Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Obits

Harry Lovisone. Courtesy photo.


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On May 30, 2021, Harry Ben Lovisone passed away at the ripe old age of 98; his health had been declining for several months.

He died peacefully at home in the care of his faithful love, Barbara.

Harry was born in Lower Lake on Feb. 6, 1923. His father and mother, Louis and Josephine Lovisone, already had two children: a daughter named Alma and a son named Gene.

Harry attended elementary school at the Lower Lake Schoolhouse, which is now a museum. He then went on to complete 12 years of formal education at Lower Lake Union High School; he graduated with the Class of 1942.

Harry grew up working in his family’s walnut orchard. When he was old enough he took any odd jobs that he could find. One of these required him to trap gophers for $0.05 apiece.

During World War II, Harry enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a military police officer in the Mediterranean Theater.

In 1946, he was honorably discharged and returned home to California. He used his GI Bill benefits to enter the machinist apprentice program in the East Bay. At this same time, he began working as an apprentice machinist for Jacuzzi Brothers’ Pumps.

In 1950, following his completion of his apprentice program, Harry accepted an employment offer from Lawrence Radiation Lab. He worked at both the Berkeley and Livermore laboratories until he “retired” 15 years later.

Throughout this time Harry resided in Richmond because the Bay Area is where the work was located.

Harry’s heart, however, belonged in Lake County. Harry’s work ethic and his desire to provide for his family prompted him to buy 17 acres in Lower Lake. His father helped him plant walnut trees on his newly acquired property. His dad taught him how to graft English walnut trees onto the black walnut trunks.

Throughout the entire time that he lived in the East Bay, Harry worked the five weekdays at Lawrence Labs and traveled home to Lower Lake to tend his growing walnut ranch.

In early 1964, following his “retirement,” Harry added to his walnut holdings by purchasing the 80 acre Sacket Orchard on Round Mountain. Following the purchase, Harry moved his family from Richmond to Clearlake Oaks.

Under Harry’s care the orchards flourished. But his entrepreneurial instinct caused him to recognize an opportunity. Because of Lake County’s rural and agrarian nature it needed a skilled machinist to tend to the well pumps that supplied water to homes and farms.

So Harry started his own successful business, Lovisone Pumps, in Lower Lake. In the southern portion of the county there are few pumps that Harry has not been involved with in some capacity.

Harry’s true passion was the outdoors. He was an avid hunter who tramped the mountains of Northern California and Nevada in search of deer and elk. Harry was also an avid fisherman who has fished lakes, rivers, and streams all across the west coast states.

In 1996, Harry met someone who shared his joy of fishing. He and Barbara were soon married and became true partners in all that they did.

Harry’s love of fishing was probably second only to his love for Barbara. For the next 25 years, their adventures took them all across the south Western United States.

In the winter they would camp near Crescent City and fish for Steelhead in the Smith River. Barbara caught a 20 pound steelhead, bringing an end to Harry’s reign as the Steelhead King.

During the summers they would rendezvous at Eagle Lake with some 30 friends for a two- to three-week camping adventure. During the day Harry and Barbara would be out on the lake, in their Ranger fishing boat, fishing for Eagle Lake trout.

In the evenings, with a belly full of Eagle Lake trout, they would join their fellow adventurers around campfires and revel in a quality of friendship and fellowship that few have ever known.

Come fall, Harry and Barbara would camp out along the Sacramento River. Each morning, they would pilot their Ranger boat out onto the river in hopes of landing a salmon. In whispered tones they would debate whether this year’s recipe for “smelly jelly” would do the trick.

Once again, Barbara displayed her skill at angling. Her biggest salmon was larger than Harry’s biggest salmon (there must be something in the way that women bait the hook — lol).

Recently, Harry and Barbara traded the cold winter days on the Smith River for the fun and sun of Yuma, Arizona. Each fall they would make the pilgrimage from Clearlake to Yuma where they had a modest winter home. They made new friends who introduced them to new adventures.

They both medaled in the senior Olympics. They annually watched in awe the flawless precision of the Marine Corps’ Silent Drill Team.

And their friends introduced them to dune buggies. Harry bought a buggy made from an old VW Super Beetle. They spent countless hours tearing up the dirt roads of the Arizona Mountains.

Harry remained very active until the last three months of his life. If he and Barbara weren’t cruising the waters of Clear Lake in his pontoon boat then they were cruising the streets of Clearlake in his red 1986 Corvette.

Then suddenly he became very weak and had difficulty walking. Harry’s stepdaughter is a registered nurse. She opined that “after 98 years of use the respective parts of Harry’s body had simply worn out.” Unfortunately, none of us come with replacement parts.

The last few weeks of Harry’s life were a testament to the wealth of friendships that he has cultivated over the years. People from all over stopped by the house to visit Harry and to have what would be their very last conversation with him. Distant friends called from as far away as Canada. Such was the impact that Harry had on the lives of so many individuals.

When Harry drew in his last breath he was resting comfortably in his bed, nestled away in a home that overflowed with the love of so many friends and relatives. Barbara, his wife of 25 years, was sitting with him at that moment.

Harry is survived by his spouse, Barbara Dryden; his son, Larry, and daughter-in-law, Mary; his son, Mikael; stepson, Jeffrey Dryden; stepdaughters, Karen Suenram (Darrell) and Linda Dryden Del Valle; grandson, Anthony Lovisone; granddaughters, Britney Linn and Grace Suenram; great-grandchildren, Sierra, Lacy and Ty Lovisone; nephew, Gene Lovisone; nieces, Tish Lovisone and Dawn Biano (Tony); brother-in-law, Dennis Pluth; and close friend, Dennis Del Valle.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the Masonic Hall, Highway 53.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

You may leave thoughts and condolences online at www.jonesandlewismemorialchapel.com.

Pamela Ussery Knispel. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Pam passed away at age 75 on Friday, April 30, 2021 in Upper Lake.

She was born Nov. 23, 1945, in Lakeport, California, and raised as a fourth generation pear farmer in Scotts Valley.

Pam grew up on the back of her favorite mare, Misty. You could always find Mom on a tractor in the orchards.

Mom was ambitious in life’s journey. She acquired her pilots licence, illustrated children's books and appraised prized racehorses. She even sat on the Lake County Planning Commission.

Mom loved her books and had a keen eye for antiques. She had boundless energy, most youngsters had trouble keeping up with her, she was still running a forklift for the county schools at the age of 70 and was the best cook I will ever know.

Pam is survived by her three daughters; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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


“Mother, you left us
beautiful memories,
your love is still our guide,
although we cannot see you,
you’re always at our side.”

Roger Smith. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Roger Smith passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack early Easter morning at the age of 83.

Roger is best known for his beautiful portraits and other art works, and his resonant baritone opera voice.

He was a type of Renaissance man, because he is also known for three amazing large log homes that he built in British Columbia and Idaho, as a younger man.

He moved to Lakeport in 2012, in semi retirement, and continued with his opera and art work, teaching art at the Main Street Gallery in Lakeport, painting portraits and driving to the Bay Area to perform with the Verismo Opera Co.

Roger is survived by his son, Robert; stepson, Eddie; and sister, Naida.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1111 Park Way, Lakeport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UCSF Kidney Project, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145.

Daryl Van Proyen. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Daryl Van Proyen passed in peace on June 9, 2021, at the age of 72.

Born in Pasadena, California, he later moved to Lancaster, then Mendota, and finally settled in Lake County in 1977.

Daryl is predeceased by his parents, Neil and Elizabeth Van Proyen, and his wife of 40 years, Jackie.

He was a loving companion to Annette Francis; loving father of Tracy Davis (Ralph Davis) and Renee Lopez (Juan Lopez); proud grandfather of Maureen Claire (Tracy and Ralph), Jacob and Nathon Lopez (Renee and Juan); and many extended family and friends.

Daryl aka “The Crazy Dutchman” will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a “man of many hats.”

He began his career as a mechanic in the 70s. He pursued cabinetry in 1979 and would go on to establish Daryl’s Custom Cabinets in Lakeport, California, in 1982, later retiring at the age of 57.

He was well known for his craftsmanship, especially his Victorian dream home that was built in 2004.

During his retirement, his love of working with a tool in his hand extended to working on and restoring his beautiful classic cars.

Private family services were held on June 15, 2021.

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

Jeanne Clemons. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jeanne Marie Clemons was born Dec. 29, 1933, in San Francisco, California, and passed away June 1, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Jeanne was the only child to Ben and Emily Scott.

Jeanne would vacation with her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Lake County. In 1951 it was the year for Blue Lakes and when she met her soulmate, best friend and love of her life, Clyde. In 1952 they were married and were so for an amazing 66 years.

Clyde and Jeanne lived in the Bay Area for 32 years and raised three children. Jeanne was a homemaker and business partner to Clyde’s Tires. On the weekends she would help sell these tires at AC Flea Market in Castro Valley and later at the Freemont Drive-in Market.

Clyde and Jeanne had a summer home in Clearlake that they retired to in 1984 with children Karen and Rick following.

Jeanne continued as a homemaker and helped care for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jeanne was a loving, strong woman with a pure heart and a family that was her life. Jeanne’s family was also blessed as she was their life and heart.

Everyday her family would come for morning coffee and in the evenings a glass of wine or two. She would have weekly calls with her son, John, and every Friday night with cousin Joan who both still lived in the Bay Area.

Jeanne was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, Nana, cousin, sister and friend. All of those who knew her would say what a beautiful woman she was.

Jeanne is once again with her love, Clyde.

Jeanne leaves behind her daughter, Karen Morrell; son, Rick Clemons; son, John Clemons (Cheryl McAlice); granddaughter, Christine Gonzales (Edward Gonzales); grandson, Jason Clemons; grandson, Brandon Clemons (Sara Clemons); great-grandchildren, Elias Lee Clemons, Willie Clyde Gonzales, Jayden Paige Clemons, Kaylie Ann-Marie Armstrong, Madeline Raychel-Jean Armstrong; cousin, Joan Aylworth (Jim Aylworth); and “sisters,” Evelyn Clemons and Carol Wofford.

Private services will be held with family. Family asks in lieu of flowers please donate to the American Heart Association.

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

Timothy Ramos. Courtesy photo.

Timothy Andrew Ramos, Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians Tribal member, was born Dec. 15, 1966, in Lakeport, California.

Tim was raised at the reservation his whole childhood until he left to attend San Diego State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism, in 1991.

Furthering his education at UCLA, Tim then graduated with a master’s degree in American Indian studies and film/TV in 1996.

While at UCLA, he wrote “Paradigms of Native Cinema,” and produced and directed his first film, “Rancheria.”

He went on to become an award winning documentary filmmaker, producing several Native American films. His feature film, “California Indian,” was filmed at Big Valley Rancheria. The film was written, directed, produced by Tim himself, who also was the main actor. It received critical acclaim, premiering at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in 2012.

Tim’s passion for storytelling was infinite and he loved sharing his cultural knowledge, tribal history and family lineage with the world. He loved mentoring youth in filmmaking, writing and language preservation. Life was filled with passion for all his endeavors.

Timmy started his new journey on May 1, 2021, preceded by his proud parents, Nancy Ann Ramos (maiden-name: Martin; Pomo) and Tommy Andres Ramos (Ilokano, Filipino), along with elder brother, Tom Ramos (Pomo, Coyote Valley).

Tim’s legacy, his children, Andres Timothy Ramos and Faith-Ann Lauren Ramos, are carrying on his work and passions.

He is survived by his sister, Nina Campbell; brother-in-law, Hiram Campbell; brother, Tom Ramos; sister-in-law, Lisa Ramos; sister, Tina Ramos; sister, Priscilla Hunter; nephews, Hiram Campbell Jr. “Chubbs,” Nick Campbell, Michael Hunter, Tony Ramos, Todd Ramos and Teddy Ramos were like little brothers and cherished along with their kids; nieces, Heather Campbell, Natoya Campbell, Tomi Ramos, Melinda Ramos, Tami Ramos and Trudi Ramos were cherished along with their kids; cousins; John Madrid, Yolanda Montoya, Lydia Madrid and Joseph Montoya were more like siblings and cherished along with their kids.

Tim was very family oriented; he loved, cherished, and treated all of his family with dignity and respect. Tim wasn’t here as long as we would have wished, but he lived life everyday as if it were his last. He’d love everyone telling stories about the stories he’d love to tell. He will always be running against the wind!

Tim was brought home for a send off on Sunday, May 9. Drew and Faith are planning a ceremonial celebration of life.

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

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