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Melvin Charles 'Mel' Davey

Jan. 27, 1922 - Sept. 1, 2012

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Melvin Charles 'Mel' Davey died Sept. 1 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was 90.

Mr. Davey was born in Soulsbyville to Norma and Samuel Davey.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

He lived in Tuolumne City for a number of years before settling in Sonora more than 47 years ago.

Mr. Davey worked as a carpenter for many years and at Mother Lode Dairy.

He was a drummer in various bands from the late 1940s to the late 1980s.

He enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Sierra Squares from 1963 to 1975.

He took a beginning square dancing class in 2011 and 2012 with the Twain Harte Twirlers. Upon graduation at age 90 he was the oldest certified square dancer in California. He enjoyed reading, gardening, working in the yard and was a member of the Tuolumne United Methodist Church.

Mr. Davey was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Lucille Davey, in 2011.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheri Ivers, of Visalia; his granddaughter, Rebecca Brown, of Fresno; and one great-grandson.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 Wednesday at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at Tuolumne United Methodist Church, 18851 Cedar St., Tuolumne.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Walter W. Harris

April 14, 1921 - Aug. 16, 2012

Tuolumne resident Walter W. Harris died Aug. 16 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 91.

Mr. Harris was born in Arbuckle, Colusa County, and settled in Tuolumne 55 years ago.

Mr. Harris served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945.

Mr. Harris had a few occupations during his life, including head of maintenance for Tuolumne General Hospital, a driver and meter operator for Suburban Propane and as an elevator installation mechanic. He retired in 1986.

He enjoyed fishing and traveling and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 144.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bonnie Harris, of Tuolumne; his children, Barbara Harris, of Sonora, Walter Harris Jr., of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Kathy Chase, of Sonora; and three grandchildren.

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

No services are planned.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Dennis Andrew Hines

Dec. 8, 1925 - Sept. 3, 2012

Sonora resident Dennis Andrew Hines died Sept. 3 at his home in Sonora. He was 86.

Mr. Hines was born in Newton, N.C., the second of four children.

He joined the U.S. Navy on July 7, 1942 and served as a gunner's mate in World War II. He was honorably discharged on July 2, 1946. He received two Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign medals, the American Area Campaign medal, the Philippine Liberation medal, the Good Conduct medal and the World War II Victory medal.

After the war he married Lillian Jean Smith. They lived in San Francisco and Redwood City before settling in Virginia where they bought a pre-Civil War plantation property with 50 acres of land.

He spent many years restoring the home.

They moved to Tuolumne County 27 years ago to be closer to family.

Mr. Hines worked as a contractor and carpenter all his life.

He enjoyed gardening, working on cars, and spending time with his dogs.

Mr. Hines was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Larry Modrell.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lillian Hines, of Sonora; his children and their spouses, Becky and Cecil McCoy, of Jarratt, Va., Jeannie Modrell, of Meadow Vista, Donna Hines, of Sonora, Dennis and Denise Hines, of Redwood City, and Ray and Lisa Hines, of Sonora; his brother, Bob Hines, of Stony Creek, Va.; his sister, Maxine Cook, of Newton; his grandchildren, Laura and Jennifer Rush, of Richmond, Va., Kristi Strong and her husband, Bill, of McMinnville, Ore., Rachel Hines, of Sebastopol, Andrea Hines, of Redwood City, Keri Rinne and her husband, Jed, of Grass Valley, Julianne Hines Geer and her husband, Justin, of Redwood City, and Robert Hines, of Redwood City; and three great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home over the weekend.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. today at Dambacher Mountain Memorial Cemetery in Sonora.

Janet (Goularte) Ogilvie

Oct. 30, 1942 - Aug. 30, 2012

Groveland resident Janet (Goularte) Ogilvie died Aug. 30 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 69.

Mrs. Ogilvie was born in Long Beach and raised in Merced.

She attended high school in Merced and enjoyed going to her class reunions.

Mrs. Ogilvie lived in San Jose for more than 20 years before retiring to Groveland 20 years ago.

She worked as an insurance underwriter in real estate for 20 years.

She enjoyed reading and gardening and was a member of Groveland Christian Church.

Mrs. Ogilvie is survived by her husband, Gary Ogilvie, of Groveland; her children, Lisa Martin, of Citrus Heights, and Mark Ogilvie, of San Diego; her brother, Donald Goularte, of Ephrate, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Friday at Groveland Christian Church.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Joan Leonard Rogers

Feb. 24, 1977 - Aug, 28, 2012

Mi-Wuk Village resident Joan Rogers died Aug. 28 at her home. She was 35.

Mrs. Rogers was born in San Jose and raised in Tuolumne County.

She worked as a hospital secretary for the past eight years.

She was involved in pit bull rescue.

Mrs. Rogers is survived by her husband, Darin Rogers, of Mi-Wuk Village; her mother, Glenda Cox, of Russelville, Ark.; her brother, Robert Leonard, of Lincoln; and her grandparents, Ian and Gwen Leonard, of Hollister.

No services are planned at this time.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Francis E. Oliver

March 29, 1918 - Aug. 20, 2012

Angels Camp resident Francis E. Oliver died Aug. 20 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital in San Andreas.

He was 94.

Mr. Oliver was born in Berkeley.

He served in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war he settled in Oakland and started a family.

He worked for Gerber Products as a sales manager until his retirement 32 years ago.

He was an active member of his Oakland community as well as a member of the Masons, Shriners and Elks Club until his death.

Mr. Oliver was survived by his wife of 70 years, Marjorie Oliver. She died September 4.

He is survived by his sons and their wives, Kevin and Nancy Oliver, of Angels Camp, and Brian and Kathy Oliver, of Galt; and two grandsons, Christopher and Chad Oliver.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Dixon.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jeanette Marie 'Jan' (Coykendall) Rhinehart

Nov. 5, 1926 - Aug. 24, 2012

Sonora resident Jeanette Marie "Jan" (Coykendall) Rhinehart died Aug. 24 at the transitional care unit of Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 85.

Mrs. Rhinehart was born in Alexandria, Minn.

She lived in several cities throughout California.

As a young woman, she lived and worked in Sonora. She also lived in San Jose and Santa Cruz before returning to Sonora with her husband in 1994.

Mrs. Rhinehart was preceded in death by her son, Jeffery Peterson, in 1995.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Walter "Walt" Rhinehart, of Sonora; and her children, Sandra Northon, Beverly Picard, Nancy Holt, Richard Peterson, and Kathy Mynear; two sisters; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


LOPEZ - Barbara Ann Lopez, 69, of Sonora, died Thursday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.