Randy James Geiger
1965 – 2014
Randy James Geiger, 48, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 3, 2014, at his home in Bear Valley Springs. A full obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
1927 – 2014
Gerald "Jerry" Pierce, 86, passed away Sunday May 4, 2014 in Bakersfield.
He was born Oct. 19, 1927 to Percy and Gertrude (Roufs) Pierce in Carpinteria. In 1929, the family moved to Merrill, Ore. and then in 1941 to Klamath Falls, Ore. In 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and served on active duty, being stationed in Guam, until 1948. He remained in the Reserves until 1953.
William H. Dana
1930 – 2014
William H. Dana, NASA test pilot, died peacefully in Phoenix on May 6, 2014 at age 83.
James Arlen Jackson
May 15, 1933 – April 23, 2014
Betty Jean Jackson
July 26, 1934 – April 24, 2014
James Arlen Jackson went to the Lord after living with Alzheimer for three years on the 23rd of April. His wife, Betty Jean Jackson, who had liver cancer, followed him shortly thereafter on the 24th of April. After 62 years of marriage they now can spend eternity together. The couple lived much of their lives in Oildale where they raised up two boys – Nick and Steve, before they moved to Tehachapi.
Dad served in the US Navy during the Korean War and upon his return from duty he went to work for Pacific Telephone. Mom and dad moved to Tehachapi in 1976 as dad was working for Pac Bell.
Faye Anna Villacana
1939 – 2014
Faye Anna Villacana went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 4, 2014, at her home in Tehachapi. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will be on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 10 a.m., at Tehachapi's Summit Christian Fellowship Four Square Church. Interment will be at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside. A full obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Gregory Anthony Lagutaris
1931 – 2014
Gregory Anthony Lagutaris entered into rest on May 2, 2014, in Tehachapi. A Celebration of Life and luncheon are scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Tehachapi Moose Lodge. A full obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Dr. Thomas Nelson Snortum
1928 – 2014
Dr. Thomas Nelson Snortum, 86, passed away at his home in Bear Valley Springs on April 29, 2014. No services are scheduled at this time. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
William Alfred Sommermeyer
1929 – 2014
William Alfred Sommermeyer of Tehachapi entered into rest at his home, on April 29, 2014. He was 84 years old. Interment with Military Honors will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Kathleen Marie Wiegand
1940 – 2014
Kathleen Marie Wiegand, 73, entered into rest on April 28, 2014. Funeral services will be held at Wood Family Funeral Service on May 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Rite of Burial and interment will follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside. The services will be officiated by Father Michael Cox of St. Malachy Catholic Church.
Kathy was born in Minneapolis, Minn. She was one of 12 children. She is survived by her four children, Joe Flores, Lynda Machanic, Tim Flores, and Lori Murphy; ten grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Don Wiegand.
Don and Kathy moved to Tehachapi in 2002. She loved to garden in her yard, shop at the local antique stores, and meet up with her friends for a cup of coffee. Spending time with her family gave her the most joy and comfort.
Kathy's family would like to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to Hilda Botello and the staff at Mulberry Place for the caring, love, and respect they showed for their mother.
Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
John Joseph Nemila
1933 – 2014
Lancaster resident John Joseph Nemila, 81, passed away at his son's home in Tehachapi on April 23, 2014. Interment and Marine Corps Military Honors will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Jetta Diane Stevens
1939 – 2014
Tehachapi resident Jetta Diane Stevens entered into rest on April 18, 2014. She was 74 years old. A memorial service has been set for Saturday, May 31, 2014 , at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Catherine Marie Rhoads
Nov. 8, 1915 – April 16, 2014
Catherine "Katie" Rhoads was 98 years old when she peacefully passed away at her home in Stallion Springs. Katie was affectionately known as "Fuzz" by all who loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert E. Rhoads, Sr.