Obituaries

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.

Kristerpher John Isbell Obituary

Kristerpher John Isbell passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Kris was born August 4, 1990 here in Bishop, California. He grew up in a large family with many cousins around him. He loved play fighting with his many swords and reading stories about magical, mythical creatures.

He loved music and always dreamed of being in a band with his numerous guitars. He loved collecting cards from Pokémon to Yu-gi-oh to magic cards. He had a passion for going places, loved to camp and recently had gone on vacation with his family to camp at the beach. Kris finished school here in Bishop and went on to attend college at Taft University. After graduating from Taft he moved back to Bishop.

Kris had many friends who loved and cared for him deeply. He will be missed greatly by everyone. Kris leaves behind his loving mother Janie, Grandmother Frances, his many aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and Manny too! Now that the Angels have come for Kris we know he is at peace with the Lord. He will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the East Line Street Cemetery at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kristerpher Isbell Leukemia Fund at El Dorado Bank. A celebration of life for Kris will be held at a later date.

Gina Louise Jourdan Obituary

Gina Louise Jourdan

Gina passed away at home on the morning of Feb.15, 2019 suddenly after a brief illness with her husband at her side. Gina was born Sept. 16, 1974 to Phil and Sharon Hodges in Santa Barbara where she met Brett and were married on Aug. 14, 1999. In 2001 they moved to the Owens Valley settling in Wilkerson. Gina was a cashier at Bishop K-mart for over 16 years and will be deeply missed.

Together Gina and Brett have been growing a large garden and raising chickens selling to local farmers markets. Her sudden passing has been a shock to family and friends.

Proceeded in death by her father Phil Hodges and maternal grandmother Louise Gray both from Santa Barbara, CA. She is survived by her husband of 19 years Brett, mother and stepfather Sharon and Jim Snell of Camarillo, CA, sister and brother-in-law Darnel and Matt Francis and their son Ethan of OR, Uncle Jerry and Gail Gray of Santa Barbara, and in-laws Brian Jourdan of Santa Barbara, Bobbie Jourdan Jr. of Roseville, Bonnie Jordan of Old Station, Bradley Jourdan of Bishop, and best little friend Leelain her Chihuahua.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at Brune Mortuary followed by a graveside service at West Line Street Cemetery.

A celebration of life will take place at VFW # 8988 following the service.

Mary Jeanne Yaeger Obituary

Mary Jeanne Yaeger was called to be with her Heavenly Father on January 22, 2019. She was 90 years old. Mary was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was born in Bessimir, Alabama on September 15, 1928 to Herman and Maydred Bains.

Mary graduated from Blue Mountain College with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Religion. She was employed at Eglin Air Force Base where she met the love of her life, Jack Yaeger. Jack would write her notes and leave them on the windshield of her car. They married in 1959 and spent the next 55 years together.

Mary was the quintessential Southern Lady sharing her kindness, gentleness, laughter, and gracious and warm hospitality with family and friends. After cleaning the kitchen from the evening meal, she would always ask, “Does anyone want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”

She devoted her life to the education of children. Her gift was reaching students and connecting with them on their level. Former students shared how Mrs. Yaeger touched their lives and impacted their future career choices.

Jack and Mary moved to Bishop following their retirement. They spent their golden years fishing the Owens River and spending time with their children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Mary is survived by her children, Julie Smith (Karen) of Los Angeles, Philip Yaeger of Costa Mesa, Jackie Robinson of Bishop, Mary Houghtaling (Jeff) of Crowley Lake, and Jeanne Woo (Jerry) of Mammoth Lakes; grandchildren Dalton, Nicholas, Cassidy, Sarah, Jack and Jade; great grandchildren, Jaxon and Creedence; sistersin-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley and John Allen, Marge and Dick Cole, Nancy Yaeger, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Jack Yaeger, predeceased her in September 2014. Mary’s strength came from her deep faith and she was a sweet Southern child of God. Her funeral will be Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Reception to follow at Whiskey Creek at 12 p.m.