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Douglas Jerome Butler, Sr

Douglas Jerome Butler, Sr. 1933-2015

Douglas Jerome Butler, Sr.March 21, 1933 –November 18, 2015
Born in Los Angeles, CA went to the Lord in Ridgecrest, CA at the age of 82.
Upon graduating from Burroughs, he served in the Army and received an Honorable Discharge.
Because of his love of cars, he went from being a top salesman, several times, to owning and running a Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership with Rosie, the love of his life. Doug had a real passion for races, from the horses to cars. When he had the dealership, he also had a 1966 stock car, Lil Red, that won both the Winter and Spring Nationals.
After he retired, 19 years ago, both he and Rosie moved to Crowley Lake, CA due to their love of the mountains and his love of fishing. Within a few years, he started DB’s Hardwood and DB’s Fishing Guide Service, where he was well respected and liked by all. He soon gained a reputation for his honesty and warm personality and his word of mouth business was booming. Doug had a gift of making everyone feel comfortable, if you just met him, you would have thought you’d known him for years. He was a friend to everyone, to know Doug was to love Doug.
He took great pride in helping others, and was a big supporter of Disabled Sports. He would take ‘Wounded Warriors’ fishing, even if he wasn’t feeling so hot, he’d say “it wasn’t about him-it was about them! And if he could bring them a little bit of joy, then dadgum, he was going to do it!”
Doug is survived by his beautiful bride of 56 years Rosie; Children Doug Jr., Janet (husband Ken), Michele (husband Michael), Mark and fiancée Teresa. Grandchildren Katie, Tanner, MacKinzie, and Mason. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Marti, and brother Dan.
Doug may not be here in his physical form, but he will always be with us and in our hearts.
If you would like to tell stories about the way Doug touched your life, please email Janet at or Michele at
Services will be held on Dec. 2nd at 1:00pm at Brune Mortuary 325 W. Elm St. Bishop, CA 93514
Casual Attire, please dress comfortably.

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Carol Fletcher

Carol Fletcher 1946-2015

Carol Fletcher age 69, was born in Matagorda, TX on September 23, 1946 to parents Gela Packard and Claude Stanley. Carol passed away on November 18, 2015 at Renown Hospital in Reno, NV
She married the love of her life Bud Fletcher on December 15, 1969.
Carol is survived by husband of 46 years, Bud Fletcher of Bishop, Daughter Stephanie Fletcher of Bishop and her children Jeffery Kliks and Elizabeth Kliks both of Bishop; Daughter, Michelle West of Las Vegas, NV and her two children: Dylan and Andrew West both of Las Vegas, NV.

Carol and family moved to Bishop in 1988. Carol followed her passion of art and fishing and drawing numerous photos of the Owens Valley. She loved to tie her own flies and take her grandchildren fishing whenever possible. She enjoyed traveling in the RV with Bud and taking cruises. Her love for her family had no end.


Joyce Ann Piest

Joyce Ann Piest

May 25, 1933 – November 14, 2015

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Philippians 4: 4

Joyce Ann Piest of Bishop entered into the Lord’s Glory and began her eternal life in heaven on November 14, 2015 following and extended battle with breast cancer. Born on May 25, 1933, Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Walt, 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 18 grandchildren and her extended family at Grace Lutheran Church. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday November 22, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church located at 711 N. Fowler Street in Bishop with Pastor Kent Puls officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran World Relief 700 Light Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230.


For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4: 6-8

Monte Williams

Lewis Monte Williams, 1931 – 2015

Lewis Monte Williams, 84, passed away on November 8th, 2015 at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA surrounded by his family.
Monte was born at home on October 29th, 1931, to Howard and Mary Williams in Ventura, CA. He was the youngest of 4 boys; his brothers were Herb, Gerald, and Ron. He spent his early education years in Ventura until the 11th Grade, then his Senior year he
transferred to Nordhoff High School in Ojai, CA where he graduated in 1950. During Monte’s senior year of high school, his mother  passed away and eventually his father married Beulah.  While Monte attended high school, he started his grocery career at Ojai Valley Grocery. After spending many years in the grocery business Monte was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a front line cook in the Korean War. When he was honorable discharged,
Monte returned to Ojai, CA where he continued his grocery career at Ojai Valley Grocery. As a hobby, he was an avid drag racer with his corvette in Santa Maria, CA. Monte owned the first corvette in Ventura in 1955. He was part of the Williams Brothers racing team, who, in 1954 set a world land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats for B/Roadsters. Monte was absent, having just returned from Korea with no desire to camp out for a week on the salt flat.

While living in Ojai, he met the love of his life, Cora, while she worked at Bank of America in Ojai. Monte and Cora married after a year long courtship on October 13th in Las Vegas, NV at The Little Chapel Around the Corner. After Monte and Cora were married, he
continued his grocery career working for Nason Tobey at Tobey’s Market. Monte and Cora raised their five children: Marty, Lorie, Larry, Lisa, & Mona in Ojai. In 1969, Tobey offered Monte an opportunity to further his career by moving to Bishop, CA to work at Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market. Monte decided to relocate his family to Bishop, one of the family’s favorite vacationing spots. Monte worked as a grocery clerk for Tobey until he and Cora purchased Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market in May 1976. Over the course of their ownership, all five children, most of the children’s spouses, and most of the grandchildren have worked at the market.

Monte was a generous supporter and constantly giving to the local community. He attended the Jr. Livestock Auction and was always a top buyer. He donated to various organizations such as The Salvation Army, The Bishop Little League, Eastern Sierra Softball,
AYSO, the local schools, the Boys & Girls Scouts of America, charity runs/walks, 4-H & FFA, The Elks Club and the NIH Ladies Auxiliary. Monte also really enjoyed his corvettes and driving in the Bishop Homecoming ceremonies at Bishop Union High School.

Monte lived a full and abundant life. He and Cora enjoyed camping, dancing, going on many cruises, some of which included with Unified Grocers Members, and trips. One of Monte’s favorite yearly trips included going to Reno for Hot August Nights, he loved seeing all the
different classic cars. Monte also looked forward to his one day off a week, Sundays, to relax at home and enjoy brunch on his back patio with Cora, his Dolly. Monte instilled the importance of family, honesty, trust, hard work, and lived that to his fullest until the day he passed. Monte was a loving husband, father, father-in-law,  grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend.

Monte is survived by his wife Cora. Son Marty & wife Marcy Williams, their two children Cory Williams & Ashley Diaz (Williams) & her husband Rene Diaz, their children Andrew, Bonnie, Isabel & another baby coming soon. Daughter Lorie & husband Mike Nelums, their two children Samantha Nelums, & Jeff Nelums & his wife Breanne Nelums. Son Larry Williams. Daughter Lisa & husband Dale Pitman, their three children Elizabeth Pitman, Dale Pitman Jr. & Heidi Taylor (Pitman) & her husband Dustin Taylor, their two
children Brooke & Austin. Daughter Mona & her husband Pedro Velazquez, their children Miranda Curtis, Connie, Abby, & Brenton Velazquez. Sister-in-law Katie Williams, Brother-in-law Bill Hamby and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing on Friday, November 27th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Brune Mortuary, 325 W. Elm St, Bishop, CA. The service is on Saturday, November 28th at 11:00am at The First United Methodist Church, 205 N Fowler, Bishop, CA with a grave side at East Line Street Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow. The family thanks you for your attendance. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Monte to Northern &
Southern Inyo Hospitals Ladies Auxiliary’s Equipment fund.


Services set for Dick Noles

Richard A. “Dick Noles” 1933-2015

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 21, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop for long time Owens Valley resident Richard “Dick” Noles, followed by a reception in Hillis Hall.
Dick passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Northern Inyo Hospital following a year of treatment for Lymphoma Cancer. Dick was born in Palo Alto, on June 23, 1933 to Cathryn and Clifford Noles. He graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1951. Dick spent summers on the Kern River where he met his wife to be, Pat, when both were 13 years old. They were married in 1952 and had two sons, Rick and David.
Dick went to work for Southern Calif Edison in Kernville before transferring to Oxnard, Torrance and to Bishop in 1966, where he retired in 1990. He enjoyed nearly 50 years of volunteer work in the Owens Valley, which he dearly loved. The success of these efforts he attributed to volunteers who made major contributions in labor, equipment, material, food refreshments and financial support. One of the first projects was the expansion of the city park, including the pond and gazebo. It took three years to complete that job. In 1988 the Water for Wildlife project was started to introduce water sources in our local mountains to benefit wildlife. This project lasted for twenty years with the instillation of 29 guzzlers. Over 100 volunteers installed the units which are still in operation. One of the projects dearest to his hears was to establish an Eastern Sierra ATV Adventure Trails system in Inyo County which continues to be an on going project. Over the years handicapped platforms have been installed at local ponds. In 1993 he was asked to gather volunteers to monitor radio collars on the Buttermilk deer herd winter range. For the next 5 years deer were monitored to determine the mortality rate and cause of fatalities.
Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat, two sons, Rick and wife Bonnie of Lee Vining and David and Jeannie of Bishop, five grandchildren, Pete Noles, Garrett Noles, Kari Face and husband Dan, Kristin Noles, Kristi Houston and husband Will. Dick also has 4 great grandchildren, Cameron, Corbin, Riley and Aiden.
Dick was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bishop for 49 years where he looked upon his friends and his church family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice.


Kurt Kruse

Kurt Ripley Kruse 1956-2015

Devoted Papa, Father, and Friend Kurt Ripley Kruse, 59, died Friday, October 16, 2015 in a Motorcycle accident in Mammoth Lakes while riding with his son and friends.

Kurt was born August 5, 1956 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to Billie and Arthor Kruse. Kurt was an amazing man who lived his life to the fullest. He was selfless, generous, caring, and a Godly man. His life revolved around his family. After 30 years with UPS Kurt left Tulare and retired to Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

Kurt is survived by his older brother Kent Kruse, his children Alicia Duff, Shannon Kruse, Jeslin Kruse; Grandchildren Faith, Kelly, and Kasen, many more family and friends.

He was preceded in Death by the mother of his Children Cathlin Kruse and his parents.

A service will be held Shady rest Park on November 7th at 1pm in Mammoth Lakes. There will be a memorial Dirt Bike ride following the service. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mammoth Christian Fellowship Church.


Damion Tremaine Jackson

Damion Tremaine Jackson, 1974-2015

Services will be held in Parker Arizona at a later date for Damion Tremaine Jackson.

Damion was born August 30, 1974 in Parker Arizona and passed away from complications of asthma on October 25th, 2015 in Bishop California, which has been his home for the past 10 years.

Damion was the son born to Sidney and Mary Jackson of Parker, Arizona.  He is survived by both parents, brothers Dorion, and Kory; Sister, Yendis; sons Devante, Joseph, Isaiah, and Dorion; Daughter, Maliah; and grandson Trae, and longtime soulmate Sierra De La Riva and Stepdaughter MaryJane; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Harry Andreas Sr.

Harry Andreas Sr. 1938-2015

Harry William Andreas Sr. was born on February 12, 1938 to the late Willie and Ester Andreas in Schurz NV. Harry passed away on October 2, 2015 in Bishop, CA., surrounded by family he went to be home with the Lord Jesus Christ whom he proudly served. Grampa Harry as everyone called him, touched the hearts of a lot of people. He was a very talented man who had a lot of hobbies during his walk on earth. “Grandpa” Harry was a great gardener and every year you could catch him sitting somewhere with a ice chest full of tomatoes and chilies, ready to sell them to anybody who wanted to buy some. Then it was off to the river to fish, that was another one of his passions. He would also, tie fishing flies that many of us would use for fishing, he also sold them to the local sporting goods stores along with anyone who wanted to use them. Grampa Harry’s greatest passion was his love for playing music with family and friends and was very proud to play music with his son Harry Jr. and grandsons Jeffrey and the late Harry III. Grandpa’s band was the great Harry Casino and The Gamblers Band” singing and playing favorites like Boney Maroney, White Lightening and Silver Wings. Grampa worked a lot of jobs in his lifetime, but the job he loved the most was Asphalt work, working along with family and friends until he retired and then it was “Fish On”. Gramp liked to fish at pyramid Lake and would take anyone who wanted to go. He caught a 13.5 Lb. cutthroat and received a certificate from the Nevada Fish and Game for it. It was then we all had to go fish Pyramid Lake, but Grampa still caught the biggest fish. Grampa Harry is preceded in death by his father Willie and mother Ester, brothers Robert, Donald (Dan), Clarence and Richie, grandson Harry W. Andreas III and nephew Michael Andreas, sisters Mary and Virginia. He is survived by wife Doris, daughter Jill, sons Richard Sr. and Harry Jr. and his wife Clarice, granddaughters Marnie, Jordan and Vonna, grandsons Jeffrey, Richard Jr. and Thomas also, brother John Sr. and his wife Felicia and great grandson Keiji Andreas, along with numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Grampa will be greatly missed by all of us. We love you “Grampa Harry”. There will be a Cry Dance on Thursday at Dusk at 661 Sewaye Lane on October 8. Services will be held Friday, October 9 at 11:00 Am at the Barlow Lane Gymnasium. Interment will follow at Sunland Cemetery. Luncheon to follow after the interment at the Barlow Gymnasium.

Harry Andreas Sr.

Francis Lawrence

Francis William “Bill” Lawrence, 1934-2015

Francis William Lawrence, age 81, born in Tulare, California on July 23, 1934.  Francis passed away on September 29, 2015 in Bishop, California.  Bill was a cattleman for 50 years in Central California.

It is not what he has, not even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.  Bill is survived by his brother Dan, his first wife Beverly, whom together they raised seven children. Bonnie, Babette, Brenda, Brad, Bridgette, Berdine and Barbie, and the blessings of 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

A Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Brune Mortuary 325 West Elm Street, Bishop, California followed by a graveside service at 10:00 AM Saturday October 10, 2015 at Big Pine Cemetery, 605 W. Crocker Ave., Big Pine.



Christine Bodine

Christine Bodine, 1919-2015

January 2, 1919 – August 18, 2015

Chris passed away August 18, 2015, at the Bishop Care Center. She was 96.

Born in Lindsay, Oklahoma to Charles Cunningham. Chris’ father died when she was young and her much older brother left, leaving her and her mother Mary Rogers, known to the family as Ms. Crum, to live off the land in rural Oklahoma. The Great Dust Bowl chased off Chris and Ms Crum to California. She was Rosey the Riveter during WW II, assembling bulletproof gas tanks for fighter planes.

She met John Bodine in Southern California and married in 1942 She used to dance to Benny Goodman band and digging up beaches during the grunion runs. The two moved to the suburbs, a house and a car, John Charles came in 1944 and Terry followed in 1950. It was as a mother that Chris found her true calling. She was the best cook even after losing her sense of smell when she was in her 50s. The first thing she would say when you say her was usually, “Did you have something to eat, honey?”

She worked as a volunteer most of her life at local hospitals and headed up the Candy Stripers organization. Started her first paying job at the age of 60 working at Northern Inyo Hospital in the collections department.

She had an outgoing spirit, a very giving nature and loved animals. There were plenty of camping trips and endless supplies of biscuits and gravy or short spaghetti. Bodine’s like to eat.

Chris had a grace and generosity that was genuine and never lost to age. She could make friends in an instant and had thousands of them, some from second grade that still kept in touch. She had an outgoing spirit and loved animals. She was the sweetest person you’d ever meet. This place has lost a light, and its a little dark, but she was bright enough to keep shining long after she’s gone.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband John A. Bodine and son John C. Bodine. She is survived by daughter Terry Pledger of Newhall, CA. Grandsons Mike Bodine of Bishop and Charlie Bodine of Agua Dulce, CA. Great Grandchildren Diana Bodine of Bishop, CA and J.C. Bodine of Agua Dulce, CA, Also Rita Heller of Michigan and Claudie Montgomery of Oregon.

Graveside services will be held September 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the West Line St Cemetery 929 W. Line St. Bishop. Please join us for a celebration of life at Bishop First United Methodist Church right after the services. 205 N. Fowler St. Bishop.