Carmen Piper Hemenway
1920 - 2014
Tehachapi resident Carmen Piper Hemenway, 94, passed away on Sept., 7, 2014. Carmen will be buried at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hoffmann Hospice. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences visit woodmortuary.net.
Nancy Lee Brookhart
1935 - 2014
Nancy Brookhart, 79, passed away on Aug., 31, 2014. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Tammy Ann (Bennett) Wallace
March 18, 1961 – Sept. 1, 2014
On Sept. 1, 2014, Tammy Ann Wallace went home to be with her Heavenly Father. She was at home surrounded by her family.
Tammy was a true warrior who fought to the very last minute. She saw the good in all things and was the first to offer a helping hand. You did not even have to ask. It is unknown how many people she helped with her daily updates on her incredible journey. She made a “Bucket List” and her family made sure that it was completed. Once it was completed she started a new one. She said, “Got to have a plan and things to do." Her last wish: Disneyland. Thanks to her friends and family, that wish came true. Disneyland rolled out the “Red Carpet” for her.
Dirce Marie do Valle Quadros Drucker
1943 - 2014
Dirce Drucker of Bear Valley Springs, entered into rest on August 28, 2014. She was 70 years old. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. A full obituary will appear in the next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service has assisted the family with the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Jean Winnifred Patterson
1926 - 2014
Tehachapi resident Jean Winnifred Patterson, 87, passed away on August 27, 2014. Burial will be at a later date at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Jane Adair Barnett
1926 – 2014
Jane Barnett passed peacefully on Aug., 24, 2014, with her loving family by her side, in Tehachapi. She was born Aug., 26, 1926, in Alhambra, to Ed and Phoebe Ogden. She moved to Wilsona with her family in 1935, and it is here where she met the love of her life, Ernest (Lee) Barnett. Lee and Jane married on March 31, 1946, in Lancaster, where they continued to live and raise their family. They moved to Kingman, Ariz. in 1989 to be closer to the Colorado River, which they loved. Jane moved to Tehachapi in 2011, after the passing of her husband the previous year.
Jane was a devoted wife and mother who loved gardening, sewing, boating, and water-skiing. She was an avid water-skier who could teach anyone how to get up on skis. Jane will best be remembered for her playful banter and a sweet smile that could light up a room.
Richard T. Burdine
1929 - 2014
Richard T. Burdine, 85, of Tehachapi, beloved husband and best friend of Esther (Laughlin) Burdine for over 65 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones he laughed with, lived for and loved on August 6, 2014.
His ministry began in 1949 in Portland, Ore. where he began preaching and leading Sunday school in a home near Mt. Saint Helens, Wash. He served 3 mission churches, including Brea, which became self supporting. He was assigned in 1962 Palms EUB and for one year in 1968, he and Marshall Ketchum were the first co-pastors in the history of the Calfornia Conference of the UMC. He then went on to Huntington Beach and Lancaster UMC, where he retired in 1992 after 41 years in charge of a congregation. After retiring, he served at UM fellowship in Bakersfield and three times interim for the UCC Church in Tehachapi. His love of life included his family, friends, fishing, camping, hunting, sports, photography, music, drama, Reiki, and Marriage Encounter.
Richard or “Dick” was born in Spokane, Wash. on April 15, 1929 and attended Whitworth College as a freshman in Spokane, Wash. and Cascade College in Portland, Ore. where he met Esther and they married October 21, 1949.
Besides his wife Esther, Dick is survived by 3 sons: Paul and wife, Pam, their children and grandchildren; David and wife, Diana their children and grandchild; and Allan and wife, Akemi and their children. He is also survived by 3 daughters: Jeanine her children; Deanne and husband, Wes, their children and grandchildren; and Rene and husband, Joey, their children; as well as nephews in Washington: Tim, Steve, Marcus & Kermit Burdine and their wives and children. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, Pastor and Friend.
Robert James Dixon, Sr.
July 13, 1923 - August 21, 2014
Robert James Dixon. Sr. 91, returned to the Lord on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2014 in West Covina. He was ready to join his bride, Mildred, who had died just a year ago. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was born July 13, 1923 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to loving parents, Graydon Glenn and Grace Lenore (Alkire) Dixon. He had two brothers and three sisters.
Robert’s family and heritage were of utmost importance in his life. His most precious moments were those spent with the ones he loved. Robert was proud of his service and loved this country, and always felt very fortunate with the life that was given him. He loved playing pinochle, eating watermelon, ice cream, fresh peaches and drinking coffee. Robert will be greatly missed and will be remembered fondly by his family and all who knew him.
Vyrlanne “Vyrl” King
May 20, 1952- August 17, 2014
Ralph D. Kermode
1940 – 2014
Ralph Kermode, 74, of Bear Valley, passed away on August 17, 2014, at Bakersfield Heart Hospital. He was born on May 10, 1940, in Alhambra, to parents Chet & Marietta Kermode.
Ralph was a self-made businessman who, with only a high school diploma, owned and operated several successful companies in the rendering and recycling industry, including Ventura Rendering, W&H Grease Buyers, United Grease Company, and Cal-Vada Commodities.
1961 - 2014
April Kell of Tehachapi, passed away at the age of 53. She was born on April 23, 1961, in Elgin, Ill., to parents Norman and Muriel Kell, one of five loving children.
Gloria Norma Jarrett
Gloria Norma Jarrett, 91, entered into rest on August 12, 2014, in Tehachapi. Wood Family Funeral Service is assisting the family with the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.