Recent Obituaries

  • Thursday, Nov 06 2014 06:50 PM

    Meir Ruhman, 1932 – 2014

    Meir Ruhman

    Meir Ruhman
    1932 – 2014

    Meir Ruhman, of Tehachapi and Los Angeles, passed away on Oct. 19 at the age of 82. He had been ill for several months. He was buried in Los Angeles.

    Meir was born in Romania. When he was seven years old his family relocated to Central America, settling in British Honduras (now Belize). The family became British subjects and learned English and Spanish simultaneously. Meir's father opened a textile store in the capital city, Belize. Meir enrolled in public school at the age of seven and graduated from high school nine years later by passing Britain's Cambridge Overseas Examination and earning a distinction in English. Ultimately he became fluent in four languages and literate in two alphabets. By growing up in his father's shop, he developed an aptitude for business.

  • Thursday, Nov 06 2014 06:43 PM

    Marvin Eugene Scott, 1931 – 2014

    Marvin Eugene Scott

    Marvin Eugene Scott
    1931 – 2014

    Marv transitioned to a new dimension on Nov. 3 surrounded by love and light.  He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. on June 2, 1931. He grew up in Elkhart, Ind. He loved sports and played football for Elkhart High School. He enjoyed playing golf when he lived in the mid-west. Once he moved to California in the mid 1960’s, sailing, river rafting and snow skiing were added to his favorite pastimes. He became an avid tennis player.

  • Thursday, Nov 06 2014 06:34 PM

    Craig G. Britton, Sept. 2, 1956 – Nov. 3, 2014

    Craig G. Britton
    Sept. 2, 1956 – Nov. 3, 2014

    Craig Gary Britton, 58, of Tehachapi, passed away Monday, Nov. 3. 
 Craig was born Sept. 2, 1956, in Northridge, to the late Ocie Ola and Alyce Irene Britton.

    Craig grew up in Granada Hills, where he attended St. John Baptist De La Salle and Bishop Alemany High School.

  • Thursday, Nov 06 2014 06:29 PM

    Ralph William Mendenhall, 1932 – 2014

    Ralph William Mendenhall

    Ralph William Mendenhall
    1932 – 2014

    Ralph William Mendenhall, surrounded by loving family, passed away, peacefully, in his home on Oct. 31, at the age of 81.

  • Wednesday, Nov 05 2014 04:43 PM

    Michael Tyner Alsbury, 1975-2014

    Michael Alsbury

    Michael Tyner Alsbury
    1975 - 2014

    Mike Alsbury, 39, of Tehachapi passed away last Friday, Oct. 31. He died in the crash of SpaceShipTwo near the Mojave airport.

  • Friday, Oct 31 2014 12:35 PM

    Pamela Frances Anderson Patteson, 1930 – 2014

    Pamela Frances Anderson Patteson, 1930 – 2014

    Pamela Frances Anderson Patteson
    1930 – 2014

    Pamela was born to James Rennie and Frances Woodgates Anderson on Aug. 30, 1930, in Los Angeles, and passed away on Oct. 26, in Bakersfield.

  • Thursday, Oct 30 2014 04:58 PM

    Shirley Cummings, 1939 – 2014

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    Shirley Cummings
    1939 – 2014

    Family and friends are mourning the loss of popular resident and beloved elementary school teacher Shirley Cummings, 75, who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26. Shirley had long battled lung problems, but she remained active despite her health issues.

    Shirley spent 40 years as a school teacher, most of them in the Tehachapi Unified School District at Tompkins Elementary. She had many students who always remained fond of her, and some of them returned to the school years later when their own children became Shirley's students.

  • Thursday, Oct 30 2014 04:31 PM

    Charles (Chuck) Edwin Donoho, 1930 – 2014

    Charles (Chuck) Edwin Donoho
    1930 – 2014

    Charles (Chuck) Edwin Donoho passed away on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.  He was born on July 16, 1930, in Goree, Texas.  Mr. Donoho proudly served in the U.S. Army stateside from 1947 to 1950.

  • Monday, Oct 27 2014 04:02 PM

    Pamela Frances Patteson, 1930 – 2014

    Pamela Frances Patteson
    1930 – 2014

    Pamela Frances Patteson passed away on Oct. 26, 2014, in her home in Bakersfield.

    There will be a viewing at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Saint Jude’s in the Mountains Anglican Church, in Tehachapi.

  • Friday, Oct 24 2014 10:30 AM

    Stephenie Anderson, 1976 - 2014

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    Stephenie Anderson
    1976 - 2014

    Services will be held at Stallion Springs Church, 18151 St. Andrews Dr., Tehachapi, at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 for Stephenie Anderson. Friends and family will honor her by wearing pink or red at the service.

    The daughter of Daniel and Sherry Sweeney, Stephenie was born in Panorama City on Dec. 21, 1976.

    She received her cosmetology license while in high school and graduated from Simi Valley High School in 1995.

    She was married to Christopher Anderson on Feb. 20, 2002, and worked at Starbucks Coffee Company for the last 7-plus years.

    Stephenie loved to spend time with her family, gardening, dancing, riding her bike and she loved to laugh. She was an AYSO Soccer Board Member for more than ten years, and she was also involved in the Brotherhood of United Bikers MC. (PRO)

    Stephenie is survived by her children, Thomas Johnson and Kira Anderson, her husband, Chris Anderson, Her sisters, Joanna Sweeney and Cassandra Sweeney, her brothers, Daniel Sweeney Jr. and Jonathan Sweeney and extensive family and friends.

    Donations may be made to Cassandra Sweeney (805-304-4393) or Robin Gregg (661-972-5531).

  • Friday, Oct 24 2014 09:44 AM

    Frieda Faye Miller, 1923 - 2014

    Frieda Faye Miller
    1923 - 2014

    Frieda Faye Miller, 90, of Tehachapi, passed away on Oct. 12, 2014, in Bakersfield, following a short illness.

    A memorial service will be held at the Tehachapi Seventh-day Adventist Church, on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at 3 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Miller had requested that donations in her memory be made to the Tehachapi Seventh-day Adventist Church building fund. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Oct 24 2014 09:28 AM

    Kenneth Wayne Turner, April 16, 1923 – Oct. 21, 2014

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    Kenneth Wayne Turner
    April 16, 1923 – Oct. 21, 2014

    It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Ken Turner, long-time resident of Bear Valley Springs and native of Bakersfield.

    Ken was a World War II veteran and a graduate of University of California, Berkeley. He worked at Northrop in Hawthorne as an aeronautical engineer until his retirement. He loved tennis, golf, camping, fishing and was a master on the barbecue grill, but most of all he loved his wonderful wife, Gretchen, who blessed his life with happiness from the day she agreed to be his bride and life partner, until his passing.

    He is survived by his wife Gretchen Turner; children, Deborah Baird, Kimberly Clow and husband Keith, Mitchell Wellsteed, Barbara Dougherty and husband John, and Kenneth Turner, Jr. and wife Sue; grandchildren, Rob and Eric Nelson, Christy Madrid, Gerald Baird, Jennifer Baird Laroya, Christal Dawn Marks, Elisabeth Lepine and Jeremiah Marks and Shannon Helmricks; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Sierra Carpenter, Cassondra and Alisa Nardozza, Dustry, Dustin and Dason Baird, Emmaline Arrigotti, Tyler and Tristan Marks, Juliet Pepper and Lucy Jane Lepine and Emily and Madelyn Nelson; great-great grandchildren, Andrelina Gonzalez and Brayden White.

    We will all miss his joyful optimism, quick wit, and infectious smile. Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. The family requests that donations be made to The American Lung Association in lieu of flowers.

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