Friday, 12 July 2024


Jason Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Jason Charles Mitchell born Dec. 1, 1973, passed away on July 22, 2023.

Jason was born in Santa Rosa, California, and passed away in Anchorage, Alaska.

He moved a lot as a kid but finally settled in the Sonoma County area of California for the longest portion of his life.

He spent most of his high school years at Analy high School but eventually graduated from Santa Rosa high School.

For most of his life he worked in the water industry. But was one of the best automotive troubleshooters there was. If he didn't know, he knew Google would. He wasn't afraid to learn new things and pass on to others what he knew.

Jason Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Jason first met his wife Nicole (Nikki) in high school. After dating for three years, they went separate ways, until they reunited after they both had children, and created their own blended family.

Jason was smitten over his wife. He loved her with all he had. His kids meant the world to him. He was complete when everyone was together.

Jason loved passionately. He lived for his family and his friends. Many of his friends he never met. He had a huge family of off-road friends online that held him up when he was struggling and celebrated when he succeeded. The friendships he made spanned over many years. When he was your friend, it was for life. His closest friends knew how much he loved them even if they didn't talk every day. To be Jason's friend, meant you would always have a true friend. He made many memories with the people he loved and it's truly difficult to go anywhere without thinking of him.

Jason had a knack for making the world laugh. His laugh was contagious and goofy. He would do anything for those he loved and never wanted anyone to be blue. He certainly had his stubborn moments and was hard-headed, but his loving, loyal and witty self always prevailed.

He was unique and often marched to the beat of his own drum, not worried about what people thought. He was “OK with that.” Jason always had a joke to tell or a meme to pass along.

Jason Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Jason enjoyed so many things including off-roading, a good game of Zelda or clash of clans, BBQing, and fabricating just about anything. He loved music and spending time with his family and friends. He was industrious and clever, and always had a plan for something brewing in his mind but would leave us all in suspense wondering what it was. He had the best surprises for people and put thought into every gift he gave.

The loss of Jason leaves an emptiness that will never be filled again. He was one of a kind. But the one thing he would tell us all is that we need to "motor on, come awn" and live life the best we all can. His time with us was short but he lived that time to the fullest, always planning, dreaming, and living his best life.

Jason leaves behind his loving wife, Nicole (Nikki); brother, Tommy and sister-in-law Fallon; twin boys, Andy and David; and daughter, Katelyn and son-in-law William. Katelyn and William were just two months away from giving birth to Jason’s first grandchild, Stella, something he was so excited about. He also leaves behind cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends who were part of his family.

Services will be at Jones & Lewis in Lower Lake on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the Schoolhouse Museum in Lower Lake from noon to 3 p.m.

Jason Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Dave Hemenway. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Born with the lofty name of Walter David Hemenway the third, he preferred Dave, but most people over the last several years just called him Papa and he loved it.

The following summary is accurately recounted with a wink and a smile, and would have received a chuckle from him.

A local from birth, Papa spent his childhood innocently terrorizing the streets of Kelseyville with his flock of siblings and friends. He graduated from Kelseyville Union High School in 1966.

He worked, played and irritated the local constabulary with poorly conceived yet funny antics, most of which contained a selection of cars, women, booze, Gary and\or George.

He loved racing cars, cold beer, racing boats, warm beer, skiing competitions, women and free beer.

He learned to fix anything with a motor at the hip of Fred Fedderson. He was an active part of the Kelseyville community through politics, Wild West days, all the way to being a Boy Scout leader as an adult.

Papa served with distinction and honor with the Army’s 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He didn’t like to tell people about it, so neither will I.

He helped or tried to help everyone he met. He loved to learn and loved to educate. He made friends with everyone, including one somewhat baffled, but very pleased taxi cabdriver in Havana.

Papa has four or five ex-wives, all of whom were the love of his life. He was a single father off and on to a passel of children, some of whom he fathered, one his daughter brought home, and more than a few who he raised with all of the love in his heart. They in turn have given him some really smart, gorgeous, intelligent and in some cases, furry grandchildren.

At the time of his death, Papa left 32 flashlights, 973 batteries, four generators, three ditch bags, enough gauze and tourniquets to appropriately stock a wartime ER, and other various items that will be handy in the zombie apocalypse.

The stories I know are multitude and many not fit for general audiences, but come by and I will tell them to you over an Old Fashioned or two.

In lieu of flowers that will just die or set off allergies, please make a donation to the Veterans Museum in Lakeport, or your local watering hole. Please don’t forget to tip your bartender. Especially if she is pretty, it’s what Papa would have wanted.

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

William Rees. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — William Burton Rees III was born on Aug. 6, 1942, and entered into rest on July 14, 2023.

Bill was an honorable man. He served his country and was a proud Marine Corps veteran.

He was also a firefighter and EMT for the Upper Lake Fire Department for 15 years.

Bill was a wonderful friend and will be missed.

Graveside funeral service will be held at Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport on Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m.

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

Grant Gardner
Nov. 25, 1959 – July 12, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Grant passed from an accident after a longtime struggle with multiple sclerosis.

Grant lived in Lakeport for 56 years, and worked for Cooper Construction and Piedmont Lumber.

He loved his Harley and is once again able to ride. Grant was dearly loved and will be missed.

He is survived by a daughter; mother, Carol (Mal) Cooper; siblings, Joe (Luisa) Cooper and Colleen (Thad) Henninger; nieces/nephews, Jerry (Silvia) Gradner and Jasmine (Aaron) Hodges and his loving cat, Puppy.

He is predeceased by his brother, Kevin.

A celebration of life will take place on Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeview Beach Terrace Association at 4770 Lakeshore Boulevard in Lakeport.

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

Peggy Schroeder. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Peggy was born in Oakland, California, on Aug. 31, 1943.

She lived in El Cerrito, and then moved to Clearlake, California. Where she grew up. She attended and graduated from local schools, and still enjoyed going to “old timers” weekend every year with friends from lower Lake high school.

She belonged to Clearlake Horsemens Association for almost 40 years, and in her younger days enjoyed going on pack trips into the wilderness every year with the group.

She and Buck put on many rides for the club over the years, but by far the most popular one is the one at High Serenity Ranch in Clearlake Oaks. It was considered a “luxury” ride, as it had bathrooms and indoor plumbing!

As she got older, and her health would not permit her to ride anymore, she enjoyed reading and sewing. Peggy belongs to both Konocti Quilters and Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild.

She enjoyed making quilts, and most of all loved doing machine embroidery. It was so fun for her to make things for her children and grandchildren.

Peggy leaves behind her four daughters, Debra Schroeder, Denise (spouse Mark) Stirtz, Cindy Towner, (partner Jessica), Shelley (spouse Matt) Coffin.

She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Peggy also leaves her brother, Bill Leone ( spouse Lori), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, along with many great friends.

Peggy enjoyed camping trips with her family, and loved going to and seeing historical places. Some of her favorite trips were to Washington DC, and the Yellowstone park and mount Rushmore areas. She was awed by the sense of history. For instance, when she saw Manassas and The Battle of Bull Run battlefield she was moved to tears.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and it was so fun for her to teach them to sew and make cookies, pies, and chocolates. She likes doing lots of different crafts; she painted oil and acrylic pictures, took photos of flowers and trees in her yard and in the community, and then made new cards from them . She also made wreaths and various Christmas crafts.

Peggy loved making things with her sewing and embroidery machines, it was fun seeing how the various projects came together. She loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed sharing her recipes with others. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends and was always ready to go on a fun adventure, a concert or just having a nice lunch together made her very happy. She will be missed.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday July 30, at 11 a.m. at Shannon Mercantile, 4350 Thomas Drive in Kelseyville.

Bob Smith. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Robert Warren Smith was born June 18, 1925, on his family’s farm in Kelseyville.

He grew up there with his two brothers, Glenn (1922-2015) and Richard (1927-2008), and their parents, Roscoe and Matilda.

Robert lived there until he left for Europe in 1943 to serve in World War II. When the war ended and he finished his initial recovery after being severely wounded, Robert returned to California, where he continued to heal while working at the Oakland Army Base, helping to resettle returning soldiers.

Bob Smith. Courtesy photo.

Robert attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

It was after his time at UC Berkeley that he met his future wife, Margaret. They were married in 1955. Robert and Margaret settled in San Rafael, and Robert started his aerospace manufacturing business, San Rafael Plastics, with his partner, Peter Bayliss.

Robert and Margaret built their dream house in San Rafael, where they raised their three children. He loved time with his family outdoors, hiking, camping and spending summers at the lake house on Clear Lake in Kelseyville. Robert lived in San Rafael with Margaret until her death in 2002.

He was remarried in 2004 to Nancy Cary. They lived in Kelseyville and enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends, and the numerous visits from his and Nancy’s kids and grandkids.

Bob Smith. Courtesy photo.

Robert and Nancy remained in Kelseyville until his medical needs made it necessary to return to his home in San Rafael. He fought hard and was determined to beat his lymphoma, but unfortunately he succumbed to his illness on June 10, 2023, at the age of 97.

Robert is survived by his wife, Nancy; his three children and their spouses, son Bruce and wife Zhenya, daughter Kristin and husband Gary, and son Brian and wife Noreen; six grandchildren; three stepchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Robert was an exceptional father, grandfather, husband, friend and storyteller. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, at the Kelseyville Cemetery, 3375 Bell Hill Road. The Lake County Military Funeral Honors Team will provide military honors in honor of Robert’s military service during World War II.

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