Friday, 18 September 2020


Donald D. Treppa. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Donald D. Treppa was born May 23, 1933, and passed on June 27, 2020. He was the oldest member of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake.

Donald was born in Napa, California, and was raised in Upper Lake and San Francisco.

Donald was a Korean War Veteran who served from 1953 to 1955. On his return home from the war, he referred to his service as “Just returned from hell 53-54-55”.

He was a great deer hunter, master of a John Deere backhoe, and rode a Gold Wing motorcycle 87,000 miles across the USA. He was a licensed excavation contractor, who worked in Lake and Sonoma counties and the Mendocino National Forest.

Donald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patti (Schellinger) Treppa; his daughters, Kathleen Treppa and Marchelle Treppa; and his granddaughter, McKenzie Boyle.

Private interment will be at Hartley Cemetery in Veteran’s Circle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Lake Pomo Native Family Statue.

Make checks payable to “Friends of Lake County Museum” located at 256 N. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Annelies Jefferson. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Annelies Jefferson, age 84, went to be with the Lord on June 3, 2020, at her home surrounded by her daughters and family in Clearlake. God took her peacefully in her sleep.

Annelies was the devoted mother of Barbara, Linda, Dorothy, Diana and Cynthia. Loving grandma to Clint, Eric, Eli, Jessie, Mitchell, Richard, Kenny, Stuart, Teddy, Daniel, Taylor, Michael, Coral, Melissa and Derric. She had great love for her 21 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many special loved ones and lifelong friendships. Annelies wanted all of her family to know how deeply she loved each one of them.

She was born Maria Annelies Malburg on Aug. 31, 1935, in Dresden, East Germany. Her parents were Thekla and Helmut Domagala. Helmut adopted Annelies at the age of 7, changing her last name to Domagala. She was an only child.

In 1945, Dresden was bombed, destroying most of her hometown. The family fled in the middle of the night, hiding in the forest. Her father bought a gypsy wagon, loading up their belongings and hiring farmers to pull the wagon from town to town until they arrived at Langendiebach, Germany.

Annelies attended an all-girls private school and was well educated. She loved reading from a young age and taking walks in the forest with her German Shepherd. Annelies chose to attend nursing school after high school, working in pediatrics. She was a nanny during this time as well.

She met her husband in Nuremberg, Germany, who was stationed there in the Army. The couple moved with their firstborn, Barbara, to Riverside, California, in 1958, where they lived at Sherman Indian School for eight years. They were blessed with four more daughters during this time.

Annelies worked at two different convalescent hospitals while the girls were young. As an independent mother, Annelies provided for and instilled a deep strength of character within her daughters. She later became an optometrist assistant for 13 years, moving on to own an optical shop in Huntington Beach, California. She eventually followed her daughters to Clearlake where she spent the rest of her life loving her growing family.

She spent her years in Clearlake raising grandchildren, tending to her flowers and yard. She loved flowers so much and planted a great variety wherever she lived along with fruit trees. She loved crocheting scarves and hats for her family.

She had a kind and gentle heart who took in others along their journey. She treasured her daughters and truly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She made friends everywhere she went. All who loved her deeply will never forget her tenacity, charm, wisdom, friendship and undying love for them.

She was one of the strongest women we have ever known. She wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything. Through her example, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like.

Annelies will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, humor, love of art, classical music and dancing. She was a wise and incredible woman.

A celebration of life will be held at noon on July 9. We will gather at 11444 Lakeshore Drive Clearlake. A reception will follow at the location and Rev. Chris Massingill will officiate.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Patsy Armstrong-Crump. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Patsy Ellen Armstrong-Crump, loving daughter, wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.

Born Nov. 4, 1947, in Blytheville, Arkansas to James Henry and Willie May Armstrong, died June 25th, 2020, age 72, at home with her family by her side. She had lived in Lake County for 32 years.

Patsy was a loving mother, nana and wife for more than 50 years. Her favorite love was being a mother and a nana. She loved her family and especially the holidays and family gatherings. Cooking for the family and everyone being together was everything to her. Favorite memories are fishing with her grandchildren and having water balloon fights.

Patsy leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Clifton Harrison Crump; daughter, Tammie Widener and son-in-law Tony Widener with grandchildren, Derek Crump and Jacob Widener (Brittany) and great-granddaughter, Madelyn Crump; son, Dwight Crump with grandchildren, Cassie Jones (George), Amber and Dalton Crump and great-granddaughters, Riley and Maci; nephews, Michael Armstrong (Lancy), Chuck, Gary and Eric Armstrong; nieces, Jamie, Theresa, Vanessa and Kim.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Franklin James Armstrong, Charles Henry Armstrong, Billy Gene Armstrong, Wayne Alfred Armstrong; and sisters, Martha Carol Martin and Carolyn Louise Armstrong.

Her wishes were to be cremated and to have a private family gathering at a later date when all of her grandchildren can be together.

Donations can be made in Patsy's memory to Hospice Services of Lake County 1862 Parallel Drive Lakeport, CA 95453.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Steve Lugger. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Steve John Lugger, “The Legend,” was born June 5, 1950, in Pittsburg, California.

Steve joins his parents, John and Adeline Lugger; sister, Suzette Dupont; brother, William Lugger; and son, Jonathon Lugger in rest.

As a lifetime resident of Lake County, Steve was great at basketball and was voted best looking in high school.

Saying Steve had a love for hunting and fishing is an understatement. He was a master duck caller/hunter, loved guns and enjoyed participating in the Old West Days.

Steve had a great smile, loved to joke and was a grand storyteller.

Steve is survived by his sister, Trudy Lugger; sons, Jeremy William Lugger and Jared Steven Paz; niece, Laura Lamus; nephew, Adam Lugger; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services have not yet been determined.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Robert Ruddock. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Robert Allan Ruddock, born on Dec. 18, 1927, to Rodney and Iva (Halstead) Ruddock, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2020, at the age of 92.

Bob lived a long and full life and witnessed many historical events. He was born, raised and lived in Lake County most of his life.

During the Great Depression, he ran trap lines, with his brother, Rodney, and they would literally run down roadrunners to sell. They worked alongside their father to provide for the family and they worked in San Francisco building houses in the 1930s.

Bob served in the US Army during World War II from April 18, 1946, to Sept. 27, 1947. He was overseas from Aug. 6, 1946, to Aug. 14, 1947, as part of the Peacekeeping Force at the end of World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal – Japan.

He was one of the only ones with a hunting license during his tour in Korea during World War II. He would hunt for his fellow troops and the villagers. He had great respect for the Korean people he helped liberate from Japan.

When the Korean War broke out, Bob enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Navy from Feb. 2, 1951, to Feb. 3, 1955. He was stationed aboard the USS Ouachita County (LST-1071), which was part of the US Atlantic Fleet. He was part of the Deck and Gunnery Division. He was the sailor that fired the three 40 mm heavy guns at the front of the ship.

He would tell stories about how those guns could really put down the lead and how the barrels would have to be changed when they got hot and would bend. He would just switch over to the next one while the crew changed out the barrel. He also served as a helmsman when the guns were not being used. He held the rank of Boatswain’s Mate Third Class and received the National Defense Service Medal. He loved his country and his freedoms.

After the war Bob returned home to Lakeport where he met his wife Joanne. They were married March 23, 1957, and recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary. He built their home in Scotts Valley in 1960 and lived there the rest of his life.

He was a great farmer who grew pears and walnuts for 50 years. Together with his wife he raised two children, son Joseph (Joe) and daughter Robin. He served on several boards, including the Scotts Valley Fruit Exchange and the Hartley Cemetery Board.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He would tell stories of his great adventures with his brothers and friends on elk and deer hunts. He loved to go salmon fishing in Fort Bragg on the Telstar. He was a devoted and wonderful husband and the greatest father anyone could have had.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Rodney and Iva (Halstead) Ruddock; both his brothers and sisters-in-law, Rodney and Jane and Tom and Judy; his nephew, Steve; and his nieces, Debbie and Toni Lynne.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Butler) Ruddock; son, Joseph (Joe) Ruddock; daughter, Robin Ruddock Borre; son-in-law, Steve Borre; grandson, Rene Borre; nephew, William (Rusty) Ruddock; nieces, Janice (Ruddock) Calogianes and Barbara (Ruddock) Rawlins; and great-nieces and great-nephew, Kimberly (Marsh) Covella, Jeni Ruddock and Mike Ruddock, as well as great-great-nieces and great-great-nephew.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Kenneth L. Wicks Sr. Courtesy photo.

Kenneth L. Wicks Sr.
June 26, 1932 – June 17, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Life-long Lake County resident Ken Wicks returns home.

Predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Barbara Wicks; his sisters, Virginia (Joseph Buffum) and Joanne (Dave Jorgenson); nephew, David Jorgenson; and former wife, Verna Wicks-DeMartino.

Ken is survived by his sister, Marilyn Wilmes (Jack); his son, Ken Wicks Jr.; his daughters, Ann Neumann (Paul) and Mary Smith (Uel); nieces and nephews, Jim Buffum (Lori), Nancy Anderson (Ken), Lynn Jorgenson, Ken Jorgenson, Susan Wood (Scott), Diane Mack ( Doyle), Rose Zavala (Joaquin), Vernon (Dee) Moreno, Felipe Moreno and Gloria Arias; and his grandchildren, Jeremy W., Christina N., and Greg N.

Ken was born and raised in Kelseyville and was proud to call Lake County his home. As a young man, he had a curious spirit which led him to become a craftsman of many disciplines. He learned mechanics from his father (Wicks Garage, Kelseyville) which he eventually used as an aircraft mechanic during the Korean War. When his service time was over, he returned to Lake County to tend to his family and eventually start one of his own.

Early on Ken took up an interest in surveying and civil engineering, which led him into a 35-year career; 26 of them were spent with the county of Lake. He was proud of his profession. Like many others who contributed to Public Works during those years, you can find his work throughout the county in almost every town, subdivision, street and bridge or capital project.

He believed that Lake County deserved the best possible services, so he strived to give it his best every day when he walked into the courthouse.

As an avid outdoorsman, Ken loved the variety of activities that Lake County provided. Whether it was sailing on the lake, fishing for trout, hunting game, playing golf, gardening or spending time with his family, Ken always remarked on how great it was to live in a place where a person could “stretch out and enjoy the land.”

Of his many talents, one attribute rises to the top. Ken had the remarkable ability to design and build practically anything he set his mind to. Whether it was mechanics, construction, boat-building, fly-tying, rod-gun and bow construction, leatherwork, minor blacksmithing, husbandry or other such hobbies he had an interest in, he had the capability of learning and producing almost everything. For fun, he would occasionally tear apart a pocket watch and rebuild it much like 3D puzzles just because he was fascinated by the complexities. Amazing.

Ken now enjoys the amenities of another great outdoors, and we rejoice in his peace. He was a wonderful person and his presence will be greatly missed. We love him very much and we feel blessed for having him as part of our family.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Upcoming Calendar

09.19.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
09.20.2020 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Democratic Party virtual fundraiser 
09.22.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers’ Finest Tuesday market
09.22.2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lakeport Police medication collection
09.23.2020 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Library hosts ‘Zoom with the Director’ 
09.24.2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lakeport Police medication collection
09.24.2020 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dine Out with Hospice
09.26.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
09.29.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers’ Finest Tuesday market
09.29.2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lakeport Police medication collection

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