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Hershel Lester Shaffer

Jan. 21, 1923 -June 13, 2014

Hershel Lester Shaffer was born in Miami, Okla., to Harry and Dovie Shaffer on Jan. 21, 1923, and lived in several locations in Oklahoma.

He left Oklahoma in 1941 and moved to Stockton, Calif., with his parents. While serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces, he met and married Dorothy Bauer on May 17, 1944, in El Paso, Texas. Their twins, Carol Lee and Michael Lee, were born shortly after his discharge from the service in 1945.

Hershel worked for the Marley Cooling Tower Company for 46 years in Stockton.

He retired in January 1988. Dorothy and Hershel traveled in their motor home for several years and moved to Jamestown, Calif., in January 1998. They spent winter seasons at their home in Yuma, Ariz. Hershel attended Sierra Bible Church in Sonora and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 16 in Stockton.

Hershel passed away June 13, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Carol Bay; a brother and four sisters.

He is survived by his sister, Wanda Jiveden, of Sacramento; sons, Michael Shaffer, of Jamestown, and Felix Ewald, of Yuma; grandchildren, Mark Bay, Malissa Bay, Tricia Fosdick, Jennifer Yankey, Julie Erickson and Linda Ewald; step-grandchildren, Cecilia Aguilera and Alexander Aguilera; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family is especially grateful to the members of the Hospice of the Sierra who did so much for Hershel in his last days. They would also like to thank Tom, Stella, Barbara, Cindy and all the rest of the staff of the Pine Tree Restaurant who made "Pops" feel so special.

Services are being handled by Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Cherokee Memorial Cemetery on Harney Lane at Highway 99 in Lodi. Donations can be made to a favorite charity in Hershel's name in lieu of flowers.

Robert Joseph Curcio

June 16, 2014

Robert Joseph Curcio, 97, was born in Eureka, Calif.

He spent his early childhood in Mexico City and came of age in Oakland where he met Evelyn, his future wife. Married in 1942, Robert spent World War II in Europe as a soldier of Patton's Third Army, a veteran of the Battle of Ardennes.

He was thereafter always by Evelyn's side as they raised their three children in the Bay Area and retired happily to Ponderosa Hills.

A talented and sharply satirical cartoonist since high school, in retirement Bob also became a prolific writer of articles and letters that appeared in various California newspapers. He and Evelyn ultimately moved to Chico, where they have now both ended their days in this world and passed on to eternal life.

He is survived by their children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

They will be privately interred in Tuolumne, among the foothills they loved for over 75 years.

Deborah Lynn Ogilvie

July 24, 1962 - June 16, 2014

Debbie was born at Mather Air Force Base hospital on July 24, 1962.

She died at her home in Angels Camp, comforted by her family, on June 16, 2014. She was 51.

She graduated from Cordova High School, and shortly thereafter, joined the U.S. Army where she spent the next four years, mostly in Germany. In 1988, she graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy where she started her career with the Patrol in Santa Fe Springs, then to San Jose, Dublin, Tracy and San Andreas. It was there she was involved in a traffic accident, not her fault, that ultimately forced her to be medically retired. Debbie obtained a Private Investigator License and operated business from an office in San Andreas and also from offices in her home. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and earned her Bachelors Degree in 2012.

Debbie was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2012 and thus began an over two year battle for her life. She was a strong person and vowed to fight it, and fight it she did, tooth and nail. She never gave up until the very end. She was a trooper and will be dearly missed and forever loved.

Debbie was preceded in death by her brother, Scott Alan Cranford.

She leaves behind her mother, Donna Mae Ogilvie; her father, Larry Marlin Cranford; her step-mother, Carolyn June Cranford; her daughter, Nicole Christine Ogilvie, 15 years old; her sisters, Katherine Ann Williams, Jennifer Lee White, Heather Renee Cranford; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Foothill Community Church, 3710 Whittle Road, Angels Camp.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Health Sciences Development, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95820

You may also, of course, contribute to a charity of your choice.

V. Ray Worthington

June 23, 1939 - May 26, 2014

V. Ray Worthington, 74, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Sonora, Calif., surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 23, 1939, in San Francisco, Calif. He was a great example of intelligence, friendship, loyalty, perseverance and striving to do his very best. He was generous with his time and money when it came to helping others, although he would also be generous with his critique hoping to help them with their choices as well.

He excelled at work and was well known as the go-to guy for building/designing bridges and freeways in the state of California and even after retiring, was called back to work as a consultant many times. He loved to use his oversize remote control to flip between watching the San Francisco Giants or 49ers and anything on the History Channel, although he would be very vocal about the details that were incorrectly presented. In fact, we learned from him how the past impacts the future. The talks of lost civilizations, empires, wars and just life in general impacts our daily decisions. We are forever grateful for the amazing example by which he lived and shared his life with us all. We will miss him.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, William Paul and Florence Marian.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Donna Worthington, of Sonora; his children, Douglas Worthington, of Pasco, Wash., Deborah Worthington-Jones, of Joshua, Texas, Dinah Worthington, of Soulsbyville, Calif., William Worthington, of San Diego, Calif., and Paul Worthington of Fort Rock, Ore.; his grandchildren, Ashley Campbell, Brandon Worthington, Rebecca Jones, Elizabeth Jones, Jessica Jones, Jacob Worthington, Christine McCoy, William Worthington, Korin Worthington, Kourtney Valencia and Kody Worthington; his great-grandchildren, Lily Campbell, Eathan Campbell, London Worthington, Faith McCoy, Triston McCoy and Gabriel Valencia and his many friends and co-workers.

James 'Jim' Larson

July 10, 1954 - June 21, 2014

Jim passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Paul Larson, his brother, Thomas Larson and a nephew, Paul Smith.

He is survived by his wife Ginger, his sister Jane Smith, his brother Rick Larson and their families.

No services are planned.

Death notices

Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.

CLARK - Raymond Clark, 87, of Jamestown, died Saturday at Casa Viejos in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GIAMPIETRO - Louis Giampietro, 56, of Groveland, died Monday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HAGEN - Goldie Hagen, 82, of Jamestown, died Sunday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements

JENNINGS - Sandra Jennings, 73, of Soulsbyville, died Saturday Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LARSON - James G. Larson, 59, of Jamestown, died Saturday at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

NEWMAN - Kathryn Newman, 97, of La Grange, died Tuesday at Oak Terrace Memory Care in Soulsbyville. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SCOTT - A celebration of life for Everett William "Bill" Scott, 87, of Sonora, who died May 25 at Sonora Regional Medical Center, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Twain Harte Golf Course. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.