Category Archives: Obituaries

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.


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.


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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Harold Miller

Harold Miller 1932-2015

Hal passed away Tuesday April 21st after a prolonged battle with Prostate Cancer.  He was born May 13, 1932 in Ottawa, Ilinois the son of Marie and William Miller. Hal worked many years in Los Angeles for Armored Transport Company where he worked as a security guard. His most celebrated clients include the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and the Los Angeles Dodgers where he got to know the Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda and other members of the front office.

Hal moved to Bishop from Woodland Hills, CA with his wife LaDonna in October of 1990, and he worked 16 years for Inyo Mono Transit as a bus driver. Hal enjoyed talking with the local residents on his route and helping them along on their daily routines. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and boating. He moved to Bishop for his love of the outdoors. Hal was known for his kindred spirit and his ability to get along with everyone.

He is survived by his son Karl Miller of Los Gatos, CA, Larry Miller of Minden, NV, and Barbara Hack of Dana Point, CA. He has five grandchildren. A ceremony open to the public will be held at Brune Mortuary in Bishop at 11am on May 9, 2015.


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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy, a resident of both Beijing, China and Vancouver, BC, died unexpectedly on April 8th, 2015 at the age of 45 at his home in Beijing.
Mike is survived by his mother, Carol Murphy; his lovely wife, Tara Murphy; his two beautiful children, Bowen Murphy,10 and Ingrid Murphy,9. His three brothers and one sister; John(Carolyn)Schuler, Stan Schuler, Roger(Rhonda) Schuler and Bonny Lent(Jessie), as well, as a large extended family. He is preceded in death by his father, Mikeal Murphy and his Uncle, Leroy Phillips.
Mike was born in Yerington, Nevada on March 3rd, 1970 to Mikeal Murphy and Carol Murphy. At the age of 4, Mike and his family moved to Bishop, California. He spent his early years in Bishop as a landscaper, graduating from Calvary Christian High School and then on to graduate from Pacific Life Bible College in Vancouver, Canada. After college, he married Tara, his college sweetheart. Shortly after, Mike and Tara welcomed their two children in to the world who were the most important parts of his life.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, son and brother. He enjoyed hiking and backpacking. Mike was an avid traveler who had been to over 40 countries before arriving in Beijing with his wife, Tara. He continued that tradition with his children, taking them to many parts of the world. Mike was the very definition of a self-made man. From very humble beginnings, Mike broke the mold and traveled the world on his own. It was his wife and his incredible sense of adventure and tenacity that led him to China and took him from selling Christmas trees in a car park in Shunyi to the owner of a great business with over 150 employees. He was a spiritual man and was involved in many church activities. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Oasis of Grace Church, 528 Central Ave., in Bishop, California on Saturday, May16th at 1:30pm. A reception will follow at the Bishop Elks Lodge at 2:30pm. This will be a great time to eat, talk and remember Mike.
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John William Lee

John William Lee 1955 -2015

John Lee age 60, passed away to be with the Lord on April 17, 2015 in Whitter CA. John was born to John Lee and Joan Lee Olive on March 17, 1955 in American Fork Utah. John moved to Independence when he was 13 years old. He graduated from Owens Valley High School in 1972. He worked for Department of Water and Power for 17 years. He really loved spending time setting up and running the sound system for his church and participating in church activities. He loved the Lord, his family and friends. John was preceded in death by his father John Lee. John is survived by mom Joan Lee Olive, brother Jeff Lee, nephew Dustin Lee, niece Denay Lee, sister Jody Scott, husband John, nephew Ryan and Kyle Scott and sister Jill Gonzales, husband Juan, nephew Bryan Gracey and Anthony Gonzales. John is also survived by his daughter Faith Holbrook, her husband Ralph and three grandchildren, Zachary, Helen and Joseph. Celebration of life graveside services will be held Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 AM at the Independence cemetery with a gathering after the services to be held at the Methodist Church.

John W Lee


Former Inyo Supervisor Passes

Former Inyo Supervisor and Mono official passes away

Robert E. (Bob) Michener 1924-2015

Bob Michener passed away at his home on Saturday, April 18. He was 91 years old. Bob was born on January 23, 1924, to Robert Ezra and Elizabeth Mae Michener. He attended Dorsey High School in Los Angeles and graduated in 1942. Bob proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 during World War II. He served until 1946, when he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He then attended Graceland Junior College in Iowa, where he met the love of his life, Wilma Hartschen. The two graduated Graceland in 1947 and got married. They decided to move back to California, where Bob then attended the University of Southern California. He graduated in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration. Bob then joined the LA County Sherriff’s Department in 1951, and served until 1963. At that time, he and Wilma had decided they had enough of LA. They moved to Mammoth Lakes, a spot they frequently visited, to raise their 3 young children, Robin, Scott, and Jon. Bob, with his outgoing personality, was always interested in public service. While living in Mammoth, Bob served on the Mono County Planning Commission as well as the Mono County Board of Education for many years. Bob and Wilma then moved to Bishop in 1979. While living in Inyo County, he served on the Inyo County Planning Commission, the Inyo County Grand Jury, as well as a term as 3rd District Supervisor. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wilma. Daughter, Robin Fernandez, of Bishop. Son, Scott Michener and his wife Sharon, of Orangevalle, CA. Son, Jon Michener and his wife Vicki, of Bishop. Brother David of Los Angeles, and Sister Peggy, of Oregon. As well as Grandchildren, Kristen, Jackie, Torey, Garrett and Jake. Great Grandchildren, Mason, Sadie, Taryn and Dylan. A service will be held Saturday, May 2nd, at 11:00 am at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints at 725 Keough St. in Bishop. A luncheon will be held immediately afterwards at the church.


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Daniel McRoberts

Daniel McRoberts 1957-2015

Daniel Gale McRoberts, 57 years old of Lone Pine, CA. passed away on Wednesday April 1st 2015 in Keeler, CA.

Danny was born June 16, 1957 in Yreka CA to Thelma Brumley and Bailey McRoberts. Danny spent much of his childhood with his brother Bailey McRoberts camping, fishing, and hunting. They liked to ride their motorcycles on the back roads. They would explore the old mines and hunt for old bottles.

Danny attended Bishop High school where he was on the wrestling team and won many awards. Danny had many different jobs but was more known for being a cook. In his later years Danny spent much of his time fishing, mining for silver, and exploring the desert with his dog Rosie. Danny had the ability to make everyone love him; he had many friends who loved him like family and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Danny is preceded in death by his Mother, Thelma McRoberts, and Father Bailey “Scooter” McRoberts and is survived by Daughter Sarah Wilson of Burleson Texas, Daughter Kelly Green and son in-law James Green of Rio Linda, CA. Grandchildren: Ariel Green, Michael Cronan, Danielle Cronan, Bailey Green, Kylie Green, Kiely Green, Tristin Wilson, Jaden Wilson and his Brother Bailey Lee McRoberts. A celebration of life will be held on June 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the V.F.W. in Lone Pine, CA.


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