Monday, 30 November 2020


Al Maschek. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Albert James Maschek, known to many as “Big Al,” died Sept. 15, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born on June 28, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, the first of two sons, to Albert and Anna Malina Maschek.

Al signed up for the US Army while still in high school and joined upon graduation.

He was never one to fear taking a chance, so after a short time at a job following military service, he and a friend took off in his 1955 Buick to one city after another for three years across the country, working odd jobs all the way. This ended in the Bay Area in 1962 when they decided to head for Seattle because of the World’s Fair being held there.

Al worked for a while at Boeing, then Highline School District and then for a painting contractor, and finally he started his own painting and contracting company, working seven days a week.

Al’s parents moved to Clearlake, California, so he moved there to take care of them. He did some contracting and got into real estate sales and eventually met the love of his life, Janice.

She lived in Lucerne, but when she purchased Shore Line Realty in 1996 they settled in Clearlake Oaks. They also owned and operated Indian Beach Resort for a time.

Al was a past president of Clearlake Rotary and Lake County Board of Realtors. He was a US Army veteran and a life member of the NRA and the American Legion, as well as a member of the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge No. 2284. He was also a licensed contractor.

Al was a hard worker, but he was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest during his time off, and he really enjoyed watching his grandsons Ryan and Josh play basketball.

Al was predeceased by his parents, Al and Anna, and his son, Al Jr.

He leaves behind his wife, Janice; younger brother, Robert (Priscilla) of Nevada; daughters, Ruth and Donnel of Bonney Lake, Washington, Shelley of Pismo Beach, California, Gerrie of Enumclaw, Washington; sons, Jim (Jennifer) of Puyallup, Washington, Michael (Rachelle) of Clearlake Oaks and Tim of Sacramento; plus numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations in Albert Maschek’s name may be made to Rotary Club of Clearlake, P.O. Box 549, Clearlake, CA 95422.

There will be a celebration of life for Al at the Maschek home at 13059 Keys Blvd., Clearlake Oaks, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a noon to 1 p.m. driveby. All are invited to attend.

Richard Miguel Gomez. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Richard Miguel Gomez was born Aug. 6, 1945, to Lewis Joseph Gomez and Ramona Agnes (Ellis) Gomez. He began his journey home to the Ancestors on Sept. 6, 2020.

Richard leaves behind his beloved wife of 29 years, Lucille Barbara Gomez. He is also survived by his daughter, Trina Gomez, and his only living sister, Carol Gomez. He is predeceased by both parents; his brothers, Mitchell, Joseph, Andrew, Lawrence and James; and his sisters, Rosella, Wilma, Delores and Isabelle.

Richard raised many children that were not his biological children, but he was always the best dad he could be. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him.

Richard is known for his kind, giving heart. He held many volleyball tournaments so the young people could have good memories and enjoyment in their lives. He is best known for his Annual Easter Egg hunt that he held for the less fortunate families in his community with money that he saved all year to put on, feeding the community and buying prizes for the kids.

Many people may know him with his Konocti Vista Casino Security uniform. He worked for more than 26 years at Konocti Vista Casino in different positions but ended his career in security.

We are saddened and heartbroken for his loss, but he left many of us with good teachings and fond memories.

Richard dedicated his life to our Roundhouse cultural ceremonies, as his chosen way of life. He always honored his word and even though he would sometimes be stern, he was always true. He lived a good life of honesty, integrity and hard work. He was a true humble servant of our Creator.

We love him. He is going to be missed dearly.

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

Carl Otto Anderson. Courtesy photo.

Carl Otto Anderson
May 14, 1927 ~ Aug. 28, 2020

LAKEPORT, Calif. – With love we say bon-voyage to Carl Otto Anderson who drifted peacefully to heaven at the age of 93 in Lakeport.

Carl was born May 14, 1927, in Petaluma to immigrant parents, Carl Victor Anderson and Johanna Gabriella Mutterlien.

He grew up on a chicken ranch in Penngrove, graduated Petaluma High School, served in World War II, attended Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Berkeley. He returned to take over the family chicken ranch.

He worked for United Airlines, O'Neill Construction, and later returned to Petaluma to raise his family and with his wife established Fireside Books and Hallmark Cards.

Carl was dedicated to serving God at Marin, Elim and First (Lucerne) Lutheran churches and kept his heritage alive through VASA Linnea Lodge No. 504.

He was an avid reader, photographer, gourmet cook and gardener. Carl designed and oversaw the construction of their retirement home in Lakeport.

Carl is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Eric and Gerhart; and nephew, Eric.

Carl leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Sylvia Elin (Johansson); two daughters, Lorna Rochman-McEntire (Jerry) and Linnea Humble (Michael); and was Morfar to six grandchildren, Kerstin (Dave), Alexandra, Antoine (Ashley), Jennifer, Jacob (Yeva) and Hana. His six great-grandchildren were the sparkles in his eyes.

The family would like to thank his caregivers Isa, Jackie, Josie and Rafa. We also thank Hospice Services of Lake County, Sutter Lakeport Hospital, and clinic staff for all their wonderful care.

Donations in his name may be given to Doctors Without Borders, Elim Lutheran Church, First Lutheran of Lucerne, Hospice Services or your favorite charity organization.

Private inurnment will be held at Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma.

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

Craig Newfield. Courtesy photo.

COBB, Calif. – A graveside memorial service for Craig “Gilly" Newfield will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pines outdoor church at Forest Lake at Highway 175 and Forest Lake Drive, Cobb.

Gilly will then be taken by riderless horse to Glenbrook Cemetery on Bottle Rock Road for his final rest. Social distancing and masks, please.

Craig was born to Elna and Richard Newfield on Good Friday in March 1951 in Burbank, California. His mom always said he came that day just to mess up her Easter plans.

He moved to Cobb when his parents purchased Cobb Valley Ranch on Bottle Rock Road. He was 11 when he stayed with his father to save his home from a wildfire. He was heartbroken when the ranch was lost in the Valley fire.

Craig attended Little Red School House (his mugshot still hangs there). He was a Kelseyville High graduate.

He participated in 4-H and amateur rodeo where he was a bareback bronc rider. He couldn’t make any money at it so he decided to stick to his second career as a truck driver.

He worked for Clearlake Truck & Crane, Red Archer Equipment Rental and Archer Trucking for more than 40 years. He always made sure to go and “worsh” his Peterbilt on weekends.

His favorite part of the day was walking into his garage, popping a Coors and turning on his TV, as it was “Fiesta Time.”

He once had a horse named “little Horse” because, well, he was little. He used to say he was born 100 years too late. We know that wasn’t true as he would have starved to death on the trail because he couldn’t boil water.

Craig was a simple man with a huge heart, a great sense of humor and few demands. If you could make his mother’s recipe for mac and cheese from scratch you were a keeper.

He passed quietly in his recliner, watching his favorite cartoons (NASCAR or WWF). We are not sure if it was from his displeasure of the outcome, that he would miss his beloved Kansas City Chiefs season, or if it was because he did not want to see the Hospice nurse again.

Craig is predeceased by his mother, Elna, and his father, Rich (No more red X soda pop for him either).

He is survived by his wife, Emily of 25 years; sister, Linda Eastman; brother, John Newfield; daughter, Rosalinda; two nephews; and two grandchildren.

Donations can be made in Craig’s memory to the American Cancer Society for the research of Polycythemia Vera, for which there is no cure.

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

Bob Dinsmore. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Robert Alvin Dinsmore, “Bob,” age 85, of Lakeport, passed away Sept. 7, 2020.

Bob was born in Santa Cruz on June 23, 1935. He graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

He was a former marathon runner and competed in Bay to Breakers in San Francisco.

As a bank manager, he met wife Judy Dinsmore and married Jan. 29, 1962.

The couple moved to Upper Lake, California, where they helped her parents run the beloved Red Barn Mini Ranch.

Bob then worked as an accountant for Mt. Konocti Growers for over 30 years. Next, he worked at Quercus Ranch until he retired in 2005. He won the prestigious “Half Pear” award and was a well-loved member of the agricultural community.

He was treasurer of the Lake County Channel Cats for 16 years and was an active member of TOPS.

He loved spending time with his family, including two children and two grandchildren, lovingly referred to as “The Waltons.”

He enjoyed playing card games with his family and taking care of his many pets.

Bob is preceded by parents Joseph and Edith Dinsmore and wife, Judy of 58 years.

Bob is survived by his children, Ken Dinsmore (Kim) and Jen Hanson (Jeff); sister-in-law, Barbara “Bobbie” Dore, niece Pam Dore and two grandchildren, Allison and Nikki Hanson.

He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no funeral service. However, to remember Bob we encourage everyone to find laughter in pulling a practical joke on a loved one as this was one of his favorite past times.

Kerry Buckman. Courtesy photo.

NICE, Calif. – Kerry Buckman passed away on Sept. 5, 2020, residing in Nice.

Kerry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He loved riding motorcycles, reading, woodworking, jewelry, and leatherworking, cave exploring and also loved conversing with people as he was a very compassionate, outgoing person.

Kerry is survived by his wife, Carolyn Buckman; children, Aaron Buckman, Samantha Spell, Pamela Kendall and Theresa Holland; grandchildren, Alexandra Barber, Brandon Spell, Madison Spell, Trevor Buckman, Nicholle Goeken, Krystal Holland, Laci Lopez, and Chance Holland; great-grandchildren, Korbin Humphrys, Kayli Kim, Korbin McCanless, Jaecee Goeken, Austin Holland, Jasper Goeken, Aiva Morris, Zaeden Goeken, Maddison Holland and Taliya Cobera; uncles, Kenny Burruss, Russ Stevens and families; many cousins; and best friend, Pablo Avalos.

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

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