Union Democrat staff

Walter 'Walt' David Burk Jr.

Nov. 7, 1940 - Jan. 2, 2014

Jamestown resident Walter "Walt" David Burk Jr. died Jan. 2 at his home. He was 73.

Mr. Burk was born in Louisiana, the son of Dorothy Carlson and Walter David Burk Sr.

He served in the U.S. Army Armored Division. He served in Germany for two years, from 1958 to 1960.

After his military service, he worked as underground and outdoor driller and miner as a "powder man" for more than 40 years. His last position before retirement was with California Drilling and Blasting Co.

Mr. Burk was a member of the Laborer's International Union of North America.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

He settled in Jamestown about 50 years ago.

Mr. Burk was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Roger and Ron Carlson.

He is survived by his children, Kimberly Paustenbach, of Stockton, and Jeremy Burk, of Jamestown; and his grandchildren, Ashlen Paustenbach and William Paustenbach, both of Stockton, and Troy David Burk, of Jamestown.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

George Fujita

Feb. 21, 1927 - Dec. 30, 2013

Twain Harte resident George Fujita died Dec. 30 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Fujita was born in Newcastle, Placer County, the son of Kotome (Abe) and Yaichi Fujita.

He worked as a shop foreman for Greyhound in the San Francisco Bay Area for 37 years.

He and his wife settled in Twain Harte 10 years ago.

Mr. Fujita was a bonsai sensei who taught the art of bonsai at Modesto and Columbia junior colleges and was a member of the Modesto Bonsai Club.

He was also a member of the First Methodist Church of Loomis.

He enjoyed reading, baseball and basketball.

Mr. Fujita was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

He is survived by Darlene Damin-Fujita, of Twain Harte; his children and their spouses, Greg and Michelle Fujita, of Alameda, Neal Fujita and Tammy Medress-Fujita, of Oakland, Lisa and Dale Binkley, of Castro Valley, Yvette and Brian Simi, of Elk Grove, Deirdre and Brian Blocher, of Oakdale, and Chris Damin, of Valley Springs; brother, Frank Fujita, of Loomis; sister, Amy and Yosh Kawahara, of Sacramento; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Loomis, 6414 Brace Road.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ramona 'Jeannie' (Blevins) Nebel

Aug. 20, 1956 - Dec. 24, 2013

Greeley Hill resident Ramona "Jeannie" (Blevins) Nebel died Dec. 24 at her home. She was 57.

Mrs. Nebel was born in Oakdale, the daughter of Lew Allen and Barbara Lucy Blevins.

She served in the U.S. Air Force as a welder from 1979 to 1995. She served during Operation Desert Storm and was stationed in Southern California, Merced, Maine, Charleston, S.C., and Germany throughout her military career.

Mrs. Nebel lived in Greeley Hill for more than 30 years.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

She enjoyed reading.

Mrs. Nebel was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Joyce Jenkins; and nephew, Thomas Jenkins.

She is survived by her children, Carlos Nalley, of Greeley Hill, and Michael Nalley and his wife, Rene, of Charleston; her brothers, Allen Blevins, of Waterford, and Robert Blevins, of Riverbank; and grandson, Aiden Nalley, of Charleston.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at Dudley Cemetery in Greeley Hill.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Evelyn Faye (Geto) Wilson Sr.

Aug. 4, 1933 - Jan. 7, 2014

West Point resident Evelyn Faye (Geto) Wilson Sr. died Jan. 7 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. She was 80.

Mrs. Wilson was one of 12 children born to Laura Jeff and Pete Geto, on the Six Mile Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, near Vallecito.

She married Lawrence Wilson Sr. in 1950.

She took care of many of her nieces and nephews from a young age and continued to have a close relationship with them throughout her life.

Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker, but went back to school and earned a general education diploma through Calaveras High School in 1999. At the time, she was the oldest person to complete the program.

She was worked hard to preserve her Me-Wuk culture, teaching Me-Wuk language classes and beading lessons.

She was member of the California Valley Me-Wuk tribal council, also known as Sheep Ranch Reservation.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by all of her siblings; and her daughter, Sally Wilson.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lawrence E. Wilson Sr., of West Point; her children, Ellen Wilson, of West Point, Lawrence E. Wilson Jr. and his wife, Christy, of West Point; grandchildren and their spouses, Galadrial and Brian Day, Lauren Wilson and Bill Phillips IV, Evelyn Wilson Jr. and Bobby Nunez, and Anthony and Dawn Wilson; and numerous great-grandchildren and other family members.

Visitation was scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. today at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Burial will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.