Recent Obituaries

  • Friday, Oct 17 2014 11:59 AM

    Frieda Faye Miller, Dec. 26, 1923 – Oct. 12, 2014

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    Frieda Faye Miller
    Dec. 26, 1923 – Oct. 12, 2014

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

    Mrs. Miller was born in Wolf Pen, W.Va, on Dec. 26, 1923, to Robert Lee Ford and Rhoda Ford, the fourth of their nine children. In 1939, she enrolled in the SDA boarding academy in Plainfield, N.J. While living there, she met Carl Toon, a soldier in the U.S. Army; and they were married on Nov. 15, 1943, in Oswego, N.Y. He was deployed soon after, and Frieda traveled to Long Beach where Carl’s parents were living. She worked in the In-and-Out Café while waiting for her husband’s return. Carl was discharged at the end of the war, and they made their home in Bakersfield. Three children were born to them, a daughter, two sons, and a stillborn baby girl. Their marriage later ended in divorce.

  • Friday, Oct 17 2014 10:33 AM

    Edward Robert Ivora, 1939 – 2014

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    Edward Robert Ivora
    1939 – 2014

    Edward Ivora, age 75, died Oct. 5, 2014, in Bakersfield. His funeral was held on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Services were officiated by Father Michael Cox, and followed by a reception in McMullin Hall.

    Edward was born in Oxnard, to parents Candido and Ruth Ivora, on Sept. 6, 1939. He graduated from Oxnard High School in 1958.

  • Thursday, Oct 16 2014 10:06 AM

    Melinda Gay Baker, April 17, 1952 – Oct. 12, 2014

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    Melinda Gay Baker
    April 17, 1952 – Oct. 12, 2014

    Melinda Baker of Tehachapi passed away peacefully at Bakersfield Heart Hospital, at the age of 62. She was surrounded by her friends and loved ones when she passed. She was born to David and Lorraine Williamson in Tehachapi. She graduated in 1971 from Tehachapi High School. She married Billy Baker April 24, 1987 and they were married for 27 wonderful years. She is survived by her husband Billy; their two kids, Rachel and Rebecca; her step-daughter Jennifer; and her two son-in-laws. She was also loved by her grandchildren Alyssa, Christopher and Emily; her four sisters, Lea, Diane, Faye, Theya and her sister-in-law, Michelle; two brothers, Dave and Willy. She had many nieces and nephews and so many other family members and close friends who all love her dearly. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and hearing about her daughters days. She had a passion for music and found joy in singing. She loved cracking jokes and making plans to build her dream home.

    Services are to be held at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Tehachapi on Oct. 31, 2014 at 1 p.m. and will be buried at East Side Cemetery.

  • Wednesday, Oct 15 2014 04:32 PM

    Dixie Leone Richardson, July 20, 1932 – Oct. 6, 2014

    Dixie Leone Richardson
    July 20, 1932 – Oct. 6, 2014

    Dixie Leone Richardson passed away on Oct. 6, 2014 in Longview, Texas. She was born to  Stanley and Velma Westberg of Mojave on July 20, 1932. Dixie was a lifetime resident and a dear friend to many of Mojave and the surrounding areas.

    Dixie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Billy Ray Richardson, and her sister Carol Evans of Concord. She is survived by brother Stanley (Tommy) and wife Rita Westberg of Citrus Heights; daughters Tina and husband Kyle Easter of Tehachapi; Tami and husband Chris Taylor of Longview, Texas; Terry and husband Mark Scott of Mojave; beloved grandchildren, Morgan Schulz, Taylor Johnson, Hunter Easter, Alexa, Madison and Hayden Montoya, Collin and Olivia Taylor, Garrett and Riley Scott, and Matthew and Kevin Terndrup; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families that were dear to her.

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 12:04 PM

    Doris Isabelle Roy, 1919 - 2014

    Doris Isabelle Roy
    1919 - 2014

    Tehachapi resident Doris Isabelle Roy went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Arrangements were made with the help of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:57 AM

    Edward Robert Ivora, 1939 - 2014

    Edward Robert Ivora
    1939 - 2014

    Mr. Edward Robert Ivora, 75, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Bakersfield. Services will be scheduled at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Tehachapi. Please call the mortuary for more information. Next week's edition of the Tehachapi News will contain a full obituary. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:55 AM

    Ray Leon Dalangauskas, 1942 - 2014

    Ray Leon Dalangauskas
    1942 - 2014

    Long time resident Ray Leon Dalangauskas entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. He was 72 years old. A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:49 AM

    Ruth Hannah Connell, 1928 - 2014

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    Ruth Hannah Connell
    1928 - 2014

    Ruth Hannah (Gipe) Connell left the world in style, as she lived her life. The night before her peaceful passing on the night of Sept. 23, 2014, she danced at the Harvest Moon Festival with close friends. She was 86.

    An active Tehachapi community member for 28 years, Ruth donated her time and love (and garage space!) to many causes, notably LIBRA, the group that helps purchase equipment and technology for local school libraries. The books you’d find at the Fall Harvest Festival and Springtyme Faire often came via Ruth’s garage. Ruth and the members of LIBRA raised over $100,000 over the years to help boost academics for Tehachapi youth.

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:38 AM

    John Charles Gilman Brawner, 1980 - 2014

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    John Charles Gilman Brawner
    1980 - 2014

    Once upon a time, a young Knight John Charles Gilman Brawner was born in Lodi, on Dec. 22, 1980, to Ron and Trudy Brawner. The young knight traveled with his parents from San Andreas to Boulder City, Nev., and finally settled in their castle in Tehachapi in 1989.

    Sir John attended Heritage Oak School, where he graduated in 1999. After graduation, Sir John chose to pursue the art of electrical engineering and made his way to Seattle, where he continued his education until graduation from Seattle Pacific University in 2004. Sir John sought long and hard to fulfill his educational gifts and was hired at Edwards Air Force Base. Sir John then began his quest for a princess.

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 10:18 AM

    Donna Rae Krucki, 1956 - 2014

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    Donna Rae Krucki
    1956 - 2014

    Donna Rae Krucki, 57, recently of Tehachapi, died Sept. 29 in San Juan Capistrano with her family by her side. She was very unexpectedly overtaken by cancer within weeks of entering the hospital.

    Donna was born Dec. 4, 1956 in Chicago to parents Chester Joseph Krucki (deceased) and Christine (Zasczurynski) Krucki, who survives her. Donna is also survived by her partner/husband, Michael Coughlin, and two step-sons, Steve and Raymond; sisters, Sharon Erickson (Bill) of Eau Claire, Wisc., and Lynda Lefave (Michael) of Three Rivers; niece, Casey LeFave, nephews, Justin Colht, and Jim LeFave.

  • Wednesday, Oct 08 2014 04:30 PM

    Thomas Burly Loustalot, 1944 - 2014

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    Thomas Burly Loustalot
    1944 - 2014

    A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard St., Taft, on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at 10 a.m. for Thomas Burly Loustalot, 69. Rev. Mark Fitzsimmons, pastor of Lighthouse Foursquare Church, will officiate. Burial will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. in the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin. Mr. Loustalot was born in Bakersfield, on Nov. 29, 1944 and passed away in Taft on Oct. 7, 2014. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the years 1967 – 1972, achieving the rank of E-6. He grew up in Bakersfield, lived in Taft, moved to Tehachapi then returned to Taft. He was a member of Lighthouse Foursquare Church. Mr. Loustalot is survived by his wife, Sue Loustalot of Taft; his son, Mike Loustalot and wife, Sharon, of Boise, Idaho; son, Kevin Dennis of Taft; daughter, Shelly Dennis of N.D.; daughter, Kim Loustalot of Bakersfield; son, Keith Tichenor of Bakersfield; daughter, Trina Burke and Clay of San Jose; son, Joe Eggleston and Sara of Frazier Park; and daughter, Dayleen of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Zevin, Chasidy, Karl, Cody, Kendra, Kenny and Bryan; and great-grandchild, Landon. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To sign an online registry please visit

  • Wednesday, Oct 08 2014 01:53 PM

    Elbridge Gerry Chickering, 1914 – 2014

    Elbridge Gerry Chickering
    1914 - 2014

    Elbridge Gerry Chickering passed away on Oct. 2, 2014 in Bakersfield. He was 99 years old.

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