Recent Obituaries

  • Thursday, Sep 18 2014 11:59 AM

    Lacreasha Lowder, March 19, 1972 – Sept. 11, 2014

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    Lacreasha Lowder
    March 19, 1972 – Sept. 11, 2014

    Lacreasha Lowder, 42, passed away on Sept. 11, 2014. A celebration of life will take place on Oct. 3, 2014, 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Ruckers Mortuary in Pacoima, 12460 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima 91331. Please contact the family for details (661)750-9127.

  • Friday, Sep 12 2014 01:50 PM

    Laura Janette Myers, 1964 - 2014

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    Laura Janette Myers
    1964 - 2014

    Laura Janette Myers, 50, of Tehachapi passed away Monday, Sept., 8, 2014. She was born on Feb., 16, 1964 in Lancaster. She is survived by her husband, Richard Myers; also her son and his wife, Wyatt and Kim Misiura; daughter, Kodie Misiura; step-daughter and her husband, Sumer and Chris Masters. Her son, Adam Misiura, preceded her in death. Laura also leaves her mother, Freda Keeling; her sister and husband, Susie and Kerry Thuren; brother and his wife, Cliff and Melinda Keeling; and sister, Linda Keeling; in-laws Eric and Cheryl Myers, and Dan and Shauna Rushing; numerous nieces and nephews, Madyson and Tyler Rushing, Cameron and Clayton Keeling, and Jake and Lacie Thuren.

    Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wood Family Funeral Service Inc. For condolences please visit

  • Thursday, Sep 11 2014 04:29 PM

    Marjorie Mae Wyatt “Marge”, 1928 – 2014

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    Marjorie Mae Wyatt
    1928 – 2014

    Marjorie Mae Wyatt passed from this life on Aug., 25 at Keck Hospital of USC where she had a complicated heart valve replacement in May and had to return for assessment of unsatisfactory recovery from the surgery and subsequent pneumonia.

    Marjorie was born at home in Littlerock on Thanksgiving Day, 1928, to Ross L. and Clara M. Raymond. She and her year-older sister, Ruth had a happy life growing up on their father's farm in Littlerock.

  • Thursday, Sep 11 2014 12:02 PM

    Carmen Piper Hemenway, 1920 - 2014

    Carmen Piper Hemenway
    1920 - 2014

    Tehachapi resident Carmen Piper Hemenway, 94, passed away on Sept., 7, 2014. Carmen will be buried at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hoffmann Hospice. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences visit

  • Friday, Sep 05 2014 10:22 AM

    Nancy Lee Brookhart, 1935 - 2014

    Nancy Lee Brookhart
    1935 - 2014

    Nancy Brookhart, 79, passed away on Aug., 31, 2014. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

  • Wednesday, Sep 03 2014 04:51 PM

    Tammy Ann Wallace (Bennett), March 18, 1961-Sept., 1, 2014

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    Tammy Ann (Bennett) Wallace
    March 18, 1961 – Sept. 1, 2014

    On Sept. 1, 2014, Tammy Ann Wallace went home to be with her Heavenly Father. She was at home surrounded by her family.

    Tammy was a true warrior who fought to the very last minute. She saw the good in all things and was the first to offer a helping hand. You did not even have to ask. It is unknown how many people she helped with her daily updates on her incredible journey. She made a “Bucket List” and her family made sure that it was completed. Once it was completed she started a new one. She said, “Got to have a plan and things to do." Her last wish: Disneyland. Thanks to her friends and family, that wish came true. Disneyland rolled out the “Red Carpet” for her.

  • Friday, Aug 29 2014 08:43 AM

    Dirce Marie do Valle Quadros Drucker "Dirce Drucker", 1943 - 2014

    Dirce Marie do Valle Quadros Drucker
    "Dirce Drucker"
    1943 - 2014

    Dirce Drucker of Bear Valley Springs, entered into rest on August 28, 2014. She was 70 years old. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. A full obituary will appear in the next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service has assisted the family with the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Aug 29 2014 08:34 AM

    Jean Winnifred Patterson, 1926 - 2014

    Jean Winnifred Patterson
    1926 - 2014

    Tehachapi resident Jean Winnifred Patterson, 87, passed away on August 27, 2014. Burial will be at a later date at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

  • Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 02:06 PM

    Jane Adair Barnett, 1926 – 2014

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    Jane Adair Barnett
    1926 – 2014

    Jane Barnett passed peacefully on Aug., 24, 2014, with her loving family by her side, in Tehachapi. She was born Aug., 26, 1926, in Alhambra, to Ed and Phoebe Ogden. She moved to Wilsona with her family in 1935, and it is here where she met the love of her life, Ernest (Lee) Barnett. Lee and Jane married on March 31, 1946, in Lancaster, where they continued to live and raise their family. They moved to Kingman, Ariz. in 1989 to be closer to the Colorado River, which they loved. Jane moved to Tehachapi in 2011, after the passing of her husband the previous year.

    Jane was a devoted wife and mother who loved gardening, sewing, boating, and water-skiing. She was an avid water-skier who could teach anyone how to get up on skis. Jane will best be remembered for her playful banter and a sweet smile that could light up a room.

  • Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 01:24 PM

    Richard T. Burdine, 1929 - 2014

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    Richard T. Burdine
    1929 - 2014

    Richard T. Burdine, 85, of Tehachapi, beloved husband and best friend of Esther (Laughlin) Burdine for over 65 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones he laughed with, lived for and loved on August 6, 2014.

    His ministry began in 1949 in Portland, Ore. where he began preaching and leading Sunday school in a home near Mt. Saint Helens, Wash. He served 3 mission churches, including Brea, which became self supporting. He was assigned in 1962 Palms EUB and for one year in 1968, he and Marshall Ketchum were the first co-pastors in the history of the Calfornia Conference of the UMC. He then went on to Huntington Beach and Lancaster UMC, where he retired in 1992 after 41 years in charge of a congregation. After retiring, he served at UM fellowship in Bakersfield and three times interim for the UCC Church in Tehachapi. His love of life included his family, friends, fishing, camping, hunting, sports, photography, music, drama, Reiki, and Marriage Encounter.

    Richard or “Dick” was born in Spokane, Wash. on April 15, 1929 and attended Whitworth College as a freshman in Spokane, Wash. and Cascade College in Portland, Ore. where he met Esther and they married October 21, 1949.

    Besides his wife Esther, Dick is survived by 3 sons: Paul and wife, Pam, their children and grandchildren; David and wife, Diana their children and grandchild; and Allan and wife, Akemi and their children. He is also survived by 3 daughters: Jeanine her children; Deanne and husband, Wes, their children and grandchildren; and Rene and husband, Joey, their children; as well as nephews in Washington: Tim, Steve, Marcus & Kermit Burdine and their wives and children. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin, Pastor and Friend.

  • Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 02:56 PM

    Robert James Dixon, Sr., July 13, 1923 - August 21, 2014

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    Robert James Dixon, Sr.
    July 13, 1923 - August 21, 2014

    Robert James Dixon. Sr. 91, returned to the Lord on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2014 in West Covina. He was ready to join his bride, Mildred, who had died just a year ago. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was born July 13, 1923 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to loving parents, Graydon Glenn and Grace Lenore (Alkire) Dixon. He had two brothers and three sisters.

    Robert’s family and heritage were of utmost importance in his life. His most precious moments were those spent with the ones he loved. Robert was proud of his service and loved this country, and always felt very fortunate with the life that was given him. He loved playing pinochle, eating watermelon, ice cream, fresh peaches and drinking coffee. Robert will be greatly missed and will be remembered fondly by his family and all who knew him.

  • Friday, Aug 22 2014 12:56 PM

    Vyrlanne “Vyrl” King, May 20, 1952- August 17, 2014

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    Vyrlanne “Vyrl” King

    May 20, 1952- August 17, 2014

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