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John Paul Wilson was born on Dec. 25, 1943, in Inglewood, Calif., to John Gordon Wilson (U.S. Navy Reserves, three years) and Marjorie Plowman Wilson (Peterson), and died in Tehachapi, Calif., on April 2, 2020. He was the oldest of four children.

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Joan Veronica McKeehan, 77, passed away at home on Sept. 7, 2020. Services were officiated by Deacon Clyde Davis of Saint Malachy Catholic Church, on Sept. 24, 2020. Interment was at Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, Calif.

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Betty Jean Burgeis went to be with the Lord on Sept. 16, 2020. She was born on Dec. 12, 1924 in Tulare, Calif., and over the years lived in Caliente, Cameron, and Tehachapi, Calif.

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Judith Elaine Doser, age 54, passed away on Sept. 5, 2020, in Tehachapi, Calif. Judi was born in Wichita, Kan., on Sept. 7, 1965. She was adopted by Richard and Mavis Lasley, who later brought her to California.

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Michael D. Westbeld, 72, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on Aug. 29, 2020 at his home after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 15, 1948 in Lima, Ohio, to Warren and Irene Westbeld.

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Charmaine Huetta Rush Livingston was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 20, 1932 to Hugh and Valetta Rush. She was their only child. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She left this life on Sept. 8, 2020 to be with our Heavenly Father.

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A talented and respected man was lost when longtime Tehachapi resident Dennis Wahlstrom, 67, passed away on Aug. 25, which happened to be the anniversary of his father’s passing years earlier.

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Rhina Nichols, a longtime resident of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away of natural causes on Aug. 15, 2020.

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Jerold Lee Pittard passed away peacefully in the arms of his son Aug. 10, 2020. He was 85. Jerry was born Dec. 19, 1934 in Crawsfordville, Iowa, the first child of the late Howard and Glessie Pittard.

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George Leroy Nelson, resident of Tehachapi, Calif., passed unexpectedly and peacefully while visiting his favorite desert oasis near Independence, Calif., on Aug. 1, 2020. This mine area reminded him of his childhood growing up on a farm with an artesian well and a coal mine.

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Kathleen Melendy Gilbert was born in Fallon, Nev., on March 14, 1941, to George and Halina Melendy. She is survived by her younger brother Patrick; her niece, Kelly; and her husband, Mike Gilbert, of Tehachapi. She spent the first 12 years of her life in Fallon and described a pleasant small…

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Margaret Louise Line, formerly Black, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, left this life on Aug. 9, 2020, to rejoin her loved ones who had gone on before. Margaret died peacefully surrounded by members of her family.

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On the morning of Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, Paul Roger Beckett, loving husband and father, was called home to his Heavenly Father. Paul, at the age of 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep after his long struggle against Parkinson’s disease.

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Mary Esther Gordon, endearingly known as “Mum,” “Grandma,” and “Great-Nan” to her seven children, 17 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren, was born on Dec. 24, 1927 in Heathfield, Devon, England to James and Lillian Wright. There she found her first love o…

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William “Bill” Smith went to be with His Lord on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 while in Bishop, Calif., with his wife, Linda, by his side. Giant in stature, he leaves a great hole in our hearts needing to be filled. His desire would be that we fill it with Jesus.

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JR Dayton Collins, 90, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on July 23, 2020 at his home with loving family by his side. He was born on Nov. 4, 1929 in Seminole County, Okla., to James and Helen Collins.

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Ellen Virginia Clark Woods passed from this life to be with her Lord and God. She died after a long illness at Kindred Care in West Covina on July 10, 2020. Gennye, as she was known by all her friends and family, was a longtime resident of Rosamond, Calif. She and her family faithfully atten…

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Kay Carolyn Boggs left this physical world peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:45 p.m. to continue her spiritual journey and rejoin her beloved husband. She was surrounded by her family that passed before her and family still of this world. Carolyn was born on July 12, 1933, in Soper…

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Betty June Culp, wife of Billy Gene Culp and mother to five children, passed away July 30, 2020, having spent 88 years, one month and two days on this earth. Born June 28, 1932, to Russel Thomas and Maurine Phillips Thomas in Point Texas, she was surrounded by family at her home of 20 years …

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On Saturday, July 25, 2020, Raymond Wayne Smith “met his maker” at age 85. Ray is survived by his loving wife Gale (Sindorf) Smith, married for 47 years (Aug. 11 would have been their 48th anniversary). He also leaves his children, Brenda (Bruce) Lisiecki, Douglas Smith, Timothy (Donna) Smit…

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Elsie Guerra was born April 28, 1926, in Tehachapi, California, to Manuela and Miguel Guerra. She passed away peacefully on July 23, 2020, in Cohutta, Ga., in the presence of family. She is predeceased by all of her siblings: sisters Ruth Lomas, Irma Yates, Rosie Guerra and Annie Guerra and …

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Longtime Tehachapi resident Neal Losey died on April 29, 2020, at the age of 77 after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Neal had lived in Tehachapi for almost 50 years and spent most of that time as a cattle rancher.

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Delbert Hill, 58, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on July 6, 2020. He was born on Aug, 24, 1961 in Memphis, Tenn., to Cullie Clayton Hill Jr. and Sue Hill.

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Our dad, Albert Joseph Pinheiro, joyously exited this earthly life on July 1, 2020. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Donna, his parents, Joe and Mary, and his older brother, Dan, who valiantly served our country during World War II, giving his life during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Ralph McDevitt, 78, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at his home with loving family by his side. He was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Springfield, Mass., to Frederick and Nancy McDevitt.

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A memorial Mass will be held at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Tehachapi, Calif., on July 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. for former Tehachapi resident Doris M. Buckner. At the age of 97, Doris entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2020, in Reno, Nev. Doris was born to parents Harry E. and Susan C. …

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Jaime “Jimmy” Quiroga, 55, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away on June 18, 2020. The youngest of seven children, Jimmy was born on April 21, 1965 at Tehachapi Hospital. He was raised in Tehachapi, Calif., and graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1983. Jimmy always showed an interest in me…

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In the early hours of Thursday, June 11, 2020, Frederick Rudolph Motter, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at age 83. He was at home surrounded by his family as he was called home to his Heavenly Father.

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Jennifer Leigh Williams (affectionately known as “Petes”), 55, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a long battle with autoimmune disease and chronic pain. She was born on April 14, 1965 in Panorama City, Calif., to Andre and Barbara Wetta.

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“How do I be good?” he used to ask as a child. From the time he could form words, Skjonning Kevin Verigan, or SK, as everyone knew him, was concerned with what was right. And though he lived only 39 short years, he certainly figured it out. He wasn’t just a good man; he was a GREAT man. 

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William Albert Suitor, 83, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020. Bill was born on Jan. 17, 1937 in Barre City, Vt., to James and Ethel Suitor. Their family later moved to York, Maine, where he and his three sisters were raised by their mother and dad.

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Christine A. Richardson, 60, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. She was born on May 17, 1960 in Encino, Calif., to Loren and Joanne Stone. She married her high school sweetheart, Jim Richardson, in 1981. They created a beautiful life and family together. Christine …

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Glen W. Price, 59, of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. He was born Nov. 17, 1960, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Ronald and Mildred Price.