Saturday, 04 February 2023


Scott VerLinden. Courtesy photo.

Scott Alan VerLinden was born April 5, 1955, and he passed away on Aug. 21, 2022, at 67 years old.

He was born to Ralph and Maryly VerLinden of Scotts Valley, California.

He grew up in El Sobrante, California, with his brother and two sisters, Nancy (Greg) Wright and Carolyn VerLinden (Dave). His only brother, Craig, was killed in Viet Nam.

Scott graduated from De Anza High School in 1973. He married Saundra on Valentine's Day in 1978. They have three lovely daughters, Leisha Romo (Rene), Shannon VerLinden and Kristin VerLinden. Scott and Saundra divorced in 1995.

In 2000, Donna Ornellas moved back to Lake County from Alaska when Scott asked her to come live with him. This union added two more lovely daughters to his family, Shannon Johns and Barbi Frisbie. Scott adored all five girls and they equally adored him in return. A loving family for 22 years. Scott also has seven grandchildren, Brandon, Aziza, Caliana, Jeoff, Charity, Jayden and Brooklyn.

Scott was a welder-fabricator his whole life. He owned Barnett Welders in Lakeport, California, with his dad Ralph for 45 years. He was very well known by a lot of local families and friends and very well liked by all that met him. His friends used to call him the Clint Eastwood of Lake County. When anyone would visit with Scott, he always gave them his full attention. He never said much, but always listened like what you had to say was important.

Scott always treated Donna with respect and love. If something was important to Donna (right or wrong), it was important to Scott.

Donna and Scott’s daughters will cherish their time with Scott forever.

We are hoping that everyone that reads this will come to Scott’s celebration of life in Lakeport, California, at the Yacht Club on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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

Dan Grothe. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Franz Daniel (Dan) Grothe, Jr., born May 31, 1925, to longtime Mendocino and Lake County ranchers Franz Grothe and Jennie Goodrich Grothe, died at his home in Scotts Valley, California, Aug. 17, 2022.

Born at the Bell Springs family ranch, Dan recalled herding cattle down what is now Main Street in Ukiah as a boy.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he served in the infantry with the First Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 3rd Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and steadiness after volunteering to replace and repair communication lines while under enemy fire.

He married his high school sweetheart, Adele (Dell) Burris Grothe, on June 13, 1945. When he was 16 years old, he saw Dell riding a black horse through a vineyard and knew he was going to marry her. Four years later, he did.

They had four children, Lewis “Jeep,” Trudi, Jenny and Art. He never missed a school function, basketball game, a track meet or a wrestling match.

The Army awarded him a Gold Star family designation after his son, Jeep, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

He was a beloved grandfather to six grandchildren and a much adored great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He taught his grandchildren to play cribbage, solitaire and basketball, and his great-grandchildren the joys of Haagen-Dazs and salami.

An active community member, he served as a Lakeport School District Board Member, Lake County Fire commissioner, Mendocino College trustee and Rotary Club member. He retired as the California State Probate Referee for Lake County.

Dan is predeceased by his wife, Dell; son, Jeep; and his parents and sisters.

He is survived by daughters, Trudi and Jenny (husband Rick); son, Art (wife Janine); six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lakeport Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, 445 N. Main St., Lakeport, Ca. 95453 or the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

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

Gerald Wood. Courtesy photo.

Gerald Thomas Wood
Born 1936 — Died 2022

Gerald Thomas Wood, “Jerry,” was born in Red Bluff, California, in 1936.

When he was 3 years old, he, his brother, and his mother went to live with his grandmother in Healdsburg, California, after his father went to fight in World War II.

Jerry grew up enjoying swimming in the Russian River, riding his bike, and playing with his dog, Spot.

Jerry attended college in Santa Rosa and was a member of the US Coast Guard for three years.

Jerry also served as a deputy sheriff in Lake County for 27 years. He became a sergeant and was in charge of patrolling the lakes around Lake County, including Clear Lake, Blue Lakes and Lake Pillsbury.

Jerry met his wife, Joan, when they were 3 years old growing up in Healdsburg. They were always good friends but did not marry until years later after they were both divorced.

Combined, they’ve had eight children, five daughters and three sons, as well as 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Jerry always enjoyed diving for abalone, fishing on his boat, hunting, and traveling with his wife in their motorhome.

Most of all Jerry enjoyed spending time with family and attending kids, grandkids and great-grandkids events throughout the years.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Wilda Wood; brother, Wally Wood; son, JT Wood; and grandson, Conner Thomas.

Ed Fayle. Courtesy photo.

Edward George Gayle

Aug. 3, 1935 (born)
Aug. 14, 2022 (died)
Age: 87

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Edward George Fayle was born in Bakersfield, California, on Aug. 8, 1935, to Leonard Ray Fayle and Anna Louise (Trapnell) Fayle of Delano, California.

Ed died in his long-term home city of Lakeport, on Aug. 14, 2022.

In 1942, the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where his father’s family had been early members of the communities of Las Vegas, Jean and Goodsprings, Nevada.

Ed attended John S. Park Grade School and Las Vegas High School, participating in many activities, including band, varsity football and the National Honor Society.

He became the Class of 1954’s Salutatorian and attended Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1958.

After working at North American Aviation in Southern California, he returned for a graduate degree to the University of California, Oakland, and received his professional engineering degree in 1962 to 63.

He relocated to Las Vegas and then to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked designing systems in the heating and cooling industry.

In 1985, Ed moved to Lake County in Northern California and enjoyed the pastoral environment and friendly community for the remainder of his life.

He is survived by his sister, Jane Fayle Norgren of Milford, Connecticut; his nephews, Erik Ray Norgren of Stamford, Connecticut, Nils Edward Norgren (Kim) of Norfolk, Massachusetts; and niece, Anna Louise Norgren Mahon (Sean) of Orange, Connecticut; in addition to his grand nephews and nieces.

He was a proud uncle and brother-in-law to the late Philip Norgren, Jane's husband, who was also an engineer.

A graveside memorial service will be held in the late fall in Goodsprings, Nevada.

JJ Flynn. Courtesy photo.

Jon Joseph "JJ" Flynn

Jon Joseph “JJ” Flynn was born Oct. 13, 1986, in Daly City, California.

He moved to Lake County in May 1989 with family, and graduated from Middletown High School in 2004.

He passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 15, 2022, in Walnut Creek, California, at the age of 35.

Jon is survived by his father, John, of Cobb and sister, Christine, of Redwood City.

Jon is predeceased by his mother, Judy.

He will be missed by all those fortunate enough to know and love him.

Jon's ashes will be interred with other family members at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at Glenbrook Cobb Cemetery.

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

Wendell Hanson. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Wendell Kimzey Hanson “Kim or Poppy,” was born to Wendell and Kate Hanson in Lakeport, California, on Nov. 7, 1946.

While attending Shasta College he met and married the love of his life Gladys (McCoy). They moved to Idaho with their first born daughter, Laurie, where he studied geology at Idaho State on a baseball scholarship.

Kim and Gladys moved to Bakersfield, California, in early 1973 with Laurie and their newborn daughter, Tiffany to pursue a career in the oil industry. Later that year, they had their son, Kyle.

They raised their kids in Bakersfield and later moved to Denver for a brief period before returning to Bakersfield and finally settling in Discovery Bay, California, in 2020

Kim was blessed with a long and fortunate life with his wife “Mimi” by his side. He loved and cherished her every single day. They had a marriage that everyone dreams of.

The most important things in Kim’s life were spending time with his family! He was just as happy celebrating a wedding, graduation or hosting a holiday get together with games. Any chance he could have to make someone laugh or entertain his family, he was happy.

He was always most happy having his family gathered under the same roof. He loved throwing his grandkids in the air, and endless tickle sessions. And he was always the best dancer in the room.

Kim also loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He enjoyed trips to Canada, Alaska and Idaho with his dad. Those were some of the moments he truly treasured!

Kim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Gladys, and his children, Laurie Eagleson, Tiffany (Walt) Stone Griffin and Kyle (Jody) Hanson; seven grandchildren, Alexis (Chase) Jamieson, Audrey (Grant) Paulson, Anders (Linda) Eagleson, Katheryn (Elijah) Borskey, Garrett Stone, Van and Sloan Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Poppy and twins Brody and Kimzey Jamieson; and honorary sons, John Eagleson and Arthur Rocha.

Kim was predeceased by his mother, Kate Hanson, and father and stepmom, Wendell (Pauline) Hanson; sister, Nicki Hanson; and son-in-law, Jerry Stone.

Kim passed after a long battle with dementia on Aug. 6, 2022, with his family by his side.

Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. Graveside service will follow at Kelseyville Cemetery at 11 a.m.

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

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