Friday, 04 December 2020

Obits

Quedellis “Rick” Walker. Courtesy photo.

LOWER LAKE, Calif. – Quedellis “Rick” Walker passed away on Nov. 21, 2020, in Lower Lake.

He was born on Dec. 31, 1955, 19 minutes before the New Year, to William and Myrtle Walker in San Francisco, California.

He is survived by his mother, Myrtle, his son William, daughter-in-law, Jenna, and his two granddaughters, Ava and Vivienne; brothers, Kenneth and Orlando and Tony; sisters Pamela, Sandra, Crystal, Pat and Diane. He was a loving uncle and friend to many.

With a great life comes a great loss, as Rick made his mark on this world in a profound way.

Growing up, Rick’s parents instilled in him the value of drive and hard work. The family resided in East Palo Alto, and Rick eventually became a skilled mechanic. But it was a circumstance beyond his control that changed his life’s path.

In 1991, Rick was wrongfully incarcerated for a murder he did not commit and served 12 years in prison until his exoneration in June of 2003. It was then that Rick decided that he would use his experience to help others wrongfully convicted and fight for justice, becoming a beacon of light for the innocence movement.

He spent the rest of his life speaking publicly at various colleges and summits, working with the Innocence Project, becoming treasurer of Exonerated Nation and serving on the board at Drew Health Foundation, all while going back to work as a mechanic, until he retired in Lower Lake.

In his spare time, Rick enjoyed working on cars, fishing, home projects and being with his family. Rick passionately believed that knowledge is power, doled out hefty doses of tough love and wise words.

He was a skilled artist, whether it was with the stroke of a pencil, the composition of a letter or the design of a garden; it was something he loved sharing with his son, granddaughters and loved ones.

His granddaughters, his legacy, held a special place in his heart, and he looked upon them with a perfect love and adoration.

With a voice that could fill a room and a laugh that will forever echo in our hearts, he will be missed every day he is not on this earth.

Due to coronovirus, private services will be held.

Michael Felton. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – In loving memory of Michael Jay Felton, Nov. 27, 1950, to Nov. 10, 2020.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Terri Lynne Felton of 37 years; two children, Breanna Michelle Felton and Cole Michael Felton; and granddaughter, Jayla-Lynne’ Arrington.

Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved anything and everything outdoors.

He was born as a local Northern Californian in Sonoma; along with his family he ventured into hunting, fishing and exploring at an early age. He continued using the outdoorsman skills throughout his life to care for his family as well as pass down the lifestyle.

Mike was quiet, reserved and intelligent, with amazing character and ethic. He is highly respected by his peers at Sutter Lakeside hospital where he worked for 35 years. He was taken suddenly after a quick battle with cancer.

Mike was predeceased by his father, Forrest Wendel Felton; mother, Betty Frances (Moore) Felton; and sister, Dale (Guglielmi) Felton. He will be dearly missed by his family and every person that had the pleasure of having him in their life.

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

Charles M. Crofoot. Courtesy photo.

Charles M. Crofoot
Sept. 7, 1939 – Oct. 18, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – Charles M. Crofoot, 81, passed away on Oct. 18, 2020, at home.

Charles was born Sept. 7, 1939, in San Diego, California, to Charles and Mildred Crofoot. He grew up in San Diego and Rodeo, moving to Cobb in his junior year of high school.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and family gatherings, and was known for his sense of humor.

He worked for Kelseyville Lumber and Foremost Dairy prior to owning and operating Crofoot’s Chevron & Tow Service, retiring in 2001.

Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, J’net; daughters, Donna Crofoot and Penny McIntosh (husband Robert); grandsons, Charles Matteo (Shayla), Joshua McIntosh, Jonathon Seda (Kimberly) and Robbie McIntosh (Katelyn); and great-granddaughter, Emma Charlie Seda.

His wishes were to be cremated and his ashes spread in Crofoot Gulch. No services are planned.

Angelique “Gigi” Antonich. Courtesy photo.

Angelique A. ‘Gigi’ (Guilhot) Antonich
Oct. 28, 1960 – Oct. 17, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Gigi passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

She was born, along with her twin brother Tony, to Daniel Guilhot and Judith (Haslett) Guilhot of Burlingame, California.

One of three children, she was raised on the Peninsula and attended Carlmont High School class of 1979.

She moved to Oregon and married George Antonich and worked with him in his family’s restaurants.

She moved back to the Bay Area in the 1980s and for many years, managed her brother Tony’s “Chayitos” restaurants in San Carlos, San Mateo and Fremont.

She then worked for the Twain Harte Unified School District as a paraprofessional teachers assistant and then for Bayberry Inc. in Clearlake as a supportive living coordinator. She excelled at comforting people in need and lifting them up to make them feel special and loved.

She is survived by her father, Daniel Guilhot and his son Alexander Guilhot of Somerset; her mother, Judith Lovell (Larry) of Twain Harte; her twin brother, “Daniel “Tony” Guilhot and her niece Anee Guilhot of San Mateo; her sister, Michelle McCumber (Chuck) of Livermore; her stepfather, Ray Silva of Union City and Aunt Leah-Rae Silva of Santa Rosa; Linda Lovell, Don (Victoria), Conner Lovell, Michael (Michele), Tori, Dillon and Amanda Lovell all of San Mateo; Uncle George Cole of San Carlos; Cindy Cole, Nikki, Camille, Jennifer, Keith and Katherine Harrison and Jim Mocci family of Northern California.

She lived her life with her Catholic faith, charity for all people and animals and the love for her family and friends in her heart.

Our family is heartbroken over her untimely passing and will not be the same without her beautiful laugh, high energy and happy smile.

God Bless You, Gigi, until we all meet again, somewhere over the rainbow. Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, for lovers and dreamers like us.

Donations may be made to any local SPCA or Humane Society to support animals displaced by wildfires. Please consider adopting or supporting a pet to give and receive the love we all deserve and need in honor of Gigi’s life.

JoAnn Deacon. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Born on Feb. 21, 1924, in Oakland, California, JoAnn (Franzman) Deacon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

She is held in loving memory by her children and their spouses, Cathy and Murray Pulse, Ron and Jenny Deacon, Don and Saro Deacon; her grandchildren and their spouses, Zoe and Larry Richardson, Ariana and Dammeon Wills, Jody and Missy Pulse, Jesse and Julie Pulse; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Kiana, Samaya, Jazmyn,Treysen, Kate and Colin; and nieces and nephews, Jay, Marjean (Johnson), Lita Clapper and John, Clyde and Ann (Munsey).

JoAnn grew up in Oakland and learned to play the piano and cello. She was in her own band that played at school dances and on the Cal Band where she met her future husband.

On May 28, 1942, she married Lawrence Sheldon Deacon and after his discharge from the Army they settled in San Lorenzo, California.

In the 1950s, JoAnn's father financed and the family built a summer home in the Terraces of Lakeport using adobe bricks made on her husband’s family farm in Scotts Valley. Many summers were spent here entertaining family and friends.

After her three children entered elementary school, she completed her credential in 1961 and started teaching first and second grade. JoAnn retired from teaching and moved to Lake County but continued to be active in education, volunteering in elementary classrooms (including her daughter’s class) and with the literacy program.

She was also active in the retired teacher’s association whereas she received the state’s prestigious Ruth Q. de Prida Award.

As an avid walker, she participated along with her daughter in 5K walking events and won many first place ribbons for her age class!

JoAnn and her husband enjoyed travels to distant parts of the world, including China, Egypt, European countries, Africa and more.

She saw many changes in her lifetime and adapted with humor, strength and grace.

JoAnn will be lovingly remembered by many family, friends and all the fine folks at Studebaker’s coffee house where she could be found “holding court” weekday mornings!

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

A. L. Reynolds and one of his beloved dogs. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – A. L. Reynolds, Jr., 79, of Lakeport passed away suddenly on Nov. 1, 2020.

Al was born in Gallatin, Missouri, on Dec. 21, 1940, to Alva Lee Reynolds Sr. and Virginia Lee (Reynolds) Eastwood.

Al moved to Lakeport where he started the first grade, graduating from Willows High School.

After graduation, Al enlisted in the United States Marine Corp serving from 1959 to 1962 at Camp Pendleton. During this time he was deployed to the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was proud to be a United States Marine.

In 1961 he married his best friend and love of his life, Judie (Zuur) Reynolds.

Al and Judie had a wonderful marriage of 59 years and were blessed with four children, two girls and two boys. They lived most of their early marriage in Santa Rosa, raising their children where Al worked as a parts runner for Bishop-Hansel Ford before becoming a parts manager. Al worked for several Ford agencies retiring his career at Ukiah Ford.

In 1982 Al wanted to move back to Lakeport where he grew up. Al opened the Bicycle Rack; he and Judie together were co-founders of the first BMX race track in Lakeport.

Upon retirement he enjoyed watching his boys play sports, becoming a papa, collecting Roy Rogers memorabilia, volunteering at the senior center, delivering flowers for Flowers by Jackie, ushering at St. Mary's church and volunteering at the California Highway Patrol office in Lake County.

Al was a very active and youthful guy. He enjoyed many things: camping, fishing, dirt bike riding, 1970s Oakland A's games, driving race cars at the Lakeport Speedway, walking his dog Bodie, and restoring many old cars over his lifetime. Al played an integral role in bringing CYO basketball to St. Rose school.

What made Al the happiest was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alva Sr. and Virginia; his son, Kyle Reynolds; and sister, Rita Collins.

Al is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judie Reynolds; his daughters, Kristin Reynolds and Kelly (Robert) Schmidt; son, Kory (Julie) Reynolds; brothers, Monte Reynolds, Gary Eastwood and Jerry Eastwood; sisters, Verna Petershon; nine grandchildren, Justin, Jennifer, Kari, Meghan, Jason, Hillary, Katie, Kelcie and Kortnie; nine great-grandchildren; aunt, Shirley Ray; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; and dear friends.

Family prefers donations in his memory be made to the Kyle Reynolds Basketball Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1312 Lakeport, CA 95453.

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


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