Donald Petersen passed away of natural causes. He leaves his wife, Verna Petersen; son, Tristan Petersen; daughter, Lauren Willis; grandchildren, Samuel Petersen and Logan Willis; brothers, Rodney Petersen and David Petersen; and sisters, Dorothea Petersen-Serrano and Chella O'Bryant.
Walter Welker, 59, of Hilmar, passed away on March 7 at home. He was born in Kennett, Mo. to Carl and Joyce Welker in 1950. Walter served in the Army for three years during the Korean War. He lived in the Central Valley for most of his life and settled in Hilmar in 2006. He was a U.S.D.A. inspector for 15 years. Walter was a member of the Hilmar Covenant Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed football, wrestling, video games and camping.