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James Donald Owen


A memorial service for James Donald Owen will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Dr. Marvin Dennis of the Good Shepherd Wesleyan Church and the Carson Valley Masonic Lodge No. 33 will be conducting the services. Mr. Owen, 86, died Nov. 21, 2004 at his ranch in Gardnerville.

Mr. Owen was born December 31, 1918 in Sacramento, Calif. to Wesley R. and Veta Owen. He was a fourth generation native of California. His family were early pioneers who built Bassett Station, a Pony Express stop near Sierra City.

His great-grandfather and grandfather were operative stone masons and helped to build the Masonic Lodge in Penryn where Jim was a lifetime member. As a young man, he lived in Penryn and attended high school in Auburn, Calif. where he excelled in track and field earning the nickname of the “Penryn Flash.”

In 1964, Mr. Owen and his family moved to Gardnerville where he owned and operated Silver State Title Company and later opened Silver State Travel.

Over the years, his fleet of classic cars frequently appeared in local parades and charity fund-raising events.

Always an active member of the community, he was a life member of the Penryn Gold Hills Lodge #32 of Free and Accepted Masons, a 50-year member of the Delta Royal Arch, Chapter #27 in Auburn, Calif. Knight’s Templer, Ben Ali Shrine Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Cadillac-LaSalle Club, and the Lahaina Yacht Club.

Mr. Owen is survived by his wife, Anna Mae (Ann), his daughters, Debbie and son-in-law Roger Sweningsen, Lisa and son-in-law Terry Maddox and Kimberlee Nenzel, all of Gardnerville; Kerry and son-in-law Jim Nord of Napa, Calif.; his granddaughters, Kalee Ann Duryee and Natalie Celeste Maddox as well as his sister, Barbara Toelke of Newcastle, Calif. and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations to the East Fork Fire and Paramedics, 1616 8th Street, Minden, NV 89423 or to the Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV 89460 would be appreciated.

All arrangements are under the direction of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville.

Paul Omohundro


A memorial service for Paul Omohundro will be 10 a.m. today at FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville.

Mr. Omohundro was born Jan. 18, 1915 in Dallas, Texas to Paul and Mamie Omohundro. He later moved to Long Beach, Calif. where he graduated from Wilson High School. He began his career at Vultee Aircraft in Burbank as a pattern maker. After World War II he started the Comet Company in Paramount, Calif. where he contributed to the building of the Atom Bomb. In 1957 he operated the Paul Omohundro Company in Compton, Calif. employing 500 people focusing on the aerospace industry. Later in 1963 he opened the Omohundro Company in Costa Mesa, Calif. where he pioneered the use of plastics in the aerospace industry. In 1979 he moved to Bend, Ore. after passing the business on to his son, Tom. He remained active by independently developing a torpedo prop and assisting in the development of a mast company in Minden.

He is survived by his wife Lois, his son Thomas and daughter-in-law Gail, daughter Bonnie and son-in-law Lee, step-son Bob Prigmore and wife, Alyce, step-daughter Karen Graham, step-daughter Anita and husband, Terry, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, in addition to his sisters Heloise and Lucretia Lunde.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville.

Morgan Andrew Petersen


A funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City for Morgan Andrew Petersen, 52, who died Nov. 27, 2004 in Carson City.

Mr. Petersen was born January 22, 1952 in Tracy, Calif. to Jim and Gwendolyn Sutton Petersen. He was a high school graduate and had been a resident of Wellington for the past two years.

Mr. Petersen is survived by his children, Shane Andrew Petersen of Carson City, Melody Dawn Petersen of Dayton, Laramie Morgan Petersen of Bishop, Calif., his parents James Oliver Petersen and Gwendolyn Arlene Ward and one sister, Melody Dawn Sheffield. He had three grandchildren and his nephew Trevor Sheffield.

All arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City. Burial will take place in the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City.

Alvin “Al” Henry



Alvin “Al” Henry Walker, 73, a resident of Minden for 12 years, died Nov. 27, 2004.

He was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Los Angeles to Beatrice and John Walker. In 1952 he met the former Alice Nides while square dancing, and they married in 1953.

They started a family, and eventually moved to Bishop, Calif. Later they moved to New Jersey, Wyoming, Arizona, and California, and finally to Minden.

He was a licensed surveyor and civil draftsman, but also enjoyed a variety of hobbies throughout his life, including fishing, hunting, camping, archery, skiing, computers, stained glass crafts, and was a master gardener. In recent years he was an active volunteer with the Genoa Courthouse Museum, Family Support Council, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

He became a skilled amateur radio operator (KD7MXR), doing communication for the Pony Express Re-Ride, many Tahoe area bike tours, and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; daughter Diane Decoster of Florida; son and daughter-in-law John and Cindy Walker of Washington; daughter Julie Walker of California; and grandchildren Camiel and Jessica Decoster, Melissa and Laurie Walker, and Lyla and Stefan Dorsett, as well as sisters Anna Swope and Thora Smith, and her husband Harold.

Cremation will be at FitzHenry’s Funeral Home. No services will be held, and his remains will be scattered in the mountains. Donations in his name may be made to any cancer research organization.