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Recently Kerry W. “Stoney” Howie, age 66, passed away 15 March 2014 in Wilber, OR. Kerry was a friend to all and a stranger to none. He loved dogs, horses, and most people.

Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to attend a memorial ceremony to be held on Sunday 5 Oct. 2014 at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill.

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Date of Birth
Tuesday, 24 Jun 1919
Date of Death
Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 (Age 95)
Adeline J. Rider was a woman of many talents and shared her knowledge of gardening, cooking, sewing, flower arranging and much more with eager admirers. She will be missed by all who knew her, loved her and learned from her.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, October 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Ione, reception to follow at Castle Oaks Golf Club. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Adeline’s name may be made to Sacred Heart...

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Richard Maynard DeLaney, age 83, of Jackson, Calif., passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital. Richard was born in Rockford, Ill., on April 3, 1931, a son of the late May (Allen) and Henry Charles DeLaney. At his request there will be no services. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Sheila Gayle Ford
Sheila Gayle Ford, of Ione, Calif., passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the age of 50. She was born in Fayette, Ala., on April 13, 1964 to Ralph and Joyce (Cannon) Crawford. Sheila moved to Modesto, Calif., and, in 1991, married Michael Ford, in Reno, Nev. After Michael retired, they moved to Amador County to live in the open spaces she enjoyed so much. Sheila is survived by her husband, Michael Ford, of Ione; son, Christopher Whitehead and his wife, Kody, of Waterford, Calif.; daughters, Sylvia Whitehead, of Concord,... [Read more]
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Armenta “Minnie” Marie Rampelburg
Armenta “Minnie” Marie Rampelburg, age 81, of Ione, Calif., passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson. Minnie was born in Talihina, Okla., on February 15, 1933, a daughter of the late Ottoma and Lee Jackson.

Minnie is survived by her daughter, Angel, and her husband, Todd O'brien, of Pioneer; sons, Donald Rampelburg, of Evanston, Wyo.; James Rampleburg, of Carson City, Nev.; step-daughter, Alice, and her husband, Larry Slayton, of Ione; sisters, Ruth Crutchfield; Bonnie Ruddick, both of...

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William “Rusty” Martin Jr.
William “Rusty” Martin Jr. passed away Friday, August 29, 2014, in Jackson, at the age of 55. He was born in Jackson, California, at the Amador County Hospital on November 27, 1958 to William “Red” Martin Sr. and Shirley Martin. Rusty graduated from Independence High School on June 3, 1977. He started his career in 1979 as a Water Treatment Operator for the Pioneer Community Service District, in Pioneer, Calif. He successfully passed the State of California Department of Health Water Treatment Operator Grade 1, and, only a year... [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Thursday, 26 Jun 1941
Date of Death
Friday, 19 Sep 2014 (Age 73)
Dorman Lee Steele
After a life of unexpected careers and adventure, Dorman Lee Steele gave in to his 7 1/2-year battle with cancer at home with his beloved wife, Barbara Toma Steele, and family members at his side. Dorman was born in Long Beach, Calif., after parents, Freddie and Elva (Mason) Steele, had come out from Missouri to make their new home. They quickly moved to the Santa Rosa/Sebastopol area, where he and his brothers, Darell (Ann) and Larry, and sister, Linda (Jim) Miller, spent their childhoods. Dorman was a well-liked young man with... [Read more]
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Gilbert John Norr
Gilbert John Norr, of Jackson, Calif., passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, at the age of 84. He was born in Evanston, Ill,. on May 26, 1930 to the late John and Carrie (Sutherland) Norr. Gilbert graduated from Evanston High School in Evanston. At 18, he attended Northpark Jr. College, in Chicago, Ill., and joined the Naval Air Reserve. Gilbert enlisted into the U.S. Navy and reported to Glenview Naval Air station.

Gilbert met Ethel Mortensen on a blind date and escorted her to her Jr....

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William Keyes
William Keyes, of Jackson, Calif., passed peacefully on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born in Fort Smith, Ark., on September 9, 1921 to the late Walter and Luddie Keyes. William grew up in Rosalie Tillis Children’s Orphanage in Ft. Smith and, at the age of 16, joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. While in the Corps, he helped build the Owyhee Dam, in Oregon, as a dynamiter. In November, 1940, William joined the U.S. Army. During WWII, he fought in Central Europe and was the advance group to liberate concentrat... [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Wednesday, 26 Jun 1912
Date of Death
Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 (Age 102)
Alice J. DuFrene of Ione, Calif., passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the age of 102. Alice was born on a ranch above Volcano in the Charleston district on June 26, 1912 to the late Barton and Julia Sutton. She attended Jackson Elementary and Jackson High School and taught school in Amador County for 35 years. Alice enjoyed family and friends, loved to read, garden and cook for holidays. Alice is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Ralph; daughter, Patricia Holgate; and granddaughter, Katherine Dedic. Alice is... [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Saturday, 21 Mar 1931
Date of Death
Friday, 12 Sep 2014 (Age 83)
Robert “Bob” Brayton, age 83, of Kerrville, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 in San Antonio. He was born March 21, 1931 in Chicopee Falls, Mass., to Clarence M. Brayton and Melena P. (Cameron) Brayton. On November 28, 1952, he married Iris Lorraine Walker in Beeville, Texas.

Bob served in the United States Navy during the Korean Campaign, from 1948-1952.

He attended Delmar College, Richland College and the University of Houston.

His working career was long and interesting with Cravens Dargan & Co., Houston, Texas, and...

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Date of Birth
Thursday, 19 Sep 1929
Date of Death
Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 (Age 85)
One of Amador County’s best known artists and most energetic personalities, John “Jack” Johannsen, passed away on Aug. 19, leaving behind a legacy of friendship, community support and unique creative achievement. He was 84 years old.

Johannsen was born Sept. 19, 1929 and grew up an only child in Elk Creek, Calif. Upon graduating from his one room high school he took the train to San Francisco where he became a student of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in Chinatown. There he learned that, “When you’re looking for beautiful...

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Date of Birth
Monday, 24 May 1943
Date of Death
Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 (Age 71)
Clifton Eugene Carter (Gene), born on March 24, 1943 to parents Clifton and Doris Carter, in Sutter Creek, passed away on August 16, 2014 in Frisco Tex., near Dallas. He survived 24 years with his heart transplant and during those years volunteered for various heart-related functions.

His services will be at 11 a.m. on September 27 in the Plymouth Cemetery. Following the service, the family asks that you join them at the Plymouth Penecostal Church, 18519 Poplar Street, for refreshments.

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Date of Birth
Friday, 4 Oct 1940
Date of Death
Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 (Age 74)
October 4, 1940 – September 6, 2014

Jim passed away in his home, attended by his beloved pets. A former USMC Sergeant, Jim had a long career in sales. Born in Pratt, Kan., Jim spent the majority of his childhood in Brookdale, Calif., eventually graduating from SLV High, in Felton. Jim received his BA from San Francisco College in 1967. A long-time Marin County resident, Jim moved to Amador County in 2008. Jim was exceptionally friendly, and for those who loved him best, his zest for love and laughter, his deep, booming voice, and...

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Date of Birth
Saturday, 7 Sep 1935
Date of Death
Monday, 8 Sep 2014 (Age 79)
Donald Dean Tisserand, of Drytown, Calif., passed away September 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, in Redding, Calif. He was 79. Don was born in Carson City, Nev., to William Ellsworth and Marjorie Elizabeth Tisserand on September 7,1935. He graduated from high school in Westwood, Calif. He worked many years for and retired from American Forest Products Mill, in Martell, Calif. He was an avid sports lover. Hunting and fishing were his favorite pastimes, but rodeo was his biggest passion. He enjoyed breaking horses and riding broncs.... [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Thursday, 11 Sep 2014
Date of Death
Monday, 15 Sep 2014
Robert O. Lewers, Sr., age 90, of Wayne, Pa., passed away on September 11, 2014. Born in Tonopah, Nev., he was the son of the Hamilton and Hazel Lewers (nee O'Neill). He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was employed as a corporate attorney for Sun Company (Sunoco) in their offices in Denver, Colo., Venezuela, Philadelphia, Pa., and Radnor, Pa., for 38 years. He retired in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Joan F. Lewers (nee Shea), his children, Robert O. (Laura), Michael H. (Pat), James D., Patricia...

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Date of Birth
Thursday, 19 Sep 1929
Date of Death
Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 (Age 85)
One of Amador County’s best known artists and most energetic personalities, John “Jack” Johannsen, passed away on Aug. 19, leaving behind a legacy of friendship, community support and unique creative achievement. He was 84 years old.

Johannsen was born Sept. 19, 1929 and grew up an only child in Elk Creek, CA. Upon graduating from his one room high school he took the train to San Francisco where he became a student of the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in Chinatown. There he learned that, “When you’re looking for beautiful...

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Date of Birth
Saturday, 6 Nov 1943
Date of Death
Friday, 5 Sep 2014 (Age 71)
Joe Garcia Mendibles, of Pioneer, Calif., passed away Friday, September 5, 2014 with his family by his side at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, at the age of 70. He was born in Tucson, Ariz., on November 6, 1943 to the late Jose and Auralia (Garcia) Mendibles. Joe is survived by his wife, Janie Mendibles, of Pioneer; daughter, Tina Smith and her husband, Vance, of Laughlin, Nev.; sons, Leon Mendibles and his wife, Tracy of Carson City, Nev., Mike Mendibles of West Point, Calif.; brother, Oscar Mendibles of Clovis, Calif.;... [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Monday, 21 Jan 1935
Date of Death
Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 (Age 79)
Merriel Arlene Taylor, of Plymouth, Calif., passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, Calif., at the age of 79. She was born in Sacramento, Calif., on January 21, 1935. Merriel met Jim Taylor on a blind date in 1969. The couple dated for a year, then went their separate ways. After a chance meeting, they started dating again and were married February 14, 1971.

Merriel was interested in painting and went to her first class in 1973, and soon sold her first painting. She became an established,...

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Date of Birth
Saturday, 15 Aug 1936
Date of Death
Monday, 1 Sep 2014 (Age 78)
August 15, 1936 – September 1, 2014

Robert H. Carr, Sr. 78 of Pioneer, Calif. passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, September 1, 2014. He was a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Veteran and Businessman. Robert was born in Checotah, Oklahoma on August 15, 1936. His Father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and Bob lived an adventurous life as a young boy traveling the rails with his family in a Pullman Style family rail car. This experience ignited a wanderlust for travel which he carried late into his life. He...

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