Category Archives: Obituaries

Shelby J. Jordan

Shelby J. Jordan, 1970-2016

A Celebration of Life for Shelby Jordan will be held Saturday, January 30th, 2016.  All are welcome to attend and share stories.
The Celebration of Life will take place at the Bishop Elks Lodge, starting at 4pm.


Tom “Pete” Peters

Tom  “Pete” Peters, 1925-2016

Tom “Pete” Peters, 90, passed away at home on January 13, 2016.  He was a resident of Bishop for 61 years having been born in Los Angeles CA on September 17, 1925.

Tom and his late wife Pauline along with their family moved to Bishop in 1955, from Reseda, California, where he started Peters Gardening Service.  Tom was a Sunday School Superintendent, Youth Director and a Monitor of the Church at Calvary Baptist Church since arriving in Bishop.  Tom also was a half time announcer (KIBS) for Bishop Union High School Football for 8 years.  He also coached the first Powderpuff Football Game in 1970 and continued 5 years with the Juniors and 6 years with the Seniors.  He volunteered with the Bishop Union High School snack shack where he made hot dogs for 15 years as well as spending his lunch hours at the Home Street School as a yard aid for 49 years.

In Tom’s younger years he made all City Baseball and Football in Los Angeles and went to University High in Los Angeles. Tom served in the United States Navy after high school during World War II he was a Seaman First Class and worked on the PBY’s as a mechanic. When he returned from the Navy he became a Pro Baseball player for 5 years with various organizations. After that adventure he was a scout for the San Francisco Giants for 10 years.

After his retirement he worked in his Santa’s Village (as we called it) at the Calvary Baptist Church doing his crafts for Christmas decorations for people and military servicemen. Enjoyed the Hawaii trips every year at Christmas with his wife. Tom enjoyed spending time with his wife watching Cowboys and Baseball games.

Tom is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Tom Peters Jr. and Rebecca; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Steven Swaner;  seven grandchildren, Phillip Peters and wife Angel, Joshua Peters, Wesley Swaner and wife Marie, Aaron Swaner and wife Tasha, Brent Swaner, Heather Shubert and husband James, Kristin Swaner; fourteen great-grandchildren, Rachel Payne and husband Tom, Deion, Austin, Paige, Sterling and Tiffany Peters, Wyatt Lawrence, Gage Gray, Rilegh, Dravien and Rhett Swaner, Dillon and Drew Shubert, Cole and Bayden Swaner; two great-great grandchildren Haig and Mazzie Gray;  his brother and wife John and Ann Peters and his nieces Pam Peters and Wendy and her husband Bill and their family; Beth Holmes sister-in-law; nephews Maurice Holmes, his wife Lujean and family, Roger Holmes; two brother-in-law’s Stephen Holmes and Keith Holmes and step mother-in-law Angela Holmes and husband Sam.

Please send donations in honor of Tom “Pete” to:
BUHS Athletic Program
301 N. Fowler St.
Bishop, Ca. 93514
Attn: Stephanie

Service will be at 1/30/16 at 4:00 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church
1100 W. Line St.
Bishop, Ca. 93514
(760) 872-8136
Pastor Rick Klug

JonPaul “Toby” Flanagan

JonPaul Flanagan, 1939-2016

JonPaul “Toby” Flanagan of Bishop CA was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on January 25, 2016 following a three-year battle with cancer; he was 76 years old. Born in Honolulu, HI June 28, 1939, to Jim and Irene Flanagan, the family moved to Vista in 1944.

Toby attended Vista High School where he excelled in sports. He lettered in track and basketball and was a football standout making the varsity squad his sophomore year (1954). Toby was chosen Avocado League Player of the Year in 1956 by the Breitbard Foundation and honored as Athlete of the year 1956-1957 upon high school graduation. He attended Palomar Junior College in San Marcos where his athletic achievements continued. He scored 32 points in the first half of the 1958 game vs Santa Barbara City College setting a single game school record for most touchdowns scored, most interception returns for touchdowns and most points scored. Those records remain unbroken. As a Palomar Comet, Toby was named South Central Conference Scoring Champion in 1958, a first for the school. He went on to be named Player of the Year in 1958 and 1959.

In 1961 Toby met Patricia Fleeup. They were married in 1962 and welcomed three children into their family.

Toby was Delivery Manager for Drue’s Appliance in Vista from 1964-1989, followed by 10 years transporting disabled veterans to the VA Hospital in La Jolla, CA.   

In 1999 Toby and Pat moved to Bishop. He worked in Maintenance at both Round Valley School and the Bishop Elementary Schools, retiring in 2009.

Toby played rocking chair softball and enjoyed many years coaching his daughters in softball, also coaching pony-colt baseball. He umpired rocking chair and girls softball. Toby’s passion was fishing, particularly the South Fork of Bishop Creek where he followed catch and release protocol alongside his dog, Duffy.

Toby volunteered at the Methodist Church Soup Kitchen. Always happy to lend a hand to friends and neighbors, he will be remembered by many as the kindest soul they ever met.

Cherishing his memory are his wife of 54 years, Pat; daughter Charlotte Files of Vista; grandson David Aguilar III and his daughter, Daphne of Anchorage AK; grandson Tyler Files and his children Xavier, Jayden and Bailey; grand-daughters Kristin Dahl and Jordan Files of Vista; daughter Katie Sanders, husband Brad and grandson Mason of Gilbert AZ; cousins Eileen Rozhon of Evergreen Park IL, Phil Guzik of Rhinelander WI; nephews Mike, Tim, Jimmy and Matt Flanagan. Toby is preceded in death by his son, JonPaul Jr. in 1969; brothers Mike and James, and his parents.

Rosary will be Friday, February 5 at 6pm followed by a Funeral Mass February 6 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father John Gracey officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall where all are welcome to attend and celebrate Toby’s life.

In lieu of flowers, it was Toby’s wish that donations be made to Witness to Life, 849 N. Home St., Bishop CA 93514


Ralph Connor

Ralph Walter Connor, 1924-2016

RALPH WALTER CONNOR July 1924 – January 2016

On January 22, Ralph passed away at Northern Inyo Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lila Connor; brother, Robert; sisters: Laueerne, Edith, Norma, and Alice.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bernadine and three children: Janice, Webb, and Tom. Mike Connor and Dana, and Linda Macejunas and James; Sisters: Doris, Mildred and Judy. Seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

Ralph was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived in that area until his teens and the then the family moved to Lambertville, Michigan. He enlisted in the Navy early in WWII and spent three years in the South Pacific. When he returned home on leave, he married his high school sweetheart Bernadine known to all as “Barney” Together they raised three children. They moved from Michigan to Hawthorne, CA in 1962 where Ralph worked for Zinsco Electric and later retired from United Airlines.

In 1982, Ralph and Barney retired to Big Pine and joined the Big Pine Fire Department. He helped there for fifteen years.
He loved cars. He restored a number of Model A’s and a 1965 T-Bird for his wife. He loved his family and that love was returned tenfold.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Gerri Epps

Geraldine Ann Epps 1939-2016

Geraldine Ann Epps (Gerri), age 76, resident of Big Pine, CA made her transition on Friday, January 15, 2016. She passed in Reno, NV from Acute Respiratory Failure.

Gerri was born June 5, 1939 in Cambridge, MA to Dorothy & Benton Halfkenney and was the eldest of six children. She attended Franklin K. Lane High School where she met and later married Joseph Epps. Together they had three children.

Gerri enjoyed variety and after several decades in the banking industry, became somewhat of an entrepreneur. Her undertakings included selling Princess House Crystal, Avon, Home Fire Alarm Systems, Tupperware, and Life Insurance. Her warm personality endeared her to many who became not only customers but also friends.

Although born in Massachusetts, Gerri lived in New York and relocated to California in 1965, which became her permanent home state. An avid fisherman and camping enthusiast, Gerri discovered Bishop, CA and decided she wanted to retire in the Owens Valley area. Her long held dream was realized when she moved to Big Pine in 2000.

Gerri loved people and animals alike being charitable and kind to both. There was hardly a person she met whom she didn’t like and she was notorious for feeding all manner of wildlife including birds, cats, and raccoons. She even tried to rescue a Praying Mantis that had been injured. These traits were both the blessing and bane of her life.

She was deeply spiritual, practicing within the Native American tradition (from her heritage) and Christianity. She was a regular attendee at the Salvation Army Church. She read her Bible and other devotionals on a daily basis and always believed “the good Lord” watched over and cared for her every need.

Gerri is survived by her former husband Joseph Epps; daughters Karen Epps and Debbie Epps; granddaughter Jamie Robertson; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, James & Theresa Samson; sister Amy Magrow; brother Bruce Bentley; former son-in-law James Robertson; her beloved pets: dogs Cuddles & Lady, cat Addie, bird Ashley and unnamed raccoons. She is predeceased (2012) by her son David Brian Epps.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, January 25, 2016, 10:30am at Salvation Army, 621 West Line Street Suite 106, Bishop CA 93514. Lt. Cathie McCulley will officiate. There will be a light reception immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or Inyo County Animal Shelter.

She will be remembered for her hearty laugh and warm hugs.


Richard Vradenburg

Richard T Vradenburg,  1932 – 2016

Mr. Richard (Dick) Thomas Vradenburgh was born in Glendale California on October 14th, 1932. He was a long time resident of Bishop California and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 8th, 2016. He was 83 years old.
Richard retired from DWP after 25 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the Sierras and being outdoors. He will be truly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty L. Vradenburg; sister Janet Green and brother-in-law Raymond Green of Cedar City, Utah; brother, John Vradenburg and sister-in-law Fran Vradenburg of San Tan Valley, Arizona; son Dirk Vradenburg and daughter-in-law Ila Vradenburg of Bishop; son Kris Vradenburg and daughter-in-law Becky Vradenburg of Bishop; daughter Debbie Stonehouse and son-in-law Jim Stonehouse of West Hills, California; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Richard joins his loved ones in death: mother and father Thomas and Inez Vradenburg and sister, Sharon Nye.

The family request donations in Richard’s memory be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Pioneer Home Health Care, Inc.

A memorial service will be held at 10:15 a.m. on January 30th, 2016 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 162 Sneden Street in Bishop, California.


George Pendleton

George Pendleton, 1961-2016

George Pendleton passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 54 on Jan. 14th 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, George; his mother, Patricia; and brother, Matt. He is survived by his brother, Greg; sister, Merri; son, George; daughter, Kayla; stepdaughter, Dianna; 6 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was born in Jackson, Mississippi on March 5th 1961 as the youngest child in the family. His father was in the military so his family moved often in his early childhood. George lived in Tucson, Az. and Grand Forks, ND. as a young boy and would often talk about how much fun it was as a kid ice skating and playing hockey on a pond in back of his house that he and the other kids in the neighborhood had made.

George moved to Long Beach, Ca. in 1969 where he went to junior high at Lindbergh, and high school at Long Beach Jordan. After high school he continued to live in Long Beach where he met Marty Slay. They were married July 10th 1984 and continued to live in Long Beach raising Marty’s daughter Dianna. On Dec. 19th 1987 George’s son was born and his daughter on Mar 24th 1994. George was a very loving and caring family man and a good provider and worked many jobs to support the family while Marty went to school.
In March of 1995, tired of traffic and the fast pace of big city life, they moved the family to Bishop. George worked awhile as a plumber for Scultz plumbing, then worked for High Sierra Plastics before finding a home at B&J Rubber Products, where he worked for almost 20 years.

George really loved living in Bishop and read up on its history. He could name off all the mountain peaks in site, and loved getting up into the back country. George was an avid fisherman and spent many hours on Lake Sabrina and the Owens river looking for that monster trout. In fact, George’s nickname was the Trout Whisperer. He also loved to play golf and was a member of Bishop Country Club.

Another passion of George’s was motorcycling. He was a member of United We Ride and was Vice President off and on for many years. He was a very skilled rider and the enjoyed riding as often as he could. He would always talk about how much fun he had on the rides and how much he enjoyed the people he rode with. George loved the blues and could name off the artist at the beginning of every song. Quit often he would be listening to his favorite blues artist BB King while on these rides.

George was very intelligent and almost always had an opinion on just about anything you wanted to talk about. He was a very friendly and personal man. He would always make time for someone and would be happy to help out in any way he could. He was a great friend to all that knew him.

A celebration of life will take place sometime this summer at Lake Sabrina after the ice thaws. Time and date will be posted in the paper later this year.

George Pendleton

Beverly Jean Efsaif

Beverly Jean Efsaif 1930-2015

The world lost a beautiful and cherished soul this past December 18th, 2015. Our dearly beloved Beverly Jean Efsaif, the always smiling, always glad-to-see-you wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, friend, confidant, mentor, listener and volunteer, passed away so unexpectedly, yet ever so gently at her cozy, comfy, open-doored cottage in Bishop, California. Her warm embrace, her out stretched hands, her generous nature and her loving eyes are felt, once again, by those who have been waiting for her patiently on the other side of this miraculous and wonderous life. She shared these gifts with those of us left behind readily, consistently, freely and selflessly, for which all of us are eternally grateful. Her impact in so many people’s lives; from family to friends, to families of friends and often times complete strangers, was a gift from God, as real as it gets and right here on earth.

Born September 26, 1930 in Stockton, Ca. to George and Minnie Bauer. They moved to Oakland, Ca. and then settled in San Francisco, Ca. where Beverly went to grammar school, junior high school and graduated from Mission High School in 1948, where she met her husband of almost 60 years, Walter William Efsaif. They were married in 1950, had their first child, Laurie Lee, in 1951, their second child, Michael Dennis, in 1953 and third child, Jo Ann, in 1956. The family moved from San Francisco to Redwood City, Ca. in 1957 and settled in to a magical lifetime of sharing their love and joys with friends and family, establishing themselves as a warm and inviting household, where all  were welcome, anytime.

Beverly lived a full and rich life. Beverly and Walter traveled to many places together around the world with lifelong friends. She worked alongside her husband Walter for many years in his CPA office. She had an amazing ability to learn quickly, to assist her family and friends in any capacity. She was an office assistant, bookkeeper, did home improvement, wood splitting, gardening, sewing and cooking. She had the gift to organize anything she touched. Sincerely, she could walk into a situation and when she walked out it was in order. She taught everyone to appreciate music, dancing, God, playing, singing but most all loving. After retiring to Donner Lake, CA Beverly worked as a teacher’s aide with special needs children. She had an amazing affect on her students. Wherever Beverly lived she was not only devoted to her family and friends she was very active in her community with her church, bible study and senior center.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband, Walter William Efsaif, and is survived by her three children, Laurie E Douglas of Torrance, CA, Michael D. Efsaif of Roseville, CA and Jo Ann E Stoltz of Bishop, CA. She was a loving grandmother to Michael W. Douglas, Justin G. Douglas, Melissa K. and William D. Guilford, Jamaica Thomas, Rebecca and Ry Jackson, Kaitlin M. Efsaif and Adam Booker. Beverly adored her great grandchildren to the core, Kadence, Kaili and Brady Guilford, Kyle and Jake Thomas, Carter Jackson and Ashlyn Booker.

Beverly has left her legacy within each and every one of us. As her family we are so lucky to have had such a beautiful example to live by. We will carry you with us always mom, gram and great gram, Auntie Bev, Bev my friend.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 10:00 am on Tuesday January 26, 2016 with reception to follow.

Beverly Jean Efsaif

Bob Miller 1923-2016

Robert “Bob” Miller, 1923-2016

Robert “Bob” Bruce Miller, November 6, 1923 – January 9, 2016

Bob passed peacefully from this earth on January 9, 2016 after a short illness. He was engaged, interactive, independent, and happy to the last day of his life.

Bob was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Esther Jane and Gilford Miller. He attended Iowa State College in 1943 and, although he did not serve in the military in World War II because of hearing loss he worked as a Survey Rodman at Hanford Engineer Works in Pasco, Washington and as a Survey Instrument Man at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. In 1945 he took his first job as a Draftsman working for Rock Island Railroad in Belknap, Iowa.

He moved with his parents to Miami, Florida in 1946 where he met Doris Elizabeth Masters. They were married in 1948. He raised Doris’ first child Mary Lou McClure (b. 1941) and together they had three more children, Robert Morgan (b. 1948), Clark Masters (b. 1950, d. 1967), and Shawn (b. 1955).

Bob practiced architecture for over 40 years. He was both an artistic Draftsman and innovative Designer. He designed the Ferré Building (New World Tower) in 1963, the then tallest building in Miami. His greatest design influencers included Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Louis Sullivan, Louis Kahn, the fibonacci series, and nature. He was very proud of establishing a draftsman training school in Miami to help young draftsmen become licensed architects.

In 1975, Bob moved from Miami to California where he lived in Dana Point and Bishop. In spite of his architectural successes, Bob’s true passion lay in other art forms and in 1994 he was finally able to set up his home and shop in the shadows of his beloved Sierra Nevada and White Mountains. Bob spent countless hours in the last 20 years of his life exploring, photographing, and sketching these mountains.  His many art forms included pencil, charcoal, conte, and pastel drawing; black and white photography; oil painting; cast bronze, ceramic, and marble sculpture; and art from found objects. His works were shown at Spellbinder Books, East Side Books, and are currently displayed at Range & River Books.

While living in Bishop, his daily routine included an early walk on Mandich Lane, then a walk from the south end of town to Schats Bakkery, and then back with stops at Bishop Art Supply, Black Sheep Coffee, Joseph’s, the library, and Range & River Books, visiting with friends and strangers along the way. Conversation topics were as diverse as his interests. Sketching, painting, and reading filled each day, and many people knew him from his extended plein air drawing sessions as he captured the trees or mountains in exquisite and exacting detail. Some drawings were in progress for years. Favorite subjects for both hiking and drawing included the Buttermilk area, Bishop Creek, the Little Lakes Valley and surrounding peaks, Piute Pass and Bishop Pass trails, and Little Egypt. Gnarled cottonwood trees, Russian olives, horses and other animals were favorite subjects as well as portraits. In the past year, he began studying the internet and computers in order to list his works, with help from a friend, on the Fine Arts America site. His desire to learn new things was ceaseless, and his focused study of any topic was inspirational to many friends. He also adored mentoring younger artists.

Bob’s diverse talents also included playing the saxophone until an accident took the tip of his finger. He built golf clubs, fine furniture, stained glass lamps, and worked on race car engines. Bob was an avid bird hunter and a talented athlete; he walked almost every day of his life and also worked several years as a fitness trainer at a local gym, taking up weightlifting in his 70’s.

In spite of the miles of separation, Bob remained the nucleus of his family until the end. We will miss our long phone conversations, updates on other family members and the inspiration and wisdom he imparted. We will not be able to visit these mountains without experiencing the indelible void his passing brings. May he walk in peace with his creator as he walked among these mountains.

Bob is survived by Rob (and Cheryle) Miller, Shawn (and Ron) Leis, step daughter Mary Lou Rada; grandchildren Matthieu Miller, Kristen Miller, Justin Veloso, Nicole Veloso, Laney Rada, Michael Rada; great grandchildren Karlos Rodriguez, Emmanuelle Genoyer, Luke Genoyer; and many, many friends.

Services will be held in Bishop in late spring or early summer. Please go to for more information.

Robert Bruce Miller Obit Headshot Crop

Roberta Paranick

Roberta Paranick 1926-2016

ROBERTA KATHRYN PARANICK 1926 – 2016 Bobbie, as she was known, was born to Charles Lane Adair and Kathryn Conway Adair on October 3, 1926 in a house on May Street in Bishop. She passed away on January 3, 2016 in Bishop Care Center, after a short stay there, receiving excellent care.

Bobbie met her husband, Vic, in Hawthorne, Nevada during a dance at the USO Club. Vic, a Rhode Island native, was stationed at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot and Bobbie was living in Bobbit as her father had taken a civilian job on the base. Vic was sent to the South Pacific on the U.S. Pensacola and Bobbie continued with high school in Hawthorne, NV. After WWII ended, they were married in San Francisco on May 27, 1945 and lived there a short time before moving to Lee Vining. They were married for 60 years until Vic’s passing in 2005.

In Lee Vining, Bobbie was the Postmaster for 30 years before retiring in 1981. She was involved in many organizations including PTA, American Legion Auxiliary, Delta Epsilon Gama Sorority, Elks Lady Bills, and a host of activities to support her two sons. She loved people and made friends easily. She and Vic entertained often, hosting many parties in the home that they built themselves.
Upon retirement they relocated to Arizona where they spent the winter months making many friends with other Snow Birds from many places.

Their extensive travel would often would often include a visit to friends summer homes. They volunteered many hours at the Quarztsite Improvement Association. When they were not able to travel anymore, they moved to Bishop where Bobbie worked at Laws Railroad Museum, was a member of the Red Hats Society and the TOP’s Organization.

Tutu ( a South Pacific word for grandmother) is survived by her son, Dan and wife Mindy; Grandson Randy and wife Carey, and Great Grandsons, Mason and Max. Also surviving are her son, Tom and wife, Jo; Grandson, Danny and fiancée, Samantha; Great Granddaughters, Kendall and Emma; Grandson, Mike and wife Ana; Great Grandsons, Logan, Jackson, and Owen: Grandson, Steve and wife Callie and Great Granddaughters Megan and Tory. She is also survived by her brother Lane and his family. She was the backbone of a strong family.

A memorial service will be held in early summer. Contributions in Bobbie’s memory may be made to the Mono Basin Historical Society where she was a member.