Friday, 18 September 2020


Robert Young Jr. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Robert D. Young Jr., age 60, passed away peacefully at his residence in the Hidden Valley Lake Ranchos on March 12, 2020.

Bob was born in Oakland, California, on Aug. 1, 1959, and lived in the Oakland Hills and Moraga until his family moved to Barcelona, Spain in 1972.

He attended the American School of Barcelona and became fluent in Spanish during his two years there. While in Spain, he played on a Spanish semi-pro baseball team, enjoyed visiting the many architectural sites and soaking up the culture. The medieval castles were a favorite as was the opportunity to travel throughout several other European countries.

In the summer of 1974, his family returned to the states and located in Walnut Creek, California.

Bob finished high school and started junior college at Diablo Valley Junior College after which he transferred to Sacramento State where he received his bachelor’s degree in geology. During the summertime, he bought and refurbished cars for resale and also worked as a roofer to help pay college expenses.

Upon graduation of college, Bob pursued his career in the geothermal industry with Freeport McMoran drilling company as a "mud logger." He also spent time on Ascension Island drilling. Later he was employed by Calpine Corp. and worked in steam field operations, power plant operations and as a wireline supervisor. In 2009, Bob took a position with Northern California Power Agency as the steam field facility manager where he was responsible for overseeing all facility departments, including 72 geothermal wells and two power plants.

When he first moved to Lake County in 1985, he met his wife Heidi, and was married July 18, 1987, purchased a house on Cobb Mountain and started a family. In 1992, he bought a five-acre parcel in the HVL Ranchos and built a house, raised three kids, had horses, chickens, dogs, cats, pigs and a goat just to name a few. He resided there for the remainder of his life.

Bob was a very hard worker and an all-around outdoors man. In particular, he loved hunting and fishing. He loved fly fishing and spent quite a bit of time fishing in the Mt. Shasta area with his sons and took several trips to Alaska fishing with his family and friends. He was a lifelong member of the North End Duck Club where he had spent time duck hunting and playing dominoes since six years of age. Other favorite hobbies were golf, snow skiing, boating, hiking and horseback riding.

He loved playing and watching sports of every kind. He was an avid 49er and Giants fan. He also volunteered his time coaching his kids’ Little League teams as well as taught PE classes to a group of homeschool kids.

In 2016, Bob had the privilege to take a trip to Lampang, Thailand with his wife to visit their daughter who worked there. He enjoyed this extraordinarily beautiful country and especially loved the temples and amazing food.

Bob was exceptionally handy and capable of accomplishing anything he wanted or needed to do. First and foremost, he was a devoted family man. He was a loving husband and father who cherished his family above all else. He was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by wife, Heidi Young; children, Nicole Young, Robbie Young and Wyatt Young; and sisters, Laurie Young and Monique Young. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Young and Marge Young.

Memorial service to be announced at a later time due to COVID-19 via Chapel of the Lakes website.

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

Ronald Yoder. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Ronald Richard Yoder passed away peacefully on April 17, 2020, at his beloved lakefront home with his wife and daughters at his side.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Harold Richard Yoder; mother, Leonora Jean Laurila; and sister, Kathleen Ennis.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Yoder; daughters, Leslie Wolski and Alison Zander; sons-in-law, Kevin Wolski and Brian Zander; six grandchildren, Audrey, Jake, Zack, Marcus, Maggie and Riley; and his brother, William Yoder.

Ron was born in Berkeley, California, in 1944. He lived in the Bay Area as a young boy and moved to Sonoma County as a teen where he attended Analy High School and proudly played for the undefeated 1958 Analy Tigers football team.

Ron met Katherine in 1962 at the Russian River Rio Nido dance and they married in 1967 soon after he returned from serving in the Army in Germany, where he was a decorated sharpshooter.

Ron served as a law enforcement officer from 1968 to 1999, first with the SFPD and then the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Ron was a well-respected and highly regarded sergeant known for remaining calm and collected when under pressure.

While working for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and Master of Arts in adult fitness from Sonoma State University. His master’s project was a comprehensive fitness manual for criminal justice officers.

After retiring from the SCSO Ron worked as a substitute teacher for a time and enjoyed participating in triathlons with his daughters and traveling with his wife.

In his sixties Ron embarked on his second career with the Lake County Community Development Department where he worked as a planning and stormwater consultant certified in erosion, sediment and stormwater. He also volunteered with the Lake County Resource Conservation District.

The only thing Ron enjoyed more than work was his family. Summer at the lake you could find him with the kids, grandkids, extended family and friends on the dock, swimming and at the barbecue.

He was a diehard fan when it came to his grandkids’ sporting events and he could be counted on to cheer louder than anyone else in the stands.

Ron “KoKo” Yoder will be dearly missed by his family. However, the example he set, the strength he exuded, the lessons he taught and the memories made will be cherished forever.

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

Edna Mae Harrison. Courtesy photo.

Born as Edna Mae Harris on January 13, 1936, leaving this earth on April 14, 2020.

Edna grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and then migrated to San Francisco, California, alongside her brother, Bobbie Brown.

She graduated from Galileo High School and went on to become an 18-plus year veteran nurse at San Francisco General Hospital before she retired.

She had three children, Gregory, Gary and Felicia.

Edna later met and then married Henry Harrison, who also had three children, Herman, Michael, and Carmen, becoming a big blended family.

About 1986 they moved to Nice, California, modeling for the prestige social club “Ladies of the Lake” and later as a volunteer for Hospice Thrift Store for over 20 years.

She is survived by her remaining four children, Gary Polk, Herman Harrison, Michael Harrison, and Carmen Harrison; grandchildren, Marcus, Kesha, Nikki, Sparkle, Nathen, Ernest, Tandem, Lena, Andrew, Vincent and Martin; and her beloved many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered most by her beautiful smile, her devotion to her family, her amazing sense of style, and her ability to make any and everyone feel welcomed.

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

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Corazon Vallente passed April 9, 2020.

Devoted wife to Manuel, loving mother to Mary and Manuelito, and affectionate grandmother to Daniel and Emma.

She was born in the Philippines and moved to Kelseyville in 1971.

She was committed to family and gardening.

Cora was a strong, loyal and determined woman.

Services to be announced.

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

Richard Oleson. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Richard A. Oleson passed away on April 23, 2020, in Lakeport.

He was born June 24, 1932, in Sheridan, Oregon.

Richard was a wonderful husband to Frances, and loving father to Larry, Michael, Todd and Tara.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Richard retired as an aerospace microelectronics manager.

He was just a really great guy!

Helen Layne. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Beloved wife, mother, and friend, Helen Mae (Wunderlich) Layne passed away in the early hours of March 31, 2020.

Born in San Mateo, California, on March 2, 1942, Helen attended Our Lady of Angels Catholic School in Burlingame before moving to Lake County during her junior year of high school.

She graduated from Lower Lake High School in 1960 and soon after married her high school sweetheart, Ron Layne.

After living on the East Coast while Ron was in the Army, they settled in the Santa Rosa area. and Helen held various secretarial jobs while focusing on raising three children: Robert Layne, Maureen Layne Waddle and Christopher Layne.

In 1977, they returned to their beloved Lake County. Helen worked for Konocti Unified School District for 26 years before retiring.

A faithful member of the Catholic Church, Helen could often be found working with the children and the first communion classes.

She and Ron were active members of the Clearlake community and then split time between Clearlake and Arizona during their retirement.

Helen is survived by her husband, Ronald Layne; her sister, Annmarie Schaffer; her children and their spouses Rob (Beth), Maureen (Sean) and Chris (Deb); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be arranged at a future date.

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