Union Democrat staff

Jack Rader

June 13, 1928 - Jan. 25, 2012

Glencoe native Jack E. Rader died Wednesday at the family's ranch there, where he lived his entire life. He was 83.

He was the youngest of three boys, and the son of pioneer ranchers. He started his first job in the summer of 1940 at the age of 12, working for the Tower's Ranch taking their cattle to summer range at Duck Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

During World War II, he was too young to enlist in the military or work as a logger, so he worked for Firestone Tire in Tracy until he turned 18. At that time, he went to work for Associated Lumber in Wilseyville where he drove truck for the next 16 years.

He then worked for PG&E in Jackson as a mechanic until he retired in 1985. He continued to run cattle until his death.

He married Wilburta "Billy" Eddy, of Mokelumne Hill, on June 12, 1948. They were married 48 years, until her death in 1997.

Mr. Rader also was preceded in death by his son, Gary Rader and brothers, Vonley and Coleman Rader.

He is survived by granddaughters, Sara Rader-Coleman and Angel Rader, both of Glencoe; one great-grandson; daughter-in-law, Lorita Rader, of Glencoe; one nephew and two nieces.

A private service will be held at the West Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, P.O. Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

James Cole Jr.

July 12, 1942 - Jan. 29, 2012

Sonora resident James "Spike" Cole Jr. died Sunday at his home. He was 69.

Born in San Bernardino to Jim and Olivia Cole, he graduated from Antelope Valley High School in 1959, and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring as a postmaster. He lived in Sonora for five years.

He was a member of AARP, U.S. Retired Postmasters, and the AV Semi Pro Football Team.

He enjoyed fishing, train rides and writing letters to his congressman.

Mr. Cole is survived by his companion, Barbara Jennings, of Sonora; daughters, Julie and husband Fred Koozer, and C.J. Cole, all of Sonora; sister, Carole Cole-Freeman, of Lakehead; grandchildren, Lindsay Beutler, of San Diego, Julie Redwine, of LeMoore, and Gage Cole and Jakob Koozer, both of Sonora; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.

Donations can be made to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at https://www.railtown 1897.org/railtown/donate_museum.asp.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ralph C.


Oct. 3, 1945 - Jan. 13, 2012

Jamestown resident Ralph C. Fuller died Jan. 13 at Arbor High Skilled Nursing Facility in Lodi. He was 66.

Born in Stockton to Floyd and Rochelle Fuller, he was a retired construction worker who lived in Tuolumne County for the past 10 years.

He enjoyed playing bingo at the Chicken Ranch Casino and working on cars.

Mr. Fuller is survived by his children, Stephine Fuller, and Marcus and wife Dina Fuller, all of Lodi; grandchildren, Sara, Morina, and Marcus "Mo" Fuller, all of Lodi, and Tandy and Jake Arbogast, both of North Dakota; sisters, Patricia A. Ratto, of Stockton, and Boogie Evans, of Jamestown; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life is scheduled for a later date.

All Faiths Cremation in Lodi is handling arrangements.


DALBY - Louis Dalby, 72, of Sonora, died Wednesday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HEUTON - Former Sonora resident Robert Michael "Mike" Heuton, 58, of Defuniak Springs, Fla., died Jan. 15 at the Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Home. Davis-Watkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

NEWBY - Janet Newby, 79, of Columbia, died Wednesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.