Obituaries

KATHERINE KESSLER

Katherine Keesler passed away on April 14, very peacefully, at Northern Inyo Hospital with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. Per her wishes there won’t be any services.
Katherine was born April 23, 1925, to Elisabeth and Jimmy Robertson. She married Harold Keesler in 1942 and they had two sons, Marvin and Steven. After years of camping at Rock Creek, in 1959 they moved to Bishop; after living in the San Fernando Valley, the move was a blessing for all.
After Harold passed, Katherine met Bill Utter and enjoyed their relationship until his passing. She has since lived alone. Katherine worked as a sales clerk for various retailers in Reno and Bishop. The last place she worked was at Lyon’s Jewelry, which was her favorite.
Katherine is survived by her son Marvin and daughter-in-law Kathie; granddaughter and husband Melissa and Rob Motley; grandson and wife Christian and Renelle Keesler; great grandson Christopher Hoodman and wife Chelsea; great granddaughters Madison Keesler and Grace and Emily Motley; and good friend Dottie Bradley.
She was preceded in death by so many, most noted, husband Harold, son Steven and life partner Bill Utter.
“She was born and she died.” Between that she lived, loved and enjoyed every day. She lived with dignity and she died with dignity.  It doesn’t get better than that.  Love you,  Mom.

SAM DEAN 1933-2017

Sam was born January 19, 1933 in Chilton, Texas at home on the farm, to Ocie and James Dean. He only weighed 2 1/4 lbs. Ocie put him in a shoe box on the wood stove oven door which acted as an incubator. It was that beginning which formed the strong, determined, wonderful man he became.

Sam came to California in his early teens, fell in love with the Eastern Sierra’s and started Dean’s Plumbing and Heating in 1955.

He dedicated his life contributing to the community in many capacities.
He served as Inyo County District 2 Supervisor, he served on the Tri-County Fair Board for over 20 years, he was on the Executive Board of Mule Days for over 40 years, his desire is for the Mule Museum to be completed for future generations. He was heavily involved in both non-profit organizations, Advocates for Access to Public Lands and the Adventure Trails. He has been a very active member in Lion’s Club for many years, dedicating hours and good cheer to any project he was involved in. He received the Highest Recognition for outstanding effort on behalf of Eye Mobile, Inc. He was a Decon of the First Southern Baptist Church.
Sam truly was a giver, always willing to help a friend.

Sam enjoyed Waterskiing, Fishing, Hunting, and Camping with his Wife, Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren.

Sam is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pat Dean Son and Daughter-in-law, Mike and Marydawn Dean Daughter and Son-in-law Debbie and Steve Hayward Daughter and Son-in-law Lynda and Mark Sargent Daughter and Son-in-law Susan and Randy Gillespie Son Jim Gidney and friend Robinn
13 Grandchildren and 21 Great-Grandchlidren Sam was preceded in death by his son Rick Dean.

Sam passed peacefully on April 3, 2017 at Carson Tahoe Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

All who came in contact with Sam were blessed with his Generosity and Goodness. He will be Greatly Missed.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to: Carson Tahoe Health Foundation/Merriner Cottages. P.O. Box 2168, Carson City, NV 89702

A Memorial Service will be held at the Neighborhood Church on April 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM, reception to follow.

RON “DINK” KNOX

Join us for a celebration of life for our beloved Dink, as we send him to that stage in the sky.  Share your memories and join us for a potluck.  Drinks will be provided.

DATE:  April 7th, 2017

LOCATION:  Owens Valley School Multipurpose Room

ADDRESS: 202 S. Clay Street, Independence, Ca

TIME: 4:30 PM

Dink’s former band mates will be honoring Dink With a live performance.  Please bring your own chair.

JOHN DONDERO JR.

John Dondero Jr.
John was born on the north shore of Mono Lake November 8, 1929 to John Dondero Sr and Lena Tom. “Jr” passed away at his home in Lee Vining March 13, 2017.
Services for John will be Saturday March 25, 2017 at Dondero Ranch 1.5 miles south of Lee Vining weather permitting.Signs will be posted on Highway 395 for directions to Dondero Ranch.  In case of inclement weather, service will take place at Lee Vining High School.

ADOLPH GERALD (JERRY) FIELDS

ADOLPH GERALD (JERRY) FIELDS
Passed away peacefully at home on
February 15, 2017 in Bishop

Jerry was born in San Diego, California, to the late Al and Edith Fields, on January 24, 1929. He spent his childhood and youth in Los Angeles, and graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School. Jerry served honorably in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic on the U.S.S. Valley Forge. Following his naval service, he graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical Junior College. He retired from his 32 year career as a steamfitter for the City and County of Los Angeles in 1982. Early in his career, he met the love of his life and married Clara Mae O’Cano.

Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family. They fondly remember him as a mountain man, enthusiastically sharing his love for the outdoors with his wife, children, and grandchildren. After years of vacationing in the Eastern Sierra, Jerry and Clara returned to Clara’s childhood home of Bishop, where he resided for 35 years. Clara and Jerry enjoyed their retirement, hiking, hunting, and fishing the mountains of the Owens Valley.

Jerry is survived by his two daughters: Judy Fields and Holly Rossi, his son-in-law, Chance Rossi, along with his four grandchildren: Jazmin, Logan, Cierra, and Tara, Rossi, all of Bishop. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Shepard, of Huntington Beach.

Jerry was preceded in death by his dear wife, Clara Mae Fields, and his brother, Ronald Fields, of Reno, Nevada.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the summer.

VIOLET CATHERINE VERNON

Violet Catherine Vernon was born on December 19, 1918 at Dynamo pond, Green Creek, Bridgeport, Ca. to Mervyn McKenzie of Bodie and Anna DeChambeau of the DeChambeau Ranch, Mono Lake. She died peacefully at Bishop Care Center on March 2, 2017.

She grew up in the Mono Lake basin, Rush Creek, Manhatten, Nv and Bishop. Graduated Bishop high School class of 1935?. She was a medical transcriber for over 40 yrs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Edith and daughter Merveen Rogers.

She is survived by her grandson James, wife Lisa, great grandson Logan of Hastings, MN. Granddaughter Laurel Pyeatt, husband Tryon, great grandson Cole of Oxnard, Ca.
Niece Cheryl Achten, husband Ron of Chalfant Valley , grand nieces Tracy Achten of Poway, Ca. and Jennifer Achten of Castro Valley, Ca.

There will be no services per her request. She will be remembered by family and friends on the 4th of July at the Silver Maple Motel, Bridgeport, Ca.

Lois Gilliland 1928-2017

Lois Gilliland 1928-2017

Lois M. Gilliland, age 88, of Bishop California, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2017 at the Bishop Care Center. Lois was born in May of 1928 in Stratford, New Jersey to Edwin and Gladys Harris. The first eight years of her life were spent with them in the Belgian Congo where her father was a missionary doctor. She spent the next nine years of her young life in two different boarding schools for missionary children while her parents served two terms in Africa. In 1950, Lois graduated from Houghton College in upstate New York where she met and fell in love with Dean Gilliland. They were married soon after college and enjoyed nearly 62 years together before Dean’s death in 2013. Lois spent almost 25 years of her life in Nigeria as a Methodist missionary’s wife where she raised her family of five children. She learned the Hausa language well enough to barter in the marketplace, cooked on a wood stove in the early years, and instilled in her children a respect and curiosity for nature and other cultures.
When she and Dean moved to Pasadena, California in 1978, she decided it was time to go back to school. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and began her private practice in her mid-fifties. During this time she touched numerous lives and continued to do so even after she retired and moved with Dean to Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California. She led both a grief group and a grandparent’s group there until her first stroke in 2012. Following Dean’s death, Lois moved to Bishop, California to be closer to immediate family where she was able to comfortably live out the rest of her days. She will be deeply missed by her children and grandchildren, and as we mourn her passing, we celebrate in the fact that she is safely in the arms of her Loving Savior and re-united with the husband she longed to be with.
Lois is survived by her children: Dean Jr. (spouse: Linda Tobash), David, Dale, Barbara Jo (spouse: Scott Lasley) and Doug as well as her grandchildren: Lois, Ross, Hannah, and Jeremy. Graveside service will be private and at a later date.
The family of Lois Gilliland, knowing of her lifelong love of nature, and numerous trips to the Arboretum, in Arcadia, California, suggests that in lieu of flowers you make a charitable donation there in her memory.
Online: www.arboretum.org
or by mail: LA Arboretum Foundation, 301 N. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA 91007-2697. Check made to LAAF, Lois Gilliland in memo line. Thank you.

BETTY CAMERON

Betty Cameron, Bishop Ca.
Betty, age 76, succumbed Thursday March 2, 2017 from injuries caused by Monday afternoon’s car accident. She was surrounded by her loving family in Reno’s Renown Hospital when she took her final breath.
Betty loved living in the beautiful Eastern Sierra’s, and was an avid watercolor painter. She also loved the local theater productions and traveling. She visited her son in Thailand and just came back from an African Safari with her daughter.
Betty grew up in Estes Park Colorado and met Val when she was in 2nd grade. They were married 50 years before he succumbed to Cancer in 2008. Betty retired after 38 years of teaching and being a school administrator in Los Angeles, moving in 2000 to Bishop to share in the lives of daughter Xandra and her husband Patrick Maddock along with young grandsons Terren and Rusty.
Betty was an active member of Eastern Star, Athena, The Bishop Mural Society, The Imagination Lab, and Bishop Senior Center-wrapping Christmas gifts for many years. She also volunteered at the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care helping and transporting birds to new homes. Betty loved the birds and talked endlessly about her days there. Betty is survived by her older siblings Bill Bennett and Jean Swearingen, children Xandra Maddock (and husband Patrick) and Chad Cameron, grandsons Terren and Rusty, “adopted” granddaughter Sylvia Ramirez, and puppy dog Rowdy.
There will be a “Tea Party” gathering in her honor at her house on Sunday March 12th, Noon – 4. Colorful attire, and attitude will be most welcomed.
Her family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Center.

STEPHEN RICHARD CARLSGAARD

STEPHEN “STEVE” RICHARD CARLSGAARD 1945 – 2017

Steve passed away peacefully but suddenly at home in his beloved Bishop, CA. where he has been for the last 20+ years. He was able to live out his DREAM of reading & studying the Bible, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, photography, bird watching, nature (rain or shine) in the High Sierra’s. Bishop, Tom’s Place and the Rock Creek area is where he enjoyed many early years of family vacations, he was so happy to be able to retire in Bishop and never wanted to leave. Happy to just stay put!

Steve is the son of his parents Theodore Henry Carlsgaard and Patricia Ann Hall. He was raised in Long Beach, CA, attending & graduating from Jordan High School in 1963.

He was a hard worker in the transportation industry, and retired a Teamster in Good Standing. Unfortunately, his lower back took such a toll with the years of heavy lifting it did make even walking hard on him in his later years.

Survived by is his ‘beautiful’ daughter Kimberly Sue Ann Carlsgaard from Escondido, CA, where they spoke often the phone. Sue Ann will greatly miss hearing about his excursions around the High Sierra’s. He will be also missed by his two ‘lovely & caring’ sister’s on the East Coast; Caryn L. Colvill of Culpeper, VA and Candy McDonald of Greensboro, NC; along with many nieces and nephews.

Steve had such a unique wit and loved a good joke and story; and was very people oriented, Christ centered and made many friends in Bishop and will be greatly missed by his loving family and devoted friends.

ALEX VASQUEZ JR.

1967-2017

Alex Vasquez Jr. was born on April 27th, 1967. He passed away on January 2nd, 2017. A traditional Cry Dance will be held on January 7th. The cry dance will take place at 8 p.m. at Alex’s home, 564 North Winuba Lane in Bishop. A non-burial service will be held on Sunday January 8th. The Service will take place at 11 a.m. at the Barlow Lane Gym at 390 North Barlow Lane in Bishop. A pot luck luncheon will follow shortly after the service. In lieu of flowers or donations to the family, the request you make a donation to either The Veterans Helping Veterans or The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance. For further information please call 760-920-1177 or 209-992-9485.