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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.

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Judith was born in Dallas, Texas on Dec. 10, 1949. During her childhood, she and her parents, W.C. "Dub" and Lillian Flanagan, moved all around the south.

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Patrick Michael Briggs, born on Nov. 21, 1941, to Glenn Hildreth Briggs Sr. and Margaret Haworth Dartt, in St. Peter, Minn., passed away on April 21, 2021, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was the fourth of five brothers.

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Frank R. Stibor was a frequent contributor to the Tehachapi News with his letters to the editor, but this will be the last time his name graces these pages as he succumbed to his battle with esophageal cancer the morning of May 6, 2021.

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Ruth Ruff, a longtime Tehachapi resident who retired to Burney, Calif., went to meet God on May 2, 2021. She was well and active until right before her death, having very few illnesses throughout her life. She was extremely proud that she continued to drive almost until the end, something ve…

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James D. Moore, 72, passed peacefully at home among family on March 16, 2021. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jim loved his God, family and country. Jim was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Uarda and Jim Moore, the oldest of two children.

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Rose Marie Burrous born Sept. 10, 1955, passed away at her home on April 16, 2021. She is survived by her husband Robert Burrous of Tehachapi, Calif., and her daughter Connie Marie and husband Chris Woods and three grandsons, Andrew, Brandon and Russell of Corona, Calif. Also surviving are h…

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Maria was a woman who loved her family, jewelry and eating breakfast out. She was born in Pacoima, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1955, and passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Tehachapi, Calif.

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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.