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Daniel Frank Skinner

July 30, 1959 - Jan. 20, 2013

Daniel Frank Skinner, of Mi-Wuk Village, died Jan. 20 at home. He was 53.

Mr. Skinner was born in Merced to Ron and Rita Skinner. He graduated from Merced High School, where he received a varsity letter in football.

Mr. Skinner was a ski instructor at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort for four years, then owned Pie in the Sky Pizza in Sierra Village since 1985. He was a member of E Clampus Vitus chapters 48 and 59.

He enjoyed the outdoors and hunted ducks.

Mr. Skinner was preceded in death by his father, Ron Skinner.

He is survived by his mother, Rita Skinner, of Merced; his daughters, Sierra Skinner, of Mi-Wuk Village, and Nicole Lemos and her husband, Nathan, of Turlock; his sons, Zack Skinner, of Mi-Wuk Village, and Jacob Skinner, of Mi-Wuk Village; his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Erica Skinner, of Merced; two aunts; one uncle; one nephew, one niece; and three cousins.

A celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Harold Lloyd Trumbly

Jan. 20, 1924 - Jan. 21, 2013

Columbia resident Harold L. Trumbly died Jan. 21 at Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 89.

Mr. Trumbly was born in Turlock to Ellen (Uhlinger) Trumbly and Warren Leon Trumbly.

At 15, he hauled grapes to wineries on Highway 120, driving a truck and trailer.

He working at Moore Dry Docks in Oakland in 1943 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and trained as a medic and ambulance driver. He was in the 584th Ambulance Company, which eventually came under command of the U.S. Army Central, or "General Patton's Third Army."

Mr. Trumbly married Viola Henderson, of Modesto, in 1946. He often worked several jobs at a time: welding, unloading banana boats at a fish cannery, cutting back brush, cutting firewood and working for the Merced County Fire Department. He joined Operating Engineers, Local No. 3 in 1956 and worked on dredges near Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. He remodeled a few of family homes.

He always made time for home repairs and helping family members move, his family said. He prospected for gold in Arizona, Alaska, and his own back yard in Columbia. He gave most of it away to family members.

Mr. Trumbly enjoyed traveling with his wife to Hawaii, Malaysia, the Bahamas and throughout the Western United States after retirement and before her death in 1994.

He began dancing and traveling with Ellen Holbert in 1995.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellen and Warren Trumbly; his brother, Earl Trumbly; his sister, Louise Parker; and his wife of 48 years, Viola Trumbly.

His is survived by his son, Warren Trumbly of San Jose; daughter, Kathy Belcher, of Ninilchik, Alaska; grandchildren, Kaleb Trumbly, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Robyn Trumbly Noonan, of Roseville, Teague Ball , of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Justin Ball, of Oakdale; six great-grandchildren; and girlfriend, Ellen Holbert, of Columbia.

A private interment of will be held in Roberts Ferry Cemetery in Stanislaus County.

Oceanview Cremations is handling arrangements.


BREITER - Arthur William Breiter, 86, of Groveland, died Dec. 30 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. April 18 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church on Highway 120 in Groveland. The previously printed date for this service was incorrect.

BROCK - Theodore Brock, 79, of Coulterville, died Jan. 24 at Oak Terrace Memory Care in Soulsbyville. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.