Category Archives: Obituaries

Ken Rowan

Kenneth Rowan 1925-2015

Kenneth Rowan went to be with the Lord, and his beloved wife Frances, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.
Ken was born in 1925, and raised in East Tennessee, where he met the love of his life, Frances Dugger. He joined the Navy in 1942, and served on a minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II.
After the war, he returned to Tennessee, married Frances, and began raising a family. He graduated from Carson Newman College, and attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
He began working for Union Carbide Corporation in Tennessee, then in Colorado, and finally came to Bishop as an engineer at the Union Carbide mill at Pine Creek.
He was a resident of Bishop for 40 years, and some might remember him from Ken’s Clock Repair business, which he ran from his home. He was an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and served the Lord for many years pastoring small churches in Tennessee, Colorado, and California. After retiring from Union Carbide, he pastored First Baptist Church in Mojave for several years.
Ken was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years. He is survived by his four children, Janice, Fred, Dan and Don; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ken never met a stranger, and loved to talk with everyone. Those who knew him will miss his kindness, his giving nature, and his great sense of humor.
There will be a graveside service at East Line Street Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Barbara Vaulet

Barbara Vaulet, 1936-2015

Barbara Francis Vaulet, of Sparks, Nevada passed away Wednesday August 26, 2015 at home with family by her side.

Born on Leap Year February 29, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA, Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Madge Schneider of Bishop and husband of 44 years, Robert Vaulet.

Barbara graduated from Belmont Jefferson High School in Burbank, CA and within a few years Barbara married her soulmate Robert. Together they raised four children; Laurie, Robin, Daniel and David.

Robert and Barbara relocated to Bishop, CA in 1969 to raise their children out of the city. Barbara worked at Brune, Buck and Talmage Mortuary for many years as the compassionate first contact for the bereaving families of Inyo County. After leaving her employment at the mortuary Barbara went to work for the Inyo County Public Guardians Office where she worked until her retirement in 1997.

After retirement, Barbara and Robert enjoyed traveling in their RV and spending time with family. After Roberts passing in 2005, Barbara relocated to Sparks, NV. Barbara loved the time she spent with her family, her dogs and chickens. She was a wonderful cook and gardener and loved to watch the Angels baseball games.

Barbara will be truly missed by anyone who met her or was touched in some way by her warmth, generosity, love and support.

Barbara is survived by her sister Elaine Roberts of Carson City, NV.; daughter Lauri Adams and son in law Jeff Adams of Lake Mathews, CA; daughter Robin Vaulet and son in law Vernon Bernard of Bishop, CA; son Daniel Vaulet of Sparks, NV, and son David Vaulet and daughter in law Carrie Vaulet of Sparks, NV; grandson Brent Vaulet and Miranda Vaulet of Sparks, NV; grandson Blake Adams of Lake Mathews, CA; granddaughter Tiffany Adams of Temecula, CA; grandsons Robert Vaulet and Chris Vaulet of Sparks, NV; great grandson Jeston Vaulet of Sparks, NV; great granddaughter Reese Vaulet of Sparks, NV; great grandson Dexter Adams Cooper of Temecula, CA; as well as her beloved dogs Ozzy and Rocky and a large extended family.

Services will be held September 9, 2015 at 10 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church. Interment will follow at East Line Street Cemetery.


Harmey Bancroft

Harmey Bancroft, 1979-2015

Harmey Jefferson Bancroft loved life, but he loved his friends and family more. His friends were considered family to Harmey.

Harmey was born in Cortez, Colorado on July 15, 1979, to Kathy Jefferson Bancroft and Frank Williams Bancroft of Towaoc, Colorado. He was the Grandson of Tom and Barbara Jefferson of Lone Pine, California and Speer and Mary Bancroft of Towaoc, Colorado. His brother, Franco Bancroft, was born 15 months before him and they remained extremely close throughout his life. The pride and purpose of his life was his daughter, Rosalynn Drai Bancroft, who was able to be with him for almost the first two years of her life. Harmey is also survived by several other half brothers and sisters, including Mackey Bancroft of Shiprock, New Mexico; Donna Bancroft and Francilla Bancroft of Towaoc, Colorado, Ellen Bancroft Gurule of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Gloria Bancroft and Mary Bancroft of Oklahoma. He is also survived by uncles Keen Richards of Ignacio, Colorado and Mike and Robert Morgan of Bishop, California. Aunt and Uncle, Susan and Donald Bobb of Lone Pine, California and Schurz, Nevada played a large part in raising him. Niece and nephew, Raegan and Jesse Bancroft, and cousins, Decora Bancroft, and Amanda, Danielle and Norman Bobb were very close and important to Harmey. He had an almost countless number of other cousins, aunts and uncles which he remained in contact with, no matter where he lived.

Harmey grew up on the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation and the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. He had many professions, including packing mules in the Sierra, doing construction in Colorado, writing songs and playing guitar in several bands in Montana and California. But art was always the love of his life. He was accomplished in many forms of media and sold his first piece while still in high school for $100. Harmey learned and worked as a tattoo artist, eventually opening his own shop, Gypsy King Tattoo, in Bishop California in 2013.

There will be a Cry Dance for Harmey Bancroft on the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation community grounds on Friday night, August 28th. Graveside services will be held at the Lone Pine Cemetery at 11 am on Saturday, followed by gathering of family, friends, food and fun at the LPPSR Community grounds, 975 Teya Rd.


Evelyn Snyder

Evelyn Gene Snyder, 1956-2015

Private services will be held at a later date for Evelyn Gene Snyder, Ev passed away at her home in Wilkerson Ranch she was 59 years old.

Ev was born in Bishop on January 21, 1956. She graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1974, she then completed cosmetology courses at Golden West College and returned to Bishop to work as a stylist for a short time before becoming a bar tender; a job she loved and remained at for most of her working years.

Ev lived in Bishop off and on her entire life returning to stay 18 years ago. She loved dogs and horses and was never without one or more of each.

Those of us that remember Ev in her younger years remember a woman with a great sense of humor and a quick wit, driving around in her little blue bug with her huge German Shepherd, Fritz, by her side.

Ev was preceded in death by her mother, Sarg Snyder, and brother Dean Snyder.  She is survived by her father, Gene Snyder, brother John and wife Marie, niece Camerin Kreizenbeck and husband Garet, and children Will and Phoebe, niece Morgan Ray and husband KC, children Birch, Ridge and Rowan, nephew Ian Snyder, niece Alyse Snyder, and nephew Peter Ascencio.

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Coach Lynn Hughes

Lynn A. Hughes, 1949-2015

Lynn Hughes was a well loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, coach and friend, who began his life in Inglewood with parents Wallace and Pauline Hughes. He spent his early years in Lomita and in college played football at the University of Oklahoma and Long Beach State.
He loved to run. After surviving cancer in 1980 he took up running to get in shape and never quit. He ran up and down the Grand Canyon, multiple Catalina marathons, ultra-marathons, and even half of the Western States 100-mile run before his knee gave out – and he ran as often as he could after moving to Bishop. The only thing that could stop him from running was a brain tumor.
At 38, Lynn went back to teaching and spent five years going to night school, teaching and coaching full-time, and painting apartments on weekends to give his family a better life. His first teaching position was at Narbonne, his high-school alma mater. All that experience and hard work led him in 1992 to Bishop Union High School and a job he loved. There he coached football for many years and was a favorite math teacher, retiring in June 2013. He not only loved his job, he loved his students and his colleagues (well, most of them). His patience and positive attitude guided countless students through their struggles with math and helped them believe in themselves.
Lynn always worked summer school so he and Ruth could vacation on his beloved Kauai each year. He had a great attitude about life and was always positive. He made many wonderful friends and was a wonderful friend in return. He loved and supported his extended family and took great care of his father-in-law.
He loved his family in such a way that each had a special connection and he left an indelible impression in their hearts. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Ruth; sons, Travis and Mike, and daughter, Lindsay; daughters-in-law, Melanie and Jodi; sisters Connie and Patty; sister and brother-in-law, Kathie and Michael Lewis. He loved being a grandfather and is survived by six grandchildren, Cameron, Madeleine, Emma, Sophia, Emerson and Collette; along with nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m. on the lawn at BUHS.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center/Merriner Cottages,  1535 Medical Parkway, Carson City, NV 89703
Lynn Hughes and wife Ruth. Photo by Steve Dutcher
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Anthony Barlow

Anthony John Barlow

Anthony John Barlow, resident of the Bishop Paiute Reservation, Bishop, CA passed away on August 1, 2015 at Northern Inyo Hospital. Anthony graduated from Palomar College where he played football. He also enjoyed playing softball and enjoyed the position of catcher. Many of his friends knew him as “The Beast”. Survivors include his mother, Catherine Barlow; children, Micah Barlow, Sonoee Barlow and Bonnie Barlow; Brothers, Alroy Barlow, Cleveland Barlow, Steve Barlow Jr., and Bonnie Barlow; grandson, Wyatt Mullins. A Cry Dance will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at his Bishop residence, 97 Winuba Lane. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Barlow Lane Gymnasium with Pastor Ron Sargent of The River Church officiating. Interment will be at the Sunland Cemetery with lunch to follow at the Barlow Lane Gym.

Mike Hawley

Mike Hawley, 1941-2015

Mike Hawley, age 74, a resident of Bishop for 19 years, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2015, at home surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with prostate cancer and several other illnesses. Mike fought each challenge that arose and stayed strong and positive for his family. His courage and strength were inspiring to all who came to know him during this difficult time.
Mike was born on April 19, 1941, in Bell, California, to Marie and George Hawley. He worked 35 years for Southern California Edison with eight years of his career in the Bishop office as the Budget and Service Manager before accepting a promotion and moving to Yucaipa. After Mike retired from SCE he continued to pursue his favorite pastime of golfing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family spending vacation time in Escondido and Park City, Utah.
Mike is survived by his wife Pat of 51 years, his daughters Suzi Johnson and her husband Jamie and Debbi Barbieri and her husband Nik and his four grandchildren Jon and Kaitlynn Barbieri, James Hawley and Danika Johnson, and brother Ralph (Bud) Hawley, and his wife Becky, niece Shannon Omessi, and her family Ari and Taylor. Danika would like everyone to know how loved he was and what a great “Papa” he was. Mike was preceded in death by his parents George and Marie Hawley, and brother Pete.

As per Mike’s wishes no formal services will be held, but instead a celebration of life, or as he wished a “party”, will be held September 9th at 5:00 at Highlands Senior Clubhouse. Please come join his family and friends in a party to honor the husband, dad, papa and friend that he was.

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Remembering Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson

Lloyd Wilson, 1936-2015

Retired Mono County Sheriff and longtime resident of Mammoth Lakes, Lloyd F. “Digger” Wilson, passed away August 1, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  Born in Redlands, CA on September 7th, 1936, Lloyd lived in Redlands, Victorville, and San Fernando, CA before making his home in Mammoth Lakes in 1957.  At this time Digger started Mono County’s first ambulance service and was co-owner of “Wilson’s This N That” souvenir store.  He was one of the original fire commissioners of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, a volunteer fireman, and serviced as the Fire Chief in 1966.  He was active in the Mammoth Lakes, Crowley Lake and Mono County Chambers of Commerce in the 1960’s and 1970’s, serving as president of all three.  In 1962, Lloyd joined the Mono County Sheriff’s Department as Deputy Sheriff, badge #5.  He was elected Sheriff/Coroner in June of 1982 and retired in 1987, having served the people of Mono County for 25 years.  While in office he served as the Director of Emergency Services and was instrumental in the introduction of the Incident Command System to California Law Enforcement Agencies.  Lloyd also served on the State Committee on Domestic Violence which helped to facilitate changes in law enforcement policies and procedures in matters of domestic violence.

Lloyd was a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association, the Eastern Sierra Peace Officer’s Association, a member of the Elks Lodge #1603, and belonged to the Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.

Lloyd’s happiest times were spent with family and friends deep sea fishing and traveling.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynda; his son and daughter in law, Steve and Amy Wilson of Bishop; his daughter and son in law, Shelly and Bob Bowman of Independence; grandchildren Lindsay Timpano, Jamie Lambert, and David Lambert, and two great granddaughters, Rylan and Gianna Threlkeld; brother and sister in law, Earl and Lois Wilson, of Big Pine; sister “Easy” McGinnis of Victorville and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was proceeded in death by his sister, Grace Durling.

Per Lloyd’s request, there will be no services.

In Lloyd’s honor, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice or donate blood to continue the gift of life.



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Robert Andreas

Robert Andreas 1924 – 2015

Robert “Robbie” Andreas passed away, July 30, 2015 at the age of 90 in Bishop, CA. Robbie was one of eight children born to William Andreas and Ester Collins Andreas on August 29, 1924 in Bishop. Until recently, he was the oldest living male of the Bishop Paiute Tribe.

In his youth, Robbie attended a church school in Bishop and the Stewart Indian School in Stewart, NV. He received his high school diploma from Sherman Indian High School, in Riverside, CA.

Robbie met his wife, Angela Martinez (Spoonhunter, Andreas), while attending Sherman Indian High School. The first time he saw her was while she performed as a drummer in the school band. They had many childhood memories throughout their high school years. A fond memory they shared was their roller-skating stories. The two would later reconnect and begin a life together raising seven children.

Robbie and Angela spent over 50 years together as a family and on September 8, 1979 in Hawthorne, NV, they would finally marry. He was a loving and loyal husband who was dedicated to his family. When his wife Angela became sick Robbie stayed by her side until her passing in 2002.

He was a very hard-working man, his working years were among the Southern Pacific Railroad, Bishop Sawmill, and Union Carbide Corporation. While at Union Carbide Corporation, he was proud to say he missed only one day of work throughout his 25 year career. He received special recognition from Union Carbide Corporation for his years of dedication. After he retired, he became the Water Master for the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Robbie loved the outdoors, spent much time hunting and became an expert in fishing and gardening. He loved picking pine nuts and wild onions. He would roam the valley and mountains to pick pine nuts and fish until he was 84 years old, to finally be slowed down by a falling accident. He was famous for his vegetable gardens and had one every year until he was 89 years old.

Robbie was a well loved and respected man. His biggest accomplishment in life was caring for and raising his seven children. Although Robbie and Angela did not have children together, he loved the children as if they were his own. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Angela Andreas; brothers, Dan Andreas, Clarence Andreas, Richard Andreas; sisters, Virginia Davis and Mary Manriquez; daughter, Linda Stone Benitez; sons, Alan Spoonhunter, Thomas Spoonhunter and Garrett Spoonhunter; grandson, Clinton Robison. He is survived by brothers, Harry Andreas and John Andreas; sons, Ron and Lyle Spoonhunter; daughter, Dorothy Robison (Spoonhunter); 26 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and his loyal dog, Rover.

A traditional Cry Dance will be held at dusk on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the Jonathan Stone residence, 661 N. Pa Ha Lane in Bishop, CA.

Funeral Services will be held at the Brune Mortuary on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., immediately following is graveside service at the East Line Street Cemetery, and to conclude services a luncheon will be held at the Barlow Lane Gymnasium, 390 N. Barlow Lane, Bishop, CA.

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