Donald Rife Yule
Accomplished piper, affiliated with area pipe bands
Donald Rife Yule, 66, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at his home in Sutter Creek.
Mr. Yule was born on June 18, 1936, in Bakersfield.
He was very active in the community serving as past master of the Amador Masonic Lodge Free & Accepted Masons No. 65 and was the current treasurer.
He was a long time secretary for the Jackson Lions Club, past president of the Jackson Kiwanis Club and past chief of the Mother Lode Scots.
Don was an accomplished piper, affiliated with pipe bands over the years with long time friend Pipe Major, Robert N. Olwell.
In 1973 to 1980, Don owned and operated Rasco Variety Store in Jackson. Then, he opened Jackson Stationary and Office Supply, which is still in operation in downtown Jackson.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gwen Yule of Sutter Creek; son and daughter-in-law, Donald L. and Susan Yule of Austin, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy D. Yule-Olwell and Jeff Olwell of Sacramento; mother-in-law, Rose Ann Brixius of Ione; brother and sister-in-law, Herald and Marcia Yule of Bakersfield; niece, Holly Yule of Bakersfield; and grandchildren, Glendon and Brian Yule, Spencer and Connor Sharp, Cavan Olwell, all of Sacramento,
A memonial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson. Inurnment will be at the Sunset View Cemetery
in Martell. Arrangements are being handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2720 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste. 110, Sacramento 95833, or the Lions Eye Foundation, P.O. Box 7999, San Francisco 94120.
Dennis Eugene Sims
Dennis Eugene Sims, 63, a former resident of Jackson, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2004 in Lillian, Ala.
Mr. Sims was born on Dec. 13, 1940 in Indiana. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he moved to California in 1965. He worked for several lumber companies throughout the San Joaquin Valley including managing the Diamond Lumber Company in Pine Grove.
Dennis and his wife owned and operated Amadoors & Window Supply in Martell from 1989 through 1998. In 2001, after RV traveling for three years, they finally settled in Lillian, Ala..
He is survived by his wife, Joy Sims; son, Dennis Sims; daughter, Susan Sims; grandsons, Joseph, Lucas and Bradley Sims; and his mother Muril Sims
A Celebration of Life service was held on Thursday, June 10 at the Spanish Cove Clubhouse in Lillian, Ala. Inurnment was private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Florida Blood Center, Fund Development Center, 2201 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola, Fla. 32503-3999, or donate blood at your local blood center.
Jack Lewis Kuhl
Jack Lewis Kuhl, 84, passed away following an extended illness on Saturday, June 12, 2004, at University Retirement Center in Davis.
Mr. Kuhl was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1919 on the Birchdale Ranch on Indian Creek in Eastern Oregon. Jack was the second of three sons and his parents, P. J. and Echo Kuhl, were second generation cattle ranchers. From these rural roots began a lifelong association with agricultural pursuits.
Following his schooling in Prairie City, Ore., Jack entered Idaho Teachers College in Lewiston, Idaho. He then transferred to Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., to study Animal Husbandry.
While in college, Jack attended a Methodist Church social mixer where he met his life’s companion, Ruth Annette Swift of California. Both similar in background and temperament, she shared his passion for the ranching lifestyle. Jack and Ruth were married on April 15, 1944, in Sacramento.
His college years were interrupted by the military service. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry following graduation from Officer Training School at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was then deployed with the 10th Mountain Division for their campaigns through Italy.
Among his decorations were the Silver Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart. The Silver Star was awarded for his actions on April 15, 1945. Ironically, this was his first wedding anniversary.
Following college graduation, Ruth and Jack started ranching on Latrobe Road in Amador County, where they raised their three children; Michael, Jeanine and Jackie. Since 1977, Ruth and Jack have lived on Ups & Downs Ranch, outside Valley Springs in Calaveras County.
Throughout his life, Jack was a teacher. His first teaching job was in 1947, when he became vocational agricultural instructor with Modesto Junior College. More than 20 years later, Jack returned to teaching after receiving his masters degree and teaching credential from the University of California, Davis.
Following this, Jack taught for four years as the Director of Vocational Agriculture at Ceres High School. In 1974 he moved to Calaveras High School in San Andreas, where he taught until his retirement in 1988.
Another defining characteristic of his life was public service. Jack served as a 4-H leader for over 20 years, beginning when he and Ruth helped to organize and establish 4-H in Amador County prior to having the services of an Agricultural Extension Agent; the only time that occurred in the state of California.
He was member of the Amador County Board of Education for a number of years, including two years as the chairman of that organization.
Jack was a life-long member of the Farm Bureau, joining in 1948. He served in many capacities, including President in both Amador and Calaveras counties and serving on the board of directors of the California Farm Bureau Federation representing the 12th District. In 2002 that organization honored him with a Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of service to Farm Bureau and California Agriculture.
He also maintained a long and active affiliation and service with the United Methodist Church (UMC) which included his serving a head of the Administrative Board at the Community UMC in Valley Springs.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Kuhl; son, Michael of Mill Valley; daughter, Jeanine of Alexandria, Va.; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the youngest daughter, Jackie this year.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 20 at 3 p.m. at the Community UMC, 135 Laurel St., in Valley Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts may be made to California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, 2300 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento 95833, or Valley Springs Community UMC.
Rock ‘Rocky’ Jensen
Rock “Rocky” Jensen, 47, lost his battle with throat cancer on Saturday, June 12, 2004.
Mr. Jensen was born April 26, 1957 in Hillsboro, Ore. He worked as a floor installer in the construction field for 29 years, working for Rich Escamilla and Floors To Go.
He is survived by his daughters, Melissa Frawley of Arcadia, Tara Jensen of Jackson; parents, Shirlee Harwood of Pine Grove, Thad Jensen of Oregon; brothers, Jeffrey Jensen, Lance Jensen, Dustin Jensen, all of Oregon; grandson, Adien Frawley; nieces, Jessica Solverson and Christina Walsh, both of Ukiah.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson. Inurnment is private. Arrangements are being handled by Daneri Mortuary in Jackson. Condolences may be offered to the family at email@example.com.
Robert Dale Patchin
Robert Dale Patchin, 65, died on Monday, June 7, 2004 at his home in West Point.
Mr. Patchin was born on March 9, 1939 in San Francisco. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army.
His occupation was an iron worker and he was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Iron Worker’s Union local 378. He lived in West Point for 20 years.
He is survived by his daughters; Carrie Bach of West Point, Marie Ramoldi of Oakley, Kimberlie Mendibles of West Point and Shannon Crawford of San Andreas; brother, Donald L. Patchin of Oakley; sister, Neola Edberg of Portland, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.
A private service was held. Inurnment will be private. Arrangements were handled by San Andreas Memorial Chapel in San Andreas.