Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

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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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Robert Van Thom

Robert Van Thom 1928 – 2015

Robert Van Thom 86; resident of Bishop for 31 years, born in Florida on December 7, 1928, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015 at his residence with his grandson Robert by his side.
Robert moved to California in 1942. He graduated from Narbonne High School the summer of 1946, from there went on to Compton J.C. (Junior College)
Robert served in the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers from Sept. 1950 until discharged April 1952 as a combat medic. He earned the rank of Staff Sgt. and was shipped to Korea. He distinguished himself by Gallantry in action near Chung-Bang-P’yong, Korea on the 18th of February 1952 and was awarded the Silver Star.
After his discharge from the service he was employed by Long Beach Oil Development Company. There he stayed for 34 years and retired as Chief Accountant in Material Control. Shortly after retirement, Robert and his loving wife Thora, a marriage of 42 years moved to Bishop in 1986. Thora passed away Feb. 24, 1988.
Robert is survived by Grandson Robert Thom and wife Holly from Templeton, CA, Grandson William Newton Thom of Templeton CA, Sister Adoree Suran and Husband Richard from La Palma, CA


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Steve Bradley

Steve Aaron Bradley

Steve Aaron Bradley, 59, a nearly lifelong resident of Big Pine and Bishop, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his home in Big Pine. Steve was born in San Bernardino, Calif., but raised in Big Pine, his family’s longtime home. Steve attended Big Pine Schools and went on to study ornamental horticulture at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Steve was known to many friends in the valley for his exceptional artistic abilities, especially with flowers, painting and music. For several years, Steve entertained diners with his piano at the old “Rossi’s Restaurant” in Big Pine. He had most recently been sharing his musical gift with the congregation of the Big Pine Methodist Church.
Steve was preceded in death b y many beloved relatives, especially his mother Karen (Rossi) Bradley, Father Robert Bradley, and his dear Aunt Lorena (Rossi) Olio. He will be missed by a large family. Steve is survived by his sister Jill Aldworth and her husband Jack Aldworth, and nephews Brad and Kevin Varnum, his brother Marty Bradley and nephew Reuben Bradley and his family wife Whittney, daughter’s LilyJo, Eme, and a third daughter on the way, nephew Dustin Tillemans, as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
There will be a celebration of Steve’s Life Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Big Pine Methodist Church at 11:00 am, with a potluck luncheon to follow at the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Steve’s memory to either the Big Pine Methodist Church or the
Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department will be greatly appreciated by the family.

Pastor Daniel McClenaghan

Daniel Crowell McClenaghan

October 8, 1947 – March 28 2015

Pastor Daniel passed suddenly before dawn on Saturday March 28, while sleeping, only to awaken in the presence of his Creator and Lord Jesus Christ. All who know and love Daniel are trying to imagine his joyous surprise. This was how he always wanted to Go.

Dan was born in Highland Park, California to Clara E. Nelsen-McClenaghan and Willis C. McClenaghan Jr.  He grew up and attended school in Anaheim Ca. Daniel met his wife, Barbara Cox in late 1973. In 1974 they drove to Nevada and married, separating soon thereafter. The joke was, you had probably missed their commitment if you blinked. It was like trying to work 2 mules unequally harnessed together. God, however, had a plan. In 1976, Daniel gave his life to Jesus and returned to California to pursue genuine marriage. On April 2, 1977 Dan and Barbara renewed their vows under the Lordship of Jesus Christ… and the rest was history.

Daniel worked and pastored in Tonopah, Nevada and Bishop, California. He loved serving his God, family, church and friends. Dan also loved playing his guitar, wrote songs, made music albums and created jewelry. Everything he worked at, was so that he could serve others free of obligation. He was led into Christian radio work during the latest phase of his life’s work, having a desire to let people hear God’s Word, and help other Pastors do the same.

Daniel is survived by his beloved family: wife Barbara, daughter Audra Huston and son Raith McClenaghan. Grandchildren: Bill Huston Jr., Grace McClenaghan, Maureen McClenaghan, Anna Huston, Danny Huston and Joseph Huston. Great grandson Malachi Rangel and great granddaughter Noelle Farley. Daniels’ mother, Clara Still also survives him, with brothers Tim McClenaghan, Steve McClenaghan, and sister Peggy Oles.
In addition, he would consider his very cherished friends whom he felt honored to serve, whether it was teaching through the Bible or pushing cows in Nevada and filling wells for livestock. The memorial service will be at Calvary Chapel, 125 S Main street, Bishop California on Saturday April 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Our Dear friend, Pastor Jim Davis of Pastoral Training to Asia will officiate.

Ida Lee (Cox) Williams

Ida Williams 1922-2015

Ida Lee (Cox) Williams passed away on March 23, 2015 in Bishop, CA .  Ida was born in Plano, Texas  on November 18, 1922, to Laban Ruban Cox and Ither Lee (Wilson)Cox.  Whe she was at the age of two, her parents moved to Imboden, Arkansas due to her father’s health.  When she was  six years old, a baby brother was added to the family.  When Ida was eleven, her father died from pneumonia.  At eighteen years of age,  Ida made a trip to Texas and met the loveof her life, John W. Williams, Jr  aka “Cotton”.  One year later they were married in 1942.  He went  TO World War II and Ida and the family moved to Bakersfield California.  When the war ended they began their family.  Katherine Loretta was the first born, and John Walter was the second.  Ida was preceded in death by her  husband and both children
She is survived by a large family, including seven grandchildren, Ron Williams, Don William and his wife Iris, Chancie Young and husband Brian, Ted Ohama and wife Tracy, Kathy’s children.   John Williams, Jeff Williams and wife Tami, and Jared  Williams from her son John.  She leaves many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She passed away with her family by her side.  Her family came from all over the country to be with her.  She is going to be greatly missed.  She was so beautiful inside and out.  She loved and cherished all of her family and  she loved all her foster kids and friends.  She was a dedicated Christian and loved her church.  She is now home with the Lord, her husband, daughter and son.
Services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 at the Crossroads Church 315 South Street in Bishop with Pastor Jake Evangelist officiating.  A reception  at the church will follow the interment at the West Line Street Cemetery.


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Eldan Thomas Miller

Eldan Thomas Miller 1983-2015

Eldan Thomas Miller, 32 was born March 5, 1983 to Philaine and William Miller. He passed away on March 25, 2015 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

Eldan had the biggest heart. He was always happy, and he was very giving and always willing to help. He enjoyed wood splitting, pine nut picking, drawing and being outdoors. He was the type of person to give the shirt of his back if asked. He was a great big brother and son. He will be forever missed.

Eldan is survived by his Brothers Soloman Michael Miller and Samuel Ira Miller; Sister Billie Georgina Miller; Grandpa Chester Kinney; Grandmother Hazel Miller, Uncles James Miller, Lloyd Miller, David Miller, Alvin Miller, Bryan Miller, Wilfred Miller, and Clinton George Barlow; Aunts Helen Spratt, Evelyn Miller, Marion Miller, Judith Kinney, Berdina Renfro, and Rebecca Jeff; and numerous cousins and friends.

Eldan was preceded in death by his parents Philaine and William Miller; Grandfathers Ira Miller and George Barlow Sr.; Grandmothers Phyllis Kinney and Dorothy Barlow; and Aunt Adrienne Barlow.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Sunland Indian Cemetery on S. Barlow Lane in Bishop. Pastor Linda Spratt will officiate. A Cry Dance will follow.

A potluck will be held at the Head Start/Bishop Indian Community Center at 405 N. Barlow Lane, following services.


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Kelsey Collins

Kelsey Collins

A celebration of life is pending for the resident of Sisters, Oregon.  Collins was a long-time resident of Mammoth Lakes.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, our friend, sister, confidant and all around angel, Kelsey Collins, chose to end her life here on Earth.
Kelsey Collins was an acclaimed author, elder advocate, healer, and vivacious speaker acknowledged by her peers for her expertise in elder care and her life’s work towards redefining the caregiver-caregivee experience.
Kelsey’s daily, moment by moment practice was to keep her heart wide open, no matter what. She assisted and inspired others to do the same, by reminding us that we don’t die any differently than we live. Her book, “Exit Strategy,” reminded us that we have control over how we think about death, and possibly even the way it will look when we transition from this world to the next.
“We are all going to exit at some point, and perhaps our own exit strategies will help to live each day we have here more fully, genuinely and lovingly.” ~ Kelsey Collins
That was Kelsey through and through. She was preceded in death by her son Chase, and the love of her life, Bruce Capitan, who crossed over in October of 2009.
There will be a Celebration of Kelsey’s life this coming summer on the backside of Horseshoe Lake, one of her favorite places to meditate in the Mammoth Lakes area. Date and time TBA.


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Bennie Arebalo

Bennie Arebalo  1930-2015

Bennie Arebalo, age 85, resident of Bishop for 36 years passed away on March 27, 2015 at his home in Bishop.

Bennie was a loving father of 3 children. He left this world to join his wife, mother, father and brother. He was a very kind and giving man, those that knew him always talked about his laugh and loved to tell jokes to make people laugh with him.

Bennie is survived by his daughters Liz Arebalo of Atascadero, Carrie Davila of Atascadero and Mary McCorkle of Sacramento along with grandchildren Brandy of Victorville, Timothy of Colorado, Paul, Gary, Nichole, Carrie of Sacramento, Cherie of Orcutt, CA, Anissa of Sacramento and Siahna of Colorado. We will miss him with all our hearts.

A family service will be held for Bennie in his home town at a later date.


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