Obituaries for April 2, 2012

By Union Democrat staff April 02, 2012 07:53 am

Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Grim

Aug. 7, 1935 — March 7, 2012

Longtime Columbia resident Robert Lee “Bob” Grim died March 7 at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center after a short illness. He was 76.

Mr. Grim was born in Wheeling, W.Va., and his family moved to Sonora when he was 12.

Mr. Grim joined the U.S. Army after graduating from Sonora High School. He later worked for Mother Lode Distributing and then retired from Hales and Symons. He married four times.

Mr. Grim is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Timothy Flanagan, of Elko, Nev., and Rita and Randal Rosenberger, of Boise, Idaho; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

At Mr. Grim’s request, no services will be held. 

Condolence cards can be sent to 237 Juniper St., Elko, NV 89801.

College Chapel Mortuary of San Francisco handled arrangements.              

Stanley E. Smith, Jr.

May 9, 1950 — Feb. 24, 2012

 Former Sonora resident Stanley E. Smith, Jr., died Feb. 24 while traveling in Salt Lake City of heart disease. He was 61. 

Mr. Smith was born in Los Angeles to Eleanor (Kosch) and Stanley Edwin Smith, Sr., longtime residents of Tuolumne County. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale in 1968.

He later graduated from San Jose State University and became an elementary school teacher in Cupertino. Mr. Smith also spent time as a river guide on the Rogue River in Oregon over several summers during the 1970s.

Mr. Smith was a leader and director of many YMCA camps and backpack trips for the Northwest YMCA of Cupertino.

Mr. Smith was a tennis coach at Columbia College in the late 1980s, and he worked as a referee and umpire for amateur, college, and professional tennis tournaments for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the United States Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation. He retired from tennis umpiring in 2011.

Mr. Smith enjoyed all sports and watching any game with friends. He enjoyed the mountains and outdoors all his life, hiking, camping and skiing. Rafting Kings River and hiking in Yosemite and the wilderness areas of Stanislaus National Forest including the Dardanelle Mountains were among his favorites.

Mr. Smith is survived by his brother, Leland F. Smith, of Lacey, Wash.; and his niece, Katherine A. Smith, of Seattle, Wash. 

A private service will be held in the summer to place his ashes near the Rogue River in Oregon.

Independent Professional Services of Salt Lake City is handling arrangements. 


DUBSKY — Robert Dubsky, 96, of Jamestown, died Friday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

GRAVELLE — Paul Gravelle, 39, of Jamestown, died Friday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

HAND — Lois Hand, 93, of Sonora, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

LAND — A celebration of life for Mary Marty Duer Land will be held at 2 p.m. April 22 at Mountain Springs Golf Course. She died March 15 at her home in Sonora at age 56. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

LUTES — Shirley Lutes, 72, of Copperopolis, died Thursday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

TUANA — Linda Tuana, 49, of Arnold, died Friday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.