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

Obituaries

Lloyd John Smith, Jr., a resident of Three Rivers for 23 years, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. He was 90. Lloyd was born April 30, 1923, to Lloyd John Sr. and Hattie Rose Smith in Maricopa, Calif., where he spent the first 68 years of his life. He was the fifth of eight children.   Lloyd served in the U.S. Army First Special Service Force during World War II for 35 months, 26 of which were overseas...
Ryan Christopher Johnson died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. He was 41. A celebration will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Three Rivers Memorial Building to honor Ryan’s time with those who will miss him. Ryan was born April 13, 1972, in Three Rivers to Bobby Dwayne and Kathleen Anne Johnson. He was an alumnus of Three Rivers Union School (1986), Mt. Whitney High (1990) in Visalia, USC in Los...
James Kocher of Three Rivers died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Visalia due to heart complications. He was 62. Jim was born December 5, 1951, in Pasadena to Harry and Wanda Kocher. He was raised in Covina and worked as a machinist in Los Angeles for over 30 years. Upon his retirement in 2007, he moved to the Woodlake and Three Rivers areas. Jim owned a classic jet boat and was fond of cruising on...
Lee Reeves
Lee Roy Reeves, a resident of Three Rivers for 30 years, died of cancer at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. He was 85. Lee was born in Santa Monica on November 16, 1928. He was raised and educated in the Los Angeles area. He joined the Air National Guard during the Korean War. He was an aircraft mechanic for 30 years. After he retired from the military, his next career was in home...
  Linard Odell Herrin of Three Rivers died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Visalia. He was 85. Linard was born August 19, 1928, in Oklahoma. He moved with his family to California in 1937, settling in the Imperial Valley. He later moved to Salinas where he worked in the produce industry. On December 2, 1948, he married Ermogene Umphfres in Yuma, Ariz. They settled in Salinas, which is where they...
Richard Langton, 1932-2013
Richard Langton, a 54-year resident of Three Rivers, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 81. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers. Dick was born January 31, 1932, to Ernie and Mable Langton in Waterville, Wash. He was the oldest of four children. When Dick was a young boy, the family moved to Fresno, where he...
Ronald Phillip Georgi, D.C., of Badger died Monday, May 12, 2014, in Visalia. He was 74. A service will be held tomorrow (Saturday, May 17) at 1 p.m. at Hilltop Chapel, 47895 Dunlap Road, Miramonte (off Highway 245). Dr. Georgi was born February 24, 1940, in Oceanside, Calif., to Otto and Audrey Georgi. He was raised in Tujunga in Southern California and graduated from Verdugo Hills High School...
Levada Staggs, a resident of Exeter for 69 years, died Friday, March 21, 2014. She was 73. Levada was born July 17, 1940, in Porum, Okla., to Thomas and Ruth Weaver. She was raised in Exeter and graduated from Exeter High School. For more than 20 years, she worked in the local citrus packinghouses.  Levada was preceded in death by her husband, Doitt Staggs, whom she married in 1956, and her son,...
Eva Ban, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Saturday, March 8, with her youngest daughter at her side. She was 94. Eva was born November 18, 1919, in Long Branch, N.J., and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She trained from an early age to become a ballet dancer. Dance was her greatest joy.   Eva came to Hollywood during the World War II years with high hopes of fame. She worked for MGM Studios...

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