Obituaries for Dec. 11, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff December 11, 2013 04:00 pm

Burns Refuse founder dies at age 87

Richard George Burns

July 17, 1926 — Dec. 7, 2013

Burns Refuse Service founder Richard George Burns, of Tuolumne, died Saturday at his home. He was 87.

Mr. Burns was born July 17, 1926 in Syracuse, Mo., the son of George and Ollie Burns.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946, when he was wounded and honorably discharged.

After his military service, he worked as a hay baler in Empire. 

He started Burns Refuse Service in Tuolumne in 1955, purchasing the local garbage removal company after working with the West Side Lumber Co. and the affiliated railroad. Burns started Burns Refuse with one dump truck, his son Jeff Burns said Tuesday. They purchased their first packer in 1974 as the company added customers in the Tuolumne area.

Burns retired in 1986, when his sons took over the company that is still family owned and operated.

“I think it just kind of happened that way,” Jeff Burns said of the company remaining family owned and operated

“We pretty much decided to just keep on letting her go and keep on running it.”

Mr. Burns enjoyed raising cattle, fishing, mushroom hunting and gardening. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Mr. Burns was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Wilbur, Kenneth  and John Burns; and sisters, Catherine Howard and Pauline Smith.

He is survived by his sons, Jeff Burns and his wife, Stephenee, of Tuolumne, and Kevin Burns and his fiancee, Bobbie Luna, of Tuolumne; stepdaughter, Denise Kern and her husband, Ken, of Jamestown; grandchildren, Lorra Burns, Zachary Burns and his wife, Christina, Nicholas Burns, Megan Burns, Garrett Burns, Leanna Kern and Trevor Kern; and five great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home’s Tuolumne chapel, 18411 Bay Ave. A reception will follow at Tuolumne Baptist Church, 18426 Fir Ave.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

 

James Barry

July 17, 1953 — Nov. 24, 2013

Twain Harte resident James Barry died Nov. 24 at Kaiser Permanente-Modesto Medical Center. He was 60.

Mr. Barry was born in Oakland and raised in Alameda, the son of June and George Crist Barry Jr.

He taught at Burton Valley School in Lafayette for six years before retiring. 

He settled in Twain Harte 20 years ago.

Mr. Barry was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mensa, the American Contract Bridge League and a health club.

He enjoyed swimming, playing bridge and guitar, writing and traveling. 

He was a professional marathon swimmer when he was younger.

Mr. Barry was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his companion, Olivia Althouse, of Sonora; his mother, June Barry, of Twain Harte; his siblings and their spouses, George III and Sharon Barry, of Anderson, S.C., Marcia Barry and Christopher Frogley, of Roanoke, Va., and Janet Schell, of San Diego. 

Family services have been held. He was buried at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

 

Wanda ‘Wendy’ Ann  (Webster) Milwee 

Dec. 2, 1953 — Dec. 5, 2013

Twain Harte resident Wanda “Wendy” Ann (Webster) Milwee died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 60.

Mrs. Milwee was born in Sonora.

She graduated from Sonora High School in 1971.

She married Wes Dye in the early 1970s. They divorced a few years later. 

She lived in Twain Harte for the past six years and worked as a cashier at Zak’s Mini Mart in Sugar Pine for the past two years.

She enjoyed dancing and crafting as well as spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Milwee was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Harold Carter.

She is survived by her mother-in-law, Snookie Dye, of Tuolumne; her former husband and companion, Wes Dye, of Twain Harte; her children and their spouses, Kim and Robert Edwards, of Jamestown, Shawn and Anita Dye, of Tuolumne, and Jaime and Jackie Dye, of Oregon; foster sister, Georgette Whitaker, of Texas; sister-in-law, Linda Slate, of Tuolumne; brother-in-law, Richard Dye, of Groveland; grandchildren, Dylan Dye, Jordan Dye, Justin Dye, Garret Sholer, Brandon Dye, Devon Dye, and Riley and Roger Edwards; one great-grandchild; and one niece and one nephew.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Tuolumne chapel, 18411 Bay Ave.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Dorothy Stevens

Nov. 29, 1928 — Nov. 23, 2013

Sonora resident Dorothy Stevens died Nov. 23 at her home. She was 84.

Ms. Stevens was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Edwin and Dorothy Stevens.

She graduated from Narbonne High School in Lomita, in Los Angeles County.

She worked for a telephone company for a few years before joining the U.S. Navy on Dec. 26, 1950. 

She was stationed in Washington D.C. for four years. She was honorably discharged on Oct. 26, 1954. 

She then worked as a payroll clerk for the Department of Defense for 29 years, mostly in the Bay Area.

Ms. Stevens retired from the Camp Pendleton on Nov. 30, 1983.  After her retirement, she settled in Sonora to be closer to family.

She enjoyed opera, classical music, camping and trout fishing. 

Ms. Stevens was preceded in death by her mother and father; her stepfather, Fred Turner; and brother, Dean Turner.

She is survived by her brothers and their wives, Norman and Harriet Turner, of Mesa, Ariz., and Jimmie and Sharon Turner, of Sonora; and her sister-in-law, Wilma Turner, of Sonora.

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

No services are planned.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Notices

BEHR — Teddy Behr, 67, of Sonora, died Monday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

HARGIS — A celebration of life for Wayne William Hargis, 77, of Sonora, who died Dec. 8 at his home, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

PASBY — Robert “Bob” Pasby, 83, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

 

TALBERT — Hilda Talbert, 89, of Sonora, died Monday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.