Barbara Ann Schoemehl
1927 — 2013
Schoemehl, Barbara Ann, of Laguna Woods and formerly of Bear Valley Springs, died Nov. 29 following a lengthy illness. She was 86.
William Joseph Jucha
Sept. 21, 1946 — Nov. 16, 2013
Bill Jucha, 67, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Nov.16. He was an amazing man, a true gentleman, a wonderful husband, and my very best friend.
A true competitor, he approached life and everything he did with tenacity and fierce determination. Bill’s first love was motorsports and he competed for 45 years, racing and winning in sports cars, ATVs, go-karts, motorcycles, and historic NASCAR. We were fortunate to travel across the country competing in various events. He was also an endurance athlete who enjoyed running, triathlons, mountain bike racing, cyclocross racing, and road cycling. Modest and humble about his accomplishments, he loved to win but was quick to congratulate those who beat him. He continued to compete until the cancer made it impossible.
Terry Lynn Thompson
1950 — 2013
Terry Lynn Thompson born June 28, 1950, in Wichita, Kan., passed away Nov. 17, at Bear Valley Springs.
Terry was predeceased by his brother Larry, sister Linda, mother Bonnie, father Joe, and by his favorite dog Dakota.
He is survived by his beloved wife Mary, daughters Jennifer Thompson and Stephanie Fernandez, granddaughters Sunny and Brynn Fernandez, sister Laura Leecing, nephews Nick Plante and Matthew Bird, son-in-law Bryan Fernandez, and other family members Jimmie, Sunny and Cody Knox.
Terry attended Brea Olinda High School and Fullerton College, enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a proud Vietnam era veteran who served in Korea.
Terry owned RCR Credit Reporting. He loved the outdoors and Terry and Mary retired to Bear Valley Springs in 2002.
Terry enjoyed early mornings taking care of their horses and dogs and sharing that first part of each new day with Mary. He took great pleasure in hunting with his best friend Jimmie and Jimmie and Sunny’s son, Cody. He loved golf and camaraderie with his BVS golf buddies and enjoyed woodworking projects for his granddaughters. He will be remembered for his kindness and huge heart. He would, and did, give the shirt off his back for his friends.
In lieu of flowers, for condolences donations may be made to:
Wounded Heroes Fund, 3121 Standard St., Bakersfield, CA 93308.
Jane Ellen Chartrand
1926 — 2013
Bear Valley Springs resident Jane Ellen Chartrand entered into rest on Nov. 14. She was 87 years old. A graveside and committal service is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m., at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside at 920 Enterprise Way. The memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Tehachapi at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately following. Services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Barker. A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of The Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.
Kenneth Lloyd Jennings
1954 — 2013
Kenneth Lloyd Jennings, 58, of California City, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Alvin Alonzo Gary
1926 — 2013
Alvin Alonzo Gary of Pauls Valley, Okla. was born to Roy and Jewell (Watson) Gary on Aug. 10, 1926, in Wapanucka, Okla., and passed from this life on Oct. 28, in Lexington, Okla. at the age of 87.
Alvin grew up and spent his early days in Wapanucka. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from Jan. 17, 1945, in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper until Oct. 3, 1946. He acquired his G.E.D. in Tehachapi, where he worked as a first class repairman at Monolith Portland Cement Co.
Tommy Ray Miller
1945 — 2013
Tommy Ray Miller "Papa" from Tehachapi passed away at age 68 on Oct. 7. He was a proud veteran and is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Sandra Miller, and his children and grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Matthew was born Sept. 20, 1961, in Long Beach. He was many things to many people, a beloved father, son, brother, husband, companion, commercial contractor, professional photographer, world traveler, and friend.
Raymond Edward Bilger
1948 — 2013
Raymond Edward Bilger, a 15-year resident of Tehachapi, passed away on Oct. 27, at 2:27 a.m. He was 65 years old.
1953 — 2013
Michael Gumbish, a 30-year resident of Tehachapi, passed away on Oct. 23. He was 59 years old. Services will scheduled at a later date. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.
Stephen Clyde Biggs
Stephen Clyde Biggs, a resident of Bear Valley Springs, passed away on Oct. 29. He was 69 years old. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.
Joe H. Elizondo
Funeral services for Joe H. Elizondo, 73, were held at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 2. Joe passed away in Sacramento on Oct. 21 after a lengthy illness.