Obituaries

Reba Mae Sullivan

Reba Mae Sullivan, 1915-2015

Reba Mae Sullivan (nee: Morgan) was born December 13, 1915 and passed away June 4, 2015, just six months shy of a grand 100 years old. She was born in Southwest Missouri and moved to California where she spent her happiest days fishing with her husband Paul and partying with her second husband Harold. Reba did not have any children, but she did have a beloved nephew Kenneth Magruder who was like a son to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Hughes, her husband Harold Sullivan and her nephew Kenneth Magruder. Her surviving great-nieces are Kathleen Magruder, Heather Thiess and Jeanie Finney. She has several great-great nieces and nephews and one great-great-great nephew.

She was a woman who saw many changes in the world throughout her long life. She was a survivor and adapter to most every situation she found herself in. She often said, “When I die, don’t cry for me because I had a very good, long life.”

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12th at 11:00 AM at East Line Street cemetery, 2000 Poleta RD. Bishop, CA.

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Peggy Blunt

Peggy Blunt, 1931-2015

Peggy Blunt, long time Bishop resident, dies on Mule Days Weekend

Margaret “Peggy” Rose Blunt, a resident of Bishop for over 60 years, passed away on May 23rd at the age of 83.

Margaret Rose Blunt, known to many as Peggy, was born as Margaret Price in 1931 in Winscombe, England. Like many youths in England at the time, Peggy did volunteer work during WWII. Upon completing her education, Peggy worked at a local paper mill. While visiting her mother at a local pub in 1951, she met a United States Air Force mechanic named Ernie Blunt who was stationed at the nearby RAF Fairfield air base. Their courtship continued for several years until Ernie proposed marriage prior to leaving the military service. Although they planned to get married in England, paperwork held things up. Peggy flew to Los Angles in 1955 shortly after Ernie had left England. They were married a month later on July 18, 1955, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Bishop.

Peggy’s arrival in Owens Valley in 1955 was quite a culture shock, including adjustments to the heat, food, and the very different high desert weather instead of the mild weather of England. Her first stop was the Parker Ranch, located above the current Independence Fish Hatchery. The Parkers, Ernie Blunts’ grandparents, employed Ernie to take visitors on mule packing adventures into the mountains. After a couple of years in Independence, they finally settled in Bishop where they have lived ever since.

Peggy was school homeroom mother, a member of the Bishop Bottle Club and became involved with Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4-H, especially since she was raising two daughters. Peggy’s hobbies included knitting and plastic canvas, fishing, flowers, gardening, and traveling to go fishing or to see her grandkids. Her passion, however, as many Bishop residents may know, was her penchant for going to every yard sale in town. Her husband Ernie will most likely continue that tradition.

Peggy is survived by: her brother Gordon Price of England; husband Ernie Blunt of Bishop; daughters Helen Waitkus of Bishop; and Mandy McCarthy of Rohnert Park, CA; grand-daughter Kelsey McCarthy of Los Angeles; and grandsons Joseph Blunt of Wasco, Oregon and Jack McCarthy of Orange County, CA.

Peggy and Ernie were planning to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary in July.

A funeral and a public celebration of life service are not planned. Instead of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible memorial donation to the American Diabetes Association.

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Aurora Lopez

Aurora Granado Lopez 1941-2015

Aurora Granado Lopez, 73, resident of Bishop, CA for 41 years, born in Deming, N. Mexico on December23, 1941 Passed away on June 2, 2015 peacefully at her home.
Aurora’s love and joy were her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She found pleasure in watching them in the many activities they were involved in and just sharing conversation with them. Her cherished times were early morning coffee with Kristopher, teatime with all her granddaughters and grandson Donald and council time for all as they sat or laid on her bed.
She enjoyed many hobbies during her life like crocheting, embroidery, jigsaw puzzles, bowling, gardening, watching novellas with her husband, cooking with her daughters and quilting. The homes of her family are decorated with many of her beautiful crochet and embroidery work as well as many quilts and afghans to keep her family warm.
The Lopez home was always open as Aurora and her husband Calie took in and welcomed family and friends during all of their married life. Sometimes it was for short visits but mainly raising or providing a home for long periods of time to loved ones in need. She was known to her children’s friends as “mom” and to her grandchildren’s friends as “ grandma”. She provided a great example of Matthew 25:31-40 until the Lord took her home that Tuesday afternoon. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and were blessed by her touch in their lives.
Aurora is survived by her husband of 55 years Calie Lopez, sister Mary-lou Granado, aunt and uncle Natalia and Moses Acosta, daughter and son-in-law Tina and Rogelio Esparza, son Edward Lopez, daughter Debbie and son-in-law Jeff Clarkson, grandchildren Katrina and Juan Martinez, Kris Lopez, Donald Clarkson, Erica and Juan Esparza-Ambriz, Acacia Clarkson, Marisa Aurora-Jean Clarkson, Elizabeth Lopez-Esparza, great-grandchildren Xochitl Martinez, Juan Martinez Jr., Rogelio Josue Esparza, Alexa Itzel Ambriz-Esparza, nephew Patric Granado and numerous other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Aurora is preceded in death by mother and father Manuela and Alberto Lechuga-Granado, brother Albert Granado and brother Raymond Granado.
Funeral Services for Aurora Granado Lopez will include a Rosary on Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM at the Brune Mortuary 325 W. Elm Street, Bishop and a Mass on Wednesday, June 10th at 11 AM at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church 849 Home Street, Bishop. Interment will be private.

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Don Banta

Celebration of Life for Don Banta

An outdoor celebration of Don Banta’s life  will be held for family and friends at the Lee Vining Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11A.M.  Luncheon provided following service.

Gerald Rupp

Gerald C. Rupp, 1939-2015

Gerald C. Rupp, age 75, resident of Bishop for 29 years, born in Monterey Park on November 7, 1939 Passed away on May 17, 2015 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
Jerry grew up in Los Angeles surrounding areas and graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1958. He entered service in March 1958 with the US Air Force and earned the rank of A/1C (E-4) while being honored with several awards for conduct with the Air Force. He was honorably discharged in June 1962.
He married Judith Janee Allen in 1963 and had his son Garry in December 1964. Jerry started working for Scientific Data Systems in 1964 which eventually become Xerox where he was field engineer repairing and installing computer systems all around the United States and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems in 1974.
Jerry was laid off from Xerox in 1975 and the family decided to move to Mammoth Lakes, CA where they had vacationed many times before. He was employed by El Burrito, Mono County as a health inspector, and Caltrans as a plow driver. Jerry and Judy bought the Village Wash Laundromat in Mammoth Lakes and turned a failing business into a successful one. Jerry settled on becoming an electrician and worked for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and Rowan’s Electrician Mammoth Lakes.
During his time in Mammoth Lakes, Jerry became involved with the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and earned EMT status and the rank of Captain. He very much enjoyed the people he met with the MLFD and the experiences he gained. He was Fireman of the Year in 1982. Many of his long term friendships were acquired through the MLFD because it was a unique group of firemen on and off the job.
Jerry moved to Bishop in 1986 and continued to be an electrician until he retired at age 73. He believed in the quality of life which was a big part of the family leaving the city and coming to Mammoth Lakes.
He was happiest in his garden with the wind blowing through the trees. He loved having horses, dogs and cats and cared for them admirably.
Survivors include Garry Rupp, son ; Mariam Staley, sister; Gayle Delcoure, niece; Michael Staley, nephew; Patrick Staley, nephew
Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 and 10:00am.

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Sharon Ann Rubio

Sharon Ann Rubio  1949 – 2015

Sharon Ann Rubio, age 65, resident of Bishop, California for 42 years, born in Des Moines , Iowa on September 16, 1949 Passed away on May 3, 2015 at 1:05PM at home with family.
Sharon grew up in southern California graduated from Kennedy High School in 1967. Met Robert Rubio in 1969 and married in 1970. They moved to Bishop in 1973. Started driving school bus for Inyo County in 1975 and drove for over 30 years with Bishop and Round Valley schools. She loved being a bus driver and even learned sign language to be able to communicate with all of the children.
Sharon loved camping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include Robert Rubio, husband of 45 years. Her son, Jeremy Rubio and his wife Annie Rubio and her two grandchildren Travis and Cecelia Rubio. She is also survived by her daughter Sara West and her husband Scott West and her grandson Mason West plus extended family.
Memorial service will be held Saturday June 27, 2015 at Brune mortuary chapel at 11:00 AM officiating Chris Costello.

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Harry LeRoy Wells

Harry LeRoy Wells  1921-2015

Harry and his twin brother Harold were born De. 17, 1921 in Idaho to Laurel and Florence Boor Wells. The family moved to the Bishop area in 1942, living in Sheelite, Rovana and Bishop.
Harry joined the Navy during World War II and served on the munitions supply ship, USS Shasta, as a Navy Corpsman. he and his comrades saw action in Iwo Jima, the Soloman and Marshall Islands. The USS Shasta was one of the Naval ships assigned for the testing of the H Bomb in the Bikini Atoll during the 1950s to see the effects of the bomb on vessels that were part of the testing. He continued his military career also seeing action in the Korean War and left the Navy in 1959.
Harry moved to Montery and used his GI Bill to go to school. He took a job bartending in Monterey where one of his customers was the author John Steinbeck, who he considered a friend. He moved back to Bishop in the early 1960s, working at the White Mountain Research Center. In the early 1970s he moved to Mammoth and worked as a cook at the hospital and many restaurants in the towns of Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport, retiring in 1995 from Annettes Mono Village in Twin Lakes and Mammoth Mountain.
Harry spent his retirement in Bishop and lived independently up until a few months before his death with the care and support of his family.
Harry was a sweet, kind man, who loved caring for his animals, fishing and gardening. Although he had no children of his own, he deeply loved all of his nieces and nephews and their families.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Laurel and Florence Wells; his sister, Mary; his twin brother, Harold Wells; and his brother, Stan Wells.
He is survived by his dog, Chico; his nieces, Sue Murray, Shirley LeBlanc and Marlene Wilson; his nephews, Frank Wells and Don Wells; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his “Mammoth Family,” Raphael and Carmen Plazola and their families.
The family would like to thank Jeannie Sliger for her years of friendship and diligence as his bookkeeper, and Janice Chalmers for her care and friendship for this past few months.
There are no funeral services planned. There will be a celebration of live, to be announced later this summer.
Harry requested that his ashes be scattered over the White Mountains.

Joyce J. McDowell

Joyce J. McDowell  1926-2015

Joyce Joan “Carter” McDowell, 86, passed away on May 5, 2015 in her residence in Yucaipa, Cali. Joyce was born in Long Beach, Cali., On March 6, 1929. Joyce first marriage was to Robert Wright and together they brought 3 children into this world, Ronald, Janelle and David. Later she was married to Donald Swenson and together had a child Kim. Joyce and Donald owned several businesses together in Bishop for many years, including the franchise of H&R Block for Inyo and Mono Counties, Swenson’s Bookkeeping Service and Swenson’s Family Restaurant. Joyce then married Richard McDowell in 1985 and enjoyed the retirement life in Bishop, fishing the surrounding areas of Mammoth Lakes and Bishop; she also enjoyed traveling the United States.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 30 years Richard McDowell, 3 children; Janelle Wade, David Swenson and Kim Swenson also, grandchildren; Jeff, Amber, Justin, Joshua and Rebecca, and 7 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday May 12 at the East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Elmer “Buddy” Bayer Jr

Elmer “Buddy” Bayer Jr

A celebration of life will be held on May 23rd for Elmer “Buddy” Bayer Jr.  The celebration of life will begin at 11am at the Mono Lake Park.  The family invites you to join them in celebrating the life of Buddy sharing some of his passions, fun stories, jokes, good music, and great food.  Friends are invited to bring a story to share, food and music will be provided.  In the event of inclement weather, the celebration of life will be held at the Lee Vining Presbyterian Church.

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Elmer “Buddy” Bayer Jr.

Robert Ferrey

Robert H. Ferrey 1931-2015

Graveside funeral services for Robert H. Ferrey, 84, a resident of Bishop for more than 60 years, will be held Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. at the East Line Street Cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8988, and David Lent will officiate.

Born Jan. 13, 1931 in Los Angeles to Robert H. Ferrey II and the former Pomena J. Kelly, Robert was five years old when his father unexpectedly died. He was then raised by his mother and step-father in East Los Angeles. Shortly after his 1948 graduation from Garfield High School, Robert’s family relocated to Chalfant Valley. Robert worked at the Bishop Bowling Alley as a pinsetter before going to work for Chalfant Press.

He joined the U.S. Navy as the Korean War began and served four years aboard the U.S.S. Rochester. Upon discharge, Robert attended Los Angeles Trade Tech, studying commercial printing. While at L.A. Trade Tech, he met the love of his life, Sandra L. Jensen. The couple married October 6, 1955 and would spend 59 years together.

After briefly living in Iowa and South Dakota, the couple returned to Bishop and both went to work at Chalfant Press, Robert as a compositor and Sandra as a linotype operator. Both stayed with Chalfant Press for many years, operating various printing equipment, including the newspaper web presses. They retired from printing in 2005 with Robert putting in more than 45 years as a commercial printer.

The couple had one daughter, Barbara, in 1964.

In his spare time, Robert enjoyed reading, working on cars, reminiscing about his Navy days and spending time with his wife, daughter and son-in-law. Friends recall Robert as a kind and caring man who shared his knowledge about printing and newspaper production with those willing to learn. Robert was named “Best Friend of Mule Days” by The Bishop Mule Days Executive Committee in 1990 for his many dedicated years of laying out and printing the event’s Souvenir Program. Robert was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Robert died May 1 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop following a brief illness.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Keith Lovelace and Ralph Lovelace; sister Rosemarie Cheney; and one nephew.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sandra, and daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Laughon, all of Bishop; sisters-in-law, Betty Lou Grafton of Iowa, LouAnn Lovelace of Bishop; brother-in-law Robert Jensen and his wife, Meda, of Florida; and six nieces and five nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW, Post 8988, or to the Laws Railroad Museum.

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