Obituary of Harold “Corky” Deane
November 13, 2018
Harold "Corky" Deane passed away peacefully in his home in Grass Valley, CA on November 8, 2018. Corky was born in Denver, CO. on February 10, 1929 to Robert L. Deane and Violet M. Deane. Corky's father passed away after WWI and Violet was remarried to Edward R. Mann. Corky's family moved to Grass Valley when he was a young man. They relocated to Arkansas and then back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Corky was the Assistant Manager at a movie theater in Vallejo, CA and helped his brother Bob drive a cab after WWII. His brother told him about a young lady he met who worked at a soda fountain in Berkeley and he told Corky to go meet her. After courting for only three weeks and both being only seventeen years old, Shirley M. Solay and Corky married in Reno, NV on December 20, 1946.
Corky started working at Montgomery Ward in Oakland, CA in the sporting goods department while Shirley was employed as a telephone operator for Pac Bell. In 1953, they started their own business in Oakland. Twenty years later they moved back to Grass Valley, a place he always loved. Corky provided his extensive knowledge and history of the Grass Valley area for the Nevada County Historical Society in several comprehensive interviews documented on film. They had two children, son Bruce, born in 1949 and daughter Terry, born in 1953.
Corky was an avid sportsman, loving both fishing and hunting. He played the saxophone and loved all genres of music.
He is survived by his children Bruce Deane and Terry (Carl) Asbury; granddaughters Kathryn (Isaac) McConnell; Jennifer Asbury; grandson Michael (Griselda) Deane; great grandchildren Cora and Kierna.
Corky is preceded in death after fifty eight years of marriage by his wife Shirley.
Corky requested no funeral service.
Donations may be made to Interim Hospice in Sacramento in Corky's honor.
Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.
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