Recent Obituaries

  • 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

    Dorothy Sailer

    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.

  • 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

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    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

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