Former Tehachapi resident Mary Elizabeth Glasgo entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 17, in Camarillo, CA. She was 90 years old. Burial will be in Springfield, IL. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Robert "Gary" Strickland, 69, of Alpine Forest passed away on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Keck School of Medicine of USC, in Los Angeles. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Elsie Mae Aragon Fletcher was born in Bakersfield on Nov. 4, 1949, to Lee and Delfina Aragon. Her spirit entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Nov. 15, after a sudden and brief illness. The Mass of the Resurrection was held on Nov. 24, with the Rite of Burial and interment at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.
Elsie was a very special person. She loved the Lord, had a relationship with Him, and made Him known to others. Her journey here is over, but her spirit lives on in her children, Ernie Aragon of Oklahoma, Frankie Ledesma, and Tina Syscho both from Tehachapi. Elsie was raised in Tehachapi with three brothers, Lee Aragon Jr., Robert Aragon of San Marcos, Angel Aragon of Hutchinson, Kansas; her sisters, Margaret Bivins, who preceded her in death, and Beatrice Aragon of Folsom.
Elsie was married to Raymond Fletcher on May 1, 1992. Fletch was a devoted husband and made Elsie very happy. She expressed that she wanted to marry him again. They moved to Lake Benton, Minnesota where they made their home with their two little Yorkies, Phoebe and Isabella, who she loved dearly.
They shared an avid love for cross country Harley rides, meeting new people and enjoying life. She impacted the lives of many people, and she had the most beautiful smile, a smile we will all miss very much. Raymond’s work took them to many parts of the country, and also Canada. Elsie remained by his side through all his travels.
Elsie was a beautician who owned and operated two beauty salons, Style Country in Tehachapi and a shop in Lake Benton. She also worked in a nursing home, attending to the needs of others. She had a loving heart and wanted to comfort those who were ill.
She loved her husband, children, two puppies, and her family with all her heart. She enjoyed the changing colors of the trees in the fall, celebrating Christmas, and loved ice cream even though she was lactose intolerant.
Elsie is survived by her husband, three children, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, three brothers, three sisters-in-law, one sister, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nephews, nine nieces, and numerous cousins, and extended family and friends.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.
Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Janet Latson Hersey, 76, was lifted up into Heaven on Sunday Nov. 23, her husband Cliff devotedly by her side.
Janet was born in Whittier Aug. 5, 1938 to Murray & Mary Latson. She attended & graduated Whittier College, majoring in Education. On January 22, 1960 she married her sweetheart, Clifford Baker Hersey. After teaching first grade in Montebello, they moved to Ventura, where their son Clifford Bryan was born, followed by daughter Carolee. The family resided in Camarillo, CA for over 35 yrs. where she also enjoyed a lengthy career as a Realtor. Retirement in 2002 brought Janet and Cliff to Bear Valley Springs, where they continued their lifelong adventure together.
Daniel Riegert of Tehachapi passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, in Bakersfield, one month after his 85th birthday.
Dan was born on Sept. 20, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Adolph and Hulda Riegert, one of seven children. Born at the beginning of the Great Depression, he developed a strong work ethic at an early age, later related stories of selling newspapers with his brother on the street corner for pennies, doing odd jobs for neighbors, or working as an usher in the movie theater for anything he could do help the family. As was not uncommon in those days, he and his siblings worked together to ensure financial stability for the family and to open doors to the highest educational opportunities they could all achieve. These experiences proved foundational to Dan's belief in hard work, determination, staying busy and love of family.
Dan attended Hughes High School in Tiffin, Ohio and in Dec. 1946 - a year shy of graduation - Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps until his discharge in 1949. The GI Bill put college within his reach and enabled him to attend Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio where he was awarded dual degrees in math and physics in 1953. During this time he also continued his military involvement by serving in the reserves. Dan was recruited out of college by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) to work as an aeronautical engineer at the High Speed Flight Research Center (HSFRC), at Edwards Air Force Base. While at Edwards, Dan went on blind date and met Florence who also worked on the base. They became engaged on Easter Sunday, and while vacationing in Las Vegas with Florence's parents and aunt and uncle, walked down the aisle on June 14, 1955 at Little Church of the West. Lore (as she prefers to be known) said life with Dan was always interesting, and on that day a flash flood raced through the Las Vegas strip with golf ball sized hail!
Dan's employer (NACA) was originally focused on the supersonic flight of fixed wing aircraft and Dan was assigned to work on the X-15, an experimental rocket plane which inspired manned space flight. In 1958, Congress approved the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and shortly thereafter, Dan and family were transferred from Edwards to Virginia's Langley Air Force Base to work with a newly formed Space Task Group. Dan was among a large group transferred to Houston, Texas in 1961 to work at the Manned Spacecraft Center (later renamed Johnson Space Center - or JSC). Dan's forte was instrumentation, and he was a conscientious and dedicated engineer and later, manager. He rose through the ranks to become Branch Chief over the General Instrumentation Group. He was recognized for his excellent work on the subsystems for ten missions of the Apollo program. To recall him tell it, those were unforgettable days. He remembered the dedicated personnel - both men and women - who worked at HSFRC, in the STG, and later at JSC - and how the challenge of the space race was so exciting that many nights the guys simply lost track of time and worked late into the night.
While working at JSC and living on Clear Lake, just south of Houston, Dan also dabbled in City government and was a Councilman for Clear Lake Shores and president of the Civic Association. Dan wasn't all work and no play, though, and each year the family took a road trip to one of many iconic destinations including Big Bend, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and California. The family also traveled cross country for Riegert family reunions, where Dan reconnected with his siblings and their families - sharing memories, horseshoes, cabins, and wonderful times. Dan's adventurous spirit led him to purchase 50 acres of land in Trinity, Texas as a family retreat. Scuba diving off Galveston, canoe trips down the Trinity River with his JSC buddies and time well spent on a friend's yacht helped fill his spare time.
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.