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Larry Ray Jones passed away on Feb. 2, 2017, at the age of 78. Larry was born to Edwin (Brick) Jones and Laura Jones in Tehachapi on April 28, 1938.

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William Ronald Escoto left this world on Feb. 15, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was 78. William was born and raised in Tehachapi. He worked at Monolith Cement Company for 10 years and then California Portland Cement Company for 26 years.

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Howard S. Colby of Bear Valley Springs passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 7, 2017. He was 78 years old.

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Sharon Ardelle Churchill, a 32-year resident of Tehachapi, passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 7, 2017, at the age of 77, after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Pete was born in Kitzingen, Germany, on Dec. 1, 1956. On April 29, 1959, at the age of 2 and a half, Pete and his mother came to America to start their new lives, settling in Tehachapi, Calif. He grew up in the small town with his three sisters and brother.

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Shirley May Cain Brunner, 65, of Spring City, Utah, returned to her Heavenly Home on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a resident of Tehachapi for 32 years.

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Tehachapi native Larry Ray Jones met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the age of 78.

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Patricia “Peggy” Perry of Bear Valley Springs entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 19, 2016, at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 75 years old.

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Virginia Louise Hawkins of Caliente, Calif., passed away on Dec. 6, 2011, at her home with her family by her side. She was 84 years old at the time of her passing.

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Elizabeth Shurtz, 97, passed away on Jan. 24, 2017. She was born on a farm in New Sharon, Iowa, and moved to California to be with her husband Kenneth in 1940. Together they raised their two daughters in Eagle Rock until his passing in 1959.

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Ann Lee Shoemaker Layton passed away suddenly on Jan. 23, 2017, in Palmdale, Calif.

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Marilea Bible went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 86 years old.

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Virginia Womack of Oak Knolls succumbed to complications of Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, with her beloved husband of 47 years by her side.

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Ronald John Olofson, 80, of Smithwick, S.D., passed away Jan. 12, 2017, of congestive heart failure with his wife and son by his side. Ron was born April 28, 1936, in Yankton, S.D., to Loyal and Jenny Olofson. Ron graduated from Yankton High School, received his bachelor degree from Northern…

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Baron Lee Brian Smith passed away at only 8 months old Jan. 2, 2017. A memorial service will be held Jan. 13, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, located at 321 W. F St., Tehachapi.

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Richard “Dick” Lubic, 79, passed away on Dec. 14, 2016, in Tehachapi, after a battle with bladder cancer. Richard was born to Ben and Ruth Lubic and grew up in Fresno where he played football and ran track.

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Dorothy Merella Reinbold Stephens, 80, of Tehachapi, passed away Nov. 29, 2016, of respiratory failure with her daughter and grandson by her side. Dorothy was born on April 9, 1936, in Waterloo, Ill., to William and Rena Reinbold.

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Margaret Kathleen "Peggy" (Nolan) Halpin was born in Bessemer, Mich., on Jan. 6, 1930. She was educated under the Sisters at the Holy Name Academy in Seattle, Wash., where she had moved with her family at the age of 9 from Lansing, Mich. She had five older brothers: Leo, Robert, Raymond, War…

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Longtime Tehachapi resident Jerry Ray Lynch, 71, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife Sallie Lynch, his children Carla Collier, David Lynch and Sherry Lynch, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sisters Darlene Bishoff and Sandy Lynch, and brothers Ll…

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Carolyn Belle Bassler, 74, long-time resident of Tehachapi, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. After a lengthy and brave struggle with lung disease, she has gone to be with the Lord.

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Henry “John” Broderick, 91, passed away at his home in the care of his loving wife, Wilma, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

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My dear sweet daughter, it's been nine years since your passing on Christmas night, yet it still seems like yesterday that you had to go home to be with the Lord. Every day I still ask myself why, although I know that God must have had a plan for you and only He knows what that is.

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My dear Steven, you passed away in the early morning hours on Dec. 5, 2016, in Tehachapi as I held your hand and told you it would be okay if you had to go. I told you I loved you always and forever. I said I believe there’s another place beyond this world we know, so that when our time on e…

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Janna Rae McLaughlin was born July 13, 1954, in Porterville to Coy and Velma Blair. Janna was one of three children, sisters Kay Blount, of Bakersfield, and Sharon Burke, of Tecumseh, Okla.