Union Democrat staff

Ronald Edwin Colpron

May 31, 1930- July 23, 2012

Escondido resident and frequent Tuolumne County visitor Ronald Edwin Colpron died July 23 at his home. He was 82.

Mr. Colpron was born in Lead, S.D., at the Homestake Goldmine Hospital to Ismael and Frieda Colpron.

He was raised in Warren, Minn., and lived in Escondido for 31 years. He spent a portion of each year in the Tuolumne area with his daughter, Jenny David, of Columbia.

He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in business in 1952. He was a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He spent two years in Germany and served as a photo reconnaissance officer in the 38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron.

Colpron worked for Burroughs Corporation for 35 years. He retired as a regional manager overseeing sales in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

He attended Westminster Presbyterian Church in Escondido. He enjoyed photography and woodworking. He wrote a memoir titled, "Yes, I've Been Blessed!" in 2005.

Mr. Colpron was preceded in death by his mother in 1991 and his father in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris Colpron, of Escondido; his children and their spouses, Linda and Keith Buck, of San Dimas, and Jenny and Bill David, of Columbia; siblings, Merlin Colpron, of Idaho, Colleen Sverdrup, of Washington, Milton Colpron, of Washington, and Patty Walker, of Idaho; grandchildren, Natalie Buck, of Anaheim, Aaron and Michael David, of Columbia, and Ryan Buck and his wife, Stacy, of San Diego; and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at San Marcos Cemetery, 1021 Mulberry Drive, San Marcos.

North County Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

John Paul Newlon

Oct. 26, 1970 - July 18, 2012

Tuolumne resident John Paul Newlon died July 18 at his second home in Columbia from seizure complications. He was 41.

Mr. Newlon was born in Hayward to Brenda Nelson and Leslie Paul Newlon.

He worked as a traffic-control specialist with Fitzpatrick Barricades and Safety Supply in San Jose for 17 years.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and motorcycle and bicycle riding. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Angels Camp.

Mr. Newlon was preceded in death by his father in 1997.

In addition to his mother, who lives in Tuolumne, he is survived by his children, Ray V. Newlon and Tristan E. Newlon, both of Copperopolis; five siblings; and his grandmother, Pearl Kidd.

Services will be held privately.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph James Pinocchio Sr.

April 4, 1925 - July 9, 2012

Sonora resident Joseph James Pinocchio Sr. died July 9 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 87.

Mr. Pinocchio was born in Los Angeles to Anthony and Mary Pinocchio.

He served in World War II as a U.S. Navy medic and worked for 38 years as a chef and entrepreneur. His family has owned and operated Pinocchio's Italian Cafe in Sonora since 1975.

He enjoyed golf and playing cards. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Mr. Pinocchio was preceded in death by his wife of more than 40 years, Alyce Pinocchio, in 1991; his parents; his daughter, Terese Pinocchio, in 1988; his brother James Pinocchio; his sister, Mary Pinocchio, in 2003; and son-in-law, Jay Fields, in 2008.

He is survived by his children, Joseph Pinocchio Jr. and his wife, Peggy, of Sonora, Michael Pinocchio, of Paso Robles, Steven Pinocchio, and his wife, Dina, of Sonora, and Mary Fields, of Sonora; his grandchildren and their spouses, Ricky and Krisi Pinocchio, of Tennessee, Corine and Ricky Ellingburg, of Sonora, Ron Pinocchio, of Paso Robles, Sarah Pinocchio, of San Jose, Frank Pinocchio, of Paso Robles, Dominic Pinocchio, of Los Angeles, Rocco Pinocchio, of Los Angeles, Pilar Pinocchio, of Los Angeles, Steve Pinocchio Jr. and wife, Laura, of Merced, Gino Pinocchio, of Merced, A.J. Pinocchio, of Merced, and Angela Pinocchio, of Elk Grove; siblings, Robert Pinocchio and Francis Pinocchio; and two great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bonnie (Stokes) Powers

Dec. 12, 1946 - July 22, 2012

Tuolumne resident Bonnie (Stokes) Powers died July 22 at her home. She was 65.

Mrs. Powers was born in Merced. She worked as a cosmetologist for 42 years.

She spent many years in Salinas before moving to Yuma, Ariz.

She moved to Tuolumne a year ago to be closer to family.

She was a member of Fivefold Fellowship Church, Love Outreach ministry, Heavenly Cruises and Equipping God's People. She volunteered as a missionary and delivered Bibles to communist countries. She enjoyed stock car racing, boating and motorcycles.

Mrs. Powers is survived by her husband of 20 years, Ardan Powers, of Yuma; her children, Danett Lozano, of Sonora, Stephanie Smith, of Soulsbyville, Jason Skillet, of Sonora, Suzette Rodriguez, of Castro Valley, Troy Powers, of Turlock, and Aaron Powers, of Stockton; sisters, Mary Wilson, of Yuma, Ruthann Bennett, of Prunedale, Norma Sinsabaugh, of Tuolumne, and Denna Scheller, of Sonora; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to Equipping God's People Love Outreach, P.O. Box 653, Sonora, 95370.

Services have been held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Lois Elinor (Adams) Yates

July 4, 1912 - July 24, 2012

Sonora resident Lois Elinor (Adams) Yates died July 24 at Oak Terrace Memory Care Center in Soulsbyville. She was 100.

Mrs. Yates was born in Junction, Idaho, to Grace and Foster Adams.

She moved from Idaho to Portland and eventually San Francisco, where she met her future husband Charles Yates.

She attended Heald Business College and worked for Hires Root Beer in San Francisco.

She moved from the Bay Area to Sonora Hills more than 20 years ago. She later lived in Skyline Place and Oak Terrace Memory Care Center.

She was an artist and loved to paint the ocean, lighthouses, boats and other scenes. She enjoyed fishing and, after the death of her husband, traveling to Hawaii, Alaska and Hong Kong.

Mrs. Yates was preceded in death by her husband in 1979.

She is survived by two children, Ron Yates, and his wife, Joanne, of Twain Harte, and Joan Shaw, of Discovery Bay; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her half-brother, Gerald Adams, of Walla Walla, Wash.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.