Kern County native Elsie Mae Fletcher went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Chicago Heights, Ill. Visitation is scheduled from 4 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, at Wood Family Funeral Service, 321 W. F St. The funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. E St., with interment to follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Jeremy Wiggins of Bear Valley Springs passed away Nov. 13, at the age of 42. There will be no services. Donations may be directed to Kern County Search and Rescue Tehachapi Mountain Group. For more information please visit rememberingjeremywiggins.com
Charles Leland Wightman
1928 – 2014
Charles Leland Wightman, 86, of Tehachapi, passed peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 16, at his residence.
Chuck was born on Sept. 23, 1928, in Oakland, Iowa. He joined the Marines in 1946, after graduating from high school in Mapleton, Iowa. While attending Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., he served in the 174th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the Air National Guard in Sioux City, Iowa. Later, he received a photography degree from the New York Institute of Photography before joining the Air Force (1950-1954), where he was a technical instructor involving photography and arms. He then earned a degree in Gunsmithing at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado.
Adventurer that he was, Chuck came to California and finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts and Photography at California State University of Los Angeles. He worked as a photographer on weekends and freelanced for Douglas Aircraft. He was a middle school Industrial Arts teacher for LAUSD, Milliken, and Olive Vista Junior High Schools for over 30 years.
Always a lover of the great outdoors and nature, after retirement, Chuck came to Tehachapi to enjoy the open space, small town community, and his dogs and horses. He was a member of the American Foxtrotter’s Association and an avid competitive trail rider, lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a successful, experienced hunter.
He is survived by two daughters, Monica Wightman (David Arana) of Burbank, and Chimѐne (Nicholas) Martin of Pasadena; granddaughter, Ruby Arana of Burbank; brothers, Rodney of Tehachapi, Richard (Virginia) of Sioux City, Iowa, and Bruce (Jean) of White Bear Lake, MN; and sisters, Rae (Bill) Kugler of Wayne, NE, and Logene (Ray) Anderson of Sheldon, Iowa.
Happy Trails in the afterlife, Charlie. You are much missed!
An Open House, celebrating his life, will be held at his home on Dec. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Brenda Lee Knights passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9, in Tehachapi. She was 37 years old. A private family Celebration of Life was held in Caliente. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Tehachapi resident Soren Peter Nephi Swenson entered into eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 10. He was 36 years old. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Eastside. A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Mary Louise Mask, formerly of Tehachapi, entered into rest on Nov. 11, in Atwater, California. She was 99 years old. Graveside service and interment will be at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Annette Marie Peck
1942 - 2014
Annette Marie Peck, 71, passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer on Sunday morning, Nov. 9, at 3:30 a.m., at her home in Bear Valley Springs.
1932 – 2014
Meir Ruhman, of Tehachapi and Los Angeles, passed away on Oct. 19 at the age of 82. He had been ill for several months. He was buried in Los Angeles.
Meir was born in Romania. When he was seven years old his family relocated to Central America, settling in British Honduras (now Belize). The family became British subjects and learned English and Spanish simultaneously. Meir's father opened a textile store in the capital city, Belize. Meir enrolled in public school at the age of seven and graduated from high school nine years later by passing Britain's Cambridge Overseas Examination and earning a distinction in English. Ultimately he became fluent in four languages and literate in two alphabets. By growing up in his father's shop, he developed an aptitude for business.
Marvin Eugene Scott
1931 – 2014
Marv transitioned to a new dimension on Nov. 3 surrounded by love and light. He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. on June 2, 1931. He grew up in Elkhart, Ind. He loved sports and played football for Elkhart High School. He enjoyed playing golf when he lived in the mid-west. Once he moved to California in the mid 1960’s, sailing, river rafting and snow skiing were added to his favorite pastimes. He became an avid tennis player.
Craig G. Britton
Sept. 2, 1956 – Nov. 3, 2014
Craig Gary Britton, 58, of Tehachapi, passed away Monday, Nov. 3. Craig was born Sept. 2, 1956, in Northridge, to the late Ocie Ola and Alyce Irene Britton.
Craig grew up in Granada Hills, where he attended St. John Baptist De La Salle and Bishop Alemany High School.
Ralph William Mendenhall
1932 – 2014
Ralph William Mendenhall, surrounded by loving family, passed away, peacefully, in his home on Oct. 31, at the age of 81.
Michael Tyner Alsbury
1975 - 2014
Mike Alsbury, 39, of Tehachapi passed away last Friday, Oct. 31. He died in the crash of SpaceShipTwo near the Mojave airport.