Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Obits

Raymond and Violet Dunken. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Raymond Neil Dunken passed Nov. 11, 2021.

He was born Aug. 6, 1931, near Exeter, California, to Roy and Arlene Dunken.

Ray was the oldest and the only boy of five children. He met his wife of 70 years in high school at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, California.

Violet Marie Ogle Dunken passed Sept. 23, 2021. She was born April 18, 1933, in Arkansas to Arlie and Mary Ogle and the youngest of eight children.

Neil and Violet married June 17, 1951.

Neil served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 as a dental lab technician.

They were blessed with four children and made their home here in Lake County.

Neil founded Dunken Pumps in Lakeport and Violet was the owner and operator of Dunken’s Care Home in Upper Lake. She spent her life loving and caring for others.

Neil loved to hunt and spent many seasons commercial fishing for salmon with Violet.

They are survived by their four children; Rosetta (Earl) Cramer, Jeanine (Dennis) Opp, Lynnie (Mike) Spencer-Smith and Dan Dunken; 11 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; Neil’s sister, Carol Manuel; and a large extended family.

The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Westlake SDA School (P.O. Box 1587, Lakeport, CA 95453) would be greatly appreciated.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336 and Crematory CR351, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport, CA. 95453, telephone 707-263-0357 / 707-994-5611, www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Joy Cozad. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on June 1, 1938, Joy went home to Jesus after her fight with ALS disease on Nov. 11, 2021.

Joy is predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, Bob.

She is survived by her twin daughters, Robin and Roberta Acquistpace; three brothers, Gary (Paula) Myskey, Bob (Tary) Mysey, Darell (Paige) Dikeman; nephew, Robert (Chrysti) Myskey; and many other nieces and nephews.

Joy had a long career working for the State Assembly in Sacramento. In 1996 Joy and Bob retired to their home on the lake in Nice, California.

As active members of the Lakeport Elks Club, they spent many years cooking and serving and made many friends sharing cruise vacations.

Joy was especially proud of her church and church family at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Kelseyville. Her smiling face was seen on many Sunday mornings as she greeted before the service. Her nephew Robert said it best, Joy was her name and Joy was what she brought with her.

“Rest in Peace, Beautiful One.” You made a difference!

No services are planned at this time, donations to the Lakeport animal shelter will be smiled on by Joy and the nine kittens she would feed.

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

Kate Tillman. Courtesy photo.

COBB, Calif. — Kate Michelle Tillman of Cobb passed unexpectedly on Oct. 30, 2021.

She was the youngest of seven siblings, born on July 4, 1991.

Kate had a contagious laugh that always filled more than the room she was in. Her smile was so incredible that you couldn’t help but smile too. She had a boisterous personality and a need to make others laugh even at her own expense.

Kate was incredibly talented with her hands, able to make beautiful art out of clay models, floral arrangements and drawings.

She loved giving gifts, most often for no reason at all. She enjoyed true crime stories with her mom, and horror films with anyone that would dare to watch with her.

She loved spending her days on a road trip with family, preferably to the beach.

Kate leaves behind the love of her life, her beautiful daughter Ellie, who inherited her mother’s smile and sense of humor. She was called to heaven entirely too soon, and will be loved and missed greatly.

She also leaves behind her mother and father, Gerald and Kathy; siblings, Rick, Sally, Debi, Tonja, Jacob and Tim; sister-in-law, Deanna; along with many nieces and nephews who were her pride and joy.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at the Little Red School House on Cobb, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-995-0357, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Dennis McCorkle. Courtesy photo.

Dennis Kelly McCorkle, age 81, of Topsham, Maine, died Nov. 1, 2021, of a heart attack at his home.

A celebration of life will be held at his home in Topsham, Maine in the spring.

If desired, donations in Dennis’ memory may be made to the Redwood Parks Conservancy at https://redwoodparksconservancy.org, at any of the Maine State Parks at www.maine.gov/dacf/about/support or the American Heart Association.

Memories and condolences can be shared, and service updates will be posted with Dennis’ obituary at www.brackettfh.com.

Barkley Shannon. Courtesy photo.

It is with deep sorrow and much love that the family of Barkley (Bark) Joseph Shannon of Holualoa, Hawaii, announce his unexpected but peaceful passing on Nov. 16, 2021, at his family's ranch at the age of 81.

Barkley was born and raised in Northern California, worked as a master mechanic and owned his own business in Hawaii.

He was married to Mary Shannon for 36 years and was a wonderful loving husband and father.

Barkley is survived by daughters, Janeen (Mel) Sanchietti and Darla (Jeff) Stone; sons, Clay (Angie) Shannon and Craig (Rikki) Shannon; and two stepsons, Jason (Summer) Roberson and Marcus (Rina) Roberson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Betsy Opperman.

Bark loved his family and his friends. He loved to laugh and make people laugh, he never let an occasion pass without one of his many jokes or stories!

Ironically, Bark asked Mary to help him write a summary of his life. It says, “I am blessed! I have four wonderful, intelligent, compassionate children who are married to their perfect matches. With that I have 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. I have been very lucky.”

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Home Ranch Ogulin House for close family and friends.

An additional celebration of life will be held in Hawaii at a later date.

Lloyd Minor and his family. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lloyd Kendall Minor was born July 13, 1954, in Vallejo, California, to Leonard Minor and Euna Mae Whitehead.

He passed away at 67 years old due to heart failure on Nov. 8, 2021, in Clearlake Oaks.

Lloyd was one of nine siblings raised in East Palo Alto.

Upon graduating high school, he received an athletic scholarship to Washington State University, a proud moment for his high school and EPA.

Lloyd Minor and his family. Courtesy photo.

He was an avid athlete, lover of jazz music, the Los Angeles Lakers, cooking and fishing.

He retired as a caretaker who built lasting friendships with all of his clients and their families.

Lloyd is survived by his sister, Elayne Danks Whitehead; his brothers, Christopher, Arnold, and Lincoln Minor; son, Vaughn Ginette; daughter, Aja Minor; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Lloyd at an undetermined day and time but can be guaranteed to be unique and nontraditional — just like him.

Lloyd Minor. Courtesy photo.

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