Saturday, 04 February 2023


Paul Schultz. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — I am heartbroken to announce the death of my father, Paul Louis Schultz.

He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60 on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022.

He was born in Santa Rosa, California, on Nov. 18, 1961, to mother Sandra Lee Hage and father Robert Lee Schultz.

He was a graduate of the Ukiah High School class of 1980 in Ukiah, California.

He leaves behind his daughter, Chelsea, and son, Davis; his brothers, David and Kip; sister, Francis; Aunt Shirley, Uncle Paul and Herb; cousins, Rhonda, Rochelle, Lancy, Traci and Travis; sisters-in-law, Ruby, Rose and Kathy; brother-in-law, Greg; nieces, Renee, Claire, Sarah and Wendy; and nephews, Chase, Cade, Justin and Tyler.

Anyone who met him could easily tell how special of a person he is. You could always feel his big heart and loving nature.

He was an amazing and respectable man who loved his family and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who asked. He loved doing acts of kindness for others.

He is unexpectedly at peace and will rest easy with his wife, Rheta; mother, Sandra; father, Robert; mother-in-law, Virgie; grandmother, Neoma; grandfather, Harold; uncle, Harold Jr.; and Aunt Lynn and Uncle Jimmy.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Dec. 10 at the Lucerne Community Church, 5870 Highway 20 in Lucerne. There will be a small potluck after.

June Salter. Courtesy photo.

June Carolyn Salter
June 9, 1940 — Nov. 12, 2022

June was born in Rockford, Illinois, on June 9, 1940, before the family moved to Camden, Minnesota at an early age.

Later the family moved to Gardena, where she went to high school and graduated from Gardena High School. After graduation she went to work for Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colorado.

June was vacationing with her family in Soda Bay in Lake County, California, the summer of 1960, when she met Mike Salter at the Edgewater Resort. Mike and June long distance dated until April 8, 1961, when they were married at the Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles.

They made their home in Lakeport, California, until 1963 when they moved to Clearlake with their first daughter, Susan. In 1965 they were blessed once again with another daughter, Nancy.

June was involved in many organizations such as Park Study Club, TOPS, Eastern Star, Sons of Norway, Cotillion and as a dedicated Girl Scout and 4-H leader.

She was a member and parishioner of St. John’s Episcopal of Lakeport and Galilee Lutheran of Kelseyville. She served as the secretary of Lake County Television Club from the start over 30 years of service.

She was a friend to many, wife, family travel coordinator and mother to her girls.

In 1976 the family moved to Salter Shamrock Ranch in Lower Lake, California, where she lived until she went home to God.

June passed peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

She is survived by her devout husband of 61 years, Mike; daughters, Susan (son-in-law Siri), and Nancy; four grandchildren, Alexasia, Maddison, Phoenix and Morgan; younger brother, Jim Delebak (sister in-law Billie); brother-in-law, Lee Salter (sister-in-law Judy); and cousins, Peg Effertz and Phil Deutschle.

The family was blessed to have her in their lives and thanks everyone who shared in June’s life and happiness.

Memorial service will be held at Galilee Lutheran Church, 8860 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville, on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m.

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

April N. Sombs. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — April N. Sombs passed peacefully in her home surrounded by friends and family on Nov. 4, 2022.

A beloved wife, mother and sister, she will be dearly missed.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Joel Sombs; son, Ben and his wife, Deborah Sombs; daughter, Laura Sombs; grandchildren, Kai, Erik and Abby; brother, Stanley and his wife, Lori Klein; and dear friend, Nancy Danning.

April devoted her life to her faith and family. She faced her illness as she did any life change, pragmatically with grace, fortitude and humility.

An avid reader and Star Trek fan, April enjoyed gardening, bird watching and spending time with loved ones.

She had many jobs in her life: from librarian, bus driver, and custodian to assigning notary publics across the nation, teacher aide and helping in her mother-in-law’s (Anita Sombs) used book store.

Her passion, though, was working with children. She volunteered in Sunday School, Awana and Vacation Bible School.

She was immensely proud of her grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Kelseyville on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

In her memory, donations can be made to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

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

Godfrey John Sr. Courtesy photo.

Godfrey Luke John Sr.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — In loving memory of Godfrey Luke John Sr., A.K.A Shadom, 81 years old, where he stayed at Elem Indian Colony but was an elder member of Big Valley Rancheria.

He left us on Nov. 17, 2022.

He was a hard worker and worked as a security guard of Robinson and Elem, as well as being a
field worker.

He was predeceased by Godfrey Jr., Lawrence Jr., Harmon, Marstin, Milfred and Jeremy.

He left behind his love, Martha; his sister, Charlotte; his kids, Renee, Adrian, Ko-e-ya and Houghton; his grandchildren, Xae-li, Vanessa, Isa, Lil Adrian, Lil Elk, Jordan, Mya, Jazzmyne, Damien, Houghton Jr., Laylah, Nations, Bibbz and Tub Tub; and his great-grandchildren, Godfrey, Lil Jeremy, Baby J and one on the way.

We will be bringing him home to Elem Indian Colony Reservation on Friday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. and will be there for four days where we will then be burying him on Monday, Nov. 28, at Elem Indian Colony.

He will be greatly missed, and may he rest in peace.

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

Timothy Lowell. Courtesy photo.

Timothy Michael Lowell, ‘Tim’

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Tim was the most loving and lovable guy. He always had a joke and laughed all the time.

He always had a helping hand to anyone who asked.

He will be missed by all, especially his family: His wife, Debra Lowell; father, Chuck Lowell; brothers, Todd and Chip Lowell; children, Tim (Michelle), Jennifer, Patrick (Micah), James (Keiko) and Shai.

He loved spending time with his grandkids, Iric, Corina, Madison, Aiden, Gabriel, Olivia and Jasmine.

Services to be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Yacht Club on Fifth Street in Lakeport at 4 p.m.

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

Jerry Covin. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jerry “Pilgrim” Covin was born and raised in the Boston area.

He moved his family to Northern California in 1979 in large part to pursue his lifelong passion — restoring classic cars.

Pilgrim moved to Lake County, California, in the 1990s, collecting a large assortment of friends and chosen family, as well as other classic car enthusiasts. He leaves behind a pioneering and stellar body of work.

Pilgrim was handsome, charming, talented and wickedly funny. His sometimes-gruff exterior hid a kind and generous heart. He really would give you the shirt off his back.

He was also stubbornly independent and authentically himself at all times. He was often heard to say with great feeling, if they don't like it, “f*** 'em!”

But he did not have a mean bone in his body. He was very slow to judge, giving other people the unqualified acceptance he demanded for himself.

Pilgrim is survived by his longtime loving partner, Ronda; his dear friends, Dan and Pam; his daughters, Amy and Randi; his son-in-law, Anthony; grandsons, Dean and Ben; his granddaughter-in-law, Mikhaila; his great-grandson, Noah Gerald; his brother, his sister and countless nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and admirers.

He will be sorely missed by all, and he loved them all.

Memorial celebration to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at his shop at 3430 Finley Road East in Finley.

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