Recent Obituaries

  • 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.

  • Thursday, Dec 18 2014 11:22 AM

    Melba Ruth Dykes Metzler, Nov. 11, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014

    Melba Ruth Dykes Metzler
    Nov. 11, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014
    Melba Ruth Dykes Metzler passed away on Nov. 23 2014.
    Melba leaves her two sons and many grand children, and many dear friends. She was married to William Dykes for 37 years and raised his two sons Bob and Mike. After he passed away, she married Robert Metzler and they were married for 18 wonderful years. Robert passed away eight years ago. All of Melba's friends and family will miss her.

  • Thursday, Dec 18 2014 09:42 AM

    Donald Eugene Ward, 1925 — 2014

    Donald Eugene Ward
    1925 — 2014

    Donald Eugene Ward entered into rest at his home in Hart Flat on Dec. 17, 2014. He was 88 years old. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 03:28 PM

    Patrick Eugene McElderry, 1957 - 2014

    Patrick McElderry

    Patrick Eugene McElderry was born in Burbank at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1957. He was the first son of Kenneth Eugene and Ada Darlene McElderry. He predeceased by his father, Kenneth; and his younger brother, Daniel. Patrick attended Canyon High School in Canyon Country.

    Patrick worked for ten years in shipping and receiving at a large company in Mukilteo, Wash., which he enjoyed very much. He also worked in the roofing industry in Seattle. He injured his back in a fall from a roof which kept him from working a steady job. He also loved working on motorcycles, dune buggies and old cars with his father. They enjoyed riding dirt bikes together.

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 03:23 PM

    William "Bill" Harold Mason, 1934 — 2014

    William Harold Mason passed away on Dec. 11, at his home in Tehachapi. Services will be scheduled at the First Baptist Church on Curry Street. For more information please contact the Wood Family Funeral Service at (661) 822-6897.  For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 03:21 PM

    Helen Theresa Wilver, 1927 — 2014

    Former Tehachapi resident Helen Theresa Wilver entered into rest on Dec. 10. A visitation will be scheduled in Tehachapi at Wood Family Funeral Service. The Rosary, Vigil Service, and Mass of the Resurrection will be held in Bakersfield at St. Francis Catholic Church. A full obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. For additional information please call the funeral home at (661) 822-6897. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 11:36 AM

    Lt. Magdaleno "Mike" Lara, 1958 — 2014

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    Services for Lt. Magdaleno "Mike" Lara will begin with a funeral mass at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. E St. A viewing and a memorial service to celebrate Mike's life will be held at 8:30 a.m, on Thursday, Dec. 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 600 Anita Dr. The memorial service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Graveside services will be immediately after at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. An obituary will follow in the coming weeks.

  • Friday, Dec 12 2014 09:23 AM

    William Thomas Mason, Jr., 1941 — 2014

    William Thomas Mason Jr

    William "Bill" Thomas Mason, Jr. of Tehachapi passed away at home with Hospice on Dec. 5.

    Bill was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Oct. 26, 1941 to parents William Mason, Sr. and Irene F. Mason (Webster).

  • Tuesday, Dec 09 2014 04:37 PM

    Jorge Andres Cruz-Ruiz, 1945 — 2014

    Jorge Andres Cruz-Ruiz, formerly of Tehachapi, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7, in Lancaster. He was 69 years old. Please contact Wood Family Funeral Service for service information at (661) 822-6897. For condolences please visit

  • Tuesday, Dec 09 2014 04:32 PM

    James Lee Grecian, 1937 — 2014


    Jim Grecian, age 77, passed away on Dec. 7 in Tehachapi. Jim was born to Floyd and Vola Grecian on Sept. 11, 1937, in Beloit, Kan. He spent his youth and teenage years in Beloit. He helped out with his younger brother and sister as they grew up.
    He played basketball in school, was a Kansas champion golfer, went wheat cutting with his uncle and worked in a clothing store. He went to Kansas University and other colleges, received his teaching degree in the sciences, and taught and coached in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

    In 1970, Jim moved to Tehachapi and began teaching Biology and coaching track, cross country and JV basketball. He married Nancy Lockhart in 1979. They celebrated 35 years of marriage this past August. His three wonderful daughters, Jennifer, Jamie and Julie have been his joy for many great years, and their husbands, Jack Hicks, Kyle Taylor and Joe Banigan, along with their kids, and the Grecian's great-grandkids have been a wonderful experience. Along with the families of Jerry and Teryl, Jim's brother and wife, Janet and Carl, Jim's sister and husband, there has been much enjoyment shared with nieces and nephews on vacations. Nancy's family, the Lockharts, also played a big part in Jim's life.

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