Obituaries

Robert “Bruce” Cook Obituary

Robert “Bruce” Cook passed away peacefully at home on March 7th, 2019. Bruce was born on October 14, 1935 in Chouteau, Oklahoma and was the second oldest of four children. He was raised in Colton, California and met the love of his life, Nancy (nee Asmus) at UCLA; the two were married in 1958.

Bruce obtained his master’s degree from UCLA in 1961 with a secondary education teaching credential; additionally, he obtained a counseling and administrative credential. He taught in the Anaheim Union High School District for a total of 38 years where he also coached basketball football and track. During the summer months, he worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company and Pacific Intermountain Express trucking company. He served in the US Army Reserve for over five years.

Bruce and Nancy retired to Bishop, California in September, 1999. Bruce enjoyed being in the outdoors, taking trips into the backcountry and fishing on the Owens river. He was Nancy’s number one fan and a big supporter of her horses. Bruce also enjoyed tracing his family’s European and Cherokee ancestry. Bruce will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Alma Cook. He is survived by twin sons, Steven and Michael, grandchildren Edward, Yoshiaki, Samantha, Charles, Erika and Rebekah, and great-grandchildren Clark and Yolanda.

Services to be held at Brune Mortuary, Bishop, California at 11:00 am on Friday, March 15th with reception immediately following at Hidden Creeks Ranch. Internment to be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ICARE (Inyo County Animal Shelter).

Alois Benedict Coufal Obituary

Alois Benedict Coufal, age 91, resident of Bishop for 28 years, was born in Brainard Nebraska on April 12, 1927. He passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of March 5, 2019 at Northern Inyo Hospital. He was surrounded by his highest earthly priority, his family.

Al, as most people knew him, was born and raised on a farm in southeastern Nebraska. After a tour of duty in the Army in the Korean War, he returned home to meet his wife-to-be, Phyllis Potter at a church dance and was married shortly thereafter on April 24, 1950. They started their family on their farm near Seward Nebraska, before moving to Southern California in January 1956. They lived in Anaheim from 1960 until they moved to Bishop in 1991.

Besides his family and his church, he loved fishing, his flower garden, and polkas. No matter the need or activity he always had time for his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

He was professionally an auto mechanic and could do anything with his hands. He owned his own gasoline station in LA before going to work for the City of Anaheim. He had a 28-year career with the City of Anaheim as a Fleet Repairman and ultimately as a Shop Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years. He is survived by his 7 children, daughter Irene Miller of Bishop, son Gene (Nancy) Coufal of Bishop, daughter Charlene Coufal (Bruce Burton) of Anaheim, CA, son Mike (Theresa) Coufal of Sun City, CA, son Leon Coufal of Bishop, son Marvin (Kim) Coufal of Norco CA, daughter Judy (Ken) Delu of Lodi, CA; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Miller of New York, NY, Megan Miller (Levi) of Huntington Beach, CA, Emily (Derrick) Johnson of Mammoth Lakes, CA, Liz Coufal of Buena Park, CA, Chas Coufal (Amy) of Bishop, Celiese Yawman of Idyllwild, CA, Jessica (Sean) Gray of Biloxi MS, Amanda and Ashley Delu of Lodi, and Austin Coufal of Norco; and 5 great grandchildren, Maxwell Osendorf, Kyla, Wesley and Lily Johnson, and Devin Yawman.

A Rosary Service and Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial took place at the Line St Cemetery on Friday, March 8.

Danny Dean Sprague obituary

Danny Dean Sprague died at home on February 23, 2019. He was born in Wapato, Washington on June 9, 1932. His parents, Jean L. Sprague, and Edwin A. Sprague and brother, Jack Sprague preceded him in death. He left behind his wife, Kay Sprague, of 57 years, 2 sons, Danny Sprague of Bishop and Brian Sprague of Torrance, 1 daughter, Valerie Behrendt of Bishop as well 1 daughter-in-law, Tracy Sprague and 1 son-in-law, Robert Behrendt as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Rebecca Carlson, Randi Behrendt Hall and her husband, Heath Hall, and Travis Behrendt, Maddie Hall, Kylie Behrendt, Aiden Behrendt, Kinley Behrendt and Keeli Behrendt. His niece Jackie, nephew Steve and their families survive him as well.

In 1960, he graduated from Montana State College, in Bozeman, Montana, after his Honorably discharged from the United States Navy as he serviced during the Korean War. He met Kay while attending college and they married, June 10, 1961. Upon graduation from college, he started his career with Federal Aviation Administration in Spokane, Washington, Palos Verde and Hawthorne, California, until retirement. He and his wife built their retirement home here in Bishop, California in 1993; they have resided in Bishop for 25 years. He was active with the Sierra Flyers for a few years. He volunteered for the Cup of Cold Water later to become Salvation Army Food Bank for many years. He enjoyed talking and meeting people throughout his life. He loved to tell stories and jokes.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Bishop.

Kristerpher John Isbell Obituary

Kristerpher John Isbell passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Kris was born August 4, 1990 here in Bishop, California. He grew up in a large family with many cousins around him. He loved play fighting with his many swords and reading stories about magical, mythical creatures.

He loved music and always dreamed of being in a band with his numerous guitars. He loved collecting cards from Pokémon to Yu-gi-oh to magic cards. He had a passion for going places, loved to camp and recently had gone on vacation with his family to camp at the beach. Kris finished school here in Bishop and went on to attend college at Taft University. After graduating from Taft he moved back to Bishop.

Kris had many friends who loved and cared for him deeply. He will be missed greatly by everyone. Kris leaves behind his loving mother Janie, Grandmother Frances, his many aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and Manny too! Now that the Angels have come for Kris we know he is at peace with the Lord. He will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the East Line Street Cemetery at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kristerpher Isbell Leukemia Fund at El Dorado Bank. A celebration of life for Kris will be held at a later date.

Gina Louise Jourdan Obituary

Gina Louise Jourdan

Gina passed away at home on the morning of Feb.15, 2019 suddenly after a brief illness with her husband at her side. Gina was born Sept. 16, 1974 to Phil and Sharon Hodges in Santa Barbara where she met Brett and were married on Aug. 14, 1999. In 2001 they moved to the Owens Valley settling in Wilkerson. Gina was a cashier at Bishop K-mart for over 16 years and will be deeply missed.

Together Gina and Brett have been growing a large garden and raising chickens selling to local farmers markets. Her sudden passing has been a shock to family and friends.

Proceeded in death by her father Phil Hodges and maternal grandmother Louise Gray both from Santa Barbara, CA. She is survived by her husband of 19 years Brett, mother and stepfather Sharon and Jim Snell of Camarillo, CA, sister and brother-in-law Darnel and Matt Francis and their son Ethan of OR, Uncle Jerry and Gail Gray of Santa Barbara, and in-laws Brian Jourdan of Santa Barbara, Bobbie Jourdan Jr. of Roseville, Bonnie Jordan of Old Station, Bradley Jourdan of Bishop, and best little friend Leelain her Chihuahua.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at Brune Mortuary followed by a graveside service at West Line Street Cemetery.

A celebration of life will take place at VFW # 8988 following the service.

Mary Jeanne Yaeger Obituary

Mary Jeanne Yaeger was called to be with her Heavenly Father on January 22, 2019. She was 90 years old. Mary was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was born in Bessimir, Alabama on September 15, 1928 to Herman and Maydred Bains.

Mary graduated from Blue Mountain College with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Religion. She was employed at Eglin Air Force Base where she met the love of her life, Jack Yaeger. Jack would write her notes and leave them on the windshield of her car. They married in 1959 and spent the next 55 years together.

Mary was the quintessential Southern Lady sharing her kindness, gentleness, laughter, and gracious and warm hospitality with family and friends. After cleaning the kitchen from the evening meal, she would always ask, “Does anyone want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”

She devoted her life to the education of children. Her gift was reaching students and connecting with them on their level. Former students shared how Mrs. Yaeger touched their lives and impacted their future career choices.

Jack and Mary moved to Bishop following their retirement. They spent their golden years fishing the Owens River and spending time with their children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Mary is survived by her children, Julie Smith (Karen) of Los Angeles, Philip Yaeger of Costa Mesa, Jackie Robinson of Bishop, Mary Houghtaling (Jeff) of Crowley Lake, and Jeanne Woo (Jerry) of Mammoth Lakes; grandchildren Dalton, Nicholas, Cassidy, Sarah, Jack and Jade; great grandchildren, Jaxon and Creedence; sistersin-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley and John Allen, Marge and Dick Cole, Nancy Yaeger, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Jack Yaeger, predeceased her in September 2014. Mary’s strength came from her deep faith and she was a sweet Southern child of God. Her funeral will be Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Reception to follow at Whiskey Creek at 12 p.m.

Sean Van Maanen Obituary

Sean Donald Van Maanen or Sean Don as his family called him 26, of Bishop California died February 11, 2019 at his home. Sean was born April 3, 1992 in Sonora California and then moved to the Bishop area shortly after with his family. Sean attended Bishop Elemtary, Home Street Middle School and JKBS. Sean enjoyed working, riding and working on his bike, and hanging out with his friends and family.

Sean is survived by his Mother Brenda Van Maanen and her husband Bobby Shunkwiler of Bishop, his Father Donald Goss and Candy Cotton of Long Beach, his Biological father and step mother Robert and Pam Ferguson of Apple Valley. His Brothers and Sister, Jason Park, Julie Park, Jonny Park, Casey Van Maanen, Scott Van Maanen and Thomas Van Maanen all of Bishop. His sister and Brother in laws Jenny Park, Brandy Park, Rachel O’Leary, Stu Butterfield and Tom Smith of Bishop. His Neices and Nephews Michael Maxey-Park, Brandon Bissel, Jason Park, Lexi Park and Hailey O’Leary. The love of his life Jackie and her 4 beautiful children Dominick, Kirsten, Scarlet and Layla. Aunt and Uncle Verna and Chris Zak. Cousins Laura, Brad and Tyler and their children. Step brothers and sisters Lisa and Chris Johnston, Sierra, Starla and Ashley Shunkwiler. Step neices and nephews Darren, Levi, Hunter, Delaney, Chet, Demi, Ruby, Kaiya, Draiden and Brinley. And numerous great aunts and uncles aross Iowa, Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin.

Sean was preceaded in death by his grandparents Garret and Birdy Van Maanen, Elmer and Ester Goss, step father Raymond Charlie, Step brother Danny Charlie, cousin Ryan Temeyer and his nephew Robert Bar.

Celebration of life will be held on March 2nd 2019 at 1:00 at Izaak Walton Park in Bishop.

James “Jim” Tatum (1958-2019) Obituary

James “Jim” Tatum, age 60, passed away on January 27th. He was surrounded by family at his home in Bishop as he concluded his courageous battle with cancer.

Jim, a lifetime Bishop resident, was an incredible husband, father, brother, and community contributor. His love of the local community was evident in all of his professional and personal endeavors where he always went above and beyond to do for others. His accomplishments were numerous across his career: as a rancher, in his 20-year tenure as the CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds, as the Inyo County Deputy Public Works Director, and most recently as the Bishop City Administrator. His generous and make-it-happen spirit could also be seen in his roles as a Bishop Little League and Bishop Union High School Baseball Coach, a member of the local school board, and the beloved “tractor man” at the California High School Rodeo State Finals and other fair arena events. He was also known for his witty and playful sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and that unmistakeable whistle while he walked. His impact on the community will be enduring, but his presence will be sorely missed.

Jim’s loving family will continue to carry forward his memory, values, and commitment to community. They include his wife, Donna Tatum; daughter and son-in-law Kelsie Tatum Martinez and Jaime Martinez; son and future daughter-in-law Keith Tatum and Sara Galligher; brother and sister-in-law Von and Jayne Tatum; brother Lee Tatum; his family in-love, Polly, Larry, and Robert Renfro and Linda Holcomb; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Tatum of Bishop.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim on Sunday, February 10th at 1pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Jim’s memory to either the Bishop Union High School Jim Tatum Memorial Scholarship (301 North Fowler Street, Bishop, CA 93514) or the Friends of the Tri-County Fair Jim Tatum Memorial Fund (PO Box 607, Bishop, CA 93515).