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Charles A.E. Munslow

July 11, 1929 - Nov. 25, 2011

Rail Road Flat resident Charles A.E. Munslow died Nov. 25 in an automobile accident near Mokelumne Hill. He was 82.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., to Gladys and Clifford Munslow, he owned and operated his own painting business in Contra Costa County for 30 years before retiring.

He lived in Rail Road Flat for 12 years, and had been working at the Jackson-Martel Walmart as a greeter for the past five years.

Mr. Munslow is survived by his wife, Cecile Munslow, of Rail Road Flat; sister, Jacque Wagner, of Yamhill, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel, which is handling arrangements..

Inurnment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.

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