Betty Louise Senior
1928 — July 16
Longtime Tehachapi resident Betty Louise Senior, who died July 16, was born on May 23, 1928, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Dewey and Vella Smith.
The family later moved to California and she graduated from Excelsior High School in Long Beach. During WWII, while in high school, she worked as a riveter. After moving to Tehachapi she worked at Gong's Rexall for many years.
She was a loving wife to husband Gerald "Caddy" Senior for 50 years.
A loving mother and friend, she enjoyed sewing and made beautiful outfits for herself and her daughters when they were young.
Gardening and cooking were other hobbies and she loved to cook for and entertain her family and friends, hosting many family reunions on Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
She enjoyed traveling to Europe and many fun trips to Laughlin and Las Vegas with family in addition to going on a cruise with granddaughter Gina and daughter Christine.
She also loved to dance and loved to laugh. She was a beautiful, loving and kind woman who will be missed by all of her family and friends.
Betty is survived by daughters Christine Brewer and husband Dan, Karen Yeager and husband Bart, and Laura Merritt and husband Allen, as well as a brother Jack Smith and wife Marie of Oregon. She has 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brothers Tom Smith and Bill Smith and her husband, Gerald.
Her family offers special thanks to good friend Randy Forbes and to Optimal Hospice.
Mildred Louise Dixon
1922 — 2013
Thomas Jack Feeley
1933 – 2013
Thomas Jack Feeley, 79, departed from this life on Sept. 2 at his home in Tehachapi.
Born in Washoe, Mont., Tom was the son of Thomas Luke Feeley and Gertrude Nancy Semple Feeley.
Tom served in the United States Navy and was proud to have served and retired as a sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department in the Antelope Valley. Tom was an excellent carpenter, having made many of the beautiful furniture pieces and accessories in his home and for friends. Tom loved the outdoors and hiking, a passion he shared with his daughter, Rhonda. Tom was also an avid card player with a quick wit, and he will always be remembered for his strong devotion to his family and his country.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Rhonda Lynn Feeley.
Tom is survived by his beautiful wife, Pamela Feeley; sister, Margie Jean Graves; and his brother, Donald Roger Feeley.
He also leaves behind extended family: Dan, Norma, Stephanie, Garrett, and Jessica. He will remain in their hearts and memories. Tom also leaves behind his small friends Honey, Whiskers, and Pretty, who were the source of many hours of frustration and laughter.
Many thanks to Hoffmann Hospice, especially Nurse Marie, his excellent 24/7 care provided by Patty Mitchell and her staff, Patti, Lorie, Robyn, and Coleen, for comforting and caring for Tom through his journey.
Graveside services and funeral arrangements are being made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
1922 — 2013
Danny Ray Hall
1943 — 2013
Virginia Mae Hazlehurst
1926 ― 2013
Longtime Tehachapi resident Virginia Mae Hazlehurst passed away on Aug. 16, 2013. She was 86 years old. A complete obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Services are yet to be scheduled. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net
Marion Russell Larson Jr.
Sarah Lee Sparkman
1939 - 2013
Sarah Lee Sparkman, 73, entered into rest on Aug. 18, in Tehachapi. A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bakersfield. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.
Jeffery Michael Koch
Long-time resident of Tehachapi Jeffery Michael Koch passed away Aug. 22 from a tragic motorcycle accident in Beaver, Utah. He was born Oct. 28, 1969.
Son of Woody Koch (Fullerton) and Bobbie Burns (San Diego). Loving father of Nicole Koch with Kim Hightower (mother of Nicole), grandson Ashton Pacent, sister Jaymi Koch, grandmother Elizabeth Burns, godson of Michael D. Burns, nephew of Patrick Burns, George Burns, Tom Burns Sr., Martin Burns, Brian Burns Sr., Leo Burns (deceased), James Ashcraft (deceased) and numerous cousins. Former wife Aliene Francis-Koch, stepdaughter Heather Bass, stepson Tommy Bass III, and his beloved dog Mick.
He was a family man who loved his family deeply and love spending time with this grandson Ashton. He had a heart of gold. He loved nature, the mountains, the ocean, motorcycles, guitars, music, trucks, and loved going camping with friends and family. He worked as an iron worker for many years.
He was a giver in every way. He always lived life to the fullest, and loved many, many people.
His last loving act of giving was that he was an organ donor and he helped seven people.
He will be missed dearly by all of his friends and family.
Services will be Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. at Grace Fellowship, 326 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
Ruth Elizabeth Harris passed away at Sierra Oaks Assisted Living in Redding, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 23, at the age of 84.
Ruth Harris is predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Louis Jay Harris. They were married in Burbank, Calif., in 1949 after Louis completed his active duty service in the United States Navy.
Ruth Harris is lovingly remembered by her children, Sharon Lance and her husband Art of Redding, and Richard Harris and his wife Debbie of La Canada, Calif. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Micah Harris, Andrew Lance, Rachel Sullivan, Peter Lance, Betsy Lance and Joe Harris and six great-grandchildren.
Ruth Harris was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929 to immigrant parents from Austria-Hungary. They moved west to California in 1946. She graduated from Burbank High School. After marrying Louis, they went on to establish La Canada Heating and Air Conditioning which remained in business for 33 years.
Ruth enjoyed playing the piano and organ in church and served in many leadership positions for her church. Louis and Ruth moved to Tehachapi in 1979 and were instrumental in establishing the Church of the Nazarene on Highline Road. The church claims that it would not be where it is today without the Harris’ prayers, vision and work.
A memorial service of remembrance will be held at The Veteran’s Cemetery Chapel near Redding on Friday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jerry Powers officiating. Interment will be at the Veteran’s Cemetery. Following the service, a gathering for friends and family will take place at Art and Sharon Lance’s home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "Ruth Harris Memorial Fund," Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene, 19016 Highline Road, Tehachapi, CA 93561.
Barry James Jones III
1994 — 2013
Barry James Jones III, also known as BJ, passed away on Aug. 23, in Tehachapi. He was 18 years old at the time of his death.
Barry was born on Dec. 2, 1994, in Pomona, to Debra and Barry James Jones II. Barry was a “First Team All-League Full Back” for Kern County. He was a graduate of Tehachapi High School with a GPA of 3.83.
Barry wrote and sang his own, self-styled music. He enjoyed spending time with his dad as they went dirt biking, golfing, watched the Pittsburgh Steelers football games and just hung out together with family and friends. He loved sports and he played Little League baseball and basketball at Tehachapi Parks and Rec, along with Jacobsen Middle School and Tehachapi High School. He was on the Tehachapi High School track team and played football for Tehachapi Youth Football and Tehachapi High School.
Barry is survived by his father, Barry Jones II; mother, Debra Jones; sister, Amber Jones; brother, Eric Jones; grandfather, Papa Dave Jones; niece, Serenity Scott; nephew, Cash Adams; uncles, Eric Jones, Damen Messman, and Wolfgang Shadduck; aunts, Marlana Jones, Michelle Vance, Kathy Simpkins, and Heidi Shadduck; and true love, Jenea Schlais.
Barry’s funeral service was held at the Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard Church, and was officiated by Pastor Barry Galloway. The speakers included Coach Steve Denman, Pastor Scott Smith, Manny Gonzalez, and Ricky and Rick Torres. The pallbearers were Eric Jones, Ricky Torres, Jenea Schlais, Sam Rae, Jose Mesa, and Gabe Reyes. He was laid to rest at Tehachapi Public Cemetery, Eastside.
Dad Barry has a fond memory of his son where Lil Barry would text and ask, “Are you on your way home dad?” Barry would reply, “I’m on my way son.” Sure enough, Barry would walk in the front door and announce, “Son, I’m home,” to which there was rarely a reply. Barry would go about his normal routine of getting home, like turning on the TV or pulling something out of the fridge for dinner, when Lil Barry would jump out and scare the less than lovely vocabulary right out of Barry! Lil Barry would get him every time because he would always hide in a different place!
Dad Barry cannot express with words the deep and profound love and support that has come from all the friends in this community! The impact of everyone’s concern is truly heartfelt, and your generosity is beyond measure.
"Thank you for honoring my son, Barry James III!"
Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.
Paul David Kaplan
1935 - 2013
Paul David Kaplan, 78, formerly of Alpine Forest, entered into rest on Aug. 22, 2013, in Bakersfield, California.
A Time of Remembrance will be held at Mountain Bible Church on Sept. 22, 2013, during the morning services. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. has been entrusted with his care.
For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.