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John Keith 'Jack' Bonander

Aug. 4, 1931 - Oct. 25, 2012

Former Groveland resident John Keith "Jack" Bonander died Oct. 25 at his home in Fresno. He was 81.

Mr. Bonanader was born and raised in Kingsburg, Fresno County.

He graduated from Kingsburg High School, where he enjoyed success in athletics and academics.

He joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served as a "seabee" in the construction branch.

After his service, he worked as a carpenter, builder and master craftsmen for 50 years. He built custom homes in the Fresno and Groveland areas until retirement.

He built more than 100 homes in Pine Mountain Lake.

Mr. Bonander moved to Groveland in 1969 and lived for 20 years before returning to Fresno.

He enjoyed gardening and crossword puzzles.

Mr. Bonander was preceded in death by his first wife, Bette Bryant, in 2009; his third wife, Jackie La Centra, in 2010; and his son, James Bonander, in 2012.

He is survived by his daughters, Rene Sebold, of Groveland, Debra Atnip, of Stockton, and Jana Gannon, of Spokane, Wash.; his sisters, Wanda Patterson, of Groveland, Joyce Ahlstrom, North Carolina, and Ramona Bennett, of Aptos; his second wife of 27 years, Lynn Bonander, of Groveland; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Covenant Community Church, 174 Nees Ave., Fresno.

Farewell Funeral Service in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Lloyd J. Darby

March 28, 1923 - Nov. 2, 2012

Murphys resident Lloyd J. Darby died Thursday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. He was 89.

Mr. Darby was born in Minden, Nev. His grandparents owned the Red Apple Ranch in Murphys and his family moved there in 1930.

He attended the one-room schoolhouse in Avery was taught by Hazel Fischer through eighth grade.

He graduated from Bret Harte High School in 1941.

Mr. Darby attended Modesto Junior College and majored in aeronautics.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and served as a gunnery sergeant on a B-24 Liberator plane.

After his service, he worked for Blagen Lumber Co. in White Pines.

He and his brother also worked as tile contractors while owning and operating the Red Apple Ranch.

Mr. Darby was a member of the Masons for 56 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking friends and family on "mystery rides" to unknown locations.

He and his wife, Ruth, enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and Canada in their RV.

Mr. Darby is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Calhoun Darby, of Murphys; stepchildren and their spouses, Ralph Calhoun, of Meadow Vista, Joanne and Ric Ryan, of Murphys, Randy and Linda Calhoun, of Roseville; his niece, Jeanette Sturm and her husband, David, of Orange; nephew, Kenneth Darby Jr. and his wife, Teri, of Roseville; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, P.O. Box 3619, Arnold, CA 95223, or the Historical Society Red Barn Museum, P.O. Box 721, San Andreas, CA 95249.

A private graveside service will be held.

A celebration of life will be held on from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Murphys Hotel, 457 Main St.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Melvin N. Harris

March 30, 1932 - Nov. 1, 2012

Valley Springs resident Melvin N. Harris died Thursday at his home. He was 80.

Mr. Harris was born in Aberdeen, Wash., and raised in Oregon by his grandparents.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1954 during the Korean War. He saw action at Wonsan Harbor and received the Good Conduct Medal and two stars for his service.

He met his wife while stationed at an air base in Memphis.

After his service, they settled in the Bay Area.

They bought a home in Valley Springs and vacationed there for five years before retiring to the area more than 25 years ago.

He worked in the grocery store business for more than 25 years before retiring from Safeway as a manager in 1939.

He enjoyed giving his time to the community and was a member of the American Legion Honor Guard of Valley Springs, the architecture committee of the La Contenta Homeowners Association. He was also involved with Santa's Express.

Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of 61 years, Celia Harris, of Valley Springs; his children, Dara Kulberg, of Valley Springs, and Wayne Harris, of Oakdale; his grandchildren, Katie Lyman, of Burson, Joey Lyman and his wife, Natalie, of Valley Springs, and Michael Harris, of Oakdale.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jenny Lind Veteran's Memorial District Building Fund, 189 Pine St., Valley Springs, CA 95252.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Valley Springs.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


DALRYMPLE - Visitation will be held for Beulah Lorene Dalrymple, 92, of Groveland, from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora. A memorial service will be held at noon, Thursday at Our lady of Mount Carmel, Highway 120, Big Oak Flat. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

DAVIS - Lillian Davis, 93, of Sonora, died Monday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

SCHOONOVER - Albert J. "Red" Schoonover, 84, of Tuolumne, died Tuesday at Veterans Hospital in Fresno.