Obituaries for May 1, 2003

April 30, 2003 11:00 pm

Irving Boyd Thompson Jr.

Dec. 6, 1921 — April 25, 2003

Murphys resident Irving Boyd Thompson Jr. died Friday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 81.

Mr. Thompson was a pioneer in health care. He started 17 health-care foundations in California, including the San Joaquin Foundation for Medical Care in 1953. He also started other such foundations across the country.

Mr. Thompson was born and reared in Stockton. He moved to Murphys in 1997. His father, Irving B. Thompson, was one of the first physician-surgeons in Murphys. Thompson's mother and father moved to Murphys in the 1940s.

Thompson was a well known figure at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

He graduated with a master's degree in education from the university, which was known then as College of the Pacific.

He joined the faculty as the athletic trainer and then as athletic director through 1952.

He then served as president of the alumni association at the school in 1964 and again in 1999. His companion, Dorothy Anderson, said Thompson was intent on keeping the UOP sports program history alive, especially that of legendary football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Mr. Thompson served as a member or director of many associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Health Executives Roundtable of Washington, D.C.

Gov. Reagan appointed Mr. Thompson as a trustee at Stockton Hospital.

Mr. Thompson became the executive director of one of the first health foundations in the United States.

He's been listed in "Who's Who in America" and has been honored within the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame. He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from the University of the Pacific for his work as a trainer.

Mr. Thompson developed the Indian Rocks Estates housing subdivision in Murphys. He also founded the Murphys Ale and Quail Club, in which he became a shared partner in the purchase of the historic Murphys Hotel in the 1940s. The hotel was renovated and remodeled — including the building of additional rooms — in the architecture of the era.

Thompson reconstructed the old horse carriage now standing in the gardens of the hotel.

Thompson served in the Navy in World War II.

He was a member of the Angels-Murphys Rotary Club.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his daughter, Susan Alston of San Jose; two sons, Dr. B. Taylor Thompson of Boston and Scott Thompson of Woodland; his companion of eight years, Dorothy Anderson of Murphys; and six grandchildren.

A memorial will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Native Sons Hall in Murphys.

Neptune Society is handling arrangements.

Lucy M. Barnes

June 24, 1907 — April 28, 2003

Sonora resident Lucy M. Barnes died Monday at her home. She was 95.

Mrs. Barnes was born in Rocky Ford, Colo. She lived in Sonora three years after moving here from Southern California.

She worked 27 years as a secretary for Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mrs. Barnes was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene. She loved to knit, sew, crochet, play guitar and sing. She also enjoyed the outdoors and camping.

Mrs. Barnes is survived by two sons, John Barnes and Bill Barnes, both of Sonora; 12 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ellaura Zulyevic, in 1991.

A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Heuton Memorial Chapel in Sonora. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Heuton Memorial Chapel in Sonora is handling arrangements.

Ronald Cloer

July 15, 1943 — April 28, 2003

Copperopolis resident Ronald Cloer died Monday at his home. He was 59.

Mr. Cloer was born in California. He lived 29 years in Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz County, before moving to his family's home in Copperopolis earlier this year.

He worked as a plumber.

Mr. Cloer loved wood carving and metal working.

He is survived by his companion, Dora Smith of Boulder Creek; a sister, Leslie Mills of Copperopolis; and three nieces, Melanie Colfield, Amy Smith and Jodi Mills, all of Copperopolis.

A private family service is planned.

Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp is handling arrangements.

Denny Harold Flannery

July 3, 1939 — April 29, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne resident Denny Harold Flannery died Tuesday at a Modesto care home after a long illness. He was 63.

Mr. Flannery was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to Harold Flannery and Tommy (Redmond) Flannery.

He spent most of his childhood in Southern California, where he graduated from Eagle Rock High School in Eagle Rock and where he met his future wife, Joyce, in 1960.

Mr. Flannery served in the Army. The couple married in 1966.

He owned and operated his own heavy equipment business.

He and his wife both learned to fly their Beechcraft Bonanza pontoon airplane. He enjoyed flying back and forth to Lake Havasu, Ariz., to water ski and fly his pontoon boat with friends and family.

Mr. Flannery's family said he loved his family and friends and said he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. They said he enjoyed attending Tuolumne Community Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce Flannery of Tuolumne; daughter and son-in-law, Kimm and Jerad Moss of Tuolumne; a son and daughter-in-law, Shawnn and Wendy Flannery of Tuolumne; a mother and two brothers he adopted as his own, Marie "Mommeo" Allmon, and Roy and Al Allmon, all of Tujunga, Los Angeles County; and three grandchildren, Jackson and Brody Flannery, and Cole Moss, all of Tuolumne.

A memorial will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tuolumne Community Baptist Church in Tuolumne. Inurnment at Carters Cemetery will be private.

Remembrances may be sent to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 73, Jamestown 95327.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora is handling arrangements.

Larry A. Kranich

March 27, 1940 — April 29, 2003

Sonora resident Larry A. Kranich died Tuesday at his home. He was 63.

Mr. Kranich and his twin brother, Lanny, were born in Oakland. His family moved to Felton when he was 6 months old. At age 10, Mr. Kranich worked at Roy's Market in Felton.

He graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1960 and married his wife, Arlene Bell, later that year. He is a hall of fame member of his high school.

Mr. Kranich loved the grocery business. He managed Mellis Market in Santa Cruz and went on to own three Quik Stop Markets. He became district manager of the company and retired in 1997 as president after a 30-year career with the company. His family said he was proud of his business accomplishments and said the company kept him going.

Mr. Kranich bought houses and fixed them up so his tenants would have special places to live. His wife and friends called him "Mr. Winchester" because he was always remodeling something. His family said his friends who helped him with jobs could write a book on "Handyman Larry."

Mr. Kranich loved his mother-in-law's cooking and told family members he married Arlene so he could enjoy her mother's cooking. His favorite food was macaroni salad.

The Kranichs moved to Sonora in 1997. They opened Pedal'n Ice Cream and Collectibles on Washington Street in downtown Sonora. The Kranichs, with their friends Bud and Kay Breland, traveled and collected items including pedal cars, scales and coffee grinders, which Mr. Kranich loved to restore.

Mr. Kranich's family said his yard was his life. He was always changing and planting things. His family said that is where he communicated with God.

He coached Little League for several years in Fremont.

Mr. Kranich is survived by his wife, Arlene Kranich of Sonora; his mother-in-law, Zelma Bell of Aptos; son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Julie Kranich of Sonora; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Bill Maciel of Livermore; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Mark Breland of Tracy; two brothers, Ray Kranich of Calistoga and Bob Kranich of Penn Valley; a sister, Dorothy Ryder of Calistoga; six grandchildren, David Maciel and Amy Maciel, both of Livermore, Kelli Breland of Tracy, and Racheal Kranich, Alex Kranich and Nick Kranich, all of Sonora; best friends, Bud and Kay Breland of Sonora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Lanny Kranich; brothers Doug Kranich and Ken Kranich; and a sister, Virginia Courts.

A memorial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Heights Assembly of God Church in Sonora.

Burial will be private.

Remembrances may be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 1401 Halyard Drive, Suite 130, West Sacramento 95691.

Robert

L. Partridge

Feb. 24, 1923 — April 28, 2003

Longtime former Groveland resident Robert L. Partridge died Monday at a Lodi convalescent hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Partridge was born in Stockton. He was reared in Groveland and lived there for 40 years. He lived in Stockton for 40 years.

He worked as a produce manager at Sibbs Grocery in Stockton for 30 years.

Mr. Partridge graduated from Sonora High School in 1941.

He was in the Army and served as a medic in World War II.

Mr. Partridge was a member of a retail clerks union.

He loved to hunt and fish.

Mr. Partridge is survived by his wife, Maria Partridge of Stockton; and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty J. and Carl Hogan of Sutter Creek.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. Interment will follow at the cemetery.

Notices

SONNENBERG — Janis Sonnenberg, 70, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel in Sonora is handling arrangements.