Saturday, 01 October 2022


Lori Anne Bond-Keech. Courtesy photo.



Lori Anne Bond-Keech passed away unexpectedly at the age of 48 on Feb. 23, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Keech of Lucerne; daughter, Chelsea Jill Bond; parents, Frank and Connie Prim of Petaluma; sister, Jill McNaughton of Petaluma; brother, Mike Mann of Renton, Wash.; stepbrothers, Greg and Matt Prim; nieces, Coryn Bush, Alysha and Amanda McNaughton, Isabella Prim; nephews, Ryan Mann, Nick and Zach Prim; uncle and aunt, Craig and Carolyn Bond; cousins, Angie, Melissa and Carly Bond of St. Helena; and mother-in-law, Dr. Catherine Lucas of Berkeley. She was preceded in death by her father, James Miller.

Lori grew up in Petaluma, was a Petaluma High School graduate and received her degree in journalism.

She had an amazing sense of humor, loved to read, was an avid sports fan and very proud of her daughter.

Services will be held on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Grace Church, 1314 Spring St., St. Helena. A celebration of her life will be held at the church following the service.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miwok Valley Elementary School, 1010 St. Francis Dr., Petaluma, CA 94954 in honor of her daughter.


Barnett Hoffman. Courtesy photo.


Barnett Jay Hoffman was born to Bill and Lois Hoffman of Brookline, Mass., on Jan. 17, 1947.

He grew up and married his high school sweetheart and had his first son, Mark Hoffman. Hearing of the war in Vietnam, he wanted to do what all American boys did: He enlisted in the US Army. Finding him too young, the Army sent him to Germany until his 17th birthday.

Barnett did two tours in Vietnam, receiving the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Coming back to the states he settled in California – he didn't like the cold anymore – where he had two more children, Colin Hoffman and Tamara Hoffman.

When he met Phyllis Erwin in 1995, he adopted Michelle Everton, her daughter. They were one big happy family.

He joined the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 223 in Santa Rosa in the 1980s and was a life member until he moved to Lake County in January 1999.

Barnett was the main force behind Lake County's Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 951, being one of the founding fathers. The first year he was the vice president and soon became the treasurer. He remained in that post, enjoying his service to such a a great chapter.

He was a two-time white hat commander (meaning that all programs were completed on time) for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Barnett started out as a member and worked his way up to commander. He helped during poppy fundraising sales when his health permitted.


Barnett did taxes for extra money and enjoyed helping others.

He loved his family – especially his grandchildren – and his dogs. He also loved riding around on his black and silver trike.

Those who knew him best will miss him the most.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to VVA 951 for “The Wall” in Barnett's name.


George Landis passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2009, after a life filled with hard work, adventures and a lot of love. Courtesy photo.







CLEARLAKE – George Francis Landis, 92, of Clearlake, died peacefully surrounded by his loving daughters on Jan. 18, 2009, at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Clearlake where he had been residing for the last few years.

A native of San Rafael, Calif., he was born July 27, 1916. While his birth certificate reads July 17, 1916, George always celebrated his birthday on July 27 because his mother told him she ought to know the actual date. He was born to George Saywright Landis and Bertha Evelyn Foster, both deceased.

George spent his childhood in Oakland and San Rafael, Calif., where his mother’s family operated a 200-acre dairy (now the Marin Civic Center) and a 1,000-acre property and hunting lodge in the Lucas Valley Road region. He fondly recalled riding in a horse-drawn wagon with his maternal grandfather on what is now Highway 101 in San Rafael.

His maternal grandfather came to Lake County often to “take the springs” at Bartlett Springs out of Nice, Calif. This brought his mother and father to love Lake County and they started bringing George and his siblings to the Lakeport and Clearlake (Clearlake Highlands at that time) areas to camp under the Oak trees.

His parents loved Lake County and bought the “Landis Compound” lakefront property in the 1920s, still located in Clearlake where, in later years, George built his home next to his mother and father’s, sister’s and brother’s homes. His mother and father built the Flying A gas station and the Chatterbox Diner in Clearlake. The family combined has had 16 local businesses in Lake County.

George graduated from Roosevelt High in Oakland, Calif. His first jobs were working for Garfield’s Feed Store and a liquor store where his photo was taken during Oakland’s wild west celebration, standing alongside Phillip Morris’ telegram icon, “Johnny” whose famous call was “Call for Phillip Morris!”

During World War II he worked in Oakland’s Naval shipyards until he was drafted by the US Navy. As a Seaman First Class, he was on the USS Boise steaming to Okinawa when the war thankfully ended.

He next worked for Abdu Allen in the Bay Area and Al Williams, where he learned to operate a truck crane, starting out as an oiler. Not satisfied working for others, George became owner/operator of his first truck crane, A & B Crane service, in the late 1940s.

George was married to Joyce Miller of Hayward, Calif., in 1938. They had two daughters, Linda and Vicki, and lived in the Bay Area as well as in Salinas, Calif.

George later married Louise Butter (nee Saunders), now deceased, of the Bay Area. They made their home in San Lorenzo together with Louise’s sons, Jack and Steve Butter. In 1956, they bought an old cabin in Clearlake Oaks, moving there in 1960. Their daughter, Georgia, was born in 1958. In 1962, George built their lakefront home on his family’s property in Clearlake. In 1964, their son George was born.

He constructed many bridges in the state of California, many on the North Coast and acquired a pile driver from W. Denner of Clearlake Oaks in 1963. He constructed many piers on Clear Lake and could be easily spotted on the lake when he purchased the 1913 tugboat “Little Toot.” He owned the Windmill in Clearlake Oaks and partnered with brother Jimmy, owning The Scoop in Oakland.

George was a charter and lifetime member of Clearlake BPOE Elks, lifetime member of American Legion (Clearlake), Past Chef de Gare 40/8, lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Operating Engineers Local Union #3.

He enjoyed and treasured family and friends and especially hunting trips down Cache Creek in World War II surplus rafts. While living at his daughter's home, he also enjoyed his daily walks with his granddog, Jake.

George is survived by his sister, Ida Mae Arneson (Clearlake); his children, Linda Little, Vicki Holte (both of Anacortes, Wash.), Georgia Hughes (Clearlake) and George Landis (Sacramento), and stepsons John “Jack” (Coos Bay, Ore.) and Stephen Butter (Olympia, Wash.); seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Dorothy “Dolly” Dickey (Clearlake), James “Jimmy” Landis (Santa Rosa and Lake County) and Rose “Tootsie” Nano (San Leandro/Modesto).

A public memorial service will be conducted at Jones and Lewis Mortuary in Lower Lake on Saturday, Jan. 24 (the mortuary may be reached by phone at 994-6417) to be followed by gathering at Clearlake’s American Legion Post on Austin Ave. Cremation and private inurnment. Donations to Hospice Services of Lake County, Animal Coalition of Lake County or Make-A-Wish are preferred.


John Berg spent part of his youth in Clearlake, where his family had a restaurant. Courtesy photo.





John Berg entered the arms of our heavenly Father on Feb. 10, 2009.

Born July 3, 1933, his youth was spent in Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Clearlake, where his parents moved after World War II to open Berg’s Fountain restaurant. “Johnny” was a dedicated volunteer fireman in Lower Lake for many years.

An Air Force veteran during the Korean War, John returned home after the war to work at the local grocery store in Clearlake. It was there where he met the love of his life, Sandy Hambleton. They were married Sept. 9, 1962, and moved to Oakland briefly and then purchased their first home in Concord in 1963 to raise their family.

John continued working in the grocery industry and took a management job at Mayfair and then co-op markets throughout the East Bay. In his semi-retirement, John worked in kitchen appliance sales. He lived in Clayton.

An avid baseball fan, John coached countless little league teams and was a fixture at first base for many softball teams.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Sandy; sisters, Lotus and Pat; children, Scott (Cathy), Kirsten (Steve) and Tricia (Chris); and seven grandchildren, Ashley, Torunn, Brittany, Kimmy, Drew, Jack and Sydney.

A memorial service and reception will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at NorthCreek Church, 2303 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 925-887-5678.


Walter E. “Gene” McGaugh, a longtime resident of Dunsmuir, Lakeport, and Mt. Shasta, California, was welcomed into Heaven on the morning of January 19, 2009, where he joined his loving mother, Patricia; grandmother, Vivian; and grandfather, Walter Woodard.

Gene was born Nov. 11, 1955, in Ukiah, California. He succumbed to illness and passed away at Mercy Hospital in Redding.

During his time in Lake County he worked as an officer with Lakeport Police Department.

A memorial service celebrating and honoring his life, family and dear friends, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Mt Shasta City Park Upper Lodge at 1315 Nixon Road, Mt. Shasta, California.


Brett Behrens died Dec. 18, 2008. Courtesy photo.



Brett Behrens, 46, of Clearlake, Calif, left the life, family and friends that he loved on Dec. 18, 2008, and continued on to a better place where the limitations that bound him on earth can no longer restrain him from the dreams and ambitions he strived for.

He was born in Lakeport, Calif., on June 29, 1962, to Hugo and Willa Mae Behrens.

Brett was a longtime resident of Lake County. He graduated from Lakeport High School in 1980 where he made lifelong friends, was active in sports – his favorite being tennis – and voted most spirited for his graduating class. He then went on to Arizona State University where he received a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

Brett’s biggest passion in life was photography which he had done for over 20 years until his eyesight recently failed him.

During those years as a photojournalist, he photographed everyone from the King of Sweden to Joe Montana and events such as the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and the Democratic National Convention.

In addition to working and contributing to many newspapers and publications such as the Associated Press,, Lake County Record-Bee and Ukiah Daily Journal, Brett also owned his own portrait photography studio in Lakeport and then in Ukiah.

Brett was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, working as the advancement chair for the Lake District. He organized the district Web site and helped to organized and start two Boy Scout units within the county. He also played a very active role in the Clearlake Pack No. 144 and Troop No. 44.

He leaves behind his fiancée Peggy Engstrom, son Cody Engstrom, daughter-in law Kim Engstrom, his new grandson Logan Michael Engstrom, future mother-in-law Mignon Perry and many, many friends.

Brett lived everyday of his life to the fullest and truly knew how precious life was and how the little things that most people take for granted are the true blessings. He considered the life he was living as his “Second Life,” not a life that he had expected, not one that was fair and one that many times could be cruel, but nevertheless the one he was dealt and the one he would make the best out of.

He was truly and inspiration and everyone he knew will truly miss him.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Ukiah and Lake County Davita Dialysis Centers which always treated Brett with love and respect; the St. Helena Hospital Clearlake Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, whose care and support helped not only before Brett’s death but after; and to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and LCCOA for their support following Brett’s death.

A memorial will be held for Brett in May 2009; details will run in the local newspapers.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that family and friends bring plants or seeds to the memorial.


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