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Obituaries: William H. Mauel helped found Rotary Club foundation

William H. Mauel, the former vice president and manager of the Wells Fargo Bank office in Menlo Park and a founder of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation, died Feb. 28 in Menlo Park. He was 99.

The foundation provides financial assistance to students seeking to continue their education. In honor of his work to raise funds for the foundation, the Bill Mauel Fellowship was established to recognize those who have donated $1,000 or more to the foundation. Today there are more than 200 Bill Mauel Fellows.

Born in Redding, California, he spent his early years in there and then moved with his family to Palo Alto early in the Great Depression. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1931 and attended the College of San Mateo.

In 1934, he began his 43 year banking career in the mail room of the American Trust Company, which merged with Wells Fargo Bank in the 1950s.

In World War II, he volunteered for the Merchant Marine Service and served as a purser and pharmacist's mate aboard three Liberty ships from 1942 to 1945. He was awarded the Pacific War Zone Medal and the Merchant Marine Combat Bar as a crew member aboard ships that went in harm's way in the South Pacific war zone.

Most of his banking assignments were spread along the Peninsula, from San Francisco to San Jose, with the exception of a two-year tour in Pago Pago, American Samoa, as the manager of Bank of America Samoa (administered by the American Trust Company) that served the naval base and the island community. He traveled throughout the South Pacific on banking business, often via a World War II PBY aircraft, taking many photographs of the islands he visited or flew over.

His final assignment began in 1968, when he accepted the position of vice president and manager of the Wells Fargo Bank office in downtown Menlo Park.

A long time Rotary International member, he transferred to the Menlo Park Rotary Club in that year.

Retiring in 1977, he soon opened a financial consulting office, assisting many of his former bank clients with their financial affairs, planning and estates.

He enjoyed gardening, photography and was an avid golfer, walking the course and carrying his clubs at every opportunity, well into his 80s.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lillian Mauel of Menlo Park, sons William H. Mauel Jr. of Auburn, California, and D. Clark Mauel of Los Altos, California; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In accord with his wishes, there will be no formal services. Anyone wishing to acknowledge his life and accomplishments is asked to make a donation in his name to the Menlo Park Rotary Club Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 876, Menlo Park, CA 94026.

Jack Schutz, 86,

Village Pub restaurateur

A "Celebration of Life" memorial Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road in Redwood City.

Born in Hebron, Nebraska, in 1927, he moved with his family to Canby, Oregon, when he was 5. He lived there until he enlisted in the Navy, reporting for duty on his 18th birthday.

Following military service, he graduated from the University of Portland. Soon after, he traveled to California, stopping in a little town called Woodside — the town he never left. At the Village Pub, you could find his welcoming smile behind the bar or hear him share jokes and stories with guests at their tables, the family said.

He was a charter member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, where he loved to play golf and dominoes with his buddies. Spending time with family, friends, and traveling is what brought him the most joy, the family said.

He was preceded in death by his four sisters, and his wife of 40 years, Norma Oswald.

Survivors include his children Carolyn Schutz, Janet Schutz, and Julie Luttringer; two grandchildren; and partner Linda "Sam" O'Sullivan. The family prefers memorial donations to a charity of the donor's choice.

Service set for

Burton Dupree

Burton Lynn Dupree died peacefully on Feb. 18 in Menlo Park. He was 80. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

Born in Pioneer, Texas, he graduated from Denver City High School in Denver City, Texas. He loved motorcycles and passed that love on to his children. He loved flying, too, soloing after three hours in a Piper Cub, the family said.

He received a bachelor's degree in design at Texas Tech, and served as colonel of cadets in the ROTC.

In 1956, he began 10 years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In Central America from 1959 to 1962, he supported the mapping mission of the 937th Engineers as part of the InterAmerican Geodetic Survey in both fixed-wing craft and helicopters. In 1964-65, he flew as a pilot in Vietnam, leaving active duty in 1966. He then served for 10 years in the 91st Division (Reserve) Aviation Section, retiring as a major.

In 1966, he began a career with Pacific Air Lines, which merged into Air West, and then Republic, which was bought by Northwest. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1992.

Mr. Burton was known for drawing cartoons of almost everyone he met. He loved to fish and to be in nature, the family said. The children grew up going to parks and fishing.

He volunteered, washing dishes at St. Anthony's Dining Room and driving a forklift at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Every day, he was at Peet's coffee shops with friends. He attended a poetry group, a dinner group, and the Men's Group at Woodside Village Church, the family said.

Mr. Burton was preceded in death by his sister Karen Ann Westbrook and son John Marc Dupree. Surviors include his wife Sabra; his children James Dupree, Virginia Dupree Waik and David Jacob Dupree; and 12 grandchildren.

The family thanks the staff of the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Menlo Park, who provided "the best of professional loving care."

Memorials may be sent to the art department at Willow Oaks School, 620 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.