Ida Mary St. John
1935 — 2013
Massachusetts native Ida Mary St. John entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 4. She was 77 years old. Ida was born in Worcester on Nov. 8, 1935, to parents John Robert and Blanche Mary (Porter) Gedenberg. In 1955, she married Albert E. St. John. They migrated to California with their three eldest children in 1964, and were blessed with their youngest daughter a few years later.
1951 – 2013
Gary Cronkhite, 62, died Sept. 24 in Las Vegas. He was a wonderful man, loved by all and he will be missed.
Richard Laurel Overfield
1936 — 2013
Richard Laurel Overfield, a 36-year resident of Tehachapi, went home to the Lord on Sept. 18, 2013, due to complications after suffering a heart attack on Sept. 10, 2013. Burial and a committal service with military honors will be on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. A Celebration of Life will be held that morning at 11:30 a.m., at the Tehachapi Holiday Inn Express.
Richard served in the United States Marine Corps and believed that “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” After the Marine Corps, he was hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy. He was with the department for 22 years. He moved on to U.S. Borax and worked at the boric acid plant for over 20 years, finally retiring at the age of 73.
Richard enjoyed the trips he and Marti took to Laughlin, Nev. for the annual LASD Retirees Roundup, where he re-connected with many friends. He loved living in Tehachapi, the land of four seasons. He would comment that you could experience all four seasons in one afternoon.
FOX News and talk radio were his vices. He loved to make comments with a voice you could hear outside.
Preceding Richard in death were his parents, Laurel and Ocie Overfield; and his son, Bob.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Martha “Marti”; his daughter, Leslie Krist and her husband; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.
He was Dad to Charles Friedland and Shaya Vaughan and Grandpa to a granddaughter and two grandsons. He also leaves a sister, Janelle and brother, Donald and his wife.
Richard was a good man, a good provider, a loving husband and dad. We will miss him.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Warsaw and his staff for providing CPR until Kern County Fire Department and Hall Ambulance arrived. Thank you to the doctors at Tehachapi Hospital. Thank you to the Bakersfield Heart Hospital, all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.
Judith Ann Sims
1945 - 2013
Michael James Byrne
James Earl Powell
1936 - 2013
Judith Ann Sims
1945 — 2013
(Martha) Elizabeth Wells
1912 — 2013
Elizabeth was born on Aug. 23, 1912, to Julia and Simeon Lane in Atwood, Colo. She died Sept. 26, in Hollister.
Dorothy Evelyn (Burke) Cocca
1919 — 2013
Dorothy Evelyn (Burke) Cocca, 94, passed away in Tehachapi, on Sept. 21. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon, at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Pastor Marvin Slifer will officiate. Private interment will be on Monday, Sept. 30, at Harbor Lawn Memorial Park, next to her husband Herbert, in Costa Mesa.
Joan Alice Rice
1938 — 2013
Joan Alice Rice of Stoughton, Mass., daughter of the late Gertrude and Fred McEachron, passed away Sept. 25, at the age of 74.
Archie Douglas "Doug" Miller
1936 — 2013
Doug was born on Sept. 20, 1936, in Lindsay, to his loving parents, Archie and Josefine Miller. Doug proudly served in the United States Army, serving in Stuttgart, Germany, as an MP and prison guard. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Root, on June 1, 1962. Doug and Bonnie were blessed with two sons, Doug and Greg Miller. Doug died Sept. 19.
Doug worked as a fireman for the City of Alhambra for 12 years, and they later moved to Tehachapi in 1987, where they both began their careers as correctional officers. Doug retired from California Correctional Institution in 2005.
Native New Yorker Evlyn Shoob entered into rest on Sept. 19. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.