Monday, 25 October 2021


Bob Prather Jr. Courtesy photo.

Lilburn Robert 'Bob' Prather Jr.
Aug. 2, 1927 — Oct. 6, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Fourth generation resident of Lake County, Lilburn Robert “Bob” Prather Jr., a member of the pioneer Prather family, died at his Kelseyville home with his beloved wife, Carol and step daughter, Melissa Mabery at his side. He was 94 years old.

Bob was born in Oakland, California on Aug. 2, 1927, to parents Lilburn Robert Prather and Jesse Ruth Prather of Adams Springs, California.

Bob and his younger brother, Jim, attended elementary school at the little one room school in Cobb Valley, and then Bob graduated from Kelseyville High School, after which he joined the Navy.

Following his term of service, he attended Santa Rosa Junior College, graduated and attended UC Berkeley for a short time before deciding to return to the Cobb Mountain area and help his parents develop and run Loch Lomond Resort while also working in the logging business.

He married Evelyn Spellman in 1950 and together they raised seven sons, Steven, Michael, Gary, Darryl, Danny, Timothy and Donald on their ranch a few miles from Loch Lomond.

In 1971, he and Evelyn divorced and then logging took him to Covelo. In 1974 he married Carol White who had four children, Richard, Daniel, Tama, and Melissa.

Bob and Carol lived in Covelo where he continued to log, bought a ranch and raised hay, sheep, cattle and ran a small gravel business. Ten years later, they sold the ranch, turned the gravel business over to his son Tim, and moved to Oregon, with the intention of retiring.

Retirement lasted one year and then it was back to logging and ranching again. After six years they moved back to his roots in Lake County

On returning to Lake County, Bob began to develop and subdivide his land on Grouse Mountain and Seigler Mountain for his sons and their families. His forest lands were very important to him. He was a good steward of the land and believed in sustainable logging and winter burning to ward off forest fires and he instilled those values into his sons who now own and manage the land.

In 2015, the family was awarded the American Tree Farm System’s “Outstanding Tree Farmers” award, of which he was very proud. He loved the Scottish proverb, “He who plants trees, loves others besides himself.”

After turning his mountain lands over to his boys, Bob and Carol bought a piece of Big Valley land near their home and Bob continued doing what he loved, growing things and building things.

He built a beautiful big barn from scratch, that is to say, cut the trees, milled the lumber and built the barn. It became his carpentry workshop, except during the Christmas holidays when it was transformed into a beautiful party barn for his large family and many friends.

When he wasn’t working he loved to read and always had a book going, mostly history and politics, and he rarely forgot what he read. He was very proud of his own history and ancestry and the fact that his American lineage traced back to the 1600s on both sides of his family and that they were related to the Bradfords of the Mayflower.

Bob was predeceased by brother, James Prather; sons, Darryl Prather, Donald Prather and his ex-wife, Evelyn Wolfe.

Along with the 11 sons and daughters of both Bob and Carol as well as their spouses, Bob is survived by 25 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and one great-great-grand- granddaughter.

Bob was a kind, gentle and strong patriarch who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life for family and friends will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at 4595 Gaddy Lane in Kelseyville. Graveside service has not yet been set.

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

Jack Edwards. Courtesy photo.

Jackie (Jack) Eugene Edwards was born to Forest and Bernice Edwards on Feb. 23, 1936, in Parsons, Kansas.

His family moved to the Coastside, California, in 1937, settling in San Gregorio where they farmed and had a dairy.

He graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1953. Jack married his high school sweetheart, Betty Dillon and together they had four children.

Jack worked on the coast as an auto mechanic at Cuyler Chevrolet and Steve Ponce’s Garage. He then followed his love of the ocean and became a commercial fisherman.

In 1964 he married Chris Pettibone and together they had three children. They spent many years together enjoying all of their children and playing music together with their band “The Jackson Special.”

Eventually Jack moved to Sutter, California, where he opened Jack’s Tacks, an upholstery business. He later moved to Guerneville where he returned to his love of fishing at Bodega Bay with his son Lorne on the F.V. Angeline.

His last move would be to Clearlake, California, with his partner Barbara where he was a handyman to many, there didn’t seem to be anything he couldn’t fix. He resided in Clearlake until he passed.

Jack toiled at many trades but his biggest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, fishing and playing country music on his guitar. He also had quite the knack for telling a good joke or story.

Jack passed away suddenly on Aug. 25, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Edwards, and daughter Jennifer Edwards.

He is survived by his partner, Barbara Johnson, and siblings, Bob Edwards, Shirley Maidt and Pooky Francis. He is also survived by his children, Betsy Williams (Benny), Jackie Sullivan, Jackie (Bubbers) Edwards, Kristina Haynes (Russell), Lorne Edwards (Sherri), Bill Edwards and Rebecca Edwards Bennett, as well as 26 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at 6661 Eagle Ridge Road, Penngrove, California.

Nevaeh Lenee Oothoudt was born June 15, 2001, in Deer River, Minnesota.

She was a Leech Lake Ojibwe Tribal Band member and also a Robinson Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians descendant.

Navaeh planned on making California her new home and wanted to start a new life before her untimely passing.

Navaeh will be greatly missed by many friends and family members from Minnesota and California.

Like a shooting star that lights up the night sky, Nevaeh could make anyone smile or laugh and was the sweetest person you could ever meet.

She is survived by her mother, Lisa Peake; sisters, Cherice Williams, Charissa and Le Ann Oothoudt; and brothers, Cory, Joseph, Chauncey and Jamie Oothoudt.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Evelyn and Joseph Peake; father, Clayton Oothoudt III; and brother, Clayton IV.

Nevaeh's California family will be holding a private viewing at the Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., in Lakeport, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m.

She will then make her journey home to Minnesota to be laid to rest in Onigum and say final goodbyes with family and friends.

Patricia Bryant. Courtesy photo.

Patricia Da-onne Bryant
Nov. 27, 1934 to Oct. 18, 2021

Patricia was born in Lubbock, Texas to Weldon E. Bryant and Cleo C. Bryant.

She spent her younger years in Lubbock and moved with her family to California in the early 1940s, eventually making their way up to Lake County, California.

Patricia attended Clear Lake High School and was active in the Big Valley 4-H and Rainbow Girls (worthy adviser and later as mother adviser in the late 1960s to 1970s). She was proud that she became Miss Clear Lake Queen of the Lake on July Fourth, 1951.

Patricia was a homemaker in Lakeport, California, during her daughters' early childhoods, later a bookkeeper for several businesses and retiring from Vittel of France where she worked in their US office in Newport Beach, California.

She was a talented artist and avid quilter, belonging to the Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild and the River City Quilters Guild. Patricia shared her skill teaching quilting to her granddaughters' 4-H Club and mentoring numerous nieces and friends.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her four daughters, Peggy, Pam Jones (Steve), Penny Esteves (Joe) and Michelle Pearson (Ross); nine grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including her niece, Christi Campbell Arnold who she considered another daughter.

A celebration of life with family and friends will be planned for summer 2022 in Lakeport. Should anyone want to honor Patricia's life with a donation, she requested it be to the Lakeport Volunteer Firefighters Association.

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

Patricia Bryant. Courtesy photo.

Richard “Dick” White. Courtesy photo.

Richard ‘Dick’ White
March 9, 1937 - Oct. 5, 2021

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Richard R. White, 84, of Kelseyville passed quietly at home on Oct. 5, 2021.

His wife, Eileen White, preceded him in death. He is survived by his partner, Mitsuko Barco; his sister, Darleen Walker; his children and their spouses, Richard J. White, Daniel J. and Anna E. White, Tama M. and Steven Buck, and Melissa M. Mabery; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

A resident of Kelseyville and Lake County since 1964, Richard worked for Pacific Bell as a technician and in a management capacity, retiring with 30 years of service. He went on to co-found Eagle’s Nest Storage on Highway 29 South of the Clearlake Riviera.

Richard took great pleasure in dancing and dressing to the nines. He enjoyed traveling the Western United States for adventure and opportunities to visit relatives, lifelong chums and the occasional casino. Richard’s enduring love for and loyalty to his many friends and family members will be missed by us all.

A memorial will be hosted at the Riviera Hills Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. for his friends and family. Burial service will occur at a date to be determined. Donations to Hospice Services of Lake County are encouraged in lieu of flowers.

George D. Stokes. Courtesy photo.

George D. Stokes entered into rest on Oct. 6, 2021, at the age of 74.

He was an honored Army veteran with service in Vietnam. He also had a 42-year career with PG&E.

George is survived by his twin daughters, Vicki and Mary; sister, Johnnie; brothers, Tom and Joe; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn in Sebastopol, California, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.

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

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