Archive - Jan 2014
On Nov. 20, 2013, Frances Fritcher-Nupen passed away peacefully in Fallon, Nev. Frances was born on March 4, 1938 in Detroit, Mich. to Anna (Doran) and Giovanni Ruffino. She had a younger sister Virginia (Ruffino) Bailey and two older brothers, John Ruffino and Jim Ruffino, all of whom proceeded her in death.
William (Billy) Karg Anderson
William (Billy) Karg Anderson, passed away in San Diego on Dec. 6, 2013 due to complications from brain cancer. Â
Billy was born on March 9, 1947 in Akron, Ohio to late parents Don and Louise Anderson.Â He lived in Mammoth Lakes and Corona Beach, Mexico, and spent the better part of the last few months battling his disease in Carlsbad and San Diego.
Jesse Ray Smith
Jesse Ray Smith, born Sept. 1, 1931, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
Born in Wewoka, Okla., Jesse served bravely in the Army during the Korean War. In 1964, while working at Helms Bakery, he met Jeanne St. Pierre and on Feb. 13, 1965 they were married.
He lived in Big Pine and owned and operated Mammoth Liquor from 1978 until retiring in 2004.
Blanche Bonham Comino
Blanche Willetta Bonham Comino, 72, of Paso Robles, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2013. She was born to the late William McLane Bonham and Marie Bernice Bonham on March 11, 1941 in Lone Pine.
Blanche attended Sacred Heart High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Lone Pine High School in 1959. Blanche went on to attend Los Angeles Trade Tech and later earned her Pharmacy Tech license. After 15 years as a Pharmacy Tech, she achieved her degree in Business Management and a Masterâs in Early Childhood Development from the University of Redlands.
Dolores Ann Warbington
Dolores Ann Warbington, born Oct. 12, 1926 in Gary, Okla. to Eugene Gobel and Agnes Kelly Gobel, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Nov. 24, 2013. She was 87.
Kenneth âKatmanâ Howell
Kenneth âKatmanâ Howell left his body on Thanksgiving morning at home with his family by his side.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 28, 1945, his mother brought him to California on the Queen Mary when he was 8 months old. His childhood was spent in the San Gabriel Valley.
He joined the Air Force when he was 18 and afterwards traveled extensively. He drove his Porsche to Alaska, drove a double-decker bus in Glasgow and made several trips driving a van full of travellers from Amsterdam to Katmandu.
Lester Leon Bell
Lester Leon Bell, born in Oklahoma on Aug. 2, 1920, to Fred and Nettie Bell, passed away Nov. 28, 2013 peacefully at his home in Bishop. He was 93.
Lester graduated from Wasco High School where his family was in the oil business. Lester served in the U.S. Army. He married Betty McCall in 1942; they had known each other since childhood. They embarked on a lifetime of adventures together. They had three children, Lonnie, Pam and Dan.