Bob Miller 1923-2016

Robert “Bob” Miller, 1923-2016

Robert “Bob” Bruce Miller, November 6, 1923 – January 9, 2016

Bob passed peacefully from this earth on January 9, 2016 after a short illness. He was engaged, interactive, independent, and happy to the last day of his life.

Bob was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Esther Jane and Gilford Miller. He attended Iowa State College in 1943 and, although he did not serve in the military in World War II because of hearing loss he worked as a Survey Rodman at Hanford Engineer Works in Pasco, Washington and as a Survey Instrument Man at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. In 1945 he took his first job as a Draftsman working for Rock Island Railroad in Belknap, Iowa.

He moved with his parents to Miami, Florida in 1946 where he met Doris Elizabeth Masters. They were married in 1948. He raised Doris’ first child Mary Lou McClure (b. 1941) and together they had three more children, Robert Morgan (b. 1948), Clark Masters (b. 1950, d. 1967), and Shawn (b. 1955).

Bob practiced architecture for over 40 years. He was both an artistic Draftsman and innovative Designer. He designed the Ferré Building (New World Tower) in 1963, the then tallest building in Miami. His greatest design influencers included Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Louis Sullivan, Louis Kahn, the fibonacci series, and nature. He was very proud of establishing a draftsman training school in Miami to help young draftsmen become licensed architects.

In 1975, Bob moved from Miami to California where he lived in Dana Point and Bishop. In spite of his architectural successes, Bob’s true passion lay in other art forms and in 1994 he was finally able to set up his home and shop in the shadows of his beloved Sierra Nevada and White Mountains. Bob spent countless hours in the last 20 years of his life exploring, photographing, and sketching these mountains.  His many art forms included pencil, charcoal, conte, and pastel drawing; black and white photography; oil painting; cast bronze, ceramic, and marble sculpture; and art from found objects. His works were shown at Spellbinder Books, East Side Books, and are currently displayed at Range & River Books.

While living in Bishop, his daily routine included an early walk on Mandich Lane, then a walk from the south end of town to Schats Bakkery, and then back with stops at Bishop Art Supply, Black Sheep Coffee, Joseph’s, the library, and Range & River Books, visiting with friends and strangers along the way. Conversation topics were as diverse as his interests. Sketching, painting, and reading filled each day, and many people knew him from his extended plein air drawing sessions as he captured the trees or mountains in exquisite and exacting detail. Some drawings were in progress for years. Favorite subjects for both hiking and drawing included the Buttermilk area, Bishop Creek, the Little Lakes Valley and surrounding peaks, Piute Pass and Bishop Pass trails, and Little Egypt. Gnarled cottonwood trees, Russian olives, horses and other animals were favorite subjects as well as portraits. In the past year, he began studying the internet and computers in order to list his works, with help from a friend, on the Fine Arts America site. His desire to learn new things was ceaseless, and his focused study of any topic was inspirational to many friends. He also adored mentoring younger artists.

Bob’s diverse talents also included playing the saxophone until an accident took the tip of his finger. He built golf clubs, fine furniture, stained glass lamps, and worked on race car engines. Bob was an avid bird hunter and a talented athlete; he walked almost every day of his life and also worked several years as a fitness trainer at a local gym, taking up weightlifting in his 70’s.

In spite of the miles of separation, Bob remained the nucleus of his family until the end. We will miss our long phone conversations, updates on other family members and the inspiration and wisdom he imparted. We will not be able to visit these mountains without experiencing the indelible void his passing brings. May he walk in peace with his creator as he walked among these mountains.

Bob is survived by Rob (and Cheryle) Miller, Shawn (and Ron) Leis, step daughter Mary Lou Rada; grandchildren Matthieu Miller, Kristen Miller, Justin Veloso, Nicole Veloso, Laney Rada, Michael Rada; great grandchildren Karlos Rodriguez, Emmanuelle Genoyer, Luke Genoyer; and many, many friends.

Services will be held in Bishop in late spring or early summer. Please go to for more information.

Robert Bruce Miller Obit Headshot Crop

Roberta Paranick

Roberta Paranick 1926-2016

ROBERTA KATHRYN PARANICK 1926 – 2016 Bobbie, as she was known, was born to Charles Lane Adair and Kathryn Conway Adair on October 3, 1926 in a house on May Street in Bishop. She passed away on January 3, 2016 in Bishop Care Center, after a short stay there, receiving excellent care.

Bobbie met her husband, Vic, in Hawthorne, Nevada during a dance at the USO Club. Vic, a Rhode Island native, was stationed at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot and Bobbie was living in Bobbit as her father had taken a civilian job on the base. Vic was sent to the South Pacific on the U.S. Pensacola and Bobbie continued with high school in Hawthorne, NV. After WWII ended, they were married in San Francisco on May 27, 1945 and lived there a short time before moving to Lee Vining. They were married for 60 years until Vic’s passing in 2005.

In Lee Vining, Bobbie was the Postmaster for 30 years before retiring in 1981. She was involved in many organizations including PTA, American Legion Auxiliary, Delta Epsilon Gama Sorority, Elks Lady Bills, and a host of activities to support her two sons. She loved people and made friends easily. She and Vic entertained often, hosting many parties in the home that they built themselves.
Upon retirement they relocated to Arizona where they spent the winter months making many friends with other Snow Birds from many places.

Their extensive travel would often would often include a visit to friends summer homes. They volunteered many hours at the Quarztsite Improvement Association. When they were not able to travel anymore, they moved to Bishop where Bobbie worked at Laws Railroad Museum, was a member of the Red Hats Society and the TOP’s Organization.

Tutu ( a South Pacific word for grandmother) is survived by her son, Dan and wife Mindy; Grandson Randy and wife Carey, and Great Grandsons, Mason and Max. Also surviving are her son, Tom and wife, Jo; Grandson, Danny and fiancée, Samantha; Great Granddaughters, Kendall and Emma; Grandson, Mike and wife Ana; Great Grandsons, Logan, Jackson, and Owen: Grandson, Steve and wife Callie and Great Granddaughters Megan and Tory. She is also survived by her brother Lane and his family. She was the backbone of a strong family.

A memorial service will be held in early summer. Contributions in Bobbie’s memory may be made to the Mono Basin Historical Society where she was a member.

Patricia Riggins

Patricia Helen Riggins 1938-2015

Patricia Helen Riggins, 77, a resident of Chalfant for 57 years was born in Los Angeles, CA, November 10, 1938, she passed away December 26, 2015 in Bishop, CA.
Patricia grew up in the towns of Wilmington, , San Pedro, and Torrance California. Then, about 1948 when she was 10 or 11 of age, she moved to Round Valley when her step-father received employment with the Department of Water and Power.
Then in 1958, her and her then husband at that time bought property in Chalfant Valley and together built a house, adding on as money became available. This was not easy since Chalfant at that time had no electricity and all lumber was cut with a hand saw. Then in 1967 she married Harris Riggins and together they raised four children. Besides being a wife, a nurse, a seamstress, a cook, a decorator, an accountant, a secretary, a gardener, a maid, a dishwasher, and house painter, she also ran a fire wood business, gathering, cutting, stacking, and binding fire wood for sale for a few years.
After all the children left the nest, Patricia spent more time doing her heart felt desire of Christian Ministry. Preaching the Good News of Gods Kingdom to anyone who would listen, from Lone Pine, CA to Old Benton, from Keeler to Aspendale. She made friends with people in Chalfant, both east and west sides, Hamill Valley and Benton. If someone needed a partner to work with she would make herself available.
Patricia was preceded in death by her long time husband Harris of 48 years and daughter Jammie Johnston. Survivors include step-son Edward Riggins and wife donna; sons Richard Robertson, Harris Riggins Jr., and wife Maryann, and Ken Riggins; Eight grandchildren: Katie Riggins, Jessica Murray, Mike Riggins, Lisa Johnston, Chris Riggins, Sierra Shunkwiler, Starla Shunkwiler, and Ashley Shunkwiler; Seven Great Grandchildren: Darren Dondero, Levi Williams, Chet Jenkins, Demi Jenkins, Ruby Jenkins, Kaiya Bradshaw, and Draiden Roberts.
Those who really knew her well knew she had a big, big generous heart. Her humor and her friendship will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s , 2935 North Sierra Hwy, Bishop.

Patricia Riggins

Ruth Dewey-Cypher

Ruth Dewey-Cypher 1949-2016

Funeral Services have been set for Ruth Dewey-Cypher.
A Cry Dance will be held Friday, Jan 8th at Ruth’s residence, 899 Tu Su Lane, Bishop and Funeral Services will follow on Saturday, Jan 9th, 10 a.m. at the Barlow Lane Gym, 390 No. Barlow Lane, Bishop.

Ruth Marie Dewey-Cypher was born on October 27, 1949 under her Grandparent’s peach tree on the Bishop Paiute Reservation. She passed away on January 2,2016 in Reno, NV at Renown Hospital. Ruth was born to the late Clifford and Emily Dewey. She was the 4th of 8 children. She is survived by her Sons, Rick Dewey and Donald Mashburn, Daughter Clarissa Mashburn, Step-son Curtis Cypher, Jr., Sisters: Christine Spratt, LouAnne Lovelace, Pearl Vega, Claudia Salgado and Brothers: Don Debella and Delvin Dewey. She has 13 Grandchildren, 1 Great-grandchild and numerous nieces & nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brother, 2 Sons and Husband.

Eva-Brigitte Buntic

Eva-Brigitte Buntic 1921-2015

Eva-Brigitte Buntic, age 94, resident of Sterling Hights, Bishop, CA , born in Germany on May 16, 1921 passed away peaceably surrounded by friends and family on December 27, 2015 in Inyo Hospital. Prior to Bishop she resided in Mammoth Lakes after moving from Illinois with her husband, Robert, in 1976.
Survivors include daughter, Birgid Buntic, of Raleigh, NC, son Robert Buntic and daughter-in-law Karen, of Mt Prospect, Il. She was preceded in death by husband Robert Buntic and sister Sigrid Rutstein of Deerfield, Il.
She enjoyed the friends she made working many years with the US Forest Service. She was commended for excellence numerous times by the USFS. It was an important part of her life.
The family would like to especially thank the Schneider family, with special thanks to her friend Barbara (BJ) Schneider, for their loving friendship and support of Eva through the years. Eva made many friends in the area as well as maintaining relationships with those in her birth country. She will be missed by many.
Memorial services are not planned. Since Eva had a special place in her heart for animals of all sorts (especially dogs!) the family requests that memorial donations be sent to ICare (INYO County Animal Resources and Education), POB 76, Bishop, CA 93515
We love you, Mom.

eva BUNTIC  2015

Shirley Bourelle

Shirley Bourelle, 1931-2015

On the evening of November 26, 2015, Shirley Marie Bourelle peacefully passed away in her sleep surrounded by her family in her home in Bishop, California. She was 84 years old.
Shirley was born on February 2nd, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio to Myrtle and Russell May. She was the second of four children and the second daughter born.
While growing up in Dayton and Celina, Ohio, Shirley would meet and eventually marry the love of her life, Robert Richard “Dick” Bourelle on November 8, 1947. Three and a half years later in 1951 daughter, Rebecca “Becky” was born and a year later in 1952 son Michael “Mike” was born. In 1959, Shirley and Dick moved with their young family to Lynwood, California. In 1960, son Brian and in 1969, son Steven were added to the crew. After many years of family camping and fishing trips to the Sierra, Shirley, Dick and son Steven moved to Bishop, California in 1986. Shirley worked at Jack’s for many years and became a favorite of locals and tourists alike. In her time off, you could often find Shirley fishing and camping around the Owen’s Valley with her family. Every summer, Shirley and Dick would pack up their trailer and head up to Mono Village where they would spend countless weekends and holidays in the place they loved most. After retiring from Jack’s, Shirley decided she was not quite ready or cutout for the retirement life and went to work at Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy where she once again became a favorite of locals and tourists. After finally retiring in 2011, Shirley became active in the First United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and a clerk at Overflow Blessings. She was also active in the NIH Auxiliary.
Shirley was preceded in death by the love of her life, Dick Bourelle, parents, Russell and Myrtle May, brother Bob May, and great grandson Jacob Boyer. Shirley is survived by sister, Martha, brother, Russell “Uncle Vic”, sisters in law, Jeanne, Jeanne, and Nina Sue, daughter Rebecca “Becky”, sons, Michael “Mike” and wife Barbara, Brian and wife Panda, and Steven and wife Lynne, son(nephew) Norm “Pat” and wife Linda, grandchildren, Krista, Laura, Brian Jr, Natalie, Emily, Jeremy, Casey and Tommie as well as 13 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, extended family, many, many friends and her beloved kitty, Cassidy.
To many, Shirley will be remembered as the sweet little lady with the silver hair who loved her Dodgers and would do whatever she could for someone in need, friend or stranger. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, doting grandma, great grandma and a strong woman. She will be missed by all who knew her. We can take comfort in knowing that she is now pain free and with the lover of her life, Dick, for all eternity.
A celebration of life for Shirley has been set for Saturday January 16, 2016 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Bishop with a reception to follow in the Great Hall immediately following the service. Donations can be made in Shirley’s name to ICARE.



Ann Elizabeth Zack

Ann Elizabeth Zack, 1930-2015

Ann Elizabeth Zack (85) passed away on December 16, 2015 at her home on Zack Ranch and surrounded by her beloved family.  Born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, Ann graduated from Hood College and then received her nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University.  She moved to California to work as a nurse.  Ann was predeceased by her husband, Milton M. Zack, M.D., and is survived by her five children, Fred of Mountain View, California, Jane Simon (Rick Simon) of San Mateo, Kathy (Peter Stickells) of Bishop, Andrea of Bishop, and Tom (Kathryn) of Hua Hin, Thailand.  She was a very proud grandmother to Anne Stickells, Nick Simon, Alison Simon, Laura Stickells, and Stephen Stickells.  Ann worked for many years as a nurse at Northern Inyo Hospital and in retirement, as a Hospice nurse.  She was a remarkable woman of countless talents, great humor, intellectual curiosity, a love of reading, a devotion to animals and the outdoors, and an unlimited capacity for love.  She will be terribly missed and remembered by all who knew her.  A graveside service will be held at the East Line Street Cemetary on Wednesday, December 23 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, Ann requested that donations be made to the Bishop United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen.


Carol Hastings

Carolyn (Carol) Hastings, 1926-2015

Long time Owens Valley Resident, Carolyn (Carol) Hastings, went to be with her Savior on December 18, 2015.
Born in Colorado Springs on July 22, 1926 to Earl M. and Doni C. Plyley. Carol had 3 siblings, Sister Jean and 2 brothers Bill and George. The family moved to Glendale CA in the early 1930’s. While attending Glendale High School, Carol was very active in Glee Club and high School theatre. After graduation her love of music drew her to continued study under Dr. Hirt of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. She and her siblings performed frequently for the USO and anywhere else they could sing together.
Carol and her brother in law Nick were frequently invited to perform at different venues in the Southern California area. Married to William W Hastings after WWII, they had 3 daughters, Kathy, MaryAnn and Vicki.
While employed with Bank of America the family was transferred to the Owens Valley where they lived in both Lone Pine and Bishop. Carolyn was actively involved in 20/30 Club, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Church Choir at the Presbyterian Church in Bishop, and Bridge Clubs just to name a few.
They relocated to Barstow Ca where Carolyn managed a restaurant and enrolled herself in Junior College Art classes where she became an accomplished artist. Her art was displayed in various locations within the community. Carols love of Art, music and horses continued throughout her lifetime.
Finally settling in Bishop they purchased a car rental. Carol managed the business for many years out of both Bishop and Mammoth airports while Bill worked as a Veteran’s Service Officer for Inyo County.
After retirement Carol finally had the time to take a more active role in her church at First Presbyterian in Bishop. She directed the choir there for several years.
Carol had a passion for life, her family and everything she involved herself with. She reminded us all everyday how good God was to her and how He always took care of every need. Her greatest passion was her love for her Savior and her family.
Carolyn leaves behind her daughter Kathy, Grand-daughter Erika and husband Marcin and their children Breyana, Daniel, and Josh. Daughter MaryAnn, Grand-daughter Raschelle and husband Chris and their children Jace, Kaia, Hector and Wendy, Grandson Aaron and wife Julie and their sons Blake and Casey, Daughter Vicki and husband Jon, their sons Torey and wife Aimee, daughters Taryn and Dylan, Garrett,wife Josie, Jake and wife Amanda. And 1 great-great grandchild.

A Celebration of life ceremony will be held on Saturday January 9, 2016 at 4:00pm First Presbyterian Church.

Carloyn was preceded in death by her mother and father, sister Jean, and husband Bill.


Carl Stanley Eller Jr

Carl Stanley Eller Jr.  1920-2015

Carl Stanley Eller Jr., age 95; passed away on November 23 after a brief illness. Carl was residing at the Bishop Care Center and was surrounded by good friends and his family when he passed peacefully.
Carl was born on July 1, 1920 in Sterling CO. As a youngster he moved with his family throughout the West including stops in Salem, Oregon, Ely, Nevada and Reno, Nevada. His family eventually settled in Hanford, CA where he attended and graduated from Hanford High School. During High School he played clarinet in the band and was a member of the basketball team. He continued his education at Fresno State where again he was in the marching band and was a member of the basketball team.
It was also in Hanford that he met his future wife Marie Lewis. They married in 1945 after Carl returned home from World War II, after serving in the Merchant Marines.
Carl was employed by JC Penny company in San Diego from 1945 to 1985 where he was a buyer for men’s clothing. He moved to Bishop in 2008.
Carl was recently featured in local newspapers as an honoree in the Bishop Veteran’s Day festivities as a World War II veteran.
Carl is survived by his son Stanley Eller, daughter-in-law Lea Ann and grandson Bryce. He will be greatly missed and will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, love of sports and for his devotion to his family.

Services will be held at a later date.


Misty Dawn Harbert Williams Meredith

Misty Dawn Harbert Williams Meredith

July 31, 1964 – November 26, 2015
Misty Dawn Harbert Williams Meredith passed away November 26, 2015 at her home in Bishop. She was born in Van Nuys Ca. on July 31, 1964. Misty was preceded in death by her father Robert Ira Harbert, Sr. and her mother Murial Victoria Collier. After the loss of her husband Burl Williams 1989, Misty embraced her two loving children Bryce and Maggie Williams both of Bishop CA. For some years it was the three of them, until Misty fell in love with and married Vincent Howard Meredith in 1994. She was loved by all who knew her. Misty leaves behind, Brothers Bob Harbert of Bishop, Ca. Brad Shrader of Bishop Ca. and Sister Doreen Figueroa of Palmdale Ca. She loved her grandchildren Levi Burl Williams and Jimmy Inagiana Williams. Her biggest delight was being with her grandkids in all aspects of their lives. She loved to watch the games they would play around town. She might travel with them to away games and always enjoyed the hoopla that comes with kid’s sports. Getting up early on Saturday mornings grabbing a hot cup of coffee and away they would go for another wonderful day. One of her other interests was cooking, combined with grandchildren would mean some good meals were to be had she loved to cook for them. Working on her arts and crafts was something she enjoyed. Misty Enjoyed the Eastern Sierra and the opportunities for camping, fishing, the gathering pine nuts, and traveling the highways and backroads. Being outdoors was a large part of her life. She will be dearly missed for the rest of our days, but remember in our thoughts and prayers each night. We will see her in the faces of her children and grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday December 12th at 1:00pm at Brune Mortuary 325 W. Elm St. Bishop, Ca. Following the services, a Luncheon will be held at The House of Mercy Church on South PaHa lane in Bishop, Ca.

Misty Williams