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Celebration of Life for Kenneth Bruce Upcraft, Sr.

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Kenneth Bruce Upcraft, Sr. passed away on October 19, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born on July 13, 1928, in Minetto, NY, to Kenneth and Mary Ellen (Stevens) Upcraft. He grew up in Hannibal, NY, and graduated from Hannibal High School in 1945. Kenneth joined the U.S. Army on October 2, 1946, serving honorably with the 8th Army ...

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Celebration of Life for Sandy Baker

From everyone at Sierra News Online, our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Sandy Baker

Please join us in celebrating the life of Sandra (Sandy) Baker. Sandy was born on June 12, 1938, and passed away on November 2, 2019. Sandy has been a member of the mountain community for many decades. She was the first female little league coach in Coarsegold, she was a waitress in many local restaurants, and she was a long-time business ...

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Celebration of Life for Scott Burert Rankin

From everyone at Sierra News Online, our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Scott Rankin.

Scott Burert Rankin passed away on September 15, 2019, in Coarsegold. He was born January 27, 1961, in Inglewood to Norma and Wallace Rankin. Scott grew up in Cypress in Orange County until the age of 12, when the family moved to Oakhurst in 1973. He attended Oakhurst Elementary, Sierra High and then Yosemite High (Class of 1979). He held ...

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Celebration of Life for Gary Morris

Gary Morris

Gary Morris, a mentor to many and a friend to all, passed away on October 26, 2019, at the age of 80 from a brain tumor at his beloved home “China Creek Ranch” in Oakhurst. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Penny Flinn; daughters Paula Morris and Tracy (Morris) and Craig Taylor; stepchildren John Flinn and Stacee Flinn; sisters ...

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Celebration of Life for John “Bat” Masterson

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John Masterson passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. John was 88 years old. John, or “Bat” as many called him, was born August 28, 1931, in Maud, Oklahoma, and moved to Ahwahnee in the early 1940’s. He met his wife Katherine Arnold in his twenties and they spent the next 60 or so years together. ...

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Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Barbara Boomer

From everyone here at Sierra News Online, our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Barbara Boomer.

Barbara (Foster) Boomer, loving wife, mother of two children, and grandmother passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the age of 76, from pancreatic cancer at her home in Bass Lake, CA. She was born on September 15, 1943, in Blyth, CA – the daughter of James and Rosa Foster. She was united in marriage to Doug Boomer on ...

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Celebration of Life for Mary “Mimi” Hall

From everyone at Sierra News Online, our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Mary Hall

In Loving Memory Mary “Mimi” Elizabeth Hall, 58, passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on Tuesday, October 8, at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born on July 31, 1961, to Marion Marshall and Lawrence Hall in Lancaster. Mimi is the beloved mother of Rocky Butler, Tiffany Payne, ...

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Celebration of Life for Albert D. Heath Jr. of North Fork

Albert D. Heath Jr. of North Fork

Albert was born on Christmas morning 1934 in Arizona. He was always proud of that. He passed away on October 3, 2019, after a long illness. Albert was pre-deceased by both his parents, son Joel D. Heath, and step-son Gregory Burhans. Albert is survived by his current wife Kay, former wife Anita and their daughters Sharron of San Diego, Deborah ...

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Celebration of Life for Peter Drost of Oakhurst

From everyone at Sierra News Online, please accept our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Peter Drost.

We are deeply saddened to report that Peter Drost of Oakhurst, California, passed away on September 30, 2019. Peter was born in Musselkanaal, Holland, on September 11, 1947, to John and Betty Drost (Zandbergen.) He came to California with his family in 1955 and grew up in Burbank. As a Marine in the Vietnam War, he was stationed in Hawai’i ...

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