Obituaries

  • Monty Ray Faulkner, 1948 — 2016

    Monty Ray Faulkner, of Bakersfield, passed away on June 21, 2016. Monty was born on July 11, 1948, and graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1966. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1 p.m., at River Lakes Church, 4301 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield.

  • Peter F. Hatman, 1925-2016

    Peter F. Hatman, 1925-2016

    Peter F. Hatman lost his fight to stay on this earth on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Tehachapi, Calif., at the age of 91. His cremated remains will be interred at a private service at Bakersfield National Cemetery on June 27, 2016. Peter was born on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, in New Britain, Conn., in

  • J. Hunter Johnson, 1944-2016

    James Hunter Johnson, 72, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his place of residence in Tehachapi, Calif. There will be a Celebration of Life to be held at Wood Family Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. He was the son of the late Will Johnson and the late Baby Cecilia Jefferson

  • Elia Imelda Snow, 1955- 2016

    Elia Imelda Snow, 1955- 2016

    Elia went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving husband, Larry, and family. She fought a very courageous battle with cancer for many years. Services will be held at Wood Family Funeral Service in Tehachapi on Friday, June 24, 2016. A viewing will be held from

  • Christine Joan Fath, March 14, 1948 — June 12, 2016

    Christine Joan Fath, March 14, 1948- June 12, 2016

    Our Angel got her wings. Our much-loved Chris went to sleep peacefully Sunday night with Peggy and Sonja by her side and Annie at her feet. She was also surrounded by loved ones over the weekend. Her family is so large and friends so many that we cannot mention everyone here. She will certainly

  • Raymond Merle Stewart, 1924-2016

    Raymond Merle Stewart, 1924- 2016

    Raymond M. Stewart, 91, died peacefully in his Bear Valley Springs home on June 4, 2016. Services will be held at the Congregational Church on June, 13, 2016. The viewing will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Ray was born July 18, 1924, to Harry W. Stewart and Mildred E.

  • Frank Harold "Bud" Lutge, 1922-2016

    Frank Harold "Bud" Lutge, 1922-2016

    On April 10, 2016, at 5 p.m., Bud Lutge left this earth to join his beloved wife, Helen, who preceded him by just over 10 years; son, Dale, who passed away in 1988; and grandson, John, who passed away in 1995. Bud was a good and kind man with strong family ties and a humor that would bring a smile

  • John Tolbert Hansen, 1947-2016

    John Tolbert Hansen entered into rest on June 7, 2016, in Tehachapi. He was 69. A visitation will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016, at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For

  • Josephine Perales Wagner, 1959-2016

    Lancaster resident Josephine Perales Wagner passed away on June 5, 2016. She was 57. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, followed by interment at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. For condolences, please visit

  • Robert Gordon Mort, 1981- 2016

    Robert Gordon Mort, 1981-2016

    Robert was born in Lancaster on Oct. 14, 1981. He was a longtime Tehachapi resident who lost his life suddenly on May 21, 2016, on his way home from a camping trip. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Bette Mort; father, Gordon Mort; grandparents, Ella and Ira Mort; and grandfather, Harry

  • Nancy Kayrl Beal, 1939-2016

    Nancy Kayrl Beal passed away on June 4, 2016, in her Tehachapi home with her son by her side. She was 76. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.

  • John E. Culpepper, 1954-2016

    John E. Culpepper, 1954-2016

    On May 31, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and a host of angels, the Lord came to take John on his final journey home. John was born to his loving parents, Edwin and Tomasa Culpepper, on Aug. 27, 1954, in Mojave, Calif. He was blessed with a wonderful childhood that he shared with his

  • James Cooper Crow, 1952-2016

    James Cooper Crow, 1952-2016

    James Cooper Crow, residing in Tehachapi, and longtime resident of Monticello, Ark., and Bakersfield, went to sleep in the Lord Jesus on June 1, 2016. James was born to Cooper and Bertha Crow on June 29, 1952, in Dermott, Ark. His siblings included Curtis Crow, Steven Crow and Diana Stoller. He

  • Lester Daniel Hensche, 1927-2016

    Lester Daniel Hensche, 1927-2016

    Lester Daniel Hensche, 88, lived a full and rewarding life with his wife of 67 years, Kathleen. They lived in Tehachapi since the early 1970s after Les built their cherished home in Bear Valley Springs where the family became one of the first few full-time residents to reside there. The couple

  • Margaret Ann Thompson, 1923-2016

    Margaret Ann Thompson of Tehachapi went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 26, 2016. She had just celebrated her 93rd birthday. A memorial service is being held at the Summit Christian Fellowship at 414 S. Curry St., on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 2 p.m. Wood Family Funeral Service has