Dean James Wilson, 1946 – 2016
Dean Wilson passed away April 10, 2016 in Bishop, CA, a few days after his 70th birthday. Dean was born March 30, 1946, seven minutes after his twin brother, David, in Long Beach CA at Seaside Hospital. He was raised in Westminster CA and entered into the Air Force in 1963 during the Viet Nam war. He was stationed in Ruby Alaska, 15 miles from the Russian border as a radar technician. Dean was skilled in many professions but primarily laying carpet and restoration work.
He is survived by daughter Dawn Wilson of Yucca Valley CA, twin brother David Wilson and wife Patsy of Sacramento CA, sister Connie Pittman and husband John of Riverside CA, and sister Barbara Pianko, of Idaho.
He leaves behind “the love of his life” Patricia Wilson, stepdaughter Lisa Czudar and husband Jules, of Henderson NV, stepson Stephen Painter and wife Toni of Covina CA and seven grandchildren: Joey, Mikal, Brandon, Joshua, John, Maxwell and Lexi, also several nieces and nephews, and his faithful cat Charlie.
He loved the Bishop area for it’s beautiful fishing streams and lakes and also was an avid golfer. Dean loved to cook and would often share his dishes with neighbors and friends. He was funny, outgoing and helpful to anyone who needed a hand. He was a good friend to many and will truly be missed.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the clubhouse in Highlands Senior Mobile Home Park from 2-5pm. Please join us to say good-bye and to honor his memory. We love you, Dean, may you rest in peace.
Richard “Dick” Blinn Conn
It is with sadness we announce the passing of beloved father, grandfather and friend Richard “Dick” Blinn Conn. He was born in Pasadena on June 15, 1925. His parents owned June Lodge at June Lake. Before World War II he worked at the June Lodge and after the war he managed the lodge with his new bride Sue. Dick served in the Navy in the South Pacific during the war and was on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton when it was kamikazed and sunk by the Japanese. He survived the sinking of the USS Princeton without injury and went on to serve on other ships until the end of the war. When Dick’s folks sold June Lodge in the early 1950’s he and Sue moved to Southern California. Dick owned a very successful Union 76 “Full” Service Station in West Covina for a period of time. An opportunity to return to the Eastern Sierra in Bishop occurred in 1971. Dick had the Inyo Shell Service Station and Truck Stop across the highway from the fairgrounds until he retired at 55 years old. He was proud of the fact that he was retired for more years than he worked.
An active member of our community, he leaves behind many good friends from his years in the Bishop Elementary Ski Program, the Lions Club and the Death Valley 49ers. In the Lions Club Dick was the corn dog king. He made thousands of corn dogs through the years for the Lions Club food booth at the Fair Grounds for the many events.
Throughout his life Dick and his family enjoyed trips throughout the southwest. They especially liked their annual trips to Lake Powell and the Colorado River. Dick was an avid deer hunter and fisherman.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Sue Carolyn Conn. Dick is survived by sons Peter and Christopher Conn, daughter-in-laws Susan Diez Conn and Amy Conn, and grandsons Nicholas, Andrew and Ryan, his sister Fran LeFever, as well as his dachshund canine companion Penny.
A graveside service will be held 9:00 AM, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.
Roger Dale “Roy” Van De Stroet 1957-2016
Roger Dale Van De Stroet, better known as Roy, was our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. In his 58 years of life he enjoyed the good things – food, great fishing and the beauty of the great outdoors. He took his final breath and ended his battle with cancer on March 19, 2016 in Bishop, surrounded by his family.
Roger was born September 19, 1957 in Canton, South Dakota to parents Harry and Josie Van De Stroet. He moved to Lakewood, California in 1962 and graduated from Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California in 1976. After many vacations to the Eastern Sierras, he moved to Bishop, California in 1994 and worked for Steve’s Auto for 20 years.
His best friend for most of those years was his beloved Australian Shepherd dog, K.C. They could often be found on the back roads and streams of Bishop walking and enjoying the quiet of each day together, or fishing their secret spots. Roger was the best of fishermen who always caught something, even when the fish weren’t biting. His favorite trips were his two fishing trips to Alaska. He also loved riding his motorcycle. He was funny, kind and helpful to everyone and was the kind of friend and neighbor you could count on.
Roger is survived by his father and mother, Harry and Josie Van De Stroet of Bishop, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Delmar Punt of Visalia, CA; nephew Eric Punt of Campbell, MN; and niece Jennifer Corum of Visalia, CA. A private family service was held March 23, 2016 in Bishop, California to honor his memory. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus.
Jack Roderick Williams, Sr. 1947-2016
Jack Roderick Williams, Sr. walked the star trail on Monday, March 14, 2016 peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was 68 years old. Jack was born to John and Velma Williams on November 11, 1947 in Bishop, California. Jack was the second of eight (8) children. Jack was an honored member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe and was very proud of his Paiute and Pima Indian heritage; he was adamant in defending the tribe and his American Indian culture in any arena. He often bragged that he was the youngest Chairman of the Bishop Tribe when he served on the Council in the 1970’s and he was an official on the California Tribal Chairman’s Association; he served on the Bishop Paiute Tribe TERO Commission and various other tribal committees; he was a member of the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission from 1995 to 2006; and he volunteered for many activities on the Reservation, including building the arch for the Sunland Cemetery. He was always available to play music for any event.
Jack attended the Bishop School systems from kindergarten to early high school and then finished high school in Oakland, California. Jack often said he was “farmed out” – referring to his adolescent years when he was sent to live with several relatives. He stayed with Aunt Lucille Parsons in Lancaster, with Aunt Marion McDonald in Oakland and of course, with Grandma Anona in Big Pine, where he met many lifelong friends. He also spent time with the old grandparents (Jim and Sarah Hill) in Fish Springs, he said to be a companion to LT (Lloyd Thomas). He always said that living with relatives and in different towns contributed to him having a more enriched life. After high school Jack went on BIA Relocation to Oakland where he received his education in design arts – to become a painter. During this period in Oakland Jack had the time of his life – he had money from good painting jobs and of course, had many friends; not to mention his relatives who lived in the bay area – Janet Yandell and Delbert Durant.
Jack moved back to Bishop, got reacquainted with and married Earleen Hess in 1969; Jack was drafted into the Army and was honorably discharged. They moved to Long Beach to attend Long Beach State with their two (2) small children, Carmen and Jackie (Buffalo). Jack and Earleen returned to Bishop after two (2) years in Long Beach and in 1973 started their life together in their new HUD home on Jack’s beloved Indian Reservation.
One of Jack’s greatest loves of his life was his music. He was a fantastic singer and songwriter. His love of music began in high school when he played in a band with his brothers, his cousin Gary Williams and friend John Crowl. Jack later started the “JW Brothers Band”; the band played together for over 30 years with various band members; he played his music all over the western United States.
Jack worked as a journeyman carpenter (although family members said he was a master carpenter), he was awesome in anything he built and he had a green thumb. Jack loved the many animals he owned throughout the years, including Sunday Ticket and Blue Moon, his two (2) llamas which he had for over 20 years. Jack enjoyed life and made the most of it, including his times with the “wood chucks”, his “walk abouts” as he called it and he had many, many stories to tell of his experiences playing music all over the western U.S.
Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Earleen; his children and their partners: daughters – Carmen & Deb, Emma & Robert and Ahwahnee Williams; sons – Jack Williams, Jr. & Liz, Jamie and Augie Barlow and his grandchildren – Rubee Manuelito, Campbell Spoonhunter, Lainey Racine, Isabella Navales, Kristopher Racine, Paiten Williams, Canyon Vega-Williams, Colette Lamb and David Williams. Jack is also survived by his siblings – Leslie Davis, Jim, Ed and Harry Williams and Violet Cortes; by his aunts Evelyn Hill, Donna Duckey, Lucille Parsons, Dorothy Stewart, Rita Summers and uncle Bud Cyrus; many nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends. Those welcoming Jack to heaven are his parents – John and Velma Williams; brothers – Tom and John Williams; grandparents – Emma and Billy Williams and Nat Cyrus and Anona Cyrus-Harvier; nephew – Jerry Davis; aunts – Norma Spratt, Florence Williams, Blanche Shippentower, Hazel Yandell, Katherine Howard, Louise Keller, Marion McDonald and uncles – Wayne Harvier, Billy Williams, Jr., Harold Williams, Harry Williams, Clarence Williams, Alvin Keller, Howard Yandell, Daniel McDonald, Cline Howard, Alex Shippentower and Willard Spratt.
Funeral services for Jack are scheduled for Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11:00am at the Home Ec Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. Graveside services will be held at his beloved Sunland Cemetery and a luncheon will follow at the fairgrounds.
Patsy Louise Schley, 1932-2016
Patsy Louise Schley was born on September 29, 1932 to Lester and Bertha Banta and passed away peacefully at home on February 27, 2016.
Patsy was a lifelong resident of the Bishop area. She was born in Colton, California and at an early age moved with her family to the Owens Valley. She was raised on the family ranch on Rawson Creek where she acquired a love for the outdoors, learned uncompromising values and a strong work ethic.
She graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1951 and soon thereafter married the love of her life, John “Jack” Schley. Pat and Jack started a family, built a home, and became members of a community all of which they loved deeply. Patsy’s giving nature provided a loving home, a warm smile, a listening ear and many family adventures.
Pat’s home was always open to family and friends. She welcomed all with love and without judgement. Her home was a haven for her children’s friends and she was a mother to more than her three children. She was known simply as Granny to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as many of their friends. Her backyard was a place of adventure and was the setting for many gatherings with family and friends. Over the past decade Granny was a loving and nurturing caregiver nearly full time for six of her great grandchildren. She gave them the very best start in life!
When she wasn’t taking care of her extended family, Patsy had an active social life filled with many friends. She enjoyed hiking and made it a point to take a hike each weekend. Even into her eighties, many of her hiking friends and family had a hard time keeping pace!
Many may remember Patsy as the welcoming face at Dr. Denton’s office. She was a dedicated and caring worker who always showed compassion to the patients.
Patsy was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Jack; her brother, Lester Banta; her sisters, Betty Goin and Ina Mason.
She is survived by her siblings Roger Banta, George Banta, Willie and Connie Banta and brother-in-law Votie Goin. She is also survived by her children, Roger Schley, Gary and Rachelle Schley, and Lisa and Brian Gates; as well as her grandchildren Yarrow and Angela Schley and their son, Koa; Cedar Schley, Taylus and Katie Schley and their daughter, Tayla; Tarn Schley; Jess Schley; Nick Schley; Anna and Tom Scott and their children, Jade and Charlie; Tina and Reagan Slee and their children, Wyatt and Jessi; and Gary and Nikki Milici and their children, Lyndy and Jacey.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Bishop. There will be a celebration of Patsy’s life following the service at 2507 Sunrise Drive, Bishop.
Julian Arthur Salas
Julian Arthur Salas, born 2/28/16, died 2/28/16.
It is with deep sadness the family of Julian Arthur Salas would like to announce his passing. Parents, Anthony Salas and Alyssa Alvarado, both of Bishop, CA, are heartbroken at the loss of their son. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Gregory Arthur Bartlett on the same day seven years ago. He is survived by Grandmothers, Beronica Sandoval, Gina Bartlett; Great Grandmothers, Luz Maria Sandoval and Jeanette Bartlett, both of Bishop; Great-Great-Grandmother Frances Gargas of Bishop; Grandfather, Arcadio Sandoval; Brother, Armando Sandoval and Aunts, Linda Vanessa and Sonia Sandoval. Services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop. Graveside service will immediately follow. Any gifts of flowers, please call Devon’s Flower Patch 760-8727673 to make arrangements to send to the church prior to mass on March 12.
Questions about any of the above please contact Nick Bartlett 775-292-0951.
Alice “Jams” Nicoll passed away February 25, 2016 after a battle with lung cancer. She was 87.
Alice was born to Mildred and Myrond “Lee” Hoffert in Glendale, CA. She was first introduced to the Eastern Sierra when she and her girlfriend used to vacation in Mammoth in the 1940s. She met her future husband, Jim Nicoll (a local) on one such trip to Mammoth when he literally rode his horse into the Mammoth Tavern, scooped her off her barstool and onto the back of his horse. Jams was a bigger-than-life personality, with red hair, a red car and a red-headed feistiness that was her most endearing characteristic. Jams raised her three children in Bishop, Nancy (Nicoll) Perry, Lloyd Nicoll and Joan (Nicoll) Lewis. Following their graduations from BUHS, Jams moved down to southern California (the “wicked city”) where she managed a Safeway store, attended as many Dodger games as she could, and enjoyed the beach life of Santa Monica. Years of smog and traffic wore on Jams and she returned to Bishop in 1991 to be closer to family. Jams loved life. She loved to dance at weddings, study Chinese astrology, struggle over logic puzzles and walk her grand-dog, Tule, by the canal. Jams’ secret to longevity was her vow to never to do anything that seemed too “grandmotherly” and occasionally indulging in liverwurst sandwiches and pistachio ice cream.
Jams is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Dick Perry of Bishop; son and daughter-in-law Lloyd and Patty Nicoll of Gardnerville, NV; daughter Joan Lewis of Bishop; granddaughters Nicole Perry-Morley and Darci Jahn of Bishop; granddaughter Cheryl Lis of Fernley, NV; grandson Kenny Nicoll of Gardnerville, NV; and 7 great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held in late spring at the site of Jams’ old Mammoth cabin where so many great family memories were made.
Cheryl Pauline Rawlings-Rossi, 1967-2016
Cheryl Pauline (Rawlings) Rossi 1967 to 2016 was born to William
(Bill) Rawlings and Judy Rawlings on January 10, 1967 in Bakersfield California. She passed away on February 12, 2016 in Delano California.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father Bill Rawlings, her mother Judy Thomas and sister Christy Widler. Cheryl leaves behind her husband Jeff Rossi, her son’s Richard Svetich and Travis Bridgman, her granddaughter Macey Bridgman and stepfather Wilson Thomas.
Some of Cheryl’s greatest joys were to watch her son Richard participate in his motorcycle events and Travis in his horse showing, but her biggest highlight was spending time spoiling her granddaughter. Cheryl loved animals, the outdoors and having barbecues with friends and family. Cheryl is noted for her willingness to help others whether it be friends, family or complete strangers. She will be missed by many but remembered in our thoughts and prayers.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday, February 26 at the E. Line St., Cemetery.
Clifford Allen Jones
September 3, 1926-February 17, 2016
Clifford Allen Jones born, in Lethbridge Alberta Canada to Laura and Walter Jones. Cliff came to Bishop when he was 8 yrs. old, He lived on the Matlick Farm until he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 assigned to the USS Manilla in the South Pacific during WWII, was called back to serve in the Korean War. Upon returning home he went to work for Cal Electric/California Edison, retiring in 1985. Cliff was an active member in the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years, a valuable member, he enjoyed every minute of his service participating in all community projects. One of his favorites being Christmas tree and candy handouts on Christmas morning with the Good Fellows organization. He his preceded in death by his parents and 3 children Amy, Allen and Leslie. Cliff is survived by his wife Shirley of 65 years, and 2 children Julie and Jonathan, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The family asks in lieu of flowers you make donations to the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department. Graveside services to be held at East Line Street Cemetery on February 26th at 11am, followed by a reception at The First Presbyterian Church in Bishop.