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Paul Ranallo

Paul Ranallo

Paul Michael Ranallo, age 52 passed away December 2, 2014. A longtime resident of Bishop, California. He had a great love of music and writing. They were the biggest part of his life. Before moving to Bishop, he was a disc jockey at KAGI/KSRW in Grants Pass, OR. In Bishop he worked as a disc jockey at KADY. He also hosted a Spanish TV show at USA Media Cable Television and wrote the commercials for his sponsors. Although he wasn’t Hispanic, he spoke Spanish and wanted to help inform the Hispanic community of the events and the services available to them. He volunteered much of his time. Paul was a very caring, gentle man, a people person.

Preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael and Lucy Ranallo; John and Florence Melioli; Aunt and Uncles Salvatore and Rita Perfetto; Raymond Melioli; brother, Robert John Ranallo. Survived by father, Robert A. Ranallo; mother, Paula Melioli Ranallo; brother, Christopher Ray Ranallo. He was very close to many of his cousins and other loving family members. Memorial Service will be held 11AM Monday, January 5, 2015 with visitation one hour prior to the service at St. Philip Catholic Church, Franklin Tennessee with Father Bala celebrant. Memorials may be made to the Fisher House or the Wounded Warrior Project. WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 615-794-2289.

 

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Sandee J. Wilson

Sandee J. Wilson

1943-2014
Sandee J. Wilson (71) resident of Mammoth Lakes for 44 years, born in Phoenix, AZ on October 12, 1943 passed away on December 5, 2014 in Bishop. Sandee spent 44 years in Mammoth Lakes, living a life she enjoyed to the fullest.
Sandee is survived by her son Charles Wilson. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to help with funeral expenses incurred by the family, please drop off with Sue Eversol at the Breakfast Club in Mammoth. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Christopher Charlie Sr.

Christopher Allen Charlie Sr.

1972-2014

Born Nov. 7, 1972 in Bishop, Christopher Allen Charlie Sr. passed away in Bishop. He was 42.
Christopher Allen Charlie Sr. is survived by his two sons, Christopher Allen Charlie Jr. and Matthew Edison Charlie; daughter, Elissa Charlie; mother, June Piper and husband, Floyd Piper Sr.; sisters, Dawn Durant and Kristie Doll; brother, David Doll Jr.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces; and many friends who were part of his life.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sativa Angelina Charlie; father, Delbert Durant; and grandparents, Edison and Kathleen Charlie.
A Cry Dance will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at the Piper residence, 301 S. Pa Ha Ln. in Bishop. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Barlow Lane Indian Gymnasium, 625 S. Barlow Ln., with interment to follow at the Sunland Cemetery. A reception will also be held at the Barlow Lane Indian Gymnasium. Services will be officiated by Mario Huichan of Whittier.

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Ann Matthiessen

Matthiessen, Ann Keely

In the afternoon of December 2, 2014, Ann died unexpectedly at her home in Bishop, California. At the time of her death, she was painting, laughing, and lunching with friends – three of the activities that she loved most in life. She was 77 years old.

The youngest of three children and only daughter to Charles “Clarke” and Beatrice Sargeant Keely, she was born on February 14, 1937, in Los Angeles, California.

She was raised in the wonderfully social environment of Berkeley Square in Los Angeles, California, and developed a fascination and love for the outdoors and all God’s creation during family retreats to the log cabin built in 1927 by her late grandmother, Anna Virginia Taylor, in Mammoth Lakes, California. She attended Marlborough School in Los Angeles, graduating with the class of 1954. Ann then received her Associates degree in Home Economics from Bennett Junior College in New York in 1956. Married in 1960 to Robert M. Matthiessen, she was a loving housewife and mother of three in Pasadena and later San Marino, California. She enthusiastically volunteered for the Junior League of Los Angeles and Las Madrinas – a charity which benefited her favorite cause, The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. As her children began their own lives, she moved with her husband to Fallbrook, California, where she made many new friends and enjoyed fresh air and the rural surroundings. In 2012 she moved to a smaller house in Bishop, California, at the foot of the beloved mountains of her childhood. There she could also be closer to her grandchildren who loved visiting “Gammy”.

Ann loved giggling with children, laughing with friends and an occasional bit of mischief. She had a passion for painting. Whether with acrylic on canvas or with flowers in the garden, she rejoiced in the opportunity to put her colorful personality on display and make the world a happier place. She was overflowing with a natural desire to nurture – the excess of which she lavished upon her many pets, especially her dogs without whom her soul would not have felt complete.

She is survived by her three loving children: Christopher C. Matthiessen, Robert M. Matthiessen Jr., and Carrie M. O’Neal; daughter in law Yvette Matthiessen, son in Law John O’Neal, and six cherished grandchildren: Eddie and Annie Matthiessen; Taylor, John (“JJ”), Maria, and Ellie O’Neal. Also surviving her is her ex-husband Robert M. Matthiessen, her dearly beloved brother Russell Davis Keely with family Carlotta and Ann; sister-in-law Jean Keely and loving nieces Kathy and Patricia. She is also survived by her cherished dalmatian Bonnie.

She is predeceased by her parents and beloved brother Charles Clarke Keely Jr..

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Tuesday, December 9th, at the Mammoth Lakes Lutheran Church, 379 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Condolences may be posted to info@brunemortuary or mailed to Brune Mortuary, 325 West Elm Street – P.O. Box 1175, Bishop, CA 93514. The family understands that this is a prohibitively long journey for most of her lifelong friends on such short notice and ask that you light a candle in Ann’s memory and share with us the words of John Muir’s poem “Climb the Mountain, and the Hymn “How great thou art” by Stewart K. Hine.

Special thanks go out to “Ruthie” Schmedkie, who provided wonderful companionship and help in the last stages of Ann’s life both in Fallbrook and in Bishop. Also to Kathy Shibley who had become a dear new friend and was with her in her final moments.

Ann will be missed by everyone who new her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to her favorite charity, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, or by clicking the donate button on their website, w.chla.org, and making the gift a tribute in memory of Ann K Matthiessen.

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Carl Leroy McKellips

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Carl Leroy McKellips
1932-2014

Carl Leroy McKellips an 82 year resident of Bishop passed away at Renown Medical Center, in Reno on Dec. 1, 2014.
Leroy was a Korean War Veteran who was proud to serve his country. He was a private 1st class in the Army. He was recognized for his excellent marksmanship. He loved the Owens Valley and all it had to offer.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Noreen; sons, David and Neil; daughter, Karen; mother and father, Carl and Martha; sisters, Bobbie and Dodi; brothers, Don, Dean and Johnny.
Survivors include daughters, Vickie Henneberger and Denise McKellips; son, Steve Bellas and wife, Beverly; grandchildren, Noel and husband Jeff Bardonnex, Jeramy Blair, Daniel Henneberger, Kishi, Joey, Christopher Lacy and Billy Rae Bellas. Half Moon and wife Emily Adams, Joseph Moose, Melyssa and husband David Telly, Hatie Moose, and Darrell James Moose, Brandon and Destiny McKellips. Brandon and Katie Bardonnex; 23 great-grandchildren, numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins and friends; and his partners in crime Candice and Harlee.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Brune Mortuary with Stan Summers officiating. Burial will follow at the East Line Street Cemetery where Leroy will receive military honors with VFW post presiding.

Matthew Duane Hanson

Matthew Duane Hanson was born on May 29,2003 in Reno Nevada and entered into Eternal life on November 22,2014 in Bishop, California.

Matthew was a vibrant young man with an amazing outlook on life who  was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need and loved to make other people smile with his imaginative stories.
Matthew’s favorite sport was Hockey and he couldn’t wait for fall to come so he could hit the rink, and see all of his hockey friends. Matthew loved to be outside riding his bike and scooter; he loved to go to the skate park with his dad. Matthew loved the outdoors exploring, fishing with his Kuno, camping with his aunts or just spending time with his family.
Matthew was a 6th grader and he loved school and his favorite subject was Math. Matthew was loved by many and touched everyone that he met with his special zest for life.
Matthew is survived by his Father Ivan Hanson of Bishop, Mother Barbara Lopez of Colorado. Grandparents Delvin and Phyllis Kane of Bishop, Joann Hanson of Yerington, NV, Chuck and Mona Wheeler of Big Pine and Gordon and Rita Giradin of Idaho. Aunt/Mommas Cindy Kane and Shea Vick of Bishop, Aunt and Uncle Loren and Shawna Kane of Bishop, Aunt Crystal Andreas of Bishop, Renee Rogers and Steve and Jennifer Ackley of Yerington NV. Great Aunt Gayle Johnson and husband Fred of Yerington, NV. Great Uncles Mike and Walter Hanson of Lone Pine. Cousins Phillips and wife Sabrina and son Lodin, and Alyssa Kane and Chris Riggins, Donald Andreas all of Bishop and Jordan, Jacob, Darren and Tawanee Ackley all of Yerington NV. As well as many other family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sierra Hockey League.
A cry dance will be on Friday night starting at 8pm at 60 North Barlow lane. Services will be held for Matthew at the Sierra Roller Hockey Rink in the Charles Brown Auditorium on Saturday November 29th at 11:00am. Interment will be at the East line street cemetery, a potluck reception will follow at Barlow Lane Gym, Bishop.

 

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Morgan Wade Kinney Sr.

Morgan Wade Kinney Sr. was born in Bishop, California on May 4, 1959 to Harold Kinney Sr. and Beverly Yandell Kinney. Morgan grew up and attended school in Bishop, CA. He worked as a laborer until he suffered a debilitating back injury.

Morgan had three children Marcus Kinney Sr., Morgan (Jake) Kinney Jr., and Marla Kinney before meeting the love of his life, Juanita Butterbredt Kinney.

Morgan and Juanita were married on September 1, 1989. They spent 22 happy years together as husband and wife before Juanita passed away in 2011. Juanita was proud to be Morgan’s wife. She even had a sweatshirt made that said, “Property of Morgan Kinney”. Morgan loved Juanita very much – they were inseparable. Morgan and Juanita did so much together in the 22 years they were married. They traveled to numerous places as often as they could, went exploring mines and petroglyphs, worked on their home and garden, raised grandchildren, went wooding, and enjoyed family birthdays, BBQs, and dinners. They were happy together and loved exploring the outdoors. Sometimes they would just get in their car and go nowhere in particular. They loved buying lunch makings and going for day rides. Morgan was even happy to tag along when his wife went clothes shopping which was often. Morgan loved spending time with his grandkids, nieces, and nephews. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing. He loved catching “pugwee” and often took his grandkids, nieces, or nephews, fishing in all the creeks and secret spots until his disabilities caught up to him. When asked what he wanted for his birthday or Christmas it was always fishing lures or something related to fishing.

After Juanita passed away in 2011, Morgan longed to go home and be reunited with her. Morgan Wade Kinney Sr. passed away after a lengthy illness on November 20, 2014 at the age of 55.

Morgan is survived by his sons Marcus Kinney Sr., Morgan (Jake) Kinney Jr., Harold Butterbredt Sr., Larry Cawelti Jr., and Jonathan Cawelti; daughters Marla Kinney and Teri Red Owl; sisters Victoria Kinney and Kimberly Kinney; brothers Harold Kinney Jr. and Frank Shoshone; mother Judy Kinney; grand-children Shaylah Kinney, Marcus Kinney Jr., Araya Kinney, Waylon Butterbredt, Harold Butterbredt Jr., Noah Williams, Alexis Red Owl, Joseph Red Owl, Isabella Red Owl, Cody Cawelti, Chance Cawelti, Nakona Cawelti, Chase Cawelti, Markie Wilder, Clifford Wilder, Loni Romo, Kyle Davis, Joseph Rock, Nakia Hanks, Charles Hanks, Tulie Rose Barlow, and Sunny Butterbredt. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Morgan is preceded in death by his beloved wife Juanita Kinney, mother Beverly Yandell Kinney, father Harold Kinney Sr., sister Nancy Kinney Shaw, brother Stuart Kinney, and granddaughter Kelly Kinney.

Burial services will be private per Morgan’s wishes. Interment will be Sunland Indian Cemetery.

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James Huber

James “Jimmy” Daniel Chester Huber, forever age 25, passed away peacefully, and surrounded by loved ones on November 17, 2014. Jimmy touched many hearts, he had the gift to make people laugh and make people feel comfortable. He was an avid musician who could play anything but mostly shredded that guitar. He loved his gold and his motorcycle. Jimmy was survived by his beautiful, soul mate wife Emerald “Emmy” (Jimmy and Emmy forever), his twin son Jasper (also a motorcycle enthusiast, couldn’t tell you enough about “Daddy’s Bike”, mother Jane Miller, father Jim Huber, sister Julie and nephew Wolf, grandparents Daniel Miller Sr., Sally Topham, Chester Huber (deceased) and Mary “Fran” Huber (deceased), also many aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends. A cry dance will occur on Saturday, November 22, 2014 and burial services will be held at the Independence Cemetery on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 11:00 am. We love you so much Jimmy D. Rest in Peace. Natoish Dimaggio. Dimaggio Natoish.

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Cheryl L. Mack (Fansler)

Cheryl L. Mack
1955-2014

My Love, Cheryl Mack (Fansler) of Big Pine, Lost her fight for life with a brain tumor on Friday November 14 at 12:09 PM. She was 59 years old. She is survived by husband BO Mack, son Byron Turner, mother Joy Fansler, brother John and Dennis Fansler their wife’s Carol and Patty, sister Adena and Charlott and their children, step-daughters Sierra and Judy, nine grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Cheryl was preceded in death by her dad Rowland Fansler. She is leaving more friends than anyone could ever count! A celebration of life and Potluck will be held noonish November 29 at the Mack Residence in Big Pine. B.Y.O.B.

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Robert Wayne Goodman

Robert Wayne Goodman
1960 – 2014

Robert Wayne Goodman past away November 10, 2014 at the Bishop Care Center in Bishop, CA., due to complications of throat cancer. He was 54.
Robert (Bob) was born on April 19, 1960 in Long Beach, CA to his parents Richard and Dixie Goodman. Bob grew up and lived in Southern CA most of his life. In 2006, Bob moved to Bishop where he lived until his death. Bob was a very talented individual. His love of music began as a young child. Bob played with many bands in Southern California and Bishop CA. Bob was an accomplished musician playing drums, guitar and bass guitar. He developed many friends over the years and loved to just hang out and play music. Bob also mastered the art of “Handyman” skills and could fix or build just about anything.
Bob also had another love and that was fishing. Since childhood, if there was water near, you could find him by a lake, creek or river at any time of the day, fishing and fishing and just fishing.
In the last three years of his life, Bob found he had a talent for photography. He loved photographing the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley. Some of his work is hanging in businesses and private collections in Southern CA and the Bishop area. He loved how the colors in the sky, mountains and valleys always changed and Bob successfully captured that in his photos. Sunrises and sunsets were his favorites. Bob found a special connection and bond with the land, nature, and God in the Eastern Sierra. He received his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here in the mountains. He also bonded with many people to include special friends in the Eastern Sierra, Paiute/Shoshone Reservation and the Paiute Palace Casino.
Bob had a very special gift to help people. Whatever people needed help with, he would always try to assist them. He would spend time with people that were troubled with the challenges of life and try to bring a smile to them with his witty “off the wall” sense of humor. Bob was his own person and kept command of the way in which he would live his life.
Bob is survived by his loving parents Richard and Dixie Goodman, Brother Bill Goodman and wife Barbara, Uncle Bill Goodman, Aunt Vicki Goodman, Cousin Cathy Corkhill and husband Tony and their children, Cousin Karen Herrera and husband Mark and their children.
Bob believed in living his life his way. He was Bob to the end.
A memorial service for Robert Wayne Goodman will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church in Bishop, CA. on November 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM for all his family and friends. Following the service will be Bob’s favorite holiday meal, Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixings.