Michael Raffetto, 91, the radio actor who played the original Paul Barbour on "One Man's Family" during the 1930s and 1940s, died May 31 in Berkeley, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.
He played the eldest son of Henry and Frances Barbour on "One Man's Family," among radio's longest running and most popular programs. From its initial broadcast on April 29, 1932, until May 8, 1959, "One Man's Family" was heard on NBC. Mr. Raffetto left the show in 1956.
In 1930, he starred in and produced NBC's "Arm of the Law." He went on to become the network's West Coast program director and join the "Family" cast. His other radio credits included "Death Valley Days" and "Attorney for the Defense." Beginning in 1939, Raffetto also played globe trotter and soft-spoken hero Jack Packard on "I Love a Mystery."
THOMAS R. SHERIDAN
California Trial Lawyer
Thomas R. Sheridan, 60, a Los Angeles trial lawyer who served as executive director of the federal panel that studied the Watts riots and special assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1962, died June 7 at a hospital in Los Angeles after a series of strokes.
He was named general counsel and executive director of the McCone Commission, which was set up immediately after the Watts riots in 1965. The commission explored the cause of the upheaval and made recommendations for avoiding future violence.
Mr. Sheridan was a graduate of Catholic University and the law school of the University of California at Los Angeles. After working as a trial attorney with the Justice Department's antitrust division, he was named head of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles. He had been in private practice since 1965.
CLYDE "BUTCH" LINDLEY
Clyde "Butch" Lindley, 43, a two-year NASCAR sportsman and 1984 champion of the All-Pro Circuit, died June 6 in Greer, S.C., after a five-year coma resulting from a racing accident.
He began his racing career as a teenager and emerged in the 1970s as one of the nation's top Late Model Sportsman drivers. Mr. Lindley, who chalked up 550 victories during his career, was the All-Pro Circuit's career driver with the most wins at the time of his accident.
G. KENNETH LEVI
G. Kenneth Levi, 81, former editor, publisher and owner of a weekly Clarke Courier newspaper in Berryville, Va., died of cancer June 8 at the Winchester Medical Center.
He was associated with the Clarke Courier for 54 years. He sold it and the Blue Ridge Press, a commercial printing conern, in 1981. But he remained as the paper's editor for about three years, then served as associate publisher until retiring two years ago.
George Miller, 74, president of the American Society of Osteopathic Pathologists in 1957 and 1958, and the father of rock musician Steve Miller, died June 4 in Dallas after a heart attack.
In 1950 Miller became one of only 10 doctors of osteopathic pathology in the nation. His musical interests are credited with inspiring his son to launch a career as a guitarist and bandleader.
Jimmy Hodder, 42, a former drummer for the rock group Steely Dan, drowned June 4 in his swimming pool in Point Arena, Calif.
After he joined Steely Dan in 1969, the group made several gold and platinum albums. These included "Can't Buy a Thrill," named in December 1988 by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 rock albums of all time.