William K. McPheely
Nov. 30, 1941 -- Feb. 29, 2000
William Kenneth McPheely, 58, of Modesto died Tuesday at his home.
Mr. McPheely was a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He lived in Modesto 35 years. He was a 29-year employee of Weyerhaeuser paper company; he was a forklift driver. He belonged to E Clampus Vitus. He was a member of the Episcopal church. He was a National Guard veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Gracie "Dodie" McPheely of Modesto; children, Scott McPheely and Robbie McPheely, both of Modesto, and Todd McPheely of Empire; and six grandchildren.
Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Tommy L. Olsen Sr.
Dec. 17, 1946 -- Feb. 24, 2000
Tommy Lee Olsen Sr., 53, of Twain Harte died Thursday.
Mr. Olsen was a native of Livermore. He lived in Twain Harte 11 years. He was a self-employed auto painter for 30 years.
He is survived by his children, Tommy Lee Olsen Jr. of Livermore, Travis Lee Olsen of Atwater and Tanden Eugene Olsen of Sonora; parents, Tom and Jo Olsen of Cal Pine, Nev.; sisters, Robin Wood and Pam Wood, both of Sacramento; and four grandchildren.
An inurnment service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery, Sonora. Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home, Sonora, in charge of arrangements.
Lena K. Pickruhn
Jan. 8, 1914 -- Feb. 25, 2000
Lena K. Pickruhn, 86, of Riverbank died Friday at her home.
Mrs. Pickruhn was a native of Missouri. She lived in Riverbank 18 years and previously lived in Escalon 40 years. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Pickruhn of Riverbank; daughter, Josephine Roche of Missouri; sisters, Josie Mefford, Ellen Crainshaw and Kate Roark, all of Missouri, and Edna McGuire of Illinois; and four grandchildren, five great- grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.
A cryptside service will be at 11:45 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Escalon. Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon, in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made to the American Lung Association, 1231 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite 1, Stockton 95207, or the Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th St., Lincoln, Neb. 68508.
George C. Roland
March 14, 1944 -- Feb. 24, 2000
George Columbus Roland, 55, of Atwater died Thursday at Sutter Merced Medical Center, Merced.
Mr. Roland was a native of Hazen, Ark. He lived in Atwater 39 years. He owned and operated an auto repair shop for five years. He was a member of the Pentecostal church.
He is survived by his children, Richard Roland and Michael Roland, both of Los Angeles, and Christopher Roland of Ohio; brothers, Wesley Roland of San Jose, Norris Roland of Atwater and Edward Bobo of Alaska; and sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Chanester Chevis and Clementine White, all of Los Angeles, Virgie Roland of Lemoore and Viola Moore of Atwater.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Merced District Cemetery, Merced. The Merced Chapel of Stratford Evans, Merced, in charge of arrangements.
July 1, 1911 -- Feb. 28, 2000
Baba Romanous, 88, of Modesto died Monday at his home.
Mr. Baba was a native of Urmia, Iran. He lived in Modesto one year. He was a 27-year employee of British Airlines; he was a bookkeeper. He was a member of St. Thomas Assyrian-Chaldean Catholic Church, Turlock.
He is survived by his wife, Manyak Romanous of Modesto; children, Romanous Romanous of Arizona, Amisan Romanous of New York, Linda Betjoseph of Modesto and Khana Daniel of Texas; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas Assyrian- Chaldean Catholic Church, Turlock. Burial will follow at Turlock Memorial Park, Turlock. Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Chapel, Turlock, in charge of arrangements.
Oct. 3, 1947 -- Feb. 26, 2000
Patricia Ross, 52, of Modesto died Saturday at Doctors Hospital, Manteca.
Mrs. Ross was a native of Klamath Falls, Ore. She lived in Modesto 12 years and previously lived in Manteca 40 years. She was a 30-year employee at Tracy Depot, Tracy; she was a freight rate specialist. She was a 1965 graduate of Manteca High School.
She is survived by her fiancee, Dave Gomes of Modesto; son, Todd Ross of Turlock; and three grandchildren.
A funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at P.L. Fry & Son Chapel, Manteca. Burial will follow at East Union Cemetery, Manteca. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.
Betty J. Shugart
Aug. 6, 1938 -- Feb. 28, 2000
Betty Jane Shugart, 61, of Modesto died Monday at Doctors Hospital, Manteca.
Mrs. Shugart was a native of Sonora. She had lived in Modesto since 1968 and previously lived on the Tuolumne Rancheria, Tuolumne City. She was a homemaker. She was active in the Baptist church.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Shugart of Modesto; children, Darrell Lee Hendricks Sr. of Placerville, Danny Arthur Shugart, Duane Anthony Shugart and David Gomes, all of Modesto; brothers, Russell Hendricks and Sonny Hendricks, both of Tuolumne City; sisters, Phyllis Montgomery and Mildred Hawkins, both of Tuolumne City; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Residental Hall, Tuolumne City. Private inurnment at Tuolumne Indian Cemetery, Tuolumne City. Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home, Sonora.
Remembrances may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 1403 Fifth St., Davis 95616.
June 21, 1916 -- Feb. 26, 2000
Arthur Smith, 83, of Atwater died Saturday at Hy-Lond Healthcare Center, Merced.
Mr. Smith was a native of Winchester, Mass. He lived in Atwater 36 years. He had retired after a 30-year career in the Air Force; he attained the rank of master sergeant.
He is survived by his children, Diane Telles of Atwater and Rod Smith of Sacramento; and three grandchildren and one great- grandchild.
No services. Whitton Family Funeral Service, Merced, in charge of arrangements.
Mary C. Thompson
Feb. 9, 1913 -- Feb. 27, 2000
Mary C. Thompson, 87, of Modesto died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center.
Mrs. Thompson was a native of New Richmond, Ohio. She lived in Modesto 30 years. She was a homemaker. She attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Thompson of Modesto; daughter, Shirley Syrie of Modesto; brothers, Emmett Cox and Alvin Cox, both of Florida; sister, Fern Thompson of Cincinnati; and three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs. Private burial. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.
Remembrances may be made to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Organization, 412 Downey Ave., Modesto 95354.
Gerald G. Weldon
Feb. 11, 1938 -- Feb. 28, 2000
Gerald Gene "Jerry" Weldon, 62, of Modesto died Monday at Doctors Medical Center.
Mr. Weldon was a native and lifelong resident of Modesto. He was a lift operator at National Can Co. He belonged to Teamsters union Local 748 for 40 years.
He is survived by his father, Gene W. Weldon of San Marino; and brother, Worth Weldon of Modesto.
Private services. Eaton Family Funeral & Cremation Service in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4933, Modesto 95352, or the American Lung Association, 1231 W. Robinhood Drive, Stockton 95207.
April 19, 1957 -- March 18, 2000
Scott Claunch, 42, of Merced died Saturday.
Mr. Claunch was a native of Alameda. He had lived in Mariposa and Yosemite National Park. He was an employee of Curry Co. at Yosemite National Park.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Boyd and Marie Dennis of Hawaii; stepmother, Elaine Claunch-Handy of Mariposa; brothers, Gary K. Claunch of Redwood City and Gene Claunch of Hawaii; and sister, Kathey Johnson of Mariposa.
A memorial service, including a potluck and music, will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Applegate Park, near the Rose Garden, at 26th and M streets. Private family burial.
John Edward Kelley
SONORA -- Longtime Tuolumne County car dealer John Edward Kelley died Friday at Sonora Community Hospital. He was 82.
He owned and operated Kelley Motors for more than 60 years, starting as a Dodge dealer in Sonora in 1937. Four years later he bought the Central Motors Chevrolet dealership on Washington Street in Sonora.
A fire burned the business to the ground in 1970, and Coffill Park now occupies the Central Motors site. A day after the fire, Mr. Kelley moved his car dealership to Green Street, one block over.
Later he moved the car lot to West Stockton Road in Sonora, and in 1979 he moved Kelley Motors to Jamestown, where the business continues today.
Marlin Heldstab, a 37-year-old employee from Tuolumne City who runs the body shop at Kelley Motors, said the fire showed another side of his boss.
"So many people thought he was just a money man. When the fire came and we lost all our paperwork, a lot of people came forward and paid him anyway. He never got over that and always mentioned how good the people here were.
"His motto was, 'Everything happens for the best, and a little good comes out of everything.' "
Besides working at his car dealership, Mr. Kelley was a cattle rancher for more than 50 years.
He was a founding member of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse, serving as captain in 1969, and he was a member of the board of directors of the Mother Lode Fair.
He also was a member of the board of directors of Sonora Community Hospital. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for more than 50 years.
Mr. Kelley was a descendant of two pioneer families in Tuolumne County, the Kelleys and Rosascos. He was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Salinas and graduated from Sonora High School at age 13 in 1930. He lived in Tuolumne County for 74 years.
A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Private burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home.
Remembrances may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, for the endowment fund's fence project, 116 W. Bradford Ave., Sonora 95370, or the Oak Society, Sonora Community Hospital, 1 S. Forest Road, Sonora 95370.