Recent Obituaries

  • Monday, Apr 21 2014 08:47 AM

    Alpha Marie Smithson, 1922 – 2014

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    Alpha Marie Smithson
    1922 – 2014

    A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Wood Family Funeral Chapel for Alpha Marie Smithson, 91, who passed away on April 16th, in her Tehachapi home,after a lengthy illness.  She was surrounded in love with her family at her side.

    Alpha was born on Dec. 20, 1922, in Checotah, Okla., to Odie and Ozie Williams.  Her father was a blacksmith and her mother was a homemaker.  She was one of six children.  She married Clinton Smithson on April 15, 1939, in Eufaula, Okla., in a double wedding with her cousin, Leola Roark and her husband, Bill Thomas.

  • Friday, Apr 18 2014 08:51 PM

    Marie Lois Gist, 1924 – 2014

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    Marie Lois Gist
    1924 – 2014

    Marie Lois Gist, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on April 13, 2014, at the age of 89.  Marie was born to Carl and Roxie Houston on April 14, 1924, in Ada, Okla.  She grew up the oldest of eleven children in Oklahoma.  She met Gail Gist and they married on April 5, 1943.  They moved to Pleasanton.  From Pleasanton they moved to Randsburg where they had a daughter, Roxanne Sasia, on May 10, 1947.  They moved to Frazier Park, and then Caliente, where Marie was a waitress at Bear Mountain Cafe, and later at the Clear Creek Cafe.  On Sept. 28, 1957, Gail and Marie had a son, Bryan Gist.  The majority of Marie's life was spent as a homemaker.  She loved sewing, cooking, and gardening.

    In the early eighties, after losing her husband, Marie sold her house and moved to Tehachapi.  She had a very active role in helping to raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her "Me Me."  She worked hard and there was nothing Me Me couldn't do.  She painted, did carpentry work, and would undertake any project big or small.  When there was any type of labor to be done, Me Me was always there to help.  In her free time, Marie was an avid golfer.  She played golf at Golden Hills Country Club and Horsethief Country Club in Stallion Springs.  She competed in many tournaments, bringing home several trophies.

  • Thursday, Apr 17 2014 12:42 PM

    Robert Eddie Grahl, 1975 – 2014

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    Robert Eddie Grahl
    1975 – 2014

    On April 5, 2014 we said good bye to a wonderful man, Robert Eddie Grahl.

  • Monday, Apr 14 2014 03:26 PM

    Daniel Joseph Gollen Roper, 1982 – 2014

    Daniel Joseph Gollen Roper
    1982 – 2014

    Daniel Joseph Gollen Roper of Tehachapi entered into rest on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  He was 31 years old.  The date for his memorial service will be announced.  A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News.  Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.  For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Apr 11 2014 04:20 PM

    Leo Harry Graff, Jr., 1934 – 2014

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    Leo Harry Graff, Jr.
    1934 – 2014

    Leo Harry Graff, Jr., a 35-year resident of the area, entered into rest on April 3, 2014, in Bakersfield.  He was 79 years old.
    Graveside services were held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.  Military honors were provided by the Unites States Navy.

  • Friday, Apr 11 2014 12:52 PM

    James Theodore "Ted" Collins, 1919 – 2014

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    James Theodore "Ted" Collins
    1919 – 2014

    James Theodore "Ted" Collins was 95 years young when he entered into eternal life with the Lord on April 7, 2014, in his Tehachapi home.

  • Friday, Apr 11 2014 12:50 PM

    Robert Boyd, 1923 – 2014

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    Robert Boyd
    1923 – 2014

    Robert Boyd went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 7, 2014.  He passed away peacefully with his daughter, Sheena Ulrich, and granddaughter, Veronica Greco, by his side. He was 90 years old.

  • Wednesday, Apr 09 2014 01:35 PM

    Lorie Jean (Gerdl) Lodrup

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    Lorie Jean (Gerdl) Lodrup

    Our Angel's Flight Home
    The family of Lorie Jean (Gerdl) Lodrup want to share with you the passing into heaven of our beautiful Wife, Daughter, Sister, Mother and Aunt.  Lorie passed on March 15, 2014 while on holiday with her mother in San Diego of Cardiac Arrest.

    Lorie was in a beautiful time of her life, looking forward to spring and completing her backyard.  Lorie was passionate about starting a community outreach resource service with a venue similar to a Farmers Market.

  • Friday, Apr 04 2014 11:12 AM

    Richard B. Peckham, 1950 – 2014

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    Richard B. Peckham
    1950 – 2014

    Richard Peckham went home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the age of 63. Funeral services will be at the Bear Valley Church on Monday, April 7th, at 1 p.m.

  • Thursday, Apr 03 2014 11:33 AM

    Edward Elliott Drake, 1957 – 2013

    Edward Elliott Drake
    1957 – 2013

    Ed was born in Morristown, N.J., to Dick and Doy Drake.

  • Thursday, Apr 03 2014 10:34 AM

    James Calvin Smith, 1926 – 2014

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    James Calvin Smith
    1926 – 2014

    James Calvin Smith, 87, is now resting peacefully in the hands of the Lord.  James died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Bakersfield with Maxine, his wife of 66 years, by his side.

  • Thursday, Apr 03 2014 10:19 AM

    Edward Lee Wiggins, 1943 – 2014

    Edward Lee Wiggins
    1943 – 2014

    Lifelong Tehachapi resident Edward Lee Wiggins entered into rest on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  He was 71 years old.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Summit Four Square Church.  Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.  For condolences please visit

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