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

Obituaries

  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...
  Richard “Riverman” Parsons of Three Rivers died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. He was 64. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 8, 1950, to Dorothy Oschea and Merrill Parsons, Ric had lived in Three Rivers for just over a year. Even though his time here was short, he considered his house on the river “home” and enjoyed being close to family and part of this community.     Ric will be remembered as a...
  Christina Lucille Perry, a resident of Three Rivers for 50 years, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 12:30 a.m. She was 90. Tina was born March 6, 1924, in East Liverpool, Ohio, to John and Christina Irene Sager. She was raised in West Virginia. After moving to California, Tina attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, where she received her AA degree. It was while attending COS that Tina met...
  Loren Ray Murry, a former 40-year resident of Three Rivers, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Fresno County. He was 83. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ash Mountain Rec Hall in Sequoia National Park. Interment will be at Three Rivers Cemetery. Ray was born November 3, 1930. After graduating from Fresno High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard...
  Donna Louise Fuller Fairman, a former longtime resident of Three Rivers, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Lompoc. She was 83.  Donna was born March 6, 1931, to Walter and Charlotte (Durr) Fuller in Los Angeles. The eldest of three red-haired girls, Donna was born into a family that had fallen on hard times during the Great Depression. Their father without work, the family survived only because...

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