Union Democrat staff

Robson Ord Black Jr.

May 20, 1929 - Feb. 9, 2013

Angels Camp resident Robson Ord Black Jr. died Feb. 9 at his home. He was 83.

Mr. Black was born in Long Beach to Robson Ord Black Sr. and Margaret Agnes Leigh. He attended schools in Long Beach, Redondo Beach and Los Angeles, and graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1948.

He studied criminology at El Camino Junior College. He then served three years in the U.S. Air Force as an air policeman. He also attended and played football for California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and later received his degree from San Joaquin Delta College.

In August 1952, he married Bernice Laidet. They moved to Angels Camp in 1963 where they raised two daughters.

Mr. Black went to work for the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office in 1964. He served four years as a deputy, 12 years as a sergeant and eight years as a lieutenant, retiring in 1988.

He enjoyed playing football, baseball, golf, cards and games. He also enjoyed weight-lifting and doing yard work. He was a fan of University of Southern California Trojans, the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Bernice; and great-granddaughter, Olivia Faith Swank.

Mr. Black is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Ernest Frost, of Calaveritas, and Robin and Mickey Maher, of Alaska; sister, Sandra Crowe, of Wisconsin; granddaughters, Shelley Galbraith, of Washington, Tiffany Hoop, of Alaska, and Tori Swank, of Alaska; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

No services will be held.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, P.O. Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642-0595.

Jean Elizabeth (Miller) McClish

Nov. 15, 1917 - Nov. 25, 2012

Former Groveland resident Jean McClish died Nov. 25 at her home. She was 95.

Mrs. McClish was born and raised in Glendale to Homer and Helen Miller, who were both photographers, an interest she took on from an early age.

She married Ernest Arthur McClish in 1939. They raised their children, first in the Los Angeles area and then in Palo Alto. She worked as a secretary in Palo Alto area schools for about 14 years.

Mrs. McClish and her husband retired to Pine Mountain Lake in 1974. She was a member of the Pine Mountain Lake Ladies Club. She supported the Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society with research and wrote many articles for The Union Democrat and PML Newspaper. She also supplied them photographs. She studied many subjects at Columbia College.

Mrs. McClish was interested in genealogy and the Gold Rush era. She wrote her life story.

She served as a missionary in the Philippines and Macau after her husband's death in 1990. After her return stateside in 1995, she resided in Freedom, San Diego, and Groveland.

Mrs. McClish was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Barbara Smith.

Mrs. McClish is survived by children, Bobbi Bennett, of San Diego, Art McClish, of Menlo Park, Kathy Bernheisel, of Groveland, Lynn Stahl, of Sonora, Mikki McClish, of Hillsboro, Ore; grandchildren, Rob Bennett, of San Diego; Keri Ripperger, of Augusta, Kan., Sophie McClish Welch, of Hayward, Blaine McClish, of Alameda, Gregg Bernheisel, of Vashon, Wash., Laura Elsberry, of Fresno; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Blaine Miller, of San Diego.

Services have been held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.


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