Recent Obituaries

  • Saturday, Jan 10 2015 05:39 PM

    Lynnea Arlene Heath Bakman, 1937 — 2014

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    Lynnea Arlene Heath Bakman passed away on Dec. 24 at her home in Tehachapi. She was the first born of Roy W. and Claudia (Gordon) Heath and arrived on Oct. 5, 1937, in Coalinga. She was a third generation Californian. Her father was born at the Shasta Mine northwest of Redding and her grandmother was born in Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco.

    The family relocated to Fresno where she and her siblings attended elementary and high school. They spent their summers tending garden or working and also spent time camping, hiking and fishing in the Sierra. While attending Fresno State College she also worked in state child care centers and taught piano, majored in music and minored in education, and was a member of the Bulldog Marching Band.

    Upon graduation she was employed by the Herndon School District as a kindergarten teacher and for the next 25 years was intermittently employed as a full, part-time, or substitute teacher except for the nine years she spent as a dedicated full-time, stay at home Mom.

    Lynnea was a very involved parent from the time the children started school until they left for college. She was involved in a number of leadership positions with the Camp Fire Girls and Boy Scouts of America organizations, youth and high school swimming and soccer programs, art and music programs, classroom aid, field trip driver and aide, and just being there for not only her own but other children as well. She was a substitute for the Tehachapi Unified School District from 1969 to 1971.

    In 1961 she met Robert R. Bakman in San Luis Obispo where he was attending Cal Poly. They married in 1962, and raised their children camping and fishing on their vacations in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

    Upon their return to Tehachapi in 1985, prior to Robert retiring, she became a full-time homebody and enjoyed flower gardening, developing a certified backyard bird habitat, sewing, knitting, reading, weekend runaways, and of course summer vacations and fall trips to the Sierra. One of her favorite places in Tehachapi was the Mourning Cloak Ranch which she could see from her back yard and visited often as it developed into an international attraction — and watched sadly as it diminished in stature.  

    Her favorite activity was an Annual Family of Four Easter egg hunt, which has expanded over the years into a large three generation extended family gathering, Easter egg hunt and barbecue.
    After Robert’s retirement they did come extended traveling in the Western States and a few Coast to Coast adventures.

    She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert R. Bakman; son, Eric and Wilma (Gibson) Bakman of Tehachapi; daughter, Roberta Calhoun (Tim) of Concord; grandson, Micah Calhoun of Concord; granddaughter, Timmie Qitugna (Mike) of Escondido; brother, Steven (Caroline) Heath of Santa Ana; sister, Cherrill Gragg of Tehachapi; brother, Gordon (Megan) Heath of Fresno; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    She was a kind, generous, witty, loving person whose independent nature and practical life experiences provided definite insights to many lively discussions. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep her, until we meet again.

    Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Jan 09 2015 02:57 PM

    Susan Ledesma Freng, 1952 — 2015

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    Life time Tehachapi resident, Susan Ledesma Freng, passed away Jan. 3, 2015, ending her six year battle with cancer. Sue was born in Bakersfield, March 30, 1952 to parents Refugio and Maria Ledesma. She grew up with her nine siblings living in the small railroad towns in and around the Tehachapi Mountains, attending local schools and graduating from Tehachapi High School in 1970.  

    Sue was a dedicated member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. She served as a Catholic Daughter for many years and was honored to be chosen as the organizations President. She was also a part of the Guadalupe Society and sang in the choir. Sue was always the first to volunteer to help someone in need or do a favor for a friend. It is often said she would have given her last dime or the shoes off her feet to someone in need.  

  • Friday, Jan 09 2015 11:52 AM

    Tresa Marie Mendenhall, March 30, 1948 - Dec. 28, 2014

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    Tresa was born the first daughter of Richard and Betty Chenard, in Los Angeles, on March 30, 1948. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Ralph. She is survived by her loving family, including her sisters, Sharon and Debbie; her daughters, Debbie, Lenita, Sundee, Teresa, and Tiffany; and her son, Rick. Her grandchildren are Amelia, Andrew, Carson, Evan, Jason, Jennifer, Justin, Kevin, and Mike; and great-grandchildren, Jack and Parker.

    Tresa grew up in Whittier where she raised her family before moving to Tehachapi where she had lived for the past 13 1/2 years. She was an avid gardener with an amazing green thumb. She could grow anything anywhere. Her love of cooking was something that her mother taught her well, was matched by her husband's skills, and something treasured and passed on to her children and grandchildren.

  • Friday, Jan 09 2015 11:51 AM

    Dona Clara Middaugh, 1933 - 2014

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    Dona Clara Middaugh peacefully joined God's Kingdom on Dec. 23, 2014.

    Dona graduated from Rosemead High School in 1951, obtained an Associate in Arts degree from Los Angeles Valley Junior College in 1953, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northridge in 1959. She also spent four years with the Forest Service and received accommodations for her hard work. Dona was a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 12 years at Holy Cross Hospital, where she met her true calling for helping and caring for people. It was a thrill for Dona and Jackie to ride their motorcycle back and forth between Bouquet Canyon and the hospital.

  • Monday, Jan 05 2015 03:04 PM

    Barry Breen, 1945 — 2014

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    Barry Breen of Melbourne, Fla. passed away on, Dec. 30, 2014, at the age of 69 years old from a rare illness, Familial Amyloidosis, which he had been suffering with for nearly a decade or more. Breen lived in Tehachapi from 1985 to 2003, and had served as a member of the Airport Commission, as vice-president of the Tehachapi Health Care District, and as president of the Tehachapi Unified School District Board. He was employed at both China Lake Naval Weapons Center and then at Edwards Air Force Base while living in Tehachapi, with his last 15 years at Edwards. One of his past roles was chief of the Avionics Engineering Flight/Ground Test Division. Barry was deeply involved in developing the merit pay system at Edwards known as “CCAS” and frequently led hiring initiatives for new, highly qualified engineers, including developing internship opportunities for college students during the Summer. Breen was also the adoptive father of John Breen who died of the pneumonic plague in 1995; John had been born in Colombia and was adopted by Barry several years earlier.

    Breen, was born in Santa Monica on Sept. 6, 1945, and was raised in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, living in the cities of Encino, Tarzana and Northridge. He attended Sequoia Junior High School, and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1963. He grew up across the street from Roy Rogers as a 6 to 12 year old in the early San Fernando Valley. His Father, Cy Breen, died at the age of 100 in 2012 and was also well known in the Los Angeles area.

  • Friday, Jan 02 2015 01:03 PM

    Roene Moore, March 21, 1956 – Dec. 22, 2014

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    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

    Roene was born on March 21, 1956, in Tombstone, Ariz., to parents Silvia Dawn and Roy Barney. She had three siblings Bill, Lawane and Joni.

  • Monday, Dec 29 2014 10:38 AM

    Dorothy Sailer

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    A memorial service will be held for Dorothy Sailer at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at St. Joseph's Church located at 12456 Boron Ave., Boron.

  • Friday, Dec 26 2014 12:58 PM

    Lynnea Arlene Bakman, 1937 — 2014

    On Dec. 24, Lynnea Arlene Bakman entered into rest at her home in Tehachapi. She was 77 years old. 

    Funeral arrangements will be made through Wood Family Funeral Service. Please call the mortuary at 822-6897 for service information. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 26 2014 12:56 PM

    Anita Hernandez Aguilar, 1929 — 2014

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    Anita Hernandez Aguilar, age 85, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Dec. 21.
    Anita, the daughter of Bernabe and Rosa Trujillo Lopez Hernandez , was born on May 19, 1929, in Peoria, Ariz. She married the love of her life, Demecio Aguilar, on Nov. 30, 1949, in Hanford. Together they raised ten children in a loving home in Tehachapi.
    As a loving mother, she cared not only for her own children but for other children in the neighborhood. She dedicated countless hours babysitting for families who could not afford childcare, all from the love of her heart.
    She is survived by two sisters, Molly Burrola and Jessica Puente; her children, Elisa Mezey, Demecio Aguilar Jr., Rosie Myers, Martin Aguilar, Simon Aguilar, Vivian Chavez, Ventura Parks, Manuel S. Aguilar, and Frances Renteria; as well as 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, sons and daughters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Demecio Aguilar; and her son, Alfred Aguilar.
    A visitation for Mrs. Aguilar will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, at Wood Family Funeral Service.  
    The recitation of the Rosary and the Vigil Service will follow at 6 p.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church.  
    Monday morning at 9 a.m. the Mass of the Resurrection will be held at the church with the Rite of Interment to follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery, Westside. 
    Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 26 2014 12:39 PM

    Charlie Roy Hignite, 1934 — 2014

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    Longtime Tehachapi resident Charlie Roy Hignite passed away on Dec. 19 at 80 years of age. 
    A memorial service will be held at Wood Family Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Interment will follow at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin.
    Charlie was born on Sept. 25, 1934, in Tulsa, Okla., and always spoke of a fun and loving childhood living in the south. 
    He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Proudly serving his country in the United States Navy, he was in the Korean War aboard the USS Hector, and was honorably discharged after almost six years of service. He later worked for 30 years as a construction truck driver for the Teamsters.
    Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Elsie Hignite; and all four of his siblings. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Hignite; daughter, Cindy Cavagnaro and her husband, Dave; son, Lewis Hignite; daughter, Ruby Madden and her husband, Steve; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Charlie was a loving family man with a generous heart and a great sense of humor. He is much loved and will be missed greatly. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wood Family Funeral Service Inc. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 26 2014 12:27 PM

    Dorothy Lee Sailer, 1934 - 2014

    Dorothy Lee Sailer of Boron entered into rest in Lancaster on Dec. 21. She was 80 years old.  

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at St. Joseph's Church located at 12456 Boron Ave., Boron.  Interment will be at Mt. McCaleb cemetery in Mackay, Idaho. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 26 2014 12:24 PM

    Donald Eugene Ward, 1925 — 2014

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    Surrounded by his loving family, Donald Eugene Ward, peacefully and gracefully passed away at his home on Dec. 17. He is survived by his beautiful and faithful bride of 69 years, Dorothy Ward; his three daughters, Dixie Hustead, Donnie Ward, and Dale Martin; son-in-law, David Martin; ten grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; with two more on the way.

    His legendary life included interests in philosophy, science and spirituality. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a poet, inventor, writer, risk taker, entrepreneur, singer, and seeker of truth and adventure. His athletic interests through the years included handball, boxing, endurance horse racing, scuba diving, sky diving, and much more.

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