Friday, 27 May 2022

Obits

rodneyriley

Rod passed away on the evening of April 30, 2012, at his home in Scotts Valley with Donna, his wife of 13 years, by his side.

Born on Sept. 23, 1927, in Willows, Calif., Rod was the son of Marion and Robert Riley.

After graduating from Willows High School, Rod joined the Navy and proudly served aboard the Destroyer tender, USS Whitney, during World War II.

He began a long career with US Forest Service in 1950, working on the Mendocino National Forest in Willows, Covelo and Upper Lake, and the Six Rivers National Forest in Willow Creek, and retiring from Eureka.

In life, Rod was active in Boy Scouts, a volunteer fireman and a Master Mason for more than 60 years.  He loved duck hunting, diving for abalone and rock fishing on the coast, and motor homing all over the United States.

Rod was quick to smile, quick to laugh, quick to joke and larger than life in most aspects.

Rod was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Ethel, and daughter, Karen. He is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Shirley; sons, Bob, Tim and Mike; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 5, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Hospice of Lake County.

The family wishes to thank David Parsons, D.O. and his wife Natalie for their help and care.

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William Charles Bohren of Lakeport, Calif., died in April 2012 in Lakeport. He was 76 years old.

Known throughout Lakeport as “The Running Man,” his passion was running each day, even into his elder years.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1936, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Elizabeth Mies and Harry Marth and was adopted by Henry Bohren in 1945. He married Kay Bohren on May 20, 2001.

He served in the United States Marines from 1958 to 1961, was a graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and worked as a quality engineer for the US Navy until his retirement. In his early years as an engineer, he worked on the second stage of the Apollo Rocket.

William Bohren is survived by his wife, Kay Bohren of Lakeport; his four daughters, Denise Rushing of Upper Lake, Calif., Linda Bohren of Richmond, Calif., and Michele Bohren and Cameron Bohren of Concord, Calif.,; stepson, Thadeus Croyle; brothers, Harry Bohren and John Bohren; and many nieces and nephews.

He will be missed for his gentle spirit and his sense of humor.

The family will hold a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice of Lake County or to the Northlake Adult Day Center, 1026 Compton St, Lakeport, Ca 95453.

Burton Clare Harlan passed away in Lake County, Calif., on April 10, 2012 at the age of 82.

Burton was born in Brawley, Calif., to Arden and Clare Harlan.

He spent most of his life working as a farmer, later going into business with his son Rod and friend Pete at UCC Rentals in Lakeport.

He proudly served in the US Army from 1953-1955.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, passions he shared with his wife Peggy for 48 years until her death.

He leaves behind his family: daughter, Randy Mann of Santa Rosa; and sons, Rodney Duncan of Kelseyville, Burt Harlan of Orange County, Roger Duncan of Santa Rosa and Mike Harlan of Durango, Colo. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Family services will be held in May and he will be laid to rest at the Kelseyville Cemetery.

Family requests any donations be made to Hospice Services of Lake County or the Lakeport Senior Center.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.jonesandlewis.com .

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Howard William Wentworth, born April 20, 1928, in San Bernardino, Calif., died of natural causes on April 12, 2012.

He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grand father, and good friend and companion.

He is survived by his children, Carol Wentworth of San Bernardino; George Wentworth of El Dorado; Lisa Wentworth of Lenoir, NC; Christa Wentworth of Southern California; and Cathi Foulds of Highland, Calif.

He has left his mark on those he leaves behind. Whether friend or foe, you knew where Howard stood, he understood that to deal with others in life, you had to agree to disagree. His honesty and integrity were his gifts to us all.

Preceded in death by longtime companion Shirley Holmes, he leaves for us to enjoy the friendship of his fiancé Carolyn Luiz of Clearlake.

A veteran of the Korean War, Howard worked in building management for banking institutions in the Sacramento area before retiring to Lake County where he built his home in the Clearlake Oaks’ Keys.  

From wood working to boating, volunteering to raise monies for his church, Howard sensed the necessity, for all, to pay it forward.  

Family and friends will say their “goodbyes” to Howard on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Clearlake Oaks Community-United Methodist Church. Reception to follow.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to CLO-UMC, P.O.B 962, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423.

Frances Josephine Gray, 79, a resident of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., passed away at her home April 11, 2011.

Frances was born May 14, 1932, in Kerby, Ore., the youngest of 10 children to John “Jack” and Emilie Hight Eggers. Frances attended school in Kerby.

Frances met her husband Zane Gray while living in Kerby. They married Aug. 9, 1948 in Reno, Nev.

She was a lifelong homemaker raising four children and followed her husband throughout Oregon and California while he was a logger and mill superintendent at Bodega, Calif.

Frances and Zane lived near Bartlett Springs for many years before moving to the Spring Valley area in 2005. She loved the “Mountain” as she called it.

Frances is survived by her son, Wes Gray and wife Debbie of Sebastopol, Calif.; grandchildren, Nathan and wife Rosa, Jason and wife Angel, Randy, Clinton, Sarah, Arya and Elizabeth; brother-in-law,
Kenneth Gray and his wife Barbara of Grants Pass, Ore.; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband Zane, three children, parents and siblings.

Burial will be in the family plot at Missouri Flats, Ore. Services are pending.

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George Tilton of Middletown, Calif., passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012 at his home.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1933, to Edward and Emma Tilton in Chicago, Illinois. It was there that he attended school and married.

During his working life, he started as a barber and eventually owned and operated his own shoe-shine business. In St. Helena he was known as “Shoeshine George.”

He has been a resident of Lake County for the last eight years and was well known and loved in the community. George enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Bears and Cubs.

George is survived by his children, Sherrin Jones of Antelope, Calif.; Edward Tilton of Toledo, Wash.; and Susan Jimenez of El Paso, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was also a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his son, David Tilton.

A memorial service will be held on April 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Middletown Community United Methodist Church located at 15851 Armstrong St., Middletown, Calif.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Middletown Senior Center, the library or a church of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, Calif., 707-994-6417, www.jonesandlewis.com .

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