Recent Obituaries

  • Thursday, Dec 18 2014 11:22 AM

    Melba Ruth Dykes Metzler, Nov. 11, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014

    Melba Ruth Dykes Metzler
    Nov. 11, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014
    Melba Ruth Dykes Metzler passed away on Nov. 23 2014.
    Melba leaves her two sons and many grand children, and many dear friends. She was married to William Dykes for 37 years and raised his two sons Bob and Mike. After he passed away, she married Robert Metzler and they were married for 18 wonderful years. Robert passed away eight years ago. All of Melba's friends and family will miss her.

  • Thursday, Dec 18 2014 09:42 AM

    Donald Eugene Ward, 1925 — 2014

    Donald Eugene Ward
    1925 — 2014

    Donald Eugene Ward entered into rest at his home in Hart Flat on Dec. 17, 2014. He was 88 years old. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 03:28 PM

    Patrick Eugene McElderry, 1957 - 2014

    Patrick McElderry

    Patrick Eugene McElderry was born in Burbank at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1957. He was the first son of Kenneth Eugene and Ada Darlene McElderry. He predeceased by his father, Kenneth; and his younger brother, Daniel. Patrick attended Canyon High School in Canyon Country.

    Patrick worked for ten years in shipping and receiving at a large company in Mukilteo, Wash., which he enjoyed very much. He also worked in the roofing industry in Seattle. He injured his back in a fall from a roof which kept him from working a steady job. He also loved working on motorcycles, dune buggies and old cars with his father. They enjoyed riding dirt bikes together.

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 03:23 PM

    William "Bill" Harold Mason, 1934 — 2014

    William Harold Mason passed away on Dec. 11, at his home in Tehachapi. Services will be scheduled at the First Baptist Church on Curry Street. For more information please contact the Wood Family Funeral Service at (661) 822-6897.  For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 03:21 PM

    Helen Theresa Wilver, 1927 — 2014

    Former Tehachapi resident Helen Theresa Wilver entered into rest on Dec. 10. A visitation will be scheduled in Tehachapi at Wood Family Funeral Service. The Rosary, Vigil Service, and Mass of the Resurrection will be held in Bakersfield at St. Francis Catholic Church. A full obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. For additional information please call the funeral home at (661) 822-6897. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 11:36 AM

    Lt. Magdaleno "Mike" Lara, 1958 — 2014

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    Services for Lt. Magdaleno "Mike" Lara will begin with a funeral mass at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. E St. A viewing and a memorial service to celebrate Mike's life will be held at 8:30 a.m, on Thursday, Dec. 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 600 Anita Dr. The memorial service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Graveside services will be immediately after at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. An obituary will follow in the coming weeks.

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 09:23 AM

    William Thomas Mason, Jr., 1941 — 2014

    William Thomas Mason Jr

    William "Bill" Thomas Mason, Jr. of Tehachapi passed away at home with Hospice on Dec. 5.

    Bill was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Oct. 26, 1941 to parents William Mason, Sr. and Irene F. Mason (Webster).

  • Tuesday, Dec 09 2014 04:37 PM

    Jorge Andres Cruz-Ruiz, 1945 — 2014

    Jorge Andres Cruz-Ruiz, formerly of Tehachapi, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7, in Lancaster. He was 69 years old. Please contact Wood Family Funeral Service for service information at (661) 822-6897. For condolences please visit

  • Tuesday, Dec 09 2014 04:32 PM

    James Lee Grecian, 1937 — 2014


    Jim Grecian, age 77, passed away on Dec. 7 in Tehachapi. Jim was born to Floyd and Vola Grecian on Sept. 11, 1937, in Beloit, Kan. He spent his youth and teenage years in Beloit. He helped out with his younger brother and sister as they grew up.
    He played basketball in school, was a Kansas champion golfer, went wheat cutting with his uncle and worked in a clothing store. He went to Kansas University and other colleges, received his teaching degree in the sciences, and taught and coached in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

    In 1970, Jim moved to Tehachapi and began teaching Biology and coaching track, cross country and JV basketball. He married Nancy Lockhart in 1979. They celebrated 35 years of marriage this past August. His three wonderful daughters, Jennifer, Jamie and Julie have been his joy for many great years, and their husbands, Jack Hicks, Kyle Taylor and Joe Banigan, along with their kids, and the Grecian's great-grandkids have been a wonderful experience. Along with the families of Jerry and Teryl, Jim's brother and wife, Janet and Carl, Jim's sister and husband, there has been much enjoyment shared with nieces and nephews on vacations. Nancy's family, the Lockharts, also played a big part in Jim's life.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 05:10 PM

    Carol Ruth Horwedel, 1936 — 2014

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    Carol Ruth Horwedel, age 78, passed away peacefully at home in her husband's faithful and loving arms on Dec. 3. Carol, the daughter of Thomas and Jenell Anderson, was born on May 15, 1936 in Long Beach.

    On April 16 of 1955, Carol married the love of her life, Gerald Horwedel. God blessed them with five children, Jerry (married to Brenda), Mark (married to Bev), Jeff (married to Kim), Peach (married to Russ Frazier) and Marcie (married to Steve Perez). Carol and Jerry also lovingly welcomed Joel and Penny Nessa and family into their home as their own. Their 59 year marriage grew into a beautiful family consisting of 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 04:03 PM

    Maria Terrazas, 1913 — 2014

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    Maria Luisa Terrazas, a resident of Santa Cruz, an expert baker and lover of fine food, drink and conversation, a woman who never let life’s challenges slow her down, died on Dec. 5. She was 101.

    She was a kind and generous woman who always extended her support to others. For those fortunate to have known her, especially during her younger days, they would instantly be captivated by her curiosity and free spirit, as well as her ability to make one feel welcomed, as family, by her warmth, good cheer and tasty cooking. She savored every day as a celebration.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 11:24 AM

    Jacqueline Pearle Pappas, 1938 - 2014

    Jacqueline Pappas

    Jacqueline Pearle Pappas of Tehachapi lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 26. Jackie was born in Los Angeles on May 19, 1938, to parents Bud and Nellie Dwinell. She is survived her husband, Rudy; her three children, Rudy Pappas, Jr. of Big Pine, Mike Pappas of Ridgecrest, Vicki Pappas-Ayers of Tehachapi; stepdaughter, Glenna Tracy of Balboa; and her sisters, Charlene McDaniel and Karen Ritch.

    Jackie attended Burroughs High School and later married Rudy Pappas, Sr., on Jan. 22, 1955. She retired from Boeing in China Lake, and was active in the PTA of Ridgecrest. Jackie was talented in catering and wedding planning, and arranged many marriages. She would want us to mention her sisters in her church and the wonderful hours spent quilting. Jackie's legacy was the love of her life, seven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

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