Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Obituaries

  Howard P. Bleile of Three Rivers died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Visalia. He was 84. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers. Howard was born January 28, 1931, in Los Angeles. He attended Vallejo Junior High and High Schools. He graduated from Los Angeles State College with a B.A. in accounting. He was a retired...
  Lori De Boer Ainley of Elderwood went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. She was 56. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., at Woodlake Cemetery (Cypress Avenue at Naranjo). Lori was born January 9, 1959, in Visalia to Theodore and Claire De Boer. She attended elementary school in Visalia through fifth grade, then moved with her family to...
  Walter Aguilar of Kaweah died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Visalia.  He was 92. A service will be held at St. Clair’s Catholic Church in Three Rivers on Monday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Walter was born July 10, 1922, in Espanola, N.M. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps as a member of the Flying Tigers. After the war, Walter worked as a welding specialist in the aerospace...
  Matthew Van Miller of Three Rivers died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, of a sudden cardiac event. He was 57. Friends of Matt’s would like to invite all of his friends and family to join them Sunday, Feb. 8, in celebrating Matt’s life. Bring your stories and photos to share. A pool tournament will start at 2 p.m., followed a potluck. They have arranged for AC Myles, one of his favorite blues bands, to...
  Frances Elaine Hart, a 64-year resident of Three Rivers, died peacefully Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at her home.  She was 91. Elaine was born October 20, 1923, in Mesa, Ariz., to Talma Galen Clark and Freda Ines Clark. She was raised in Los Angeles and then Exeter, where she graduated from Exeter High School in 1941. She attended College of the Sequoias before moving to Los Angeles to attend...
  Helen Marjorie Kunkel, a longtime resident of Lemon Cove, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Linwood Meadows Care Center in Visalia. She was 86. Helen was born April 1, 1928, in Halfway, Mo., to William and Edith Fisher. She was raised on the family’s small farm. She moved to California where she met and married Howard Kunkel. Helen and Howard served as volunteer ski patrol at the Wolverton Ski Area...
  Donald Woodrow Clark of Three Rivers died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at his home. He was 95. Don was born September 18, 1919, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Paul and Victoria Clark. He resided in Idaho until he was eight years old when the family moved to Webb, Iowa. When Don was 16, he moved with his family to Hollywood, where he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1938. Don’s father was a...
  Royal Wallace Rice Sr., a former resident of Three Rivers died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. He was 91.  Wally was born to Royal M. Rice and Zora Bingham Rice on July 25, 1923, in a log cabin, where Lake Kaweah is now. The Rices made their home on part of the 1,100-acre ranch owned by Wally’s grandfather J.W.B. Rice, who settled there in 1886. Wally claimed family ties to the Mehrtens, McKees, and...
  James Paul Mathias, a former resident of Three Rivers, died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. He was 80.  Jim was born January 4, 1934, to Lillian and Charlie Mathias in Tulare. He graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1952.  From 1952 to 1955, Jim studied pre-med at Occidental College (Los Angeles). This is where he met his wife and mother of his four children, Charlene.  Jim joined...
  William C. Brantley Sr. of Tulare died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, due to injuries sustained when he was struck by a car while walking in Tulare. He was 80. Bill was born February 25, 1934, in Tulare. Since 1990, Bill worked for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. For the past 22 years, he was the link between front-country and backcountry by providing park trail crews with their weekly...

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