Obituaries for August 2, 2012 edition

Dudley Brainaird Pierson
Larry Wiener
Duane 'Jonesy' Thomas Jones
Daniel A. Ross

August 1, 2012 

Dudley Brainaird Pierson

Dudley Brainaird Pierson died June 3, 2012, at the age of 77.

Mr. Pierson was a resident of Coarsegold and Oakhurst for two years.

He was born July 29, 1934 in Waterbury, Conn. to Mary Emma Downs Pierson and Walter Edward Pierson.

Mr. Pierson was a Korean War veteran that served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954.

He worked for a steel company, as a heavy equipment operator, a plumber, and owned several businesses, including heavy equipment, milling and a video store.

Mr. Pierson enjoyed camping, traveling, card games and casinos. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3203 of Dallas, Ore.

He was preceded in death by wife of 43 years, Carol Wight Pierson; daughter Debra Shanks of Nampa, Idaho; daughter-in-law Randee Pierson of Oregon; sisters Ethel Denza and Edith Leonard of Connecticut; and brothers Charles and Lester Pierson of Connecticut and John Pierson of Georgia.

Mr. Pierson is survived by children Joyce Bowers of Adelanto, Lynn Forleo of Oakhurst, and Walter Pierson of Fall City, Ore.; grandchildren Carrie Riggs of Oakhurst, "G.P." Gary Bowers Jr. of O'Neals, Christina Reum, Pauletta Dearinger, Dennis Forleo, Justin Pierson, Hans Shanks, Jr., Janessa Rodriguez, Amber Pierson, Kenneth Shanks and Kendra Walker; 24 great-grandchildren; and siblings Mary Jane Denza, Marjorie Stevens and Frederick Pierson of Connecticut.

A private memorial service will be held at his daughter's home in Oakhurst to celebrate his life.


Larry Wiener

Larry Wiener died July 25, 2012, at the age of 44.

He was born Dec. 7, 1967.

Mr. Wiener was a resident of Oakhurst for 27 years.

He was often seen at the corner of Road 426 and Dale Lane, sitting in his wheelchair with an American flag, waving at people as they drove by.

Mr. Wiener enjoyed being patriotic to the United States of America.

He was preceded in death by his father Andrew Wiener and brother-in-law Rick Petros.

Mr. Wiener is survived by his mother Hanny Wiener; brothers Robert and wife Anita, Andy and wife Jane, and William and wife Sharon; sisters Pam, Karen, Jody and Gail and her husband Michael; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

An informal memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the family residence on the corner of Road 426 and Dale Lane. All who wish to pay their respects to Larry and his family are invited.


Duane "Jonesy" Thomas Jones

Duane "Jonesy" Thomas Jones died July 16, 2012, at the age of 70.

Mr. Jones was a resident of North Fork for most of his life.

He was born May 15, 1942 in Fresno to Darwin and Barbara Jones.

Mr. Jones worked as a heavy equipment operator most of his life. He worked for the North Fork Lumber Mill, the U.S. Forest Service, Native American Construction Incorpertated, Jim Lundy and Rod Poore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Darlene Funkner.

Mr. Jones is survived by wife Pamela; son Kevin; daughter Kelly; step-sons James and Stan Hammond, and Dino Licon; granddaughters Christine, Joya, Grace, Amanda, Taylor and Macie; grandson Tyler; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jones was recently cared for by Hind's Hospice.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the North Fork Town Hall.


Daniel A. Ross

Daniel Albert Ross died July 23, 2012, at the age of 46, following a long illness.

He was born May 19, 1966.

Mr. Ross grew up in Delano, and Atwater, and has been an Oakhurst resident for almost 20 years.

He was a Games Channel Manager for America Online and most recently was the Human Resources Communications Manager for Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

Mr. Ross was a member of the Golden Chain Theatre where he contributed through his passions for singing, dancing and performing. He authored the melodramas "Frankie, My Dear, I Don't Have A Dam," and "Bonnie Belles' Best Bloomers." He also served on the Golden Chain board of directors.

Friends of Daniel are invited to a "pot luck" style gathering from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at The Golden Chain Theatre. Remembrances can be made to The Golden Chain Theatre.