Tuesday, 28 June 2022


Gordon Bell. Courtesy photo.

Gordon Bell
Aug. 11, 1937 — Jan. 6, 2022

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Gordon (AKA Mick) died very suddenly on Jan. 6, 2022, as a result of a fall.

Gordon was born Aug. 11, 1937, the youngest of three brothers, to John and Alba Bell in San Rafael, California. He attended Marin County schools and graduated in 1955 from Sir Francis Drake High School.

Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958. He then attended barber college but shortly after completion decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a firefighter.

He was employed and retired as Captain Bell after 31 years from the Larkspur Fire Department. He highly valued his camaraderie and friendship with his fellow firefighter/brothers.

Gordy was first married to Joanne Bell and together they raised their daughter Stacey (Mark) Marron of Seattle, Washington. They are raising their daughter Natalie, the light of Grandpa’s eye.

In 1998 Gordon met and in 2000 married Janet Winegar Connor and became part of her large extended family. In their 21 and a half years of marriage, they traveled, boated, water skied, golfed car clubbed, and spent many joyful hours with their beloved families and friends.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Jan, and her children, Jaye Chasseur of Reno, Nevada, and son, Douglas Connor and family of New Braunfels, Texas.

He is also survived by brother, Kenneth Bell of Santa Rosa, California, and his children and their families; sisters-in-law Barbara Sarao (Vince) (deceased), Mary (Ted) Stevens, Georgia (Jim) Sprigg, Pattie (Gary) Hill, Kathleen Mann and all their families.

Jan and family wish to extend gratitude to everyone from the paramedics, doctors, nurses and all staff at Sutter Lakeside Hospital for their superb care and concern.

At Gordon's request, his family and friends are planning a celebration of life in the near future.

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

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Dr. LeRoy E. Bowser, age 78, of Calistoga and Hidden Valley Lake, passed away on Dec. 24, 2021, in the love, comfort and care of the St. Helena Adventist Hospital.

He was born on March 25, 1943, in Santa Barbara, California.

He graduated from Shasta Junior College, University of Santa Barbara, and the St. Louis University dental school.

Additionally, he was president of his senior class, recipient of the Trently Memorial Award in public health, and received the president of the year award by the national Xi Psi Phi fraternity.

He retired Oct. 6, 2021, after practicing for more than 51 years in his Calistoga dental office.

Throughout the years he practiced prevention, placing crowns and bridges, root canals and orthodontics. To keep up with advancements, he continued his education by attending yearly classes. “I have to do that for my own well being, and well being of the patient,” Dr. Bowser once said.

He treasured receptionist Rose Beck, Hygienist Julie Ward, and their devoted service that lasted over 37 years.

Aside from his passionate career, he enjoyed simple things like reading and playing sudoku. More prominent hobbies included golfing, fishing and hunting — especially duck hunting.

His first golf clubs were purchased at Sears while he was still in dental school, and with that purchase began a hobby of a lifetime. Once he settled into his Calistoga practice, he began his golfing memberships at Hidden Valley Lake and later Fountain Grove until his passing.

He had served nine years on the board of directors, and six years as president of the Hidden Valley Lake Association. He was the recipient of Club Championship Awards, Player of the Year Awards and Match Play Awards.

Some of his favorite times were with locals playing and scoring skins games, and organizing annual tournaments at Shastina Golf Course.

He enjoyed 48 years of Hacker’s Invitationals with Dr. Jim Swanson in Colorado, Turlock Invitationals with brother-in-law Doug Stephens and Yolo Fliers Club Invitationals with Dr. George Burger. To prepare, he spent many years traveling to Mexico for an early year warm up!

All will remember Doc in his cowboy golfing hat.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Rathbone, and father, Maurice Bowser.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn G Bowser; children, Garrett, Nicole and son Erick (Carolyn); grandchildren, Brett Kummer, Drew Walton, Josh Hullett and Beatrix Bowser; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Doug Stephens of Newman, California; nieces, Shawnie, Carrie and Dana; brothers-in-law, Bill Bounsall and Jeff Bounsall (Laurie); nephews, Travis Bounsall (Andrea), Casey and Logan Bounsall; and niece, Zena Bounsall.

Numerous nieces and nephews cherish their uncle's love and mentoring.

There will be a golf celebration of life at a later date. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or The Martin O'Neil Cancer Center at the St.Helena Hospital at 10 Woodland Road in St. Helena.

Herb (Bradley S.) Cline

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at home on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

He was born to Vernon and Audalle Cline on April, 14, 1941, in Dinuba, California.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ginny (Virginia) Cline; his son Michael, his wife Reynosa and grandson David of Tracy, California;p daughter, Denise Hinchcliff, husband Richard Hinchcliff, grandson Brent and granddaughter Brooke of Lakeport.

Herb served four years in the Navy from 1960 to 1964 as an electronics technician. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge 2704 here in Lakeport. A three time Exalted Ruler and was currently a trustee.

No funeral will be held, however a memorial in his honor will be held at the Lakeport Elks Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lakeport Elks Lodge.

Coveda Miller. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Coveda Yvonne Miller, born on Dec. 29, 1951, to Joaquin and Verle Miller of Upper Lake, California, a Tribal Elder of the Habematolel tribe, passed peacefully in Lakeport, California, on Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2022.

Her beautiful soul leaves behind six grandchildren, Leannlynn Faber, Shably Navarro, David Doberstein, Talisua Niko, Presley Niko and Weya Niko; two great-grandchildren, Michael Rock and Yvette Nessalyn; two sisters, Eileen Brown and Jackie Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.

She will always be in our memories and deeply missed.

Visitation will start on Friday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Tribal Hall in Upper Lake.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, at noon at Upper Lake Rancheria Cemetery.

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

Michael Quitiquit. Courtesy photo.

Michael Quitiquit
Sept. 9, 1953 — Dec. 21, 2021 (age 68)

Michael was predeceased by his parents, Claro A. Quitiquit and Marie “Red Rose” Boggs-Quitiquit; siblings Patricia A. Thompson, Lawrence M. Thompson, Luwana A. Quitiquit, Denise A. Quitiquit and Adrian C. Quitiquit.

Michael is survived by his loving family: children, Jana Quitiquit and Christopher Quitiquit; grandchildren, Dillan Danley, Alexis Quitiquit, Jp Quitiquit, Joshua Wendell Jr., Ariah Wendell and Kinsley Wendell; brothers, Marion C. Quitiquit, Steven D. Quitiquit, Godfrey D. Quitiquit and Robert F. Quitiquit; and sisters, Cheryl A. Anderson, Wanda A. Quitiquit, Lalaine Buonchristiani and Irenia A. Quitiquit; and many nieces and nephews.

Michael was a resident of both Manteca and Courtland. He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1978. He served one year alongside his brother Steven who had just come home from the Vietnam War. Both brothers were in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Michael took early retirement from the U.S. Army Depot in Lathrop, California. He later worked for his tribe as on-site manager of the tribe’s RV park on the Northshore of Clear Lake.

At the time of his death, he was employed by the Sacramento County Irrigation Water District #551 in Courtland, California.

Michael had an infectious laugh and a smile that lit up the room. He enjoyed fishing, trips to local casinos, and tinkering around fixing things. Michael will be remembered for his fun loving goofy personality and his energetic character. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

P.L. Fry and Son is honored to be serving the Quitiquit family. A memorial will be on Sunday Jan. 16, at 1:30 p.m. held at P.L. Fry and Son Chapel 290 N. Union Rd. Manteca.

Michael’s service will be available to view live by visiting www.plfryandson.com (search tributes Michael Quitiquit, then click the link provided — no passwords needed).

To send flowers to Michael's family, please visit our floral store.

Don Hendricks. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Don Hendricks passed away on Nov. 19, 2021, at the age of 97.

He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Lakeport, California, to Marion (Hooley) Hendricks and Ruth (Wray) Hendricks. Both of his parents came from pioneer families (Hendricks, Morris, Wray and Rantz) most of whom had settled in Lake County prior to and during the Civil War.

Don attended Lakeport schools and graduated in the class of ‘41 from Clear Lake Union High.

During World War II, he served the Army Air Corps in Wisconsin teaching electronic communications to our troops.

After completing additional studies in electronic engineering at the University of Pacific (Stockton), he married Alice Megown in 1949.

Don worked for Pacific Gas and Electric as an estimator, transferred to Auburn, California, in 1966, and retired there in 1984. Don and Alice returned to Lake County in 1988.

Don served as an elected board trustee of the Lakeport schools (1964-1966). He was a certified lay leader and speaker for the United Methodist Church, a talented tenor for several choirs, and a member of Kiwanis in Auburn and Lakeport. As age began to limit his activities, he developed quite a reputation for baking zucchini bread for charities.

Don is survived by his brother, David (Kay) Hendricks; his daughter, Nancy Hendricks; two sons, Rich (Janelle) Hendricks and Doug Hendricks; nieces, Suzanne (Rob) Eamigh, Kathy (Max) Mills and Marion (Dale) Berry; nephew, Scott (Jennifer) Hendricks; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, by two of his brothers, Robert (Bob) Hendricks and Stephen James (Jim) Hendricks, and by a great-granddaughter, Alicia Barger.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at United Christian Parish, 745 N. Brush St., Lakeport.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to United Christian Parish.

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