Monday, 30 November 2020


Richard Wilson. Courtesy photo.

Richard Wilson
Sept. 1, 1938 - Aug. 9, 2020

“Glad You Got to See Me”

In sadness, we share that at 81 years old, Richard Wilson, a dear father of four and beloved husband of 62 years, passed away on Aug. 9, 2020.

We are deeply saddened but at the same time, we have peace knowing he is with the Lord. He left us peacefully after saying goodbye to his family in person and family far away via FaceTime.

He lived a generous life full of love, integrity and hard work. He was always young at heart, hiking Half Dome at 58 and riding Thunder Mountain Railroad at 81.

With an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor, people were drawn to him. He was happiest around his family and never passed on an opportunity to gather with them at a barbecue or a grandkid’s sporting event.

He and his wife Frances owned many successful businesses and their generous heart touched many people in the Lower Lake community.

The family will have a small family memorial BBQ to remember Dad – he wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Richard was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Southern California as a young child.

He was a Basketball High School All-American who graduated from Paramount High School in 1956.

Richard started as a box boy for a local grocery chain and quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder, eventually being promoted to regional manager.

Richard Wilson and his wife, Frances. Courtesy photo.

He married his high school sweetheart Frances Besgrove in 1957. They had three children, Michael, Steven and Mary.

After a hunting accident, they decided it was time to put their hard work towards owning their own business. They owned the Montgomery Wards catalog store and Gene’s Fountain.

They lived on the lake in those early years and had a fourth child Melissa. They boated, fished and took time to play at their camping property on the Trinity River. Those early days were busy, but Dad taught us balance and family were more important than fortune. Our family took up snow skiing and enjoyed many memories together in the Sierras, Utah and Colorado.

In 1977, Richard and Frances decided to sell the lake house and businesses and semi-retire. They moved to Lower Lake where they began to grow kiwis and walnuts and became a real estate broker. He enjoyed building things with his hands, whether it be a house, building or wood projects for mom to paint on.

In the 1980s and 1990s, they went into business with their sister Linda Davis, opening Lower Lake Feed & Supply, and Richard and Frances opened Apple Realty. Richard also served on the Konocti Unified School board for 18 years.

Mom and Dad bought a few hot rods and began to travel around the US with their hot rod club friends seeing wonderful places and making memories. A highlight was going on an Alaskan Cruise with 40 of them! They even drove their hot rod on the Indianapolis 500 Speedway.

Needless to say, to Richard everyone was a friend and was greeted by a cheerful “glad to meet you.” When they retired they bought an RV and joined a stunt kite flying club which continued to take them all over the country kite flying with a new group of friends. It was a perfect way to stay active and socialize with others! On their favorite RV trip, they went to the WDW Campground, Texas, and saw relatives in the Midwest.

Richard’s favorite activity by far was spending time with his family. He and Mom traveled many miles each month making sure they got to see every sporting event of each of the grandkids. A typical weekend would include three football games, two soccer games and a dance recital … but in different towns!

Richard loved spending time all together telling funny stories, and used funny sayings unique to dad. Dad was so proud of each one of us in different ways and helped us to be better people by the values he instilled in us. He lived an incredible life that we each hope we can resemble and strive for.

Richard Wilson and his family. Courtesy photo.

Richard is survived by his wife, Fran; his siblings, Lon and Linda; children and spouses, Mike and Julie, Steve and Cathy, Mary and Craig, and Melissa and Kenny; grandchildren, Justin, Andy and Chelsea, Michaela and Frankie, Bryan and Bekah, Ryan, Kyle and Kortney, Jessica, Hailey and Kevin, Chase and Ben; great-grandchildren, Lukas, Goy, Dylan, Marion, Kaylee, Jordan, Emma, Noah, Hunter, Tommy, Drew, Millie, Blake and Lyla.

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
I can only imagine when that day comes
When I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I would do is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine I can only imagine .... SEE you in Heaven Dad!

Donna Atkinson. Courtesy photo.

Donna Bush Atkinson
Dec. 20, 1939 – Aug. 22, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Donna Bush Atkinson passed away peacefully at the age of 80 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Donna was born Dec. 20, 1939, in Upper Lake, California, and lived most of her life in Lake County.

Donna was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, John D. Bush; parents, LeRoy and Inez O’Bryant; and grandson, John Moitozo.

She is survived by children, Kathy (Tom), Johnna (Mike), Daryle (Patricia)and Elizabeth (Mark); her loving brother, Larry O’Bryant (Kathy); grandchildren, Nichole, Michelle, Sarah, Julie, Justin, Michael, Valerie, Trevor, Timothy and Isabella; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, many friends and her church family.

Donna was a woman of deep faith and loved being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was because of her faith that she was able to pass peacefully knowing that she would be reunited with her husband John.

She was loved by all. She was “Grandma Donna” to a lot of children over the years. Not just her own grandchildren but their friends, the children at church and the children from her daycare. She will be dearly missed by all.

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

Ed Collins. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Edward A. Collins was born March 4, 1961, in Oakland, California. Ed passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the age of 59 in his home in Upper Lake.

He was predeceased by his father Arthur Collins and brother Steven Collins.

Ed leaves behind his wife, Trina Collins; his children, Amy Collins, Brandon Goodrich (Vanessa), Melissa Quick (Andrew), Dr. Brandi A. Holt, Shoshana Lane and Amanda Lane; his mother, Hilfri Harvesty; brother, Gordon Collins; sister, Susan Mathiesen; and six grandchildren.

Ed has been involved in the Lakeport and Upper Lake community since he moved here in 1969. Ed worked in the local pear sheds as a teen and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1978. He went on to drive truck for Kendall-Jackson Wines then Timberline Disposal.

Ed went back to school and got his Associate of Science degree in alcohol and other drug studies in 2013 from Mendocino College. Ed became a counselor at local drug rehabilitation centers and retired as a DUI counselor and instructor.

Ed was greatly involved in his community through many clubs and organizations he was a part of. He helped build the community through volunteering his time with the Lakeport Lions Club, Operation Tango Mike, Sea Scouts, ECV, Lakeport Senior Center, playing Santa Claus during holiday events, Upper Lake Citizens Patrol and other various organizations around the lake.

Due to gathering restrictions at this time, a service will not be held. You can pay your respects to Ed by visiting his plot at the Upper Lake Cemetery.

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

Patricia Harpham. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Patricia "Pat" Harpham passed away at her home of 57 years on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.

Pat was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children. When she was 14, the family moved to Berkeley, California.

It was there she graduated high school and married Jack Hoyt. They had two children, Kathleen and John.

After divorcing in 1962 she moved to Chico, where she met and married Bill Harpham. The year was 1964 and they moved to Kelseyville.

She and Bill were both private pilots and they traveled everywhere, from Snowbird, Utah snow skiing with her grandkids, to various places in Mexico with friends. They would hook up the fifth-wheel trailer and drive cross country to golf at least one 18 hole golf course in every state. She had a full life and will be greatly missed.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Kathy Bracisco; her son, John (Maia) Hoyt; two grandchildren, Matt and Jackson Bracisco; and six great-grandchildren.

Per her wishes, no services are planned.

Kathy and John would like to thank Ethyl Rhoades, Shelia Fahnholz and Betsy for taking such devoted and loving care of mom.

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

Carolyn Marie Collins
June 7, 1933 – Aug. 13, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – On the night of Aug. 13, 2020, Carolyn Marie Collins died in her brand new home in Middletown at the age of 87.

She was surrounded by family, her beloved pets and a dear friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Dorothy Wiley; her brother, Dave Wiley; her daughter, Ann Kathleen Collins; and her husbands, Bill Nitzel and Jim Collins.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Marie Dawson; her son-in-law Tommy Garrett; her four grandchildren, Meryl Collins, Jessica Collins, Brandon Dawson and Collin Dawson; and a great-granddaughter, Kolea Palakiko.

She was well-loved and will be duly missed.

At her request, no services will be performed. In lieu of anything, we only ask that you find a child or a young adult and teach them how to sew, knit, craft, and create.

Carolyn was mind-bogglingly talented and it was an amazing talent she freely shared with everyone around her.

She feared it was a dying art, and her passion for it was phenomenal.

In this day and age of isolation and homeschooling, she would hope that others would reach out to children and teach what they know, even if it isn’t their own kid.

Nancy Odette Hundemann. Courtesy photo.

Nancy Odette Hundemann
Oct. 12, 1954 - Aug. 12, 2020

Nancy Odette Hundemann, age 65, passed away peacefully and without pain. She endured an ongoing battle with diverticulitis and short bowel syndrome. She had multiple surgeries at various hospitals from Florida to California and even Nevada.

Nancy was born on Long Island, New York. She was married, and subsequently, divorced. She leaves behind one son, Travis; and a grandson, Cameron.

Nancy was a “people person” and was always willing to help others as she saw fit. She loved Angels and flying stunt kites. She was a strong woman with many multitasking abilities.

A life-long friendship was formed with her “Sister” Annette. They met in 1983 as a bartender and a server.

Nancy then turned her talents into entrepreneurship as a restaurant owner in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She had three restaurants, and as her sickness progressed, she lost them all by 2007.

Nancy will be laid to rest in Jax, Florida, side by side with her parents and uncle. May she rest in peace and shine down upon us all from above.

Donations towards the family's funeral costs can be made to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 North High St., Lakeport, CA 95453. Please send checks or money orders. No cash, please.

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

Nancy Hundemann, at right. Courtesy photo.

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