Obituaries

June Marie Wilkins Obituary

June Marie Wilkins passed away peacefully on July 24, 2020 at the age of 86. She is survived by her Husband Grayden Wilkins of 42 years, Her son Kenneth James Brion Jr, her daughters Debra Ann Perilman and Diane Kathleen Wickens, Diane’s husband Perry Graham Wickens,her Stepson Brian Wilkins and Brian’s wife Kim, her Grandchildren Alex and Heather Perilman,Graham, Maxwell, Jack, and Cole Wickens, and Joey Wilkins. She is also survived by 3 great grandchildren, Averey Jane Wickens, Harper Olivia Wickens and Oliver Jackson Wickens.

 

June lived a full life, raising children and an impressive career in school bus transportation. June loved living in Big Pine California where she was an active member of the community. June and Grayden enjoyed fishing, hiking, being outdoors and going to Church at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

 

A graveside service will be held Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:00 am at West Line Street Cemetery.(Also known as Pioneer Cemetery) 198 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, California, 93514

Harry Van De Stroet Obituary

Harry Van De Stroet, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend closed his eyes for the last time on June 26, 2020 and opened them at the gates of Heaven in the presence of the Lord. In his incredible 90 years of life, he had seen and done many great things, though he will be remembered him for the small things… daily coffee breaks at McDonald’s, long drives in the beautiful, wild of Inyo County, Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierras, a good drink and a long conversation, a $20 bill slipped into a back pocket during a hug, and the occasional off-color joke or story.

Harry was born in Rotterdamn, Holand to Wilma and Joe Van De Stroet on April 27, 1930. The oldest of 6 children (4 sisters and 1 brother), Harry was often quiet about his early days in Holland and some of the turmoil they endured during World War 2, though he carried the burden for much of his life. When Harry was just 19, he and family came to America in 1949 via ship and settled in Inwood, Iowa in search of hope and prosperity.

Harry was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War with the 58th Engineering Treadway/Float Bridge Company, as a driver. After the war, Harry and his wife Jozena settled back in Iowa where they had a small farm and welcomed their 2 children, Kathleen and Roger.

They relocated to Artesia, CA in 1962 and later moved to Norwalk, CA. After a number of years in Southern California working for Kraft Foods, the Van De Stroets retired to Bishop in 1992, calling Highland Mobile Home Park their home for almost 30 years. The “man on MacGregor” has finally gone home, though his white windmill will keep turning in the wind. He will be greatly missed.

In his honor, we ask that you savor the good things in life. Family. A good meal. Fishing in the beauty of this wonderful place. A long drive to clear your head. Laughter with those you love. Tomorrow is not promised.

Harry was preceded in death by his mother and father Joe and Wilma Van De Stroet; his sisters, Carol Getting and Alice Leusink; and son Roger Van De Stroet.

He is survived by his wife Josie Van De Stroet of Bishop, CA; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Delmar Punt of Visalia, CA; grandson Eric Punt of Campbell, MN; granddaughter Jennifer Corum of Visalia, CA; and six great grandchildren, Micah and Brendan Corum of Visalia, CA, Christopher and Caiden Davenport, Clara Punt and Carson Punt of Campbell, MN. A private family service will be held later in the year.

Clifton Jeff Mason Obituary

Graveside Funeral Services have been announced for lifelong Bishop Resident CLIFTON JEFF MASON SR.

Born on April 20th 1956 and Deceased on June 29th 2020 surrounded by his family at his bedside

He was prominently known as John and Dancing-Bear throughout the Local Area and was a jack of all trades kind of guy, working for many of the local businesses and tribal governments. He is a proud Tim-bisha Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute Native American.

He is survived by his sons – Erick Mason, Clifton “Chopper” Mason Jr. and Justin Kinney; daughter – Julie Mason; step-daughters – Carrie Marquez and Lorena Levine. His step-father Earl Frank Jr.; brothers: Douglas Mason and Earl “Duke” Frank III; Sisters – Pamela Frank, Rachel Mason (of Schurz, Nevada), and Daris Mason (of Reno, Nevada). grandchildren: Hay-wee Mason, Timothy Mason, Ana-kee Mason, Clifton “Pah-hee” Mason III, Jasmine Mason, Emily Mason, Weston Mason, Justin Kinney Jr., Hollis Mason. step-grandchildren: Justine Kinney, Jesse Marquez, Cailey Marquez and Jacob Marquez. He has numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and grandchildren that he loved dearly.

He is preceded in death by his mother – Amelia Patterson-Frank, and his father – Dorland Mason. daughter – Janine Marie Mason, son -Gerald Allen Mason, brothers – Rick Mason and Edmond “Henry” Mason, sisters – Jaqueline Mason and Doreen Mason.

Graveside Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 11, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at the Fish Lake Valley Cemetery in Dyer Nevada. A grab and go luncheon will follow at the Community Center. Attendees must wear masks and maintain a minimum of six feet apart.

Ethel Messer Obituary

Messer, Ethel Louise Delcina Rook, born in Barstow, California, on October 17, 1940, passed away at the age of 79 peacefully among friends in her home in Shoshone, California, on June 23, 2020.  Ethel served in several positions on the Death Valley Unified School District Board including President, and was also a Teacher and PTA President.  She was the owner of Rook and Messer Excavating and Mining company and Nopah Farms Mobile Home Park.  She worked as a photographer for the Mirror, Gateway Gazette, and Pahrump Valley Times.  After retiring, Ethel managed the Museum in Shoshone, California.  She had a love for nature and art, and was an accomplished quilter, seamstress, painter, jeweler, and photographer.  Ethel is preceded in death by her parents Carl and Stella Rook, and her husband of 50 years, Luvon Messer.  She is survived by her two brothers, Carl and James Rook, and six sons, Russel, Donald, Nathan, Art, Hank, and Brian Messer, 23 Grand Children, and 19 Great-Grand Children.  Viewing will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Shoshone, California, at the Flower Building.  Due to social distancing guidelines, graveside services will be private.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date for those unable to attend.

 

Galen Norsworthy Obituary

Galen Duane Norsworthy was born in Hanford, CA on May 18, 1948. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9, 2020 in Bishop, California. He was 71 years old at his passing.

Galen was preceded in death by his parents George and Violet Norsworthy. Galen is survived by his brother Lauren Norsworthy, his beloved and cherished wife of 48 years, Lita Norsworthy, his strong and beautiful daughters, Katrina Otten and Alicia Vorhees, his sons-in-law, Adam and Matt, and his nine wonderful grandchildren: Isaiah, Caleb, Elliana, Wesley, Evan, Jada, Abigail, and recent arrivals, Grayson and Hudson. Galen was a proud Papa!

Growing up in a minister’s home, Galen mastered the art of being a pastor’s kid by day and running the streets of San Francisco by night. That all changed when Galen joined the military. In 1968, Galen enlisted in the Navy and served in the Vietnam War. God used that experience to get Galen’s attention and solidify his faith in Jesus Christ.

Upon his return, Galen attended Azuza Pacific University, where he met his would-be wife, Lita. While working on his degree, Galen was introduced to a depth of Bible teaching that would forever change his life. From that point on, Galen was relentless in exercising his clear gift for handling and communicating God’s Word. Everywhere Galen taught the Bible, people gravitated toward his wealth of knowledge and his passion for knowing and applying Scripture.

This led to a church plant in Santa Cruz, California, and one of the parishioners took a particular interest in him, and on January 22, 1972, Lita married her pastor. However, Galen sensed a need for deeper Bible training, which eventually led their path to Houston, Texas. It was there that Galen joined the Army in 1973 and became an Airborne Ranger. Galen was extremely proud of his military service. He was a true patriot, modeling love for country and sacrificial service to others. Galen would eventually complete his military career in the Army Reserves after a tour in Desert Storm.

While in Texas, God gave Galen and Lita two beautiful girls, Katrina and Alicia. Galen loved his family! As a military and a family man, Galen completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. All the while, he continued to teach God’s Word faithfully. Eventually Galen felt the need for formal Biblical training, which led the family to Portland, Oregon to attend Western Seminary in 1986. There he thrived in his studies, watched his girls grow up, served in ministry at a few different churches, and worked on campus until his graduation in 1994 with a Master’s of Divinity.

Then in 1998, Galen agreed to come help his uncle Virgil run Ducor Telephone Company. This eventually drew the rest of the family to Bakersfield, where Galen and Lita started a fruitful college-aged ministry at Laurelglen Bible Church. God was honored and He blessed the ministry abundantly! From this ministry, God has raised up pastors, missionaries and mature believers in all sectors of society. While Galen was working with young adults, God was kind to raise up a couple of young men that Galen was proud to call his sons and let marry his daughters.

Toward the end of Galen’s career with the telephone company, he was able to work remotely and moved to Bishop, California to be near his oldest daughter and grandkids. Like always, Galen jumped right into serving in ministry, becoming very active in the community, and was serving as an elder in his church at the time of his passing.

Galen was a beloved husband, the best father and grandpa, a military hero, a wise and gifted pastor, a generous business owner, and a faithful servant of Christ Jesus. As Galen would often put it, he was “promoted” on May 9, 2020, being welcomed by the Savior whom he served all his life with this greeting: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” He will be dearly missed, but in Christ, death is never goodbye, only see you later.

Nancy Reed Obituary

Nancy Reed

Dec. 16, 1934- May 5, 2020

Nancy passed away peacefully with her family  by her side at her home in Bishop. Nancy was born in Los  Angeles Ca, she was raised in Goldfield, Gold Point, and Tonopah Nv. She met and married the love of her life Sandy Reed in 1952.

Nancy was a homemaker who loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was known for all her beautiful handmade quilts and baking.

Nancy enjoyed camping and exploring old ghost towns in Nv with her husband and enjoyed collecting antiques.

Nancy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Tom Peek, six grandchildren,  twelve great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Nancy is proceeded in her death by her husband Sandy Reed whom she missed dearly until the day she passed away. Her daughter Terry Sepsey and grandson Rahn Harvey.

Graveside services will be private.

George Batchelder Obituary

George Batchelder was born November 30, 1946 in Burbank, CA to Ralph and Eleanor (Harmon) Batchelder. He died at home, of complications of multiple myeloma, on May 3, 2020.

George’s family moved to Mammoth Lakes when he was 8 years old. They lived in a tent on their lot on Berner Street until they finished building their home. For the last 37 years George lived in Bishop, CA.

George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan and his children Jill Batchelder (Ret Tognazzini), Thom (Clancy) Batchelder, and Tim (Jolene) Batchelder. Also grandchildren Kyle (Kaleigh) Batchelder, Casey (Cole) Melendrez, Collin Batchelder (Jayme Espinoza), Madelyn Batchelder (Irving Perez), Jackie (Daniel) Johnson, Makenna Batchelder, Sydney Ellis, and Kennedy Batchelder. George was excitedly anticipating his first great-grandson, to be born in July. He is also survived by siblings, Harry (Bobbie) Batchelder, Bruce (Ann) Batchelder, and Alice (Ken) Lloyd. George was predeceased by his father, mother, and brother Charlie.

George graduated from Lee Vining high school in 1964, since there was no high school in Mammoth Lakes at that time. He enjoyed that time and his life long friends.

Growing up in Mammoth Lakes, George was a skier. In fact he won the Village Championship one year. Dave McCoy took a group of young Mammoth ski racers to the Junior Nationals on the East Coast, and also to Europe and provided a lot of experiences and opportunities they would not have otherwise received. George was always appreciative of Dave’s encouragement and those opportunities.

George served in the Army, in Viet Nam, from 1967 to 1969. He received various commendations, and on the paperwork for his Bronze Star for Valor, it was noted, “with complete disregard for his own life” he provided the necessary duties for the “eventual success” of the unit, and did so displaying “courage and professionalism under heavy enemy fire.” These are qualities George carried on through all of his life.

Being a volunteer fireman was a big part of George’s life. He was on the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department as a teenager, and he was eventually the assistant chief, and chief, for a short time. After moving to Bishop, he joined the Bishop Fire Department. George was described as one of the most knowledgeable people in hydraulics, pumps and water systems in the area. He enjoyed his relationships with the other firemen and maintained those friendships throughout his life.

George worked at the Mammoth Water Department, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. He eventually developed his own business, Batchelder Enterprises, and supplied heating services to the extended Bishop area for over 25 years. He frequently went out of his way to provide additional assistance and care for his customers, and many of those customers became friends.

George liked to fly, and he owned a small plane for many years. Keeping with his habit of helping others, he frequently flew people to various destinations and took others for tours of the local area. George enjoyed the challenge of flying, and he eventually obtained his instrument rating.

George had accepted Jesus as his Savior, and it was important to him to grow increasingly in his Christian walk. He was active in Calvary Baptist church and served there in various capacities, mostly as an Elder or Deacon. He was also a teacher in the Awana children’s program and was loved by the children he taught. He only stopped participating in that program due to his health issues.

George was an exceptional person; quiet, kind, caring, humble, loyal, hard working, practical, and strong. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and accepted all of the treatments and complications with an amazing strength and without complaint. Until he went Home, he continued to display concern for others. He leaves a strong legacy of love and spiritual commitment for his family and friends… an inspiration to become increasingly better Christians and put others first. George was a humble man, and he frequently said he was “only a sinner, saved by God’s grace.”

A service will be scheduled when possible at a future date.

Stan Lloyd Obituary

Stan Lloyd, age 86, peacefully passed away on May 5, 2020 at the Bishop Care Center following a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his daughter, Cindy James, his son in law, Greg James, his son, Gary Lloyd, his daughter in law, Carrie Lloyd, his brother Ken Lloyd and his wife Alice, five grandchildren, Garrett Lloyd, Chris Jared, Brandon Jared, Amanda Brown and Kristen Richardson, four great grandchildren, and his dear friend and companion Pat Tueson.

Stan was preceded in death by Barbara, his loving wife of fifty years, and by his son, George.

Stan lived in Bishop for most of his life and attended Bishop High School. He began working for the Southern California Edison in 1956 and retired in 1989. He was passionate and dedicated to the community and the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the Fire Department in 1955 and rose to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief over the next fifty years.

Due to COVID-19, a private interment for family only will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bishop Fire Department Equipment Fund.

Betty Young Obituary

Betty Young, age 82, passed away peacefully at home in Pueblo West, Colorado on April 29th. Betty Lou was born July 25, 1937 in Elk City, Oklahoma. The family moved to California in her early years. Betty was waitressing at a Loops Restaurant in Ventura, CA when she met the love of her life, John Young. They were married Sept 24, 1961. They lived in Montclair, CA and Agoura, CA until 1976 when they bought radio station KIBS-AM and moved to Bishop. Working side by side for almost 20 years and building the business into KBOV-AM and KIBS-FM. After selling the stations in 1995, they bought and ran The Trees Motel from 1997-2007. Betty lived in Bishop until 2016 and then moved to Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband John in 2013, daughter Sandee in 2013, and baby son Randy in 1956. Betty is survived by her daughter and son-inlaw Terri and Patrick Cole from Pueblo West, CO. Son and daughter-in-law Gary and Rochelle Young of Bishop. Son-in-law Fred Hodapp of Valencia, CA. Granddaughters, Breanna Petersen of Bonanza, OR, Tawni (Matt) Nolting of Pueblo West, CO, Heather (James) Melcher of Santee, CA, and Cory Young of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Great Grandchildren, Logan Melcher, Evan Nolting, and Brooklynn Young. Brother, Van McNair or Ventura, CA.

A graveside memorial service will be held at East Line Street Cemetery at a later date.

Ken Thomas Obituary

Kenneth (Ken) Paul Thomas was born on April 20, 1954, in San Bernardino, CA, to Oliver and Yvonne Thomas, and went home to permanent glory with Jesus on April 2, 2020.

Ken came to Bishop in the 1980s. He had never hunted deer before and learned “from a book”. He loved the area so much, he decided to stay. One of his favorite places to live was in Round Valley where he and older sons Eric and Michael lived in “peace and nature”. Ken often showed the picture he took of a mountain lion found in their tree! Ken worked as the Manager for the, then, Sportsman’s Chevron. Ken also worked at CSK (Kragen)/O’Reilly as the Store Manager.

Ken loved and adored his family. Ken raised older sons Eric and Michael in Bishop, both of whom graduated from BUHS. Ken and son-to-be wife Gina met at the, then, Sportsman Chevron in Bishop. Ken and Gina’s first date was at the CHP’s Christmas party at Convict Lake, which soon followed by a marriage proposal. Ken and Gina (Huerta) were married on August 9, 1997, in Bishop, CA. On May 12, 2000, they were blessed with son Hunter Kenneth. On August 11, 2017, Ken and Gina renewed their vows with family Ron and Candy Sargent officiating which included youngest son Hunter, as Best Man. Ken enjoyed being a BUHS “Football” Dad. You could find him at the field for home games (sometimes in the snack shack or bringing food for Team dinners) and at all away-games. Ken could be found attending every school event, supporting his sons. He was a dad very much proud of his sons’ accomplishments!

Ken was an avid mule deer hunter – hunting in the Eastern Sierras and in his beloved Craig, Colorado, where he, older sons Eric and Michael, and great friends, set up ‘hunting camp’. He would often tell the stories of when he and friends’ “mustaches froze”. In 2019, Ken took son Hunter, mule deer hunting in the Eastern Sierras – where Hunter had a successful hunt. Ken was so proud to show Hunter his hunting skills. Ken and best friend Bob Stone (who often hunted with Ken in Colorado and who married Ken and Gina) started the Easter Sierra Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation – something he was very proud of because of the good it did for the habitat. Ken was an avid fisherman (attended “Fishmas” for many years); loved driving the pontoon boat; and being outdoors. Anything ‘nature’ made him smile. Ken loved the ocean (especially Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, LaJolla & Hawaii); boating on Lake Tahoe and Yellowstone. Ken loved the smell of fresh trees he would cut each Christmas for his family – and enjoyed the pine nuts! Ken was a dedicated Denver Broncos fan – seen in his MANY Denver Broncos fan items (man cave covered in them). Ken took his older sons Eric and Michael to Denver Bronco games. In 2017, Ken enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO, with Gina and Hunter. He loved Estes Park, CO! Ken enjoyed NASCAR and was a major Earnhardt fan. You could always find Ken at local events; Mule Days (where he and older sons Eric and Michael were Committee members); at the Tri-County Fair; various parades; Cardinal Village Pizza Night; 4th of July events; and many more. Ken enjoyed going to NAAM (highlight was meeting Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper’s band); and to Alice Cooper and Journey concerts. Any place he could go to “rock on”.

Ken was a great worshipper of Jesus and played electric guitar on several local church worship teams. You would often see him raising his hands, praising Jesus. One of his greatest gifts Ken had was the ability, as a member of worship teams, to usher in the presence of Jesus. Ken was a member of the local Christian band “What Iff?” and enjoyed playing with them at the Eastern Sierra Music Festivals. Ken also enjoyed playing at the “Battle of the Bands”. Whenever Ken could play – he would!

Ken’s heart was always for the children. The year he took 40 stuffed teddy bears to the children’s hospital in Reno, NV, meant the world to him. He would love to sit and talk to the kids, pray with the kids, sing with the kids– always with a father’s heart. Ken loved to make people laugh. Ken’s sense of humor was like no other – and those that worked with him and/or knew him KNEW his sense of humor! He loved playing practical jokes on co-workers and customers!

It’s hard to put in words this larger-than-life, gentle man was. His greatest joy was his sons and grandchildren. He was such a hands-on dad. We will miss him dearly, but we rest in knowing we will be reunited. Ken awaits his family in Heaven: wife Gina Marie Thomas; sons Eric Paul Thomas of Redlands; Michael Lee Thomas (wife Khaleedah and grandchildren Cora and Kai) of Ft. Collins, CO; and Hunter Kenneth Thomas of Bishop; Brothers Larry (wife Sharon) and Steve (wife Kathy); many nieces and nephews; many in-law family members; and great friends, ALL whom he loved and adored. Ken never met a stranger. If you knew him, he became your friend. Ken had a special fondness for sister-in-law Danni Delgado who he could count on for support. Ken rested knowing Danni would be there to support her sister and nephew when needed. We are forever grateful for the blessing you have been, and are, to us!

Ken was put on this earth to worship Jesus and do work in His name, loving well. Ken gave his life to Jesus and exemplified the Father’s heart. Ken LOVED WELL!

Ken’s family would like to thank Brune Mortuary for their compassion, support; generous blessings and for bringing Ken home to us. We will never forget how wonderful you were to us! We would also like to thank our family and the many great friends who called, sent texts, sent cards and brought food – even in the difficulty of this unprecedented time. We’d like to thank our great friends and Pastors Ron & Candy Sargent; Mike and Heather Gehringer for helping us through this difficult time. To everyone who loved Ken, your love and support will NEVER be forgotten! The biggest legacy Ken leaves behind is that we all see the world through the eyes of the heart of Jesus, as he did.

A Celebration of Life for Ken will be announced and held in fall, 2020, Ken’s favorite time of year.