Obituaries

Rodger Guffey Obituary

Rodger Guffey, born 5/18/1943, passed away unexpectedly on 5/17/2019. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas and played football and studied architecture at Kansas University. Thanks to the Beach Boys, he moved west to Manhattan Beach where he worked as a toy designer for Ravel. His desire to ski brought him to relocate in Mammoth Lakes, Ca. in 1969. He skied every year since. In 1971 he started, owned and operated Perry’s Pizza, later renamed as Perry’s Italian Café, which he eventually sold to different owners. He owned and operated restaurants up until his passing including Pucchetti’s, Guiseppi’s, Tiger Bar, McDuffys, and Grumpy’s. As if we wasn’t busy enough, he was intimately involved in running a variety of events. He was a charter member or Rotary and past president and became the “go-to” person for any and all barbeques or water stations to support athletic contests, Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra Events, and the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Golf Tournament. He coached MHS softball and AYSO soccer. He was integral in running and managing the Gold Rush Days and the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee. On most days, you would find him meeting with friends and other business owners early in the morning for breakfast or the Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays. He is survived by his precious wife Carol Guffey, daughter Megan Guffey, son Ryan Naranjo, granddaughter Reyna Naranjo, and his brother Ron Guffey.

As I think back on my dad’s life and our life as a family, I couldn’t have been more blessed. He truly was an amazing man. He was selfless, put others first, always serving and supporting others, especially his wife. He was completely loyal and faithful to my mother and family. He always encouraged us and was kind. He never raised his voiced or put us down. He was diligent and worked hard so that he could play hard, and even never missed an athletic contest or music event I played in, including college and while I coached. He pursued the little things to bless, uplift, encourage, and set others up for success. He believed that one should work hard, do it well, and be proud of the work one did. When a situation seemed overwhelming, he was so even keel and tackled the looming task with one step at a time. He always sought ways to make things work. He was patient yet firm. He was humble yet confident. Diligent yet fun loving. For as long as I can remember, we never left each other without a hug and an “I Love You,” even if we were only going to be gone a few minutes. He also loved and believed in Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith, our strength in times of weakness, our gentle and loving savior who gave his life so that others may live. He may not have vocalized it much, but his faith sure was visible in his serving of others and his character.

A public graveside service will be held Saturday June 8th at 12 pm at the East Line Cemetery in Bishop.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make a donation in loving memory to Chamber Music Unbound, POB 1219 Mammoth Lakes, Ca. 93546 or Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra, POB 7275 Mammoth Lakes, Ca. 93546-7275.

Pearl Hartless Obituary

Our Dearest Pearl left us on May 12,2019, to be with our Lord. Pearl was a homemaker, wife, mother, sister, Grandmother, Great Grandmother. She love fishing, family outings, cookouts and just being with family. She was originally from Missouri, move to Virginia where she met her husband of 70 years Tom. Moved around from Oklahoma, to California, eventuality settling in Bishop. She is survived by her husband, Tom, three sons, Gary, Wayne, Jeff, and one daughter, Barbara Florian. One sister, June Verburg, and one brother, Larry Walker. Grandkids, Shawna Graves ,Jason Hartless, Traci Hartless, Matt Hartless, Michael Hartless. Great grand kids, Devin Florian, and Reese Hartless.

She will be truly missed. May God bless, and she rest in peace.

Carl Pearce Obituary

Carl Pearce was a cowboy, rodeo contestant, rancher, dude wrangler, horseman, chef, farmer, athlete, college graduate, soldier, aviator, coach, paratrooper, restaurateur, investment broker, Rotarian, insurance broker, family man, local philanthropist, cancer survivor, confidant, friend, father, husband, and self-made man.

Carl was born in Portland, Oregon on March 15, 1935 and passed away May 15, 2019. He graduated Bishop High school where he was actively involved with the agriculture program and where he excelled in football and basketball. He could consistently sink a basketball from half court and was often called upon in clutch situations to bring the team to a win. He participated in rodeo winning many awards, including the 1952 Bishop Homecoming calf roping contest and the wild cow riding championship at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

After High School graduation Carl attended a year at Pierce Junior college where he played basketball. He transferred to UC Davis and graduated in 1958. He was in the top of his Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program class which provided unique opportunities afforded to the best in the military. Carl entered the United States Army in 1958, and completed infantry training, along with Army Ranger, Airborne, and Aviation schools. While in the Army he married Arlene Brierly and they moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where Carl served with the 4th Aviation Division. He flew the tandem rotor H-21, known as the flying banana, and was the first group of Army aviators to transition from piston powered helicopters to turbine helicopters receiving training in the historic Huey Helicopter. He survived 3 helicopter accidents during his flying career. Two of those accidents were significant, and one was a minor accident. He flew helicopters in Alaska as part of the government’s concern over potential invasion by Russia through Alaska. Carl was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain in 1963 when he returned to Bishop with his family Arlene, Mark, Hugh, and Rob to work for the Brierly Ranch.

Carl worked several years on the Brierly Ranch, farming, irrigating, and working cattle. During that time, he decided to move on to other opportunities and joined New York Life Insurance Company in 1966. He also later went into business with Johnny Morris at the Embers Restaurant. He was an agent with New York Life Insurance Company for 50 years. He achieved many awards with them over the years including President’s Council and Million Dollar Round Table.

Carl was actively involved in the local community through the Rotary Club where he served as President. He coached youth basketball and football, was involved with the Foundation for Excellence, and was in short “a huge part” of the local community. He served as Inyo County Cattlemen’s president and was a California Cattlemen’s Association Director. He gave freely of his time and money to many local causes and people in need.

Carl loved life, he enjoyed entertaining people at his home, dining with friends, and helping people in need. He relished fine dining and a good glass of wine. He loved animals; his Emmy Lou and Rachel were his constant companions.

He was proceeded in death by his son Hugh Pearce, grandparents Thurman and Grace Wilkerson, father Frank Pearce, mother Alma Mack, step father Gerald Mack, step mother Macel Pearce, and brothers Frank and Stan. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Arlene; sons Rob and Mark; daughter in-law Lee Ann; siblings Eddie and Anne; nieces and nephews Vickie, Cole, and Joan; grandchildren Mario and Marina, and many other cousins and shirt tail relatives.

Special thanks go to Crystal, Norma, Silvia, and Lala, who helped care for Carl in the last part of his life when he was in ill health. Special thanks to Terri Dean for many years working with Carl and being a close part of the family. They all are part of the family.

Carl lived an honorable and good life. He was the epitome of a self-made man. He came from very humble beginnings, worked hard to obtain an education, and built a successful business, raised a family, served his country and community, and was a good friend to many. He will be missed.

Graveside services will be held at the Pioneer (West Line Street) Cemetery, Wednesday May 29, at 11 AM. A reception lunch will follow. The reception location to be announced at the service. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Carl’s memory to the Laws Railroad Museum (Bishop Museum and Historical Society), P.O. Box 363; Bishop, CA 93514.

Johnnie Oney Obituary

Johnnie (John) Dale Oney passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at his home, with family by his side, at the age of 79.

He was born in Oney, Oklahoma on August 2, 1939, son of the late Ollie and Beulah Oney. Johnnie and his family moved to Ridgecrest, CA in 1946 and graduated from Burroughs High School in 1958. After graduation Johnnie joined the United States Marine Corps with his best friend, Larry Ingle, receiving training at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego and Camp Pendleton and later stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After an honorable discharge from the US Marines, Johnnie returned to Ridgecrest, CA where he worked as a Data Technician for Control Data Corporation.

Johnnie met the love of his life, Diane Konrady and they were married on June 19, 1965 at the All Faith Chapel in China Lake, CA. Together, with their 4 children, they moved to beautiful Bishop, CA where he managed and later became the owner of Oney’s Bar-B-Que Bills. After retiring from the restaurant business, he obtained his real estate license and continued his love for interacting with his community.

Johnnie traveled the world with friends and enjoyed many great adventures. He truly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandsons.

Johnnie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane Oney; 4 children, Sean Oney, Terri McKenna-Oney, Todd & Keri Oney and Shannon Oney Lapp and Tom Lapp; 9 grandchildren, Jessi & Will Mack, Brook Oney, Rohan & Quinn McKenna, Kylie, Connor and Colton Oney and Eric and Jonathan Lind; 2 great-grandsons, Easton and Lucas Mack.

He is also survived by 2 brothers, Troy and Larry Oney; sister, Deanna Oney; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Anita and Dennis Vavricka, Jeannette Clarksean, Melvin and Dona Konrady, Linda Reddy, Annie Camp, Roger and Susan Konrady and numerous nieces and nephews.

Johnnie is proceeded in death by his parents, Ollie and Beulah Oney; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ernest and Mary Konrady; brother, Ted Oney; sister, Mary Lou Lager; brother-in-law, Wayne Konrady; and sisters-in-law, Winnie Konrady and Sister Marlene Konrady

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 849 Home St, Bishop. Everyone is welcome to a luncheon gathering at the Parish Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Johnnie Oney to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8988 Bishop Post at 484 Short St., Bishop, CA 93514-3510 or the National Alzheimer’s Association at alz.com.

Suzi Carter Obituary

Suzi Carter, a lifelong Bishop resident lost her battle against breast cancer on May 12, 2019. After 4 ½ years of relentlessly and courageously fighting her battle with metastasized breast cancer she passed away peacefully at the Hoffman Hospice Home in Bakersfield surrounded by her loving family. Suzi was born in Bishop, California on May 5, 1959 to Roy Heslington and Emily Milovich. She is a member of a longtime pioneer family; her Grandmother and Grandfather were the late Mijo Milovich and Margherita Rossi Servanti Milovich. Suzi married Tom “TC” Carter on August 2, 1980 in Bishop, California. They raised two daughters Lacey Suzanne Hagar and Carlee Michelle Meador. Suzi was very proud of her roots and giving back to her community. She never missed a blood drive and never turned anyone away that asked for her help.

She attended Bishop School System graduating from Bishop Union High School in 1977. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Management and Strategy from Western Governors University. She began her working career with the United States Forest Service and then went over to Caltrans and remained there until her retirement on May 5, 2018 that was forced after 27 years by her illness. Suzi was very invested in her community. She served for years on Bishop Elementary School Board, was instrumental putting on the Tri County Fair under the direction of Jimmy Tatum, worked on the Bobby Socks Softball League, 4-H, Junior Livestock Committee, Girl Scouts, Altrusa and did Court Investigating for the Inyo County Court System.

Suzi was a very spiritual person and has many family members to greet her at Heaven’s gate. She will be celebrating with the Angels now and will be awaiting the others to follow and help them over. Suzi will always be remembered by her infectious smile, bubbly personality, extreme thoughtfulness, encouraging words, dedication to her family and her “never give up” attitude, she touched so many lives that she crossed paths with.

Suzi is survived by her husband Tom “TC” Carter of 38 years of marriage, daughter Lacey Hagar and husband Jordan, Carlee Meador and husband Jason along with granddaughter Jaylee Meador all of Bakersfield. Sisters Michelle Denault of Bishop and Jimmi Rae Heslington of Clovis; Brother Kim Heslington of Sparks, Nevada along with her beloved Aunt Christine Dodd of Reedley. She is survived and loved by her nephews Jason Denault and wife Corrie and Bill Denault of Bishop; Great-niece Rylie Denault of Bishop; special cousins Denise Gillespie and family of Bishop, Wyman Dodd and family of Kingsburg, Father-In-Law Chuck Carter and wife Penny of Bishop, and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and Brother-In-Law Bill Denault.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staffs of CBCC, Cedars-Sinai, and Hoffman Hospice of Bakersfield for the exceptional care that they all gave to Suzi during her illness. The compassion and care that she received at the Hoffman Hospice Home was phenomenal and her comfort was always their top priority.

Donations in Suzi’s memory would be greatly appreciated at the Hoffman Hospice Home at 4401 Buena Vista Road, Bakersfield, California 93311.

Graveside services will be at 11am Saturday, May 18 at the Pioneer Cemetery. A gathering in her honor will be held after the service at Izzak Walton Park.

Danny Clark Obituary

Danny was born in Bishop, California on December 22, 1964. He enjoyed outdoor sports, going fishing, camping, and getting wood for the winter. After graduating from high school he moved to Victorville, California where he worked as a house framer. He worked for his brother Dale for several years. He also worked for other house builders later on and as a mechanic on classic cars. His pride and joy was his son Bradley.

Danny passed away suddenly with a severe condition of cancer on March 24, 2019.

He is survived by his parents Jerry and Margie Clark of Bishop, brother Dale, sister-in-law Denise and nephew Joshua, son Bradley, Uncle Jack and family, girlfriend Nikki and many friends in the High Desert. He was proceeded in death by his sister Christine.

Graveside Service will be held at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop, CA April 5, 2019, at 11:00 am.

Jack Johantgen Obituary

Jack Johantgen was born in Tulsa Oklahoma in 1932. He was the youngest of three sons born to Clara and John Robins Johantgen. Joseph and Robert his older siblings both served in the military and after Jack finished high school he moved with his parents to Prescott Arizona and followed his brother’s example by enlisting in the Navy. Jack served in the navy for three years on an aircraft carrier and went on to receive his degree in engineering from San Diego University.

Jack was married to his first wife Helen Lujan in 1955. They lived in Pasadena as well as San Diego while Jack was in the Navy and eventually settled in Ridgecrest California where Jack began a 30-plus year career at China Lake Weapons Center. Together they raised 7 children: Knud, Helen, Marie, Bess, John, Jeannie and Francis. They were blessed with 12 grandchildren Casey, Allison, Daniel, Richie, Stephen, Alexis, Angela, Remington, Marjorie, Amanda, Regan and Ali.

Jack was an electrical engineer and was recognized for his significant contributions to the Sidewinder short-range air-to-air and antiradiation missiles and radar warning receivers over his years of employment at China Lake. Johantgen, a supervisory electronics engineer who headed the Missile Guidance Branch in the Electronic Warfare Department’s RF Development Division was also is the program manager of the Antiradiation Projectile Program (ARP) for more than two decades at NWC. His notable contributions as a design engineer, system engineer, program manager and line manager were considered the forefront of technology, pushing forward the state-of-the-art and contributed to the outstanding recognition for the Naval Weapons Center as a leader in tactical weapons development.

Jack divorced and remarried his second wife Jeannie Smith in 2001. Through this marriage he was given a gift of 3 more children Shawn, Todd and Tracy; 10 grandchildren: Gavin, Chad, Lauren, Elias, Nicole, Amanda, Caleb, Cassandra, Katie, and Alex; 4 great-grandchildren Skylar, Grayson, Elyse, and Reegan.

Jack lived in Ridgecrest for over 30 years, he also lived in Mammoth Lakes and retired in Bishop with his wife Jeannie. Both were avid skiers and bicyclists. Jack traveled cross county on his bike at age 72. They enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, Mexico and Hawaii, many of their trips included bike tours and sailing. They loved opening their homes in the Sierras to family and friends and hosted many family holidays and celebrations.

Jack was long-term parishioner of Ridgecrest’s St. Ann Catholic Church, St Joseph in Mammoth and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bishop California and he served as a Catholic youth educator in both Mammoth and Bishop.

Jack Johantgen died peacefully in his home in Bishop California on Sunday March 10 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his brother Joseph Johantgen, his parents Clara Agnes and John Robins Johantgen; son Knud Neilson and daughter Marie Anne Johantgen.

Services:
Rosary is scheduled Friday March 15th at 3 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bishop California,
849 Home St. Bishop
Mass will be held Saturday March 16th at 11 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Reception immediately following the service at the home of Jack and Jeannie Johantgen at 3561 Majestic Way, Bishop
Graveside Service Monday March 18th at 1:30 in Ridgecrest at the Desert Memorial Park 801 S. San Bernardino County Line Rd.

Robert “Bruce” Cook Obituary

Robert “Bruce” Cook passed away peacefully at home on March 7th, 2019. Bruce was born on October 14, 1935 in Chouteau, Oklahoma and was the second oldest of four children. He was raised in Colton, California and met the love of his life, Nancy (nee Asmus) at UCLA; the two were married in 1958.

Bruce obtained his master’s degree from UCLA in 1961 with a secondary education teaching credential; additionally, he obtained a counseling and administrative credential. He taught in the Anaheim Union High School District for a total of 38 years where he also coached basketball football and track. During the summer months, he worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company and Pacific Intermountain Express trucking company. He served in the US Army Reserve for over five years.

Bruce and Nancy retired to Bishop, California in September, 1999. Bruce enjoyed being in the outdoors, taking trips into the backcountry and fishing on the Owens river. He was Nancy’s number one fan and a big supporter of her horses. Bruce also enjoyed tracing his family’s European and Cherokee ancestry. Bruce will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Alma Cook. He is survived by twin sons, Steven and Michael, grandchildren Edward, Yoshiaki, Samantha, Charles, Erika and Rebekah, and great-grandchildren Clark and Yolanda.

Services to be held at Brune Mortuary, Bishop, California at 11:00 am on Friday, March 15th with reception immediately following at Hidden Creeks Ranch. Internment to be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ICARE (Inyo County Animal Shelter).

Alois Benedict Coufal Obituary

Alois Benedict Coufal, age 91, resident of Bishop for 28 years, was born in Brainard Nebraska on April 12, 1927. He passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of March 5, 2019 at Northern Inyo Hospital. He was surrounded by his highest earthly priority, his family.

Al, as most people knew him, was born and raised on a farm in southeastern Nebraska. After a tour of duty in the Army in the Korean War, he returned home to meet his wife-to-be, Phyllis Potter at a church dance and was married shortly thereafter on April 24, 1950. They started their family on their farm near Seward Nebraska, before moving to Southern California in January 1956. They lived in Anaheim from 1960 until they moved to Bishop in 1991.

Besides his family and his church, he loved fishing, his flower garden, and polkas. No matter the need or activity he always had time for his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

He was professionally an auto mechanic and could do anything with his hands. He owned his own gasoline station in LA before going to work for the City of Anaheim. He had a 28-year career with the City of Anaheim as a Fleet Repairman and ultimately as a Shop Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years. He is survived by his 7 children, daughter Irene Miller of Bishop, son Gene (Nancy) Coufal of Bishop, daughter Charlene Coufal (Bruce Burton) of Anaheim, CA, son Mike (Theresa) Coufal of Sun City, CA, son Leon Coufal of Bishop, son Marvin (Kim) Coufal of Norco CA, daughter Judy (Ken) Delu of Lodi, CA; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Miller of New York, NY, Megan Miller (Levi) of Huntington Beach, CA, Emily (Derrick) Johnson of Mammoth Lakes, CA, Liz Coufal of Buena Park, CA, Chas Coufal (Amy) of Bishop, Celiese Yawman of Idyllwild, CA, Jessica (Sean) Gray of Biloxi MS, Amanda and Ashley Delu of Lodi, and Austin Coufal of Norco; and 5 great grandchildren, Maxwell Osendorf, Kyla, Wesley and Lily Johnson, and Devin Yawman.

A Rosary Service and Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial took place at the Line St Cemetery on Friday, March 8.

Danny Dean Sprague obituary

Danny Dean Sprague died at home on February 23, 2019. He was born in Wapato, Washington on June 9, 1932. His parents, Jean L. Sprague, and Edwin A. Sprague and brother, Jack Sprague preceded him in death. He left behind his wife, Kay Sprague, of 57 years, 2 sons, Danny Sprague of Bishop and Brian Sprague of Torrance, 1 daughter, Valerie Behrendt of Bishop as well 1 daughter-in-law, Tracy Sprague and 1 son-in-law, Robert Behrendt as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Rebecca Carlson, Randi Behrendt Hall and her husband, Heath Hall, and Travis Behrendt, Maddie Hall, Kylie Behrendt, Aiden Behrendt, Kinley Behrendt and Keeli Behrendt. His niece Jackie, nephew Steve and their families survive him as well.

In 1960, he graduated from Montana State College, in Bozeman, Montana, after his Honorably discharged from the United States Navy as he serviced during the Korean War. He met Kay while attending college and they married, June 10, 1961. Upon graduation from college, he started his career with Federal Aviation Administration in Spokane, Washington, Palos Verde and Hawthorne, California, until retirement. He and his wife built their retirement home here in Bishop, California in 1993; they have resided in Bishop for 25 years. He was active with the Sierra Flyers for a few years. He volunteered for the Cup of Cold Water later to become Salvation Army Food Bank for many years. He enjoyed talking and meeting people throughout his life. He loved to tell stories and jokes.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Bishop.