News Obituaries

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Graveside services for Elmer “Sandy” Sandmeier, who passed away on June 17, 2017, will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, Calif., with a reception to follow the service.

Davis (Dave) C. Winters, born July 4, 1939, died on Nov. 29, 2016, at the age of 77. There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at Union Congregational Church, 1141 S. Main St., Angels Camp.

Richard Earl Hansen, a career Air Force pilot who wrote several novels with the military as a central subject, died in San Andreas on Aug. 22 of complications following a stroke.

Harlan Michael Kuntz Sr., a longtime resident of Valley Springs, died suddenly at his home on Aug. 10. He was 53.

Gustav “Frank” Wharregard died at his home in San Andreas on July 31 after a short battle with cancer. He was 90.

Jordan Joseph Rapetti, a 53-year resident of Calaveras County, died at his home in San Andreas on Aug. 6 after a 13-year-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

William Tex Hinkle died July 27 at his home in Valley Springs after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 and had lived in Valley Springs for 16 years.

Betty Ann Callaway, a longtime resident of Mountain Ranch, died July 11 on her way to the hospital after a long illness. She was 78.

Leigh Robinson, a longtime resident of Murphys and author of a well-known book about real estate investing, died June 26 at his home in Forest Meadows after a long illness. He was 76.

Lynn Eloise Smith died July 12 of natural causes at her home in Valley Springs. She was 86. Smith was a longtime resident of Calaveras County. She moved from Paradise to Valley Springs with her husband, Roy Smith, more than 20 years ago.

John Frances O’Neal, a longtime resident of Mokelumne Hill, died July 22 at Sonora Regional Medical Center after a short battle with cancer. He was 85.

Rickie May Fry, 80, died at her home in Burson on July 19 after a short illness.

Robert Kirk Andersen, a lifelong resident of Calaveras County, died July 11 in his home in Angels Camp of congestive heart failure. He was 56.

Elton “Ike” Spreadborough, passed July 16, 2016, in San Andreas. He was 82 years old. In 1983, for a class project, Ike had to write his own obituary. The date of death was updated, but everything else in the paragraph below is what he wrote in 1983:

Lois Winfield Long, a longtime former resident of Wilseyville, died at her Lodi home on June 21 after a long illness. She was 77.

Karen Lua, a resident of Murphys, died June 21 at Avalon Health Care in San Andreas. She was 74.

Shirley Ann Miller Veltri, a former longtime resident of San Andreas, died in Wilmington N.C., on June 19 after a short illness. She was 54.

Christine Angela Craddock, a longtime resident of Rail Road Flat, died on June 25 after a long battle with cancer. She was 45.

Larry Dale Routson, 60, died June 26 in his home in Valley Springs where he was a resident for eight years.

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