Valley Springs, CA...Rickie Mae Fry passed away peacefully at home at the age of 80, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. She was with her husband, sister and son. Rickie was born on January 20, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA. She spend the last 25 years in Burson. She is survived by her husband Wayne, 2 sons, Wayne Thomas and Ronald, her sister Margie McLaughlin, and brother James Hancock. She is also survived by her grandchildren Scotty, Ronnie, Katherine as well as 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Ann.
Angels Camp, CA...On Monday July 11th 2016 Robert Kirk Andersen 56 passed away peacefully at his home in Angels Camp. Kirk had been battling congestive heart failure. Kirk was born on December 19th 1959 at Mark Twain Hospital in San Andreas to Robert C and Joann (Henley) Andersen. Kirk attended Mark Twain Elementary School and Bret Harte High School where he excelled in wrestling and winning many championship matches which resulted in him being honored in the Bret Harte High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. After graduation Kirk attended San Joaquin Delta College where he earned a certificate on auto mechanics. He begin his career as a mechanic for Stewarts Ford in San Andreas. He worked for Western Sources Talc Plant in Toyon for several years before attaining his general contractor’s license. Kirk was a skilled carpenter and stone mason and worked for many county residents over the years. He was a member of E Clampus Vitas and enjoyed fishing and being with his many friends throughout the county.
Valley Springs, CA...Lynn Eloise Smith was born in 1930, in Placentia, California to Raymond and Olive Johnson. She worked over 25 years as a Unit Secretary for both Bay General Hospital, in San Diego and Enloe Hospital in Chico California. She and her husband, Roy, lived in Paradise, California for many years and moved to Valley Springs over twenty years ago. She was an avid reader ,enjoyed embroidering and crocheting and played the piano. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Four Perish In Fiery Plane Crash At Columbia Airport
Posted by: thepinetree on 07/27/2016 07:45 PM
Columbia, CA...At 4:45 PM, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office received a report of a plane crash at the Columbia Airport in Columbia. The small private plane was coming from the north to land on the runway. It is reported that the plane veered to left off of the runway and crashed. The plane was completely engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived on scene. There are four deceased victims. The Coroner will be determining identification and notifying next of kin. The National Transportation Safety Board out of Colorado, will be arriving tomorrow to initiate the investigation. There is no information as to where the plane was coming from or headed to. This is a very tragic event and our hearts go out to the families of these victims.
Angels Camp, CA...William Douglas Davis Sr. "Doug" of Angels Camp, CA passed away unexpected in San Andreas CA on June 21st with his family by his side. He was born March 31, 1953 in Stockton CA. He worked for Calaveras County Road Department for 25 years . He was involved in many clubs throughout the county. He will be missed dearly by his loving wife Eileen of 44 years. His two children William Douglas Davis Jr. " Bill" and Wendy Riley ( Dave) of Angels Camp.
Murphys, CA...James Jerome “Jerry” Hofstetter passed away in Santa Clara on June 11, 2016. He was born April 19th, 1939, in Stockton, CA and grew up in Jenny Lind. He was a graduate and licensed educator from San Jose State University. He taught for 30 years in the Milpitas School District and had lived, and was living, in Los Gatos for many years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Lucille Hofstetter, and his father, John Ulrich Hofstetter. He leaves his brother John Hofstetter and sister-in-law Wanda Hofstetter, both of Murphys.
Celebration Of Life On July 30th For George Richard Wendt, Founder Of O.A.R.S
Posted by: thepinetree on 07/14/2016 04:11 PM
Angels Camp, CA...George Richard Wendt, respected river runner and founder of O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists), died on Saturday July 9, 2016. He was 74. George died at the UC Davis Medical Center from complications caused by a non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After initially being diagnosed in late-August of 2015, then following what seemed to be a successful chemotherapy regimen, George began the spring in good health and with reasonable odds for five or more years cancer-free. His health took a turn for the worse, however, in recent weeks, ultimately leading him to check in to the hospital on June 17th with symptoms of extreme fatigue, stomach pain and faltering kidneys. Aggressive chemotherapy weakened his immune system, yet failed to stem the tide of the cancer invading his blood and kidneys; George’s lungs gave out at 1:36 pm on July 9th.
San Andreas, CA...Dean was born in Waterford, CA on July 4th, 1922 and passed away peacefully on June 29, 2016 at Avalon Healthcare with Wanda & Lance Oneto by his side. He attended Oakdale High School. After school he entered the Army where he was a member of the 45th Tank Battalion in WWII driving truck for Patton's 3rd Army and Liberated Dachau Concentration Camp.
Angels Camp, CA...It is with profound sadness that we share news of George Wendt’s passing. George breathed his last at 1:36 pm on Saturday July 9th, by all appearances in comfort and with relief. Surely, he was loved – by those in the room with him at the end, and by the many he touched with his gentleness and grace. George was a kind and humble man who seemed to take a genuine interest in everyone he met. He was a river pioneer, an adventure travel icon, and a conservation leader.
Oregon Man Loses Life In Kayak Accident On Cherry Creek ~ Tuolumne Sheriff's Office
Posted by: thepinetree on 07/04/2016 04:43 PM
Groveland, CA...Yesterday morning just before 11:30 AM, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office received a call for help regarding a possible drowning. A 35 year old man along with a group of friends, hiked to the Cherry Bomb Gorge on Cherry Creek in the Groveland area. The group started down the rapids on their kayaks when one overturned in the water. When he emerged from the rapids unconscious, his friends pulled him out of the water and began CPR. A nearby kayaker used a satellite phone to call for help.
Lower left hand side is Cherry Lake.
Above it is the Cherry Bomb Gorge leading into the creek.