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Sherry (Sheri) was born to Peter M. and Dollie L. Whitlow on Nov. 18, 1952, in Muscatine, Iowa. She passed away on March 16, 2021, in Barstow, Calif., due to complications after having COVID and pneumonia. She was 68 years old. She was a former resident of Tehachapi, Calif., from 1984 to the 1990s.

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Virginia Van Burkleo, born Feb. 20, 1938, in Pasadena, Calif., to Allen Gordon and Janet Virginia Scott, peacefully passed away on March 28, 2021, at home with family by her side. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. 

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Ana Maria Samano, our beloved matriarch, has been warmly embraced by the angels and saints in Heaven. The daughter of an engineer whom she loved dearly, Ana Maria was in her early twenties when she arrived in the United States, devoting herself fully to the family she began here. It was thro…

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Arden Jay Van Peursem was born to Willard and June (Van Steenwyk) Van Peursem on July 6, 1945 in Orange City, Iowa. He passed away on March 18, 2021, due to complications after having COVID. He was 75 years old. He was surrounded with the love of his wife and his children as he passed.

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Daniel (Danny or Dan to most) Bennett Freng passed away in the early morning hours of March 18, 2021, after a short, but brutal battle with metastatic lung cancer at Antelope Valley Hospital. He was 77 years old.

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On Thursday, March 4, 2021, Walter Charles Kurczeski Jr., “Duke” — loving husband, father, grandfather and brother — passed away at his home in Tehachapi at the age of 87.

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Robert (Bob) Jasper passed away March 12, 2021, at his home in Bakersfield due to complications from cancer. He was born in 1938 in Hannibal, Mo.

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The family of Jean Lantz would like to invite the community to celebrate the life of a beloved woman. Jean Lantz’s Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. March 13. Service will take place at the Country Oaks Baptist Church with reception following.

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Emil B. Swoboda, 83, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2021, in Tehachapi, Calif. A Celebration of Life will be held at Calvary Chapel, 15719 Highline Road, in Tehachapi on March 19, 2021, at 10 a.m., officiated by Gerald Fair. Interment will be on March 19, 2021, at the Tehachapi Public Ce…

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Michael T. McCallion, devoted and loving husband, father and friend, passed away on Feb. 28, 2021 in Tehachapi.

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Richard Kirk Davis, beloved husband, stepfather and grandfather (Pops), son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on Feb.13, 2021, at his home in Deer Park, Wash., after a valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Paula; stepdaughter, Veronica and grandson, Alexander,…

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Phillip Ray Martin II left to be with our Lord on Feb. 5, 2021. He was born Dec. 16, 1980, in Coalinga, Calif., to Becky and Phillip Martin. Phillip was born with a congenital heart defect. His fight was a daily one that he fought with dignity and bravery. He never questioned "Why me?" Inste…

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Gordon Arnold, 86 years of age, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Wood Family Funeral Services and were officiated by Pastor Kevin Caudle.

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Donald Glynn was born June 18, 1935, in New York to Thomas and Winifred Glynn, but grew up primarily in Franklin, N.J. He attended Franklin High School, and soon after his 19th birthday, he joined the Marine Corps in July of 1954. Don proudly served the Marine Corps, spending 18 months in th…

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Roger Joseph Fiala went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 31, 2021, in Tehachapi, Calif., after a long-fought battle with cancer. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Aug. 14, 1938, and was the third son of Joseph Alfred Fiala and Minnie Urban Fiala.

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The family of Jean Lantz would like to invite the community to celebrate the life of a beloved woman. Jean Lantz’s Celebration of Life will be held on March 13 at 11 a.m. Service will take place at the Country Oaks Baptist Church with reception following.

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Beloved husband, father, papa, great-grandpa, brother, pastor, coach and friend. Timmy Joe Gurley was entered into rest on Jan. 27, 2021. Tim was born to the parents of Boyd and Adella Gurley in Burbank, Calif., on Feb. 10, 1948. Tim and his wife, Jeanne, were married March 27, 1965, in Las …

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There will be a memorial service for John Hayes at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road in Tehachapi. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Operation Mobilization at my.omusa.org.

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Victoria Lori Way, also known as Dolly Way, died on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Victoria was very private about her age and therefore it will not be announced. She was healthy throughout her entire life until a diagnosis in late October 2020 of stage 4 colorectal cancer. After much pain/discomfor…

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Clyde Kenneth Roysden, a beloved husband, stepfather, grandfather, loyal friend and our hero. Kenny was born on Sept. 22, 1949, to Mabel Dene Roysden and Avon Roysden, in San Pedro, Calif.

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Steven Kent Reddig was born Nov. 17, 1961 in Bakersfield, Calif., to Darrel and Barbara Reddig. He entered into eternal peace on Jan. 29, 2021, just two weeks after his beloved Momma, with whom he shared a birthday.

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Larger than life, spitfire, kick in the pants, life of the party, hilarious, spunky little lady, a true legend, and a matriarch of Tehachapi … these were just a few of the ways, “Jean the Dancing Machine” had been described. Louise Jean Lantz, 95, passed away in the comfort of her own home o…

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James David Bowen, 74, died Jan. 26, 2021, at Adventist Health Tehachapi from complications of COVID. He was born July 8, 1946, in Hopkinsville, Ky., and joined the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam after high school.

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Venerable Grandmaster Curtis Warren Phillips, 72, lately of Waxahachie, Texas, passed on Dec. 3, 2020. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., on June 26, 1948, and attended school in Ventura.

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Robert Lee Halasey was the third child to James Christopher Halasey and Linna Aurelia Nicholls (Halasey). He was born in Luverne, Minn. Robert passed away peacefully at his home in Tehachapi, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Dorothy Morrell and John Halasey.

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Barbara Judy Ballard-Reddig was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on Nov. 17, 1940 to William A. and Gladys N. Ballard. Barbara (or Judy as she was called by many in her family) married Darrel Ross Reddig on Aug. 15, 1959. Together they raised four children in Bakersfield and Tehachapi, Calif.

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John Martin Hayes was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on Dec. 1, 1948, to Margie Mary Hayes and John McConnell Hayes. After graduating from Foothill High School in 1966, John joined the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his term of service, he attended California State…

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Phydith Robert Brown was joined with the Lord on Aug. 2, 2020, at his home in Ridgecrest, Calif. Phydith was 80 years old and born on Jan. 10, 1940 in Edisto Island, S.C. The Brown family moved to New York where Phydith graduated from high school in 1959.

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Shirley Evelyn Jensen, beloved wife, mother, stepmother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, departed this earth on Dec. 4, 2020 to rejoin her loved ones who had gone on to Heaven before her. Shirley passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. She touched the lives of many fa…

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Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Jeanne Louise Gurley entered into rest on Dec. 21, 2020. Jeanne was born on June 30, 1946 in Los Angeles, Calif., to parents Albert Joseph and Gloria Gertrude (Herberts) Roques.

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In loving memory of Paul Gregory Neyer, who went to be with his Lord Jesus on Dec. 19, 2020. Paul was born in 1955, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Alfred Neyer and Margie Gustavson Neyer. He moved to Tehachapi in 2006. He met his wife, Laura Bradford Neyer, in Sacramento and they married in Marc…

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On Dec. 18, 2020, Frank Joseph Bachara passed away at the age of 68. He was born on April 6, 1952 to Eddie and Mary “Dee Dee” Bachara of Tehachapi. Frank married Michelle Carrier on May 8, 1977, and together they raised five sons. He was bi-vocational for many years before becoming the full-…

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“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me (Jesus). There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you. So that you will always…