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Alan Edward Zendner

In honor of an amazing husband, father, and grandfather: It’s remarkable how the world around you can change in an instant. We go on with our daily lives and with a phone call – a breath – your world is turned upside down. Alan left us suddenly, but painlessly the morning of June 20. Alan was loved unconditionally by those ...

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John Douglas Owen

John Douglas Owen passed peacefully to the other side on July 8, 2018, at the home of his daughter Jo. Doug was born on Nov. 9, 1931, in Los Angeles to Erle and Florence Owen. He grew up in Los Angeles and joined the Navy in 1951 to serve his country in the Korean War. He met his beloved wife ...

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Local Legend Moves On – Benjamin “Buddy” Muller

The Sierra community celebrates the life of a true mountain man – Benjamin “Buddy” Muller – 1935 to 2018. This pioneering story begins on a wooded creek in Coarsegold, Calif., where Buddy and his three brothers grew up living above the Golden Nugget Bar that their parents owned. Childhood was full of fishing, hunting, and all the rugged adventures expected ...

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Lucille Kaye Burton

Lucille Kaye Burton passed away in the early morning hours of August 2, 2018. She was the office manager for the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst, Calif., for 28 years, bringing joy and helping the elderly. Lucille was a wonderful person every day of her life. She always had a thing for gardening and she could take a pile of ...

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Haroleen Sue Bethel-Bowlan

Cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Haroleen Sue Bethel-Bowlan passed away on July 24, 2018 in Oakhurst California. Haroleen was born on January 10, 1949, the eldest child of Velma Chepo and Harold Bethel. She grew up in North Fork with siblings Sandra, Robert, and Brenda. Haroleen met Frank Smith at Sierra High School and together they had three children, Michelle, ...

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Braden Varney – The Lives He Touched

Hard working, protector, giving, loving, sensitive, kind and quiet are a few words that describe Braden Varney. Son, brother, husband, father and friend explain the lives he’s touched. Braden was born to Gordie and Lynn Varney on May 12, 1982. At the young age of four, Braden operated his first snow plow that Gordie made him out of a riding ...

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Harriett Ann Miller Cozean

Harriett Ann Miller Cozean of Oakhurst, California, was reunited with the angels on July 3, 2018. She passed away in her own home, just as she wanted. She was 93. Her life began in Galva, Illinois on October 8, 1924, when she was born the only child to Edwin William Miller and Florence Dunn Miller. She met Rolla (Bud) Rutledge ...

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In Loving Memory: Juanita “Jane” Garcia

Juanita “Jane” Garcia passed away on June 30, 2018, surrounded by family while at Kaiser Hospital in Fresno, California, due to complications from pneumonia. She was 93 years old. Born in Belvidere, Illinois on May 11, 1925 to parents Rafael and Rafaela Huitzacua, she was the fourth of ten children. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of ...

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Kenneth D. Carlson Memorial Service

The life of Kenneth D. Carlson will be celebrated on Friday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at Mountain Christian Church. Pastor Terry Cederblom is officiating. Ken passed away on June 6, 2018, at the age of 93. Ken was born Feb. 14, 1925 to William and Hildur Carlson. Ken and his wife, Grace, retired to Oakhurst in 1988 and founded ...

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June Barnum Richie

June Barnum Richie was born Oct. 28, 1921, and passed away in her sleep in the early morning hours of Dec. 31, 2017. She enjoyed 96 full, good years. Quiet Sunday mornings were spent reading the Fresno Bee while she enjoyed her waffles and coffee. Her favorites were the comics celebrating the joys of life and the obituaries, celebrating lives ...

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