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

Obituaries

  Charles U. Cottonwood of Three Rivers died Wednesday, June 14, in Visalia. He was 88.   Charles was born June 16, 1928, in Beatty, Nev. He was a retired electrician.   Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Cottonwood, in 2015.    Private family services will be held in August in Beatty, Nev. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com.
  Marvin Gene Lobdell died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Quail Park Enhanced Assisted Living in Visalia. He was 94.   A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.,  at Quail Park, 4520 W. Cypress, Visalia. A private burial will be held at Woodlake Cemetery beside his wife, Helen.    On April 16, 1923, Gene was born at home in Blanchard, Okla., to Cecil W. and Wilma McCary Lobdell. Gene...
  Dennis John Asberry, a lifelong San Joaquin Valley resident, died Friday, May 26, 2017, in Hanford, Calif. He was 73.    Dennis was born Oct 20, 1943. He graduated from Mt. Whitney High School and College of the Sequoias in Visalia.    A memorial service for friends, colleagues, and family will be held at a private residence in Visalia on Thursday, July 27. For details email Vichoward@outlook....
Gary Tomlin, pointing out the peaks of the Great Western Divide to his nephew, Forest, at Bearpaw High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park, ca. 2000.
  Gary Scot Tomlin, a former resident of Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park, died Friday, May 12, 2017. He was 54.   Gary was born June 1, 1962. He was raised and educated in Virginia.   By the time he was 18, his wanderlust had taken hold and Gary headed to the West Coast. Eventually he settled in California.   Gary worked in Sequoia National Park in visitor services for the various...
Jean Blair, during the April 2016 Woodlake High Foundation Dinner, which paid tribute to WHS’s oldest living graduates. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Clara Jean Blair of Bakersfield died Tuesday, May 16, 2017. She was 94.   Jean was born January 8, 1923, in Elderwood, Calif., to Abe and Bertha Dinkins. She was raised on the family farm in Elderwood and graduated from Woodlake High School in 1940.   Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Abe and Bertha; her husbands, Charles and Norman; and her older sister, Wilma Hengst of Elderwood.   ...
  Juanita Elaine Tolle of Pismo Beach died Monday, May 22, 2017. She was 86.   Juanita was born December 30, 1931, in California’s Central Valley during the Great Depression. She spent her childhood on her grandfather’s (James Pierce)  ranch in Three Rivers, the historic Pierce Ranch, and always had fond memories of that experience. She was especially close with her grandmother, Julia Pierce, who...
  Herman Lewis “Tex” Childers died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at his Simi Valley, Calif., home after a prolonged illness. He was 83.    Tex was born August 8, 1933, in Tamms, Ill., to Stephen and Effie Mae Childers. He was the youngest son of 15 children.    Tex was raised working with his father, a mechanic, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. His mother was of Cherokee descent; she died when...
  Steven James Wait died peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 1:10 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Hospital-Oncology floor. He was 65.    A service will be held at Three Rivers Arts Center on Saturday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m.   Steve was born March 13, 1952, in Aida, Okla. He was raised in Avenal, Calif., and graduated from Avenal High School in 1970.    Steve attended college in Fresno and majored in...
  Michael Olecki, 58, a “lawyer’s lawyer” from Los Angeles and an even happier gentleman rancher from Three Rivers, passed away from unexpected medical complications on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. He was a brilliant, funny, kind, generous person with a great sense of adventure and enough enthusiasm to savor most anything, most any place, pretty much any time.    He became friends with legal...
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  Robert Demmitt Hall, a fourth-generation Californian, died Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was 67.    A memorial celebration of Robert’s life will be held Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m., at Hull’s Chapel, 1139 Saranap Ave., Walnut Creek.   Robert was born to Gladys and Darrell Hall in Lancaster, Calif. In 1952, the family acquired a 1,000-acre cattle ranch in Three Rivers; they relocated to Three...

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