Obituaries

Galen Norsworthy Obituary

Galen Duane Norsworthy was born in Hanford, CA on May 18, 1948. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9, 2020 in Bishop, California. He was 71 years old at his passing.

Galen was preceded in death by his parents George and Violet Norsworthy. Galen is survived by his brother Lauren Norsworthy, his beloved and cherished wife of 48 years, Lita Norsworthy, his strong and beautiful daughters, Katrina Otten and Alicia Vorhees, his sons-in-law, Adam and Matt, and his nine wonderful grandchildren: Isaiah, Caleb, Elliana, Wesley, Evan, Jada, Abigail, and recent arrivals, Grayson and Hudson. Galen was a proud Papa!

Growing up in a minister’s home, Galen mastered the art of being a pastor’s kid by day and running the streets of San Francisco by night. That all changed when Galen joined the military. In 1968, Galen enlisted in the Navy and served in the Vietnam War. God used that experience to get Galen’s attention and solidify his faith in Jesus Christ.

Upon his return, Galen attended Azuza Pacific University, where he met his would-be wife, Lita. While working on his degree, Galen was introduced to a depth of Bible teaching that would forever change his life. From that point on, Galen was relentless in exercising his clear gift for handling and communicating God’s Word. Everywhere Galen taught the Bible, people gravitated toward his wealth of knowledge and his passion for knowing and applying Scripture.

This led to a church plant in Santa Cruz, California, and one of the parishioners took a particular interest in him, and on January 22, 1972, Lita married her pastor. However, Galen sensed a need for deeper Bible training, which eventually led their path to Houston, Texas. It was there that Galen joined the Army in 1973 and became an Airborne Ranger. Galen was extremely proud of his military service. He was a true patriot, modeling love for country and sacrificial service to others. Galen would eventually complete his military career in the Army Reserves after a tour in Desert Storm.

While in Texas, God gave Galen and Lita two beautiful girls, Katrina and Alicia. Galen loved his family! As a military and a family man, Galen completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. All the while, he continued to teach God’s Word faithfully. Eventually Galen felt the need for formal Biblical training, which led the family to Portland, Oregon to attend Western Seminary in 1986. There he thrived in his studies, watched his girls grow up, served in ministry at a few different churches, and worked on campus until his graduation in 1994 with a Master’s of Divinity.

Then in 1998, Galen agreed to come help his uncle Virgil run Ducor Telephone Company. This eventually drew the rest of the family to Bakersfield, where Galen and Lita started a fruitful college-aged ministry at Laurelglen Bible Church. God was honored and He blessed the ministry abundantly! From this ministry, God has raised up pastors, missionaries and mature believers in all sectors of society. While Galen was working with young adults, God was kind to raise up a couple of young men that Galen was proud to call his sons and let marry his daughters.

Toward the end of Galen’s career with the telephone company, he was able to work remotely and moved to Bishop, California to be near his oldest daughter and grandkids. Like always, Galen jumped right into serving in ministry, becoming very active in the community, and was serving as an elder in his church at the time of his passing.

Galen was a beloved husband, the best father and grandpa, a military hero, a wise and gifted pastor, a generous business owner, and a faithful servant of Christ Jesus. As Galen would often put it, he was “promoted” on May 9, 2020, being welcomed by the Savior whom he served all his life with this greeting: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” He will be dearly missed, but in Christ, death is never goodbye, only see you later.

Nancy Reed Obituary

Nancy Reed

Dec. 16, 1934- May 5, 2020

Nancy passed away peacefully with her family  by her side at her home in Bishop. Nancy was born in Los  Angeles Ca, she was raised in Goldfield, Gold Point, and Tonopah Nv. She met and married the love of her life Sandy Reed in 1952.

Nancy was a homemaker who loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was known for all her beautiful handmade quilts and baking.

Nancy enjoyed camping and exploring old ghost towns in Nv with her husband and enjoyed collecting antiques.

Nancy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Tom Peek, six grandchildren,  twelve great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Nancy is proceeded in her death by her husband Sandy Reed whom she missed dearly until the day she passed away. Her daughter Terry Sepsey and grandson Rahn Harvey.

Graveside services will be private.

George Batchelder Obituary

George Batchelder was born November 30, 1946 in Burbank, CA to Ralph and Eleanor (Harmon) Batchelder. He died at home, of complications of multiple myeloma, on May 3, 2020.

George’s family moved to Mammoth Lakes when he was 8 years old. They lived in a tent on their lot on Berner Street until they finished building their home. For the last 37 years George lived in Bishop, CA.

George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan and his children Jill Batchelder (Ret Tognazzini), Thom (Clancy) Batchelder, and Tim (Jolene) Batchelder. Also grandchildren Kyle (Kaleigh) Batchelder, Casey (Cole) Melendrez, Collin Batchelder (Jayme Espinoza), Madelyn Batchelder (Irving Perez), Jackie (Daniel) Johnson, Makenna Batchelder, Sydney Ellis, and Kennedy Batchelder. George was excitedly anticipating his first great-grandson, to be born in July. He is also survived by siblings, Harry (Bobbie) Batchelder, Bruce (Ann) Batchelder, and Alice (Ken) Lloyd. George was predeceased by his father, mother, and brother Charlie.

George graduated from Lee Vining high school in 1964, since there was no high school in Mammoth Lakes at that time. He enjoyed that time and his life long friends.

Growing up in Mammoth Lakes, George was a skier. In fact he won the Village Championship one year. Dave McCoy took a group of young Mammoth ski racers to the Junior Nationals on the East Coast, and also to Europe and provided a lot of experiences and opportunities they would not have otherwise received. George was always appreciative of Dave’s encouragement and those opportunities.

George served in the Army, in Viet Nam, from 1967 to 1969. He received various commendations, and on the paperwork for his Bronze Star for Valor, it was noted, “with complete disregard for his own life” he provided the necessary duties for the “eventual success” of the unit, and did so displaying “courage and professionalism under heavy enemy fire.” These are qualities George carried on through all of his life.

Being a volunteer fireman was a big part of George’s life. He was on the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department as a teenager, and he was eventually the assistant chief, and chief, for a short time. After moving to Bishop, he joined the Bishop Fire Department. George was described as one of the most knowledgeable people in hydraulics, pumps and water systems in the area. He enjoyed his relationships with the other firemen and maintained those friendships throughout his life.

George worked at the Mammoth Water Department, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. He eventually developed his own business, Batchelder Enterprises, and supplied heating services to the extended Bishop area for over 25 years. He frequently went out of his way to provide additional assistance and care for his customers, and many of those customers became friends.

George liked to fly, and he owned a small plane for many years. Keeping with his habit of helping others, he frequently flew people to various destinations and took others for tours of the local area. George enjoyed the challenge of flying, and he eventually obtained his instrument rating.

George had accepted Jesus as his Savior, and it was important to him to grow increasingly in his Christian walk. He was active in Calvary Baptist church and served there in various capacities, mostly as an Elder or Deacon. He was also a teacher in the Awana children’s program and was loved by the children he taught. He only stopped participating in that program due to his health issues.

George was an exceptional person; quiet, kind, caring, humble, loyal, hard working, practical, and strong. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and accepted all of the treatments and complications with an amazing strength and without complaint. Until he went Home, he continued to display concern for others. He leaves a strong legacy of love and spiritual commitment for his family and friends… an inspiration to become increasingly better Christians and put others first. George was a humble man, and he frequently said he was “only a sinner, saved by God’s grace.”

A service will be scheduled when possible at a future date.

Stan Lloyd Obituary

Stan Lloyd, age 86, peacefully passed away on May 5, 2020 at the Bishop Care Center following a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his daughter, Cindy James, his son in law, Greg James, his son, Gary Lloyd, his daughter in law, Carrie Lloyd, his brother Ken Lloyd and his wife Alice, five grandchildren, Garrett Lloyd, Chris Jared, Brandon Jared, Amanda Brown and Kristen Richardson, four great grandchildren, and his dear friend and companion Pat Tueson.

Stan was preceded in death by Barbara, his loving wife of fifty years, and by his son, George.

Stan lived in Bishop for most of his life and attended Bishop High School. He began working for the Southern California Edison in 1956 and retired in 1989. He was passionate and dedicated to the community and the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the Fire Department in 1955 and rose to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief over the next fifty years.

Due to COVID-19, a private interment for family only will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bishop Fire Department Equipment Fund.

Betty Young Obituary

Betty Young, age 82, passed away peacefully at home in Pueblo West, Colorado on April 29th. Betty Lou was born July 25, 1937 in Elk City, Oklahoma. The family moved to California in her early years. Betty was waitressing at a Loops Restaurant in Ventura, CA when she met the love of her life, John Young. They were married Sept 24, 1961. They lived in Montclair, CA and Agoura, CA until 1976 when they bought radio station KIBS-AM and moved to Bishop. Working side by side for almost 20 years and building the business into KBOV-AM and KIBS-FM. After selling the stations in 1995, they bought and ran The Trees Motel from 1997-2007. Betty lived in Bishop until 2016 and then moved to Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 2013, daughter Sandee in 2013, and baby son Randy in 1956. Betty is survived by her daughter and son-inlaw Terri and Patrick Cole from Pueblo West, CO. Son and daughter-in-law Gary and Rochelle Young of Bishop. Son-in-law Fred Hodapp of Valencia, CA. Granddaughters, Breanna Petersen of Bonanza, OR, Tawni (Matt) Nolting of Pueblo West, CO, Heather (James) Melcher of Santee, CA, and Cory Young of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Great Grandchildren, Logan Melcher, Evan Nolting, and Brooklynn Young. Brother, Van McNair or Ventura, CA.

A graveside memorial service will be held at East Line Street Cemetery at a later date.

Ken Thomas Obituary

Kenneth (Ken) Paul Thomas was born on April 20, 1954, in San Bernardino, CA, to Oliver and Yvonne Thomas, and went home to permanent glory with Jesus on April 2, 2020.

Ken came to Bishop in the 1980s. He had never hunted deer before and learned “from a book”. He loved the area so much, he decided to stay. One of his favorite places to live was in Round Valley where he and older sons Eric and Michael lived in “peace and nature”. Ken often showed the picture he took of a mountain lion found in their tree! Ken worked as the Manager for the, then, Sportsman’s Chevron. Ken also worked at CSK (Kragen)/O’Reilly as the Store Manager.

Ken loved and adored his family. Ken raised older sons Eric and Michael in Bishop, both of whom graduated from BUHS. Ken and son-to-be wife Gina met at the, then, Sportsman Chevron in Bishop. Ken and Gina’s first date was at the CHP’s Christmas party at Convict Lake, which soon followed by a marriage proposal. Ken and Gina (Huerta) were married on August 9, 1997, in Bishop, CA. On May 12, 2000, they were blessed with son Hunter Kenneth. On August 11, 2017, Ken and Gina renewed their vows with family Ron and Candy Sargent officiating which included youngest son Hunter, as Best Man. Ken enjoyed being a BUHS “Football” Dad. You could find him at the field for home games (sometimes in the snack shack or bringing food for Team dinners) and at all away-games. Ken could be found attending every school event, supporting his sons. He was a dad very much proud of his sons’ accomplishments!

Ken was an avid mule deer hunter – hunting in the Eastern Sierras and in his beloved Craig, Colorado, where he, older sons Eric and Michael, and great friends, set up ‘hunting camp’. He would often tell the stories of when he and friends’ “mustaches froze”. In 2019, Ken took son Hunter, mule deer hunting in the Eastern Sierras – where Hunter had a successful hunt. Ken was so proud to show Hunter his hunting skills. Ken and best friend Bob Stone (who often hunted with Ken in Colorado and who married Ken and Gina) started the Easter Sierra Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation – something he was very proud of because of the good it did for the habitat. Ken was an avid fisherman (attended “Fishmas” for many years); loved driving the pontoon boat; and being outdoors. Anything ‘nature’ made him smile. Ken loved the ocean (especially Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, LaJolla & Hawaii); boating on Lake Tahoe and Yellowstone. Ken loved the smell of fresh trees he would cut each Christmas for his family – and enjoyed the pine nuts! Ken was a dedicated Denver Broncos fan – seen in his MANY Denver Broncos fan items (man cave covered in them). Ken took his older sons Eric and Michael to Denver Bronco games. In 2017, Ken enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO, with Gina and Hunter. He loved Estes Park, CO! Ken enjoyed NASCAR and was a major Earnhardt fan. You could always find Ken at local events; Mule Days (where he and older sons Eric and Michael were Committee members); at the Tri-County Fair; various parades; Cardinal Village Pizza Night; 4th of July events; and many more. Ken enjoyed going to NAAM (highlight was meeting Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper’s band); and to Alice Cooper and Journey concerts. Any place he could go to “rock on”.

Ken was a great worshipper of Jesus and played electric guitar on several local church worship teams. You would often see him raising his hands, praising Jesus. One of his greatest gifts Ken had was the ability, as a member of worship teams, to usher in the presence of Jesus. Ken was a member of the local Christian band “What Iff?” and enjoyed playing with them at the Eastern Sierra Music Festivals. Ken also enjoyed playing at the “Battle of the Bands”. Whenever Ken could play – he would!

Ken’s heart was always for the children. The year he took 40 stuffed teddy bears to the children’s hospital in Reno, NV, meant the world to him. He would love to sit and talk to the kids, pray with the kids, sing with the kids– always with a father’s heart. Ken loved to make people laugh. Ken’s sense of humor was like no other – and those that worked with him and/or knew him KNEW his sense of humor! He loved playing practical jokes on co-workers and customers!

It’s hard to put in words this larger-than-life, gentle man was. His greatest joy was his sons and grandchildren. He was such a hands-on dad. We will miss him dearly, but we rest in knowing we will be reunited. Ken awaits his family in Heaven: wife Gina Marie Thomas; sons Eric Paul Thomas of Redlands; Michael Lee Thomas (wife Khaleedah and grandchildren Cora and Kai) of Ft. Collins, CO; and Hunter Kenneth Thomas of Bishop; Brothers Larry (wife Sharon) and Steve (wife Kathy); many nieces and nephews; many in-law family members; and great friends, ALL whom he loved and adored. Ken never met a stranger. If you knew him, he became your friend. Ken had a special fondness for sister-in-law Danni Delgado who he could count on for support. Ken rested knowing Danni would be there to support her sister and nephew when needed. We are forever grateful for the blessing you have been, and are, to us!

Ken was put on this earth to worship Jesus and do work in His name, loving well. Ken gave his life to Jesus and exemplified the Father’s heart. Ken LOVED WELL!

Ken’s family would like to thank Brune Mortuary for their compassion, support; generous blessings and for bringing Ken home to us. We will never forget how wonderful you were to us! We would also like to thank our family and the many great friends who called, sent texts, sent cards and brought food – even in the difficulty of this unprecedented time. We’d like to thank our great friends and Pastors Ron & Candy Sargent; Mike and Heather Gehringer for helping us through this difficult time. To everyone who loved Ken, your love and support will NEVER be forgotten! The biggest legacy Ken leaves behind is that we all see the world through the eyes of the heart of Jesus, as he did.

A Celebration of Life for Ken will be announced and held in fall, 2020, Ken’s favorite time of year.

Armando Fimbres Obituary

The family of Armando Fimbres announces with great sadness the passing of their loved one. Mando was born on January 17, 1967 to Rosalie Dondero and Bob Fimbres in Lynwood, California and passed away on April 4, 2020at his home in Bishop, California after a short battle with cancer. Mando was a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Uncle and friend to all who knew him. Mando is preceded in death by numerous family members. Mando is survived by sons, Armando Fimbres, Marcus Fimbres, Tarrence Williams, Damian LaFrombois, Dominic Fimbres, Blake Fimbres, Raymond Fimbres and daughter Alex LaFrombois, Grandchildren, Trey Fimbres, Sol LaFrombois and Luna LaFrombois. Mother Rosalie Dondero, Father Bob Fimbres. Sister Debra Fimbres, Brother Kenneth Fimbres and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Mando will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Private Graveside Services will be held in honor of Armando Fimbres.

Carol Jean Reuter Obituary

Carol Jean (McDonald) Reuter was born April 20th, 1942 to Mr. and Mrs. McDonald in Chicago, Ill. She moved to Van Nuys, CA in the 1950’s with her first husband and family. In 1981, she met her husband Harold in Moorpark, CA. They were married in 1983 and spent the next 37 years by each other’s side. She worked for Rocketdyne in Simi Valley, CA before they both retired and moved to Bishop, CA in 1990. During their marriage, they traveled to Jamaica, Hawaii, Mexico, June Lake at Big Rock Lodge, Reno, Carson City and many other beautiful places. Carol was involved in the hospital auxiliary and the Elks Lodge with Harold. She enjoyed fishing all around Bishop and the surrounding areas.

Carol is survived by sister Nancy Simpson, husband Harold, daughter Maureen (Tony), Patti Reuter, Rick Reuter (Terri), five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services to be held at a later date.

Betty Louise Vradenburg Obituary

Age 85 died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on March 1, 2020 in Bishop Ca after a courageous battle with kidney cancer.

Betty was born on November 6, 1934 in Red Lodge, Montana to Laffayette Hotchkiss and Eva Parker. She married the love of her life Richard Vradenburg and they were married for 62 years. During this time, they had 3 children, Debbie, Dirk and Kris.

She loved spending time with her kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, church family and friends. She loved working on puzzles, traveling to Montana and caring for her dogs.

Betty had a great sense of humor and a passion for life. She will be deeply missed.

Betty was proceeded in death by her husband Richard Vradenburg.

She is survived by her 3 children Debbie & husband Jim Stonehouse, Dirk & wife Ila Vradenburg, Kris & wife Becky Vradenburg, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

No Services per her request but will have a celebration of life to be announced later.

James Irving Ellis Obituary

Born on January 5, 1923 in Los Angeles to Martha and Earl Ellis, James (Jim) Irving Ellis died March 20, 2020 in Bishop. He was 97.

Jim was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather who never missed the opportunity to share his wisdom and knowledge with anyone who asked. His grandchildren, especially, were blessed with many years of stories and discussions about the secrets to life, living, and loving. Jim had a mischievous sense of humor, strong sense of duty, a firm handshake and a green thumb, and took pride in both his work and his large family. He was known for his honesty, integrity, ingenuity, loyalty, and generosity, and was a much-respected member of the Eastern Sierra business community.

Jim grew up in Los Angeles during the Great Depression. He left home at age 17 and eventually went to work the nightshift at Lockheed Martin, dividing his daylight hours between college, the beach, and playing for semi-pro baseball teams in the L.A. area. He later volunteered for active duty in the military and was given the choice of going to flight training in either Las Cruces, N.M. or Lone Pine, CA, both of which were entirely unfamiliar to him. As fate would have it, Jim chose Lone Pine and on December 1, 1942 he was dropped off at midnight at the bus stop, where he looked up and saw a sign that said “Ellis Motors.” Less than 20 years later, he would own it.

It was in Lone Pine where Jim met the love of his life, Juanita Ruiz, a beautiful young woman working as a soda jerk at the pharmacy. On July 22, 1944, they were married in a very small ceremony in Kinston, N.C. Their love would endure many trials and tribulations, and they were only separated after 72 years when Juanita passed away in 2016. The couple renewed their vows four times – on their 25-, 50-, 60-, and 70-year anniversaries.

Not long after they married, Jim was shipped off to the Pacific Theater. Flying the Corsair, with Marine Fighter Squadron VMF251, he participated in the invasions of the Admiralty Islands, Philippine Islands, and Okinawa, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.

Jim returned to the States in 1945, meeting his then-six month old daughter, Nita Marie, for the first time. In 1947, they relocated from Las Vegas to Pine Creek, where Jim secured work at the Vanadium Mine. The couple’s first son, James, was born not long after. Three years later they were back in Lone Pine and welcoming their third child, Robert.

Jim went to work for Howard Miller at Miller Chevrolet before being recalled to the service in 1952 for the Korean War, which required relocating the family to Santa Ana. When a career opportunity presented itself in Lone Pine in 1955, Jim retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Captain in order to move his family home. He went to work for Ellis Motors and its owner, Howard Ellis. With help from business owners in Lone Pine and a lot of long hours, Jim was able to put together the money to partner with Howard’s widow in 1960 and to buy her out in 1961.

The couple moved to Bishop in 1969 when Jim opened Eastern Sierra Motors. He operated the Bishop dealership and his son, James, ran the Lone Pine dealership until they sold Ellis Motors in 1977. Jim retired in 1988 after selling Eastern Sierra Motors to son Robert, who went to work for his dad after college.

Throughout his career and well into retirement, Jim’s love for community and desire to help others manifested itself through service. He was past President of the Lone Pine Lions Club, past President of the Bishop Rotary Club, past Auto Club Advisor for Inyo-Mono counties, past Vice President of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, former City of Bishop Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem while serving on the Bishop City Council; a member of Inyo Associates, the Bishop City Planning Commission (twice), Bishop Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, and Lone Pine VFW and American Legion; served on the Inyo County Board of Education; and conceived of the idea for the Foundation for Excellence.

In addition to community service, Jim enjoyed flying his plane all over the Eastern Sierra and state of California for both business and pleasure; spending many hours in his woodshop creating treasures large (hutches and baby cradles) and small (jewelry boxes and coin banks) for his family and friends; traveling with Juanita; gardening; and golfing. At one point, he launched a “secret shopper” business to assist business owners with customer service issues and challenges. A devout Catholic, Jim also attended daily masses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for as long as his health allowed.

Jim will be missed immensely, but the family knows how blessed they were to have had him in their lives for as long as they did, and takes comfort in knowing he is at peace and with his beloved Juanita back in his arms.

He has also now reunited with his brothers- and sisters-in-law Pete and Pauline Aigner, Al and Vina Aigner, Carl Ruiz, Vernon “Ollie” Olson, and Gracie and Bud Miller; and son-in-law, Sonny Lindsey.

Jim is survived by his sister, Geri Olson of Bakersfield; sister-in-law, Rosalie Ruiz of Redding; three children and their spouses, Nita Marie Lindsey of Bakersfield, and James and Linda Ellis and Robert and Cathy Ellis of Bishop; his eight grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Misty Lindsey of Bakersfield, Julie and Drew Hanson of Bakersfield, Rick and Alix Ellis of Ely, NV, Debbie and Jason Wethern of Reno, NV, James and Cami Ellis of Bishop, and Tyrell, Darcy, and Jennifer Ellis of Bishop; and his 16 great-grandchildren and their spouses, in Mississippi, Kansas, California, Hawaii, and Japan.

A funeral mass, with full graveside military honors, will be held later this year, when conditions permit.

“There is more than one way to solve a problem. It’s like going around a mountain: either side will get you there.”  – James Irving Ellis