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Jake Li was born in a small village on the outskirts of the city of Kunming in the province of Yunnan, China. He attended university in Chongqing, China where he met and fell in love with his wife, Rebecca. After a few years together in China, Rebecca returned to the U.S. and after a separat…

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Gloria M. Fifer was laid to rest on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. She was 90. A lifetime resident of California, Gloria’s life began and ended in Tehachapi. She was the third child born to Benjamin and Petra Martinez on April 20, 1931. Gloria was born by mid-wife in a little house across the str…

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Paul Benz passed away on Sept. 23, 2021, two days shy of his 77th birthday. He was surrounded by family and went peacefully at his home.

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Cal Terrance Fikter was born on Aug. 24, 1952 in St. Joseph, Mich. He married Susan Anderson on Nov. 25, 1972 in Sterling Rock Falls, Ill. In 1975, they moved to Bakersfield, Calif. During their 49-year marriage, they had Christopher Fikter, Kayla Fikter (Bates), and Callie Fikter. Throughou…

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Margaret Emily Collins, 89, passed away quietly at home on Sept. 14, 2021, with loving family by her side. She was born on Dec. 17, 1931, to Gladys and Lloyd Pullen in Bakersfield, Calif. Her father worked in the Mojave, Calif., area during World War II as part of the “SEABEE” Construction B…

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Jon Byron Apathy died peacefully at home in Tehachapi, Calif., on Sept. 11, 2021, after a one-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, daughters and sister. He was 68 years old.

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Charles Loy Lander, AKA Todd Lander, went home to our Lord on Aug. 24, 2021, after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born in 1947, Todd grew up in rural Red Bluff, a small town in Northern California. The oldest of six children in his family, Todd spent much of his childhood swimming competitiv…

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Glenda Rose Fuller went to be with her Lord at the age of 83 on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Bakersfield, Calif. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly. A private interment will be held at a later date.

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Darlene Brown was born in Soledad, Calif., on Sept. 11, 1940 to Arvle and Elva Moore. She grew up in Merced, Calif., where she graduated High School. Darlene attended college in Sacramento, and again in Merced. She worked as a secretary for various military branches during the Vietnam War an…

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Luke Allen Minghelli, in his 38 years, lived a life that most only read about in storybooks. He thrived on adventure and embraced challenges, all of which made him a resilient husband, father, son, brother and friend.

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It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, and Friend, Don Kueneman. On July 29, 2021, Don passed peacefully, at home. He loved his family and friends so very much. We will miss his amazing heart. We will miss his sense of humor and laughter. Through his living e…

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Valerie Peacon, 58, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away June 23, 2021 at Adventist Health Tehachapi after a few years battling cancer. Her family was blessed to be by her bedside, held her hands and played and sang the songs she loved.

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Martha “Marti” Overfield, age 76, longtime resident of Tehachapi, passed away July 28, 2021.

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Catherine Louise Rowland passed away suddenly, Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Antelope Valley Hospital, from a severe asthma attack. She was born in Taft, Calif., on Sept. 5, 1958. She moved to Tehachapi in 1974 and started her family in 1976. She remained in Tehachapi to raise her family.

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Fredrick Lee Hamilton went home to be with the Lord on July 11, 2021. He was born on June 3, 1938, in Brookfield, Mo.

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Danny Lee Ingram was 82 years of age at the time of his passing on June 12, 2021. He had made his home in the Tehachapi area for 47 years. The past 27 years he was loved and cared for by his life partner, Carol Lawhon.

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Claudia Rae Blodget passed away June 28, 2021 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was born June 24, 1952 to Kirby Stevenson and Vivian Janet (Archibald) Blodget in Bakersfield, Calif.

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Longtime resident of Bear Valley Springs Barbara Mason passed away in the evening of June 15, 2021.

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Enrichment Program director, loving neighbor, dedicated Tehachapi community member, beloved wife and mother graduated from her Kinder Care program, June 24, 2021, in her home. Lucia Ruble, 90, is survived by her eternal companion, George Ruble; her son, Aaron; her daughter, Missie; and seven…

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On June 8, 2021, Emily Ann Bohl passed away unexpectedly in Bear Valley, Calif. She was 21 years old.

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Anna Steger Moloney passed away peacefully at her home in Bear Valley Springs on July 2, 2021, with her beloved dogs Benji and Rascal and cat Cassie by her side.

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Patricia Clay, also know by “Grammie,” passed onto the next life on June 22, 2021. Pat was born in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Sept. 25, 1930. Being born a year after The Great Depression began, were trying times; however, her father worked hard, instilling in young Patsy a strong work ethic, …

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Our dear sweet Dolores entered Heaven on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Her kind heart and gentle, loving spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

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It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the sudden death of Julie Tea. She died in Chicago on June 17, 2021.

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Sabino Torres, age 29, was called home to be with our Lord and Savior surrounded by his loved ones, on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Adventist Health in Bakersfield, Calif. He was born Aug. 29, 1991, in Lubbock, Texas, to Elva and Sabino Torres, but grew up in Tehachapi, which he loved to call h…

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Marjorie Gwen Allred left us quietly to be with Jesus on June 19, 2021, she was 83 years old. She left behind her husband, Claborn Allred; three daughters, Lizbeth, Nancy, and Laurie; three sons-in-law, John, Dave, and Tom; five grandchildren, Cameron, Kristen, Leigh Anne, Kara, and Brian; a…

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Leslie Ann Hersom was born to parents Clarence and Frances in July of 1953 in Southern California. Even as a young child, she desired to be part of a church. She attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with her best friend, gained her own testimony of the teachings and becam…

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Ruth Watson was born May 6, 1933 to Houston and Hattie Tiner in Lula, Okla., and passed away May 28, 2021 at home in Shafter, Calif. Ruth is survived by her husband of 27 years, Thomas Watson; her son Roger (Debbie) Longcrier and daughter Elaine Longcrier-Martin; stepsons Steve, Mark, Roy an…

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Orlando Heath, 52, was born Feb. 23, 1969, in Bakersfield, Calif. to Don and Otilia Heath. He joined the Army after graduating in 1987. He worked for BNSF Railroad, studied theology with Rockhill Brotherhood and later started his own landscaping business. Orlando’s personality was bigger tha…

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Richard was born in Gary, Ind., the third of four children. He lived in Gary until he joined the Air Force in 1949. During the Korean War, he was a staff sergeant in the 28th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City AFB (Ellsworth AFB). After leavin…

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Emmett Vaughn passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on May 4, 2021, into his Savior's welcoming arms.

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Francisco Javier Herrera, simply known as Javier Herrera or Javi, entered into Heaven with our Lord on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Francisco Javier and Juana Herrera on Oct. 2, 1950 in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Javier moved to Tehachapi, Calif. in 1963…

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Jack Conley, 90, the first and only president of Tehachapi's local Sierra National Bank, passed away on May 18 in Independence, Mo. Jack was a highly engaged, civic-minded and enthusiastic resident of Tehachapi for more than 30 years. His tireless support of Tehachapi and its people made him…

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Richard Thomas Kemmerer passed away on April 21, 2021 at 80 years old. At the time of his passing, Richard was home with his family by his side.