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Freeman Haas, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2012, at his Lower Lake, Calif., home of brain cancer.

Freeman was born in Hanna, Okla., on Sept. 17, 1921. Freeman and his family moved to Southern California when freeman was a youngster.

Freeman had four children, Woody and Carl with his first wife, and Koni and Gregory (Randy) with his wife Rubye of 64 years.

Freeman was a simple man with a great sense of humor. He thought that any and everything could be fixed with bailing wire, but was a very wise business man.

Freeman owned his own crane business in the Bay Area for many years.

In 1950 he became a Mason; he played an instrumental role in starting the Eastern Star chapter in the Bay Area. For years he was heavily involved in the Masons, Eastern Star and Shriners.

Freeman had a strong love for horses. In the 1970s he started up the Bay Area Pinto Horseman’s association where he showed and placed many prized horses.

Freeman was preceded in death by his son, Woody Haas; wife, Rubye Haas; and daughter Koni Frew.

Freeman is survived by his two sons, Gregory (Randy) Haas of Lower Lake and Carl Haas of Southern California; his grandson, Mike Haas and his wife Barbara of Kelseyville; grandsons, Freeman and Phillip Haas of Southern California; granddaughters, Regina, Dee Dee and Moriah of the Bay Area; grandchildren, Kasey, John, Krystal and Jennifer of Lower Lake; great-grandson, Zachary of Kelseyville; and other grandchildren and great-grandchildren in other states.

Freeman will be dearly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 6890 South Center Drive Clearlake, Calif. An hour of visitation will occur beforehand at 10 a.m.

Freeman entrusted his arrangements to Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, Calif., or 707-994-6417.


Lora Tell, Lakeport resident and co-owner of the Edgewater Resort in Kelseyville, Calif., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. She was 57 years old.

Lora is survived by her business partner, Sandra West, and her life partner, Kathy Keys, both of Kelseyville, and many good friends.

Lora is also survived by one cousin, Linda [husband, Jan] in Sacramento, and four cousins, Rhonda, Joyce [husband, Mitch], Anita and Neil, and an aunt and uncle all living on the East Coast.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Terry Tell, and her sister, Nora.

Lora graduated from Radford University in Virginia in 1978, and worked as a physical education instructor before moving to San Francisco in 1980 where she worked in telecommunications. Lora and Sandra met in 1989 and together they purchased the Edgewater Resort in 1996.  

Born on March 31, 1955, Lora grew up on Long Island, New York.

Her father, Sam Tell owned the first Sea Ray boat franchise in the United States. She grew up helping her father around the dock and it became her lifelong passion.

Lora loved boating and being in and around the water. If it involved a dog, a boat and a sunny day, Lora was always up for some fun.

She loved to play the curmudgeon, but with a twinkle in her eye and a heart of gold. That twinkle and her big heart will be greatly missed by her friends and family, and every dog she ever met.

Lora will be buried in the Mount Ararat Jewish Cemetery on Long Island, New York on June 7, 2012.  A private celebration of her life will be held at the resort.

Bill Lee McVey, age 79, posted his final lap in the late evening of May 29, 2012, at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, following complications with his heart and kidneys.  

His crowning victory of life and love was celebrated over the Memorial Day weekend, surrounded by his devoted following of family, friends, and fans.

Bill was more than an avid race fan; he lived life in and around cars. It was his passion, he was dedicated and supportive to all that drove them: famous Indy and NASCAR drivers, his beloved Lakeport racing community, and the rest of us that just needed someone on our team, to keep our wheels rolling to the market and back.

Born July 18, 1932 in Gridley, Calif., Bill grew up in Los Angeles, working on hot rods with his dad and friends.  

Endless days and nights were spent under the hood, prepping for drag races, building go karts, attending car clubs and following high school, in an early job as a Ford salesman.

His career shifted to the booming aerospace industry in Southern California. He spent 30 years as a respected executive at Garrett Airesearch in Torrance. But his passion for racing never dimmed.  

He was part of the pit crew that helped men go to the moon, but there were always sports cars in the driveway and weekends at the track.

Fueled with retirement and his dream, Bill, wife Beverly, and family moved north to Clearlake area to build their vision of cars, community and service.  

Over the past 30 years in Lakeport, Bill developed several businesses, led and served in many community organizations, but his passion for cars always stood as the cornerstone.  

Recently he achieved his life-long dream, born from those early days on the Ford lot, with his acquisition of the Lakeport Ford Dealership.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, their children, grandchildren and so many more that he always considered part of his family.  

A celebration of his life was held on Friday, June 1.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of Bill's friends, customers, employees and business associates that supported him throughout his wonderful road trip, especially in these recent days that allowed his family to surround him at the finish line.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .


Diane Klier-Malley was born Aug. 1, 1950 and passed away peacefully at her residence in Blue Lakes June 1, 2012, at the age of 61.

Her family founded and developed the small resort community of Blue Lakes, including the Blue Lakes Lodge.  

Diane graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1968, then went on to graduate from Sonoma State University with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and multiple subject teaching credential.  

A lifelong resident of Lake County, Diane dedicated her life to educating the youth of Lake and Mendocino counties.

Diane was a teacher in Lakeport for 12 years, after which she taught 11 years in THE Ukiah Unified School District. She retired in 2010 from Calpella Elementary School.  

Since her retirement she continued her contribution to education by substitute teaching and helping in her granddaughter's classroom at Upper Lake Elementary.  

During her years in education she touched many lives and will be remembered for the positive impact she made on both her students and colleagues.  

Diane loved reading, traveling, camping, and spending time with her dogs and cats. Diane's greatest love was her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Irwin and Joanne D'Albert, and her first husband, Walter Klier.

She is survived by her two sons, Christian (Janice) Klier and Nathan (Katherine) Klier. She is also survived by her husband of 22 years, Tom Malley, and stepsons, Paul (Margaret) Malley, Eric Malley, and stepdaughter, Sherri Malley.  

She sadly leaves behind five granddaughters, Paris Klier, Portia Klier, Lily Klier, Kailani Malley and Abbigael Malley.

Diane lived a life of joy, surrounding herself with family, friends and pets that all loved her. The impact she made on those who knew her is immeasurable. Her family, friends, and the entire community will forever mourn the loss of such a wonderful, giving, beautiful spirit.

Anyone who would like to make a donation in her name, please give to your local SPCA to honor her love for animals.

Services will be held at Chapel of the Lakes on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at 1 p.m.

There will be a memorial to celebrate her life afterwards at the Blue Lakes Lodge for close friends and family.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611 or visit .


Darrell Justin Plaunty
June 29, 1957 – May 29, 2012

Darrell Justin Plaunty of Bend, Oregon, passed away at his home on May 29, 2012. He was 54.

A gathering of family and friends took place at the family home in Bend, Oregon.

Darrell was born June 29, 1957, in San Diego, Calif., to Dale and Sible (Robinson) Plaunty.

Darrell was a proud father to his three children and being a grandfather was one of the greatest joys of his life.

When he couldn’t spend time with his family, he could be found riding his motorcycle, playing cards, working on his property, or vacationing in the warm weather climates.

He will be missed more than he knows.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Teri (Dean) Plaunty of Bend, Oregon; daughters Tara (husband, Charles) Jensen of Springfield, Oregon, and Amber Plaunty of Eugene, Oregon; and his son Justin Plaunty of Springfield, Oregon.

Other survivors include his brother, Darrenn Plaunty of Azle, Texas; his sister Deborah Plaunty Barnes of Waverly, Virginia; and three grandsons, Jiro Plaunty, Elias Mirabal and Von Jensen.

Memorial contributions in Darrell’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend is in charge of the arrangements, 541-382-0903, .


Wayne David Sullivan
June 4, 1942-May 20, 2012

Wayne was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to Woodrow and Betty (Nora) Sullivan on June 4, 1942.

He grew up in Southern California where he met and married Joyce in 1959 and together they had five children.

Wayne was a very ambitious young man and always enjoyed fishing off the piers and beaches of Southern California and working on cars.

Moving to Lake County in 1973, Wayne worked as a drywall installer when he wasn't fishing or spending time with his family and friends.

Wayne met and married his second wife, Joyce, and these were good and prosperous times for Wayne.

He was a master fisherman, fishing many of the ponds, reservoirs, rivers, streams and lakes in Northern California.  

He settled in Lower Lake in 1990 where he would live the rest of his life.

Wayne, along with his son James, opened Sullivan Tire in Clearlake, Calif., in 1990.

Married to Sherry in 1999, Sherry will continue to operate Sullivan Tire in Wayne's memory. Wayne had a love of life and animals that he shared with everyone he met.

A devout Christian, Wayne went peacefully to meet his son James and many relatives and friends in Heaven on May 20, 2012.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 17 years, Sherry Sullivan; his daughters, Valarie Sullivan (Greg Stanley) and Janice Hutchinson (Joel); sons, David Sullivan (Kim) and Mike Sullivan (Kenna); step-children, Jonathan, Anthony and Kayla; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held Monday, June 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Jones and Lewis Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake and followed by a celebration of Wayne's life at Lakeside County Park, Kelseyville, Calif.

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