Union Democrat staff

Rodney Allen Hirtzel

Feb. 28, 1938 - Dec. 12, 2012

Rodney "Rod" Allen Hirtzel died Dec. 12 at at his Jamestown home. He was 74.

He was born in Longview, Wash., the son of Byron and Audrey Hirtzel, and raised in Ranier, Ore. After graduation from Ranier High School in 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Nuclear Submarine Division for 20 years.

After his military service, he worked as an electrician for the City and County of San Francisco. He was an active motorcyclist and enjoyed piloting his own airplane. After retirement, he became an avid bowler.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hirtzel was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Theresa, and his second wife, Christiena Carlile.

He is survived by siblings, Arvin Hirtzel, of Groveland, Paul Hirtzel, of Gresham, Ore., and Susan Byrd, of Oregon; two children, Byron Allen Hirtzel, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Mark A. Hirtzel, of Tullahoma, Tenn.; and a stepdaughter, Bechaelle Wheeler, of Bonnie Lake, Wash.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora. Interment will be in Ranier, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030.

William H. DeRouen Jr.

Aug. 22, 1928 - Dec. 4, 2012

William H. "Bill" DeRouen Jr., of Columbia, died Dec. 4 at Skyline Place in Sonora. He was 84.

He was born in Stockton to William H. DeRouen Sr. and Mary DeRouen. He met his wife, Anna Auer, in Germany, in 1946 while serving in the U.S. Army.

He served eight years during World War II and the Korean War.

They lived in Stockton for 40 years, where he was a helicopter mechanic for Sharps Army Depot. He retired in 1978, and they moved to Tuolumne County in 1990, making their home in Columbia for the past 17 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Blanchard.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anna, of Columbia; a son, William "Bill" DeRouen III, of Folsom; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Pat DeRouen, of Mountain Ranch; brother-in-law and wife, George and Agnes Auer of Utah; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Kathryn Aston Carter

Nov. 6, 1921 - Dec. 13, 2012

Kathryn Aston "Kay" Carter, of Groveland, died Dec. 13 at Sonora Regional Medical Center transitional care unit. She was 91.

She was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Evanston, Ill., the daughter of David and Gladys Aston, who died in 1948. She was married to her husband of 68 years, Arlis Carter, during World War II.

She was a talented needlework artist, and made many knitted, crocheted, needlepoint and sewn pieces for family and friends over the years, including her fellow employees at the Yosemite National Park Post Office, where she was a postal clerk for about 15 years; members of her bridge club, golf partners and many friends in Lindsay, Tulare County, where she and her husband raised their three sons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arlis M. Carter, in 2010.

She is survived by her sons and their spouses, David and Marcialyn Carter, of Arroyo Grande, Bob and Karen Carter, of Groveland, and Brad Carter, of San Francisco; grandchildren, Chris Carter of Simi Valley, Nathan Carter and wife, Cindy, of Santa Clara, Tricia White and husband Tavis, of Arroyo Grande, Josh Carter, of Ridgecrest, Lon Carter and wife Katrina, of Carbondale, Colo., Neil Carter, of Denver, Colo, and Lanie Cabot and husband Darren, of Templeton; and six great-grandchildren.

At Mrs. Carter's request, no services are planned. Donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Robert Klein

Nov. 25, 1926 - Dec. 12, 2012

Robert Klein, a lifelong resident of Tuolumne County, died Dec. 12 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Klein was born in Stent, the son of Roy and Ruby Klein.

He graduated from Poverty Hill School and Sonora Union High School where he set a track record in pole vaulting.

He served in the Army during the Korean War, and retired from Pacific Bell Telephone where he worked as a project line manager.

A third generation Tuolumne County native, he was a descendant of the county's pioneering, ranching and mining families. He was a great-grandson of Leanna Donner App, a survivor of the Donner Party, and great-great-grandson of Captain George Donner.

He was an avid outdoorsman and member of the National Rifle Association. His interests included the mountains, fishing and hunting, cooking, gardening and visiting with friends and family.

Mr. Klein was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter Klein and Frederick "Fred" Klein; his daughter, Mary Klein; and grandchildren, Robert Klein and Shannon Klein.

He is survived by his children and spouses, John and Chere Klein, of Groveland; Roy and Jackie Klein, of Washington, Rebecca "Becky" Slaughter, of Modesto, Joe and Dolores "Dodie" Bittick, of Tuolumne, Rik and Tina Benton, of Oregon, Robert "Bobby" Klein, of Columbia, and Patrick and DeeDee Klein, of Placerville; a brother, Roy "Buzz" Klein, of Sonora; sisters, Louise "Sis" Garrison, of Stent, Katherine "Totsy" Ennis, of Sonora, and Dorothy "Dot" Ennis, of Jamestown; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service was scheduled at 1 p.m. today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora. Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


COROLA - Stanley Corola, 62, died Thursday at his home in Columbia. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

DENNETT - Hazel Dennett, age unavailable, died Thursday at her home in Confidence. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FRANKLIN - Bobby Franklin, 82, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

JIRKA - A celebration of life will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Bret Harte Union High School Theater for Stanley Leonard Jirka, of Angels Camp, who died Dec. 14 at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas.