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Jack Humphrey at Altamont, Calif., on August 18, 2007. Courtesy photo.


Completing his last lap and reaching the checkered flag, Jack Wulff Humphrey passed away peacefully at home in American Canyon on June 12, 2011, among loved ones and in the care of Hospice services after a lengthy battle with multiple illnesses.

Jack is survived by his loving companion, Susie Dorsett LaPointe of Sacramento; his sisters, Nadine Strauss (Bob), of Lucerne, and Sharon Leuzinger of Lucerne; brother, Charwin Ward of Spring Valley; stepfather, Billy Ward of Lakeport; niece, Sharise (Elias) Santana, and children, Cameron, Victor and Cadence; and nephews, Kahlin (Ashley) Leuzinger and children, Takara and Amara, and Michael (Cherie) Leuzinger and Caden.

He is additionally survived by Doris Harville of Upper Lake; Sue Harville of Upper Lake and son Scott Harville (Joan) and children, Leanne and Tut; Kathy Harville Scott of Woodland and her children, Kim Scott, Kris Scott, Kelly Sagara (Jon) and children, Troy and Trent, and Chuck Scott (Becky).

He was preceded in death by his father Ray Humphrey and mother Barbara Wulff Humphrey Ward; his wife, Patti Lynn Harville Humphrey in 2003, and his father-in-law, Tut Harville.

Born in Woodland on March 15, 1947, Jack graduated from Upper Lake High School with the class of 1965 and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. He completed a 36-year career with Del Monte Foods in November 2007, where he served in a number of capacities, retiring as an international transportation analyst.

Jack’s passion was auto racing. He became an ambassador for the Legends of the Pacific racing series over the last 14 years, after racing in other divisions dating to the early 1960s. Known for his quick smile, he was always ready to loan engines, gears, carbs, ignition systems, suspension parts and anything else needed to keep other drivers coming to the track week after week, according to his fellow racers.


He loved racing and he loved the San Francisco 49ers, and he was 49 years old when he became a heart transplant recipient, a 15-year milestone he celebrated this April, so it’s no surprise that Jack’s red LOP race car bore the magical number 49. He was grateful for the opportunity he was afforded to extend his life through a donated heart.

The other loves of Jack’s life were his many canine companions, with the most recent being his bulldogs, Patti and Buster, the latter a rescue dog.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to NorCal Bulldog Rescue, 13520 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, CA 94062-4553 or to Hospice Department, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011 at Upper Lake Cemetery, 780 Clover Valley Road, Upper Lake.

For further information, please call Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or visit




Jack Humphrey driving Car 49 at Legends of the Pacific. Courtesy photo.

Nellie Christine Wilson passed away May 24, 2011. She was 93 years old.

She was born Dec. 27, 1917, to Clyde and Wilhelmina Williams. She was raised in Tonkawa, Okla, the eldest of six children. She was offered a scholarship to New York and turned it down at her father's request to attend college in Oklahoma, where she obtained a master's degree in teaching. Her first assignment was in a one room school house.

During World War II she served in the Women's Army Corp. She was proud to be the second person to be discharged after the war.

She met the love of her life, Ian (Scotty) Wilson, and they married Nov. 1, 1947.

He proceeded her in death after 55 years of marriage.

She is survived by her children, Ian James Wilson of Clearlake Oaks, Calif.; Maryosa Wilson Sinnett of Las Vegas, Nev.; Nellie W. Wilson of San Jose, Calif; four grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She had many accomplishments during her life. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Royal Matron of the Royal Order of Amarantha as well as having several grand offices. She was a member of The Lady's Auxilary, Moose Lodge, League of Women Voters, Eagles and the Lions.

She was voted Teacher of the Year in San Jose and retired at age 70, when she retired to Clearlake Oaks in 1988.

She continued her love of teaching by teaching Sunday school at Clearlake Oaks. She enjoyed working on community committees until her health began to fail.

She was loved by all that knew her and will be greatly missed.

Viewing to be held at Jones and Lewis Memorial Chapel at Lower Lake on Wednesday, June 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Services will be held on Thursday, June 2.

Russell Epperson died April 28, 2011. He was 49. Courtesy photo.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula Guin, novelist

Russell Troy Epperson, a man who touched the hearts of many, will be remembered by family and friends.

He passed peacefully on April 28, 2011.

Born Sept. 8, 1961, Russell’s journey here on Earth lasted 49 years.

He liked to joke and tell good stories. He enjoyed good music, fast engines, and camping at the coast. He had a vibrant personality.

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Russell knew what mattered to him most, family. A loving husband, father, papa, son, brother, uncle, and friend, he had a way of making so many feel welcomed.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia, son Kyle, daughter Carly, granddaughter Willow, mother Gwyn, stepmother Paula, brothers Charles Epperson and Robert and Gary Mayhood, sister-in-law Lisa, niece Haley, nephew Charles Junior and many close friends.

He has joined in peace his father Edward Russell Epperson and stepfather Warren Steffen.

Rest now, Russell, and know that the memories we’ve shared with you will be forever in our hearts.

Wilbur Peter, 94, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at his home in Utah. Courtesy photo.


Wilbur George Peter, 94, peacefully went to be with his beloved wife Jackie on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Wilbur was born on Jan. 2, 1917, in Wilder, Minnesota. In 1942, after graduation from high school he was drafted and shipped to England where he met and later married Jackie on Oct. 6, 1945, in Liverpool, England, during World War II.

Wilbur was a communications expert and worked on splitting the Transcontinental Cable, disconnecting from Berlin. After the war Wilbur continued to work in France where a son, James, was born July 1947, only to die 10 days later. The child was buried in Cherbourg.

Upon returning to the United States Wilbur and Jackie lived and worked in the Southern Calif area until they retired in 1961. At that time they purchased and ran Bridge Auto Court Fishing Resort in Lower Lake, Calif.

Due to declining health Wilbur, with his sister, Dorothy, moved to West Valley City, Utah, nine years ago to be lovingly cared for by his niece Connie Wallis.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Clara; beloved wife, Jackie (1992); son, James; and older brother, Lloyd.

He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Walker (Utah); brothers, Darwin (Buster) and Peter (Minnesota); and many nieces and nephews.

Much appreciation is sent to Applegate Home Health and Hospice for their outstanding care and concern for Wilbur.

A memorial service is being planned for Friday, June 17, 2011, at his residence in West Valley City, Utah.




Wilbur Peter served during World War II, working as a communications expert. Courtesy photo.

Genevieve dancing the hula for Clear Lake Performing Arts. Courtesy photo.







Genevieve Ploke Snow went to be with Our Lord on Good Friday, April, 22, 2011, at the age of 70 years old, after suffering stroke and aneurysm with extensive brain damage on the morning of April 18, 2011.

Life support was extended to April 22 for organ donations and to give her a chance at recovery whereby she faded out naturally other than a beating heart to the end. Others were helped in her passing via transplant surgery.

She was blessed with a brief moment in suffering among family during the stroke, caught by her son when falling and passed on very peacefully, as did her mother who died in her sleep, as did her little brother who died at age 12 on Easter Sunday of aneurysm, and as did her sister who passed on recently in her sleep.

Genevieve was born in Agana, Guam on March 15, 1941. As a toddler among the Perez-Ploke family, which headed Guam's resistance, she survived the Japanese occupation, raiding of her house, capture of her father (CPO John F. Ploke, Zentsuji POW), starvation/emaciation/ dysentery, witnessed the torture and execution of her family and friends, the burial of her granny on the roadside during the death march, the near execution of her grandfather as a suspected American spy (Resistance chief/ SRO and the acting U.S. naval governor of Guam).

Through it all, she was blessed with severe PTSD's complete amnesia of childhood, though filled with nervous energy and hypertension all her life from it, which is part of what kept her so active and restless.

When her father returned from the Zentsuji POW camp, Genevieve (a.k.a. “Snooky”) was immediately drafted to sing and dance for the USO as a copycat of Shirley Temple, which gave much happiness to a people rebuilding in the war's aftermath and to GIs missing their families back home.

She and her little brother were celebrities on early Guam TV stations and remain famous out there among the old-timers, and this would begin a lifelong affinity Genevieve had for singing, dancing, music and being the entertainer.

In 1957, she was Guam's Liberation Day Queen. She was a graduate of George Washington High in Guam and later Creighton University in Nebraska. Genevieve worked as an editor in Guam, assistant to the governor of Guam, was a reporter for the Modesto Bee and public relations director for St. Luke's Hospital in Washington state.

She was commissioned in 1965 as Guam's first woman U.S. naval officer. She separated at the rank of lieutenant in order to care for her young son and become a military wife since her husband was busy leading combat missions over Vietnam and flying recon into Soviet airspace with Strategic Air Command. There, Genevieve was active in support of military wives and returning POW events.

In the Navy, Genevieve served as a personnel officer, public relations officer and supported the operations of NAS Glenview, NAS Alameda and also the Blue Angels.

She later worked 10 years with Kaiser Hospital before retiring to Lake County as a substitute school teacher. Active to the end and despite cardiac double bypass surgery in 2008, Genevieve is remembered by friends as a sweet lady who was much the gadabout, adventurer, always on the move, highly energetic, filled with loads of fun and laughs. She was much the social butterfly and hula dancer among Lake County's Vietnam Veterans, VFW, MOAA, Clear Lake Performing Arts and other groups.

Genevieve also was active in the Parish of St. Mary Immaculate in Lakeport, Calif. She will be dearly missed by family and friends, but has gone to a better place.

Visitation and services were held at Holy Angels/Holy Sepulche on April 30, 2011, attended by a large gathering of family, Bay Area friends and some from Lake County. Military honors were performed by the American Legion, 10th District.

The family wishes to extend its apologies for being unable to notify all of Genevieve's friends in Lake County as there was barely enough time and sleep to arrange everything from April 22 to April 30. Her funeral was very nice, however.

Due to Genevieve's friends who could not attend from Lake County, the family and friends are providing a second memorial service locally. Services are at the Parish of St. Mary Immaculate on Saturday, May 21, 2011. A rosary will be held at 11 a.m., with a Mass and memorial service at 11:30 a.m. and a reception and potluck social in the church hall at noon.

All are invited to attend and make friends with her friends. She loved to attend parties and meet people.

For those who cannot attend, family and friends have two memorial videos posted to YouTube.


Gene Necoechea of Lakeport, Calif., died Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Courtesy photo.

Longtime Lakeport resident Gene Necoechea (Geno) died on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Born to Salvador and Francisca Necoechea in Mexico City in 1922, Gene first came to Lake County as part of the Bracero program in 1944.

Although Gene traveled throughout the Western states (Texas, Montana, Washington, Idaho and Nevada) in search of work and adventure, he always returned to Lake County.

By the early 1950s he was well established here, working at the Green Ranch in Scotts Valley. After a few years Gene relocated his parents and his sisters to Lakeport.

By the late 1950s Gene had moved into construction, running heavy equipment. He became a member of the Operating Engineers and for many years worked for Lange Brothers.

Gene loved the outdoors; he loved hunting and fishing. Modoc, Klamath, McCloud, Noyo, Baja, Vancouver – these were just a few of the places Gene liked to go.

Gene was always known as the life of the party and loved to tell jokes and stories. One of his favorites was when he and his friend Homer Pulse would ride their horses into town and tie them up outside the Clearlake Club in front of the court house. Then they would go on in and have a little refreshment.

Once they were sufficiently “refreshed” they would get back on their horses and race them down Main Street all the way to the Rendezvous on Lakeshore Drive. Of course by that time they would need to refresh themselves all over again.

Gene really liked to socialize, also spending a lot of time in the Lakeport coffee shops like the Mecca and the Water Wheel. In later years he could often be found during the morning “discussion” at the Shore Line. But his favorite place was probably the Bonnie Brae out on the lake, because that’s where he met Persis Cossey, who would become his wife.

Gene and Persis were married in 1961 and lived on Voight Road in Big Valley. They both loved to fish and spent much of their time going camping and fishing. After Gene retired they built a home in Cassel, near Burney in Shasta County. They spent many happy hours fishing on McCloud Reservoir.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife Persis, and his sisters Julia Alvarez and Elsa Fowler. He is survived by his nieces, Maria Necoechea of Sacramento and Diana Madura of Santa Rosa, and his nephews, Rafael Alvarez of Davis and Michael Fowler of Kelseyville.

Services will be at Jones Mortuary in Lakeport on Monday, May 2, at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Lakeport Yacht Club from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Services of Lake County, 1717 S. Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453.

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