Monday, 25 October 2021


Denise Reading. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Denise Mildred Reading passed away suddenly at her home on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

Denise was born on July 14, 1960, in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Marie and Calvin Gough.

Denise is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Rich Reading, and the light of their lives, their daughter, Mariesa Reading.

She is also survived by many friends and family members including her brothers, Roger and Gary Gough; sister, Karma Fickbaum; and brother-in-law, Paul (Gloria) Reading.

Denise was the best mother and best friend to every person whoever knew her. She will be forever missed.

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

Richard “Dick” Lewis. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Richard Hughes Lewis was born on Feb. 23, 1924, and passed away on Oct. 8, 2021, at the young age of 97.

Dick is very well known for his care of families in our community as the owner of Jones and Lewis Mortuary in Lower Lake from 1954 to 1981.

As a young man Dick served in World War II and is an Army veteran.

He had a strong civic responsibility, belonging to Clearlake Callayomi Masonic Lodge No. 183, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Elks, Lakeshore Lions, Moose, Aahmes Temple Oakland and the American Legion.

He was a member of the Lower Lake Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years and a Konocti Unified School Board member for 25 years.

He was instrumental in bringing independent study to our local schools and the Richard H. Lewis Alternative School was started in his name.

Dick’s energy was never-ending. He enjoyed many motor home trips over the years and fun times with family and friends. At age 70 he hiked down the Grand Canyon. He was a kind, caring, genuine man, always willing to help wherever he could. He will be missed dearly.

Dick is survived by his wife, Betty Lewis; son, Ted (Coleta) Lewis; grandson, Troy Lewis; great grandson, Elliot Lewis; several nephews; and many good friends. He is predeceased by his son, Mitch Lewis.

Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Visitation will also be held at the Clearlake Callayomi Masonic Lodge No. 183 on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Private Interment will be at Lower Lake Cemetery.

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

Geraldine Swicegood. Courtesy photo.

Now is the time to rejoice in the love and memories we share of Geraldine Swicegood.

Her sunset came Sept. 15, 2021, she was called home at the tender age of 85, surrounded by family and friends at the family home in Martinez, Calif.

Geraldine's sunrise came Aug. 7, 1936, when she was born to Luciais and Rosetta Bailey in Seminole, Oklahoma.

A proud momma to her children, Yvonne, Ronald, Lynette and Kevin. She was also a beloved grandmother to nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

One of her favorite quotes was “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies, it brings us together again and again,” by Maya Angelou.

If she was to whisper in our ear from heaven you probably would hear her say Verse John 16:22: “Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”

Geraldine was laid to rest in Upper Lake Cemetery on Sept. 29, 2021, in a private ceremony.

Care and arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD311,, Lakeport, California, 707-263-5389.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life in remembrance of Lee Cook on Monday, Oct. 18.

The celebration will begin at noon at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum, 9921 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville.

Cook died at age 73 on Dec. 2, 2020.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Lake County Historical Society Blacksmith Shop project.

Walter Jorgenson. Courtesy photo.

Walter William Jorgenson, age 95, passed away peacefully on Saturday Oct. 2, 2021, from natural causes at Park Rose Gardens of Fairfield, California.

He was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Perham, Minnesota.

Walter was born to Jacob George Jorgenson and Helen Antonette Seingir and lived most of his childhood in Perham, Minnesota, until he married Muriel Hazel Cote in 1947 at the age of 21. They raised their four children mostly in the Duluth area.

The family moved to San Jose, California, in 1967. Walter and Muriel moved to Clearlake, California, in 1990.

Dad was an excellent automobile mechanic most of his working life. Times were tough growing up as he quit school to work on a potato farm to help the family out.

During World War II, he joined the Navy at 17 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Area as a rear gun ammunition seaman on a medical ship.

His favorite hobby was amateur radio and built his own linear amplifier. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, country western music, playing cards and board games.

He was a proud, hardworking, caring person, who was always willing to give a helping hand to friends. He will be missed, but will live on in the memories he has left.

Walter is survived by his son, Gary; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and his sisters, Irene and Margret.

He is predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Muriel Hazel Cote; three children, Randy, Stacy and Marty; brother, Marvin; and sisters, Marie and Delores.

Interment will be at the Oneota Cemetery in Duluth, Minnesota, by the Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home. Reception will be at a later date.

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

Gordon Wilcox. Courtesy photo.

Gordon Herrick Wilcox was born May 16, 1931, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Clarence Hildreth and Lina Albertina Knapp Wilcox.

He died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 90.

After high school, Gordon attended Western Baptist Bible College in El Cerrito, California.

He was married July 30, 1960, in Upper Lake, California, to the love of his life, Phyllis Hill.

He worked to develop and maintain Meteor Ranch Bible Conference as well as a cattle ranch where he served humbly and tirelessly year after year. His generosity touched the lives of many.

He was fueled by his love for God, his family and endless cups of black coffee from sunup to sun down.

His faith in God gave him confidence that he will spend eternity in Heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Those he leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include: his wife of over 61 years, Phyllis, of Owasso, Oklahoma; children, Tim Wilcox and wife Carmen, of Catalina, Arizona, Corinne Wilcox, of Owasso, Oklahoma, Phil Wilcox and wife Jenny, of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Becky Little, of Henderson, Nevada; grandchildren, Britnie Wilcox, of Mesa, Arizona, Adam Wilcox and wife Codi, of San Pedro, California, Morgan Little, of Newberg, Oregon, Lindsay Little, of Newport Beach, California, Jared Wilcox, Caleb Wilcox, Grace Wilcox, and Lily Wilcox, all of Owasso, Oklahoma; great-grand-children, Abagail Hulsey, Quinn Wilcox, and Max Wilcox; sister, Alice Jackson and husband Ed, of Cherry Valley, California; brothers, Conrad Wilcox of Lafayette, Indiana, and David Wilcox and wife Barbara, of Lakeport, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Don Wilcox.

Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 1, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso, Oklahoma and a graveside service was held that same afternoon at Green Acres Memorial Gardens in rural Owasso with Pastor Mike Gleason officiating.

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