Westside Obituaries
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Otto Abbott, 96
January 24, 1901 - August 5, 1997



Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 16, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel, 9101 Kern Canyon Road in Bakersfield for Otto Abbott, 96. Mr. Abbott passed away August 5th at Port Orford, Oregon. Rev. Don Hill from Hillcrest will officiate along with the Masonic Brothers from the Taft Midway Lodge.

Otto was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on January 24, 1901 and as a young boy grew up in the Oildale area. He was employed by Standard Oil Company in 1927 and retired as production foreman at Elk Hills after 37 years service. He then resided at Kern City until he moved to Morgan Hill in 1974 to be near his son and daughter.

After losing his loving wife of 63 years, Emma, in 1985 he again moved close to his son, Jack Abbott, moving in 1990 to Gold Beach Oregon. In addition to his son, Otto is survived by two granddaughters, Kathleen Anderson and Christine Rice, both of Bakersfield; grandsons Larry, Daryl and Dennis Abbott, all of Morgan Hill; and 11 great grandchildren.

Otto was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, golfer, and was still catching salmon on the Rogue River at Gold Beach as late as September 1966.
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary Funeral Directors 366-5766.
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Elda L. Abney
May 24, 1930 - December 8, 2002

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. for Taft resident, Elda Louise Abney, 72. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate.

Mr. Abney was born in Los Angeles on May 24, 1930 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 8, 2002. Mrs. Abney moved to Taft around 1945. She was an avid pool player and she enjoyed fishing.

Her husband, Daniel Abney in 1991 and her son Melvin, preceded her in death. He survivors include her children, Marvin Abney and his wife, Debbie of Bakersfield, John Abney, Cecil Abney, Alan Abney and Linda Brown of Taft, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Iva Mae Abney
February 5, 1911 - February 29, 2004



Iva Mae Abney, born February 5, 1911, to William H. and Flora (Thompson) Garrison in Francis, Oklahoma, died February 29, 2004.

Iva married Noble Abney in 1927 in Ada, Oklahoma. She was a long time resident of Taft and a long time member of the Church of Christ. She resided in Pioneer since 1988.

She is survived by a son Alfred Abney and wife Dixie of Coalinga, and a daughter Betty Carrier of Pioneer, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Noble and sons David and Harold. Graveside services will be held at Taft Cemetery on Thursday, March 4th at 2:00 p.m.
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Virgil "Pete" Abney, 76
May 24, 1920 - February 11, 1996



Services were held this afternoon in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Kern County resident Virgil "Pete" Abney, 76.

Mr. Abney was born on May 24, 1920 in Wetumpka, Oklahoma and passed away February 11, 1996 in Bakersfield after a brief illness. He made Kern County his home in 1941 and worked in the oil fields in the Taft area.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Margret Abney. His survivors include his sons and their wives, Larry and Beth Abney of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Raymond and Carolyn Abney of San Luis Obispo, and Joe and Paula Abney of Conroe, Texas; his grandchildren, Lysa Cunningham, Lisa Abney, and Jennifer Abney, Robert and Matthew Abney; two sisters, Ruth of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Eunice of Shawnee, Oklahoma; and many nieces, Nephews and special friends.
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Carl Adair, 81
August 13, 1919 - December 31, 2000



Carl Adair, 81, years old of Bakersfield, passed away on December 31, 2000 in Madera, California.

No services are scheduled funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft.
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Arthur Wayne Adams
November 21, 1928 - September 22, 2009

Arthur Wayne Adams was born November 21, 1928 in Taft, California the son of Frank and Guinevere Adams. Art passed away unexpectedly of natural causes September 22, 2009. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m., 316 A Street at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Art moved as a young child to Bakersfield, graduating from Standard Elementary, BHS, and Stanford University as a civil engineer. He married the love of his life, Jerri Anderson. His life was filled with family, hard work, residential and commerical construction, music, Rotary, Sons of the American Revolution, and service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He stood as a pillar of strength, instilling values of service, education, honesty, integrity, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, five wonderful daughters, Sharon (Jerel) Hansen, Joyce (Scott) Hansen, Sandra (Robert) Hand, Janet (Steve) Hansen, Sarah (Steven) Wilson; 13 granddaughters, ten Eagle Scout grandsons; 15 great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or Bakersfield South Rotary.
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Gudrun "Goody" Adams, 85
January 18, 1917 - February 2, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime resident Gudrun "Goody: Adams, 85.

Mrs. Adams was born in Paulsbo, Washington on January 18, 1917 and passed away in a local nursing home on February 2, 2002. She had lived most of her life in Taft. And she was a member of the ladies of the moose, Taft Moose Lodge.

Mrs. Adams survivors includes her husband of 65 years John Q. Adams of Taft; her daughters and their husbands, Janice and Quimby Simmons of San Marcos and Joanne and Don Schrock of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Becky Hills of Midland Texas, Laura Colvin of Charlotte, North Carolina Cindy Wilson and Todd Schrock both of Bakersfield, Keith Simmons and Dalene Jauregul both of Ramona; her 13 great grandchildren and her sister Jordis Freitas of Yorba Linda.

Mrs. Adams suffered from Alzheimer's disease and her family wishes that those who would like to make a donation in her memory may do so to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield California 93308.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the directions of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Isaac Newton Adams
November 8, 1912 - March 24, 2005



Services for I.N. Adams of Tyler are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005 a the Lloyd James Funeral Chapel with the Reverends Dr. Robert Montgomery and Dr. Michael D. Dent officiating. Burial will follow at the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Born November 8, 1912, in Bomarton, Texas, trail drove to Spur, Texas, at the age of 13, died on March 24, 2005. He was a pure son of Texas, the tough kind, born of John Quincy Adams and Willie Myra Truman Adams. He was a resident of Tyler since August 1978. He became the husband of Stella Adams on Feburary 23, 1935. He grieved the passion in his life for her death on June 5, 2004.

He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church, the Crusaders Sunday School Class that kept him thriving for years, and a Methodist lay minister. He made invisible people visible before activism became a buzzword. He was a biology graduate of North Texas State University years before its current name and did graduate training in many places. He stood 55+ years at the chalk board in a one-room school, then high schools, 13+ years at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas, 20 years at Taft College in Taft, California and for about 15 years at Gorman High School in Tyler. A chemistry teacher without credentials, just one of the best there ever was. He never had a student fail even though his son and daughter tried him real hard. His students learned through the unique patheways of his mind, no barrier with stood his drive to their excellence. His success was measured in their success. His legacies are the leader and teachers he left behind among whom are all of his grandchildren. Dad's belief in God, dry humor and somewhat idealistic views are preserved to be shared with a greater universe in his soon to be published writing. A gentle man of the old ways who wrote of the positives in his life regardless of the higher dollar value of the other stories. The pots of his Christmas' will not bang again in our life on this earth. But he waits for us at the gate with his wiry grin.

He was the a beloved father of George M. Adams of Malakoff, Texas and Jane Livingston Hoshijo of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Survivors include his two children; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, and a multitude of in-laws, out-laws, nieces, nephews, former students and friends.

Pallbearers are Jack Cowan of Shreveport, Louisianna, Jimmy Moore of Bowie, Texas, Ray Hatch of Taft, California, Howard Adams of Lubbock, Texas, Dan Childs of Jacksonville, Texas and the man who stood tall as the Shepherd in his life these later years, Don Dozier of Tyler, Texas, Honorary pallbearers are the Crusaders Sunday School Class of Marvin United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends 6-8 Sunday March 27, 2005 at 705 Top Hill Drive, Tyler, Texas I.N. will be at home to receive you. I.N. would appreciate donations be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler Texas 75701, for the love and care they showed him and they bestowed on Stella.
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John Quincy Adams
February 10, 1913 - December 28, 2004



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, January 3, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, John Quincy Adams, 91.

Mr. Adams was born in Sacramento on February 10, 1913 and passed away on December 28, 2004 in Hemet. He lived in Taft most of his life. Mr. Adams worked 39 years for Mobile Oil Company and retired in 1975. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Taft and loved traveling in his motor home for many years.

Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Gudrun Adams. His survivors include his daughters and their spouses, Janice and Quimby Simmons of Homeland and Joanne and Joanne and Don Schrock of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Becky Hills of Midland, Texas, Laura Colvin of Charlotte, North Carolina, Cindy Wilson of Bakersfield, Todd Schrock of Bakersfield, Keith Simmons and Dalene Jauregui both of Ramona; his 13 great grandchildren; his sister, Fay Switzler of Ukiah and his brother and his wife Tom and Pat Adams of Escondido.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ulric "Jon" Adams
September 27, 1942 -October 3, 2007



Jon passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer, one of Fresno Unified School Districts finest former Assisant Superintedents went home to be with his Father in Heaven.

Big Jon, as many friends called him since he stood six feet, five inches tall, entered the world as a five pound twin son of O.U. and Mae Adams from Dustin Acres, California. Jon grew up living a cowboy's dream, breaking horses, roping cattle, and packing mules into the high country. He graduated from the class of 1960 from Taft High School. He was musically talented and played the trumpet during his Fresno State College days, the guitar around a campfire, and played the trumpet during his Fresno State College days, the guitar around a campfire, and had been the choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Sanger where he was a member for many years. "An avid hunter, horseman and educator, Jon was a devoted family man."

Jon is survived by his wife, Cheryl Adams; son, Jon P. Adams; daughter, Julia L. Richardson; four grandchildren, sister, Billy Adams; and twin brother, Joe Adams.

Remembrances may be made to Sanger Community Church, 1610 Jensen Ave., Sanger, California 93657. Wallin Funeral Homes, Sanger, California (559) 875- 6555.
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Christi LeeAnn Adkins, 35
January 20, 1962 - February 6, 1997



Private graveside services were held today in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Christi LeeAnn Adkins, 35. Pastor Mark Roberts of New Hope Temple officiated at the services.

Mrs. Adkins was born on January 20, 1962 in Taft and went to heaven on February 6, 1997. she was raised and educated in Taft and attended New Hope Temple.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth E. Adkins, in 1981; her daddy, Bill Trivitt, in August 1995; and by Granny Edna and Grandpa II. She is survived by her family who loved her unconditionally, her son, Kenny Adkins; her mother, Lavern Trivitt; her sisters and their husbands, Terri and Greg Davis, Tina and Mike Davis, and Lydian and J. D. Bramlet; her nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Sis, Steven Davis, Gregory Trivitt Davis, Richard Botts and Abbi and Audrey Bramlet, all of Taft; and by her grandparents, aunts uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the National Kidney Foundation, or to a charity of chioice in memory of Mrs. Adkins. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kenneth Aitken
December 19, 1917 - January 14, 2009



Kenneth Aitken was born in Sisters, Oregon on December 19, 1917. He passed away on January 14, 2009.

After attending schools in Sisters, he attended Benson Polytechnic School in Portland studying electricity and radio. A number of radio broadcasting jobs followed, including announcing on the Mutal Network. A move to Visalia as the program director served as a stepping stone to a 5 year stint at KFRE in Fresno. While at KFRE he joined the Navy in their radio technician program. About two years after returning he became aware of Taft and the possiblity that a station could be estabilished here. On April 16, 1948 the station KTKR began broadcasting. The station enjoyed local and county listener acceptance.

That same year he joined the Rotary Club and served as President from 1968 - 1969. He had a perfect attendence record of 58 years. He wrote hundreds of Rotary Club news stories for the Daily Midway Driller. The station was sold in 1959. Shaler Aitken Commincations was estabilished which later became Aitken Communications. This company handled two way radio sales, construction of automation systems for the broadcast industry and oilfield control systems.

Ken served on the board of the Red Cross, president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Planning Commission for 13 years, to as chairman. He also served on the board of Zoning Adjustment and later as an alternate.

In 1950 he married Mildred Bogle, a public health nurse in Bakersfield, who preceded him in death on March 20, 2005. Together they raised two girls who survived him. The oldest, Darlene Raine, lives in Lake Almanor and Karen McGee lives in Modesto. Also surviving his are four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. The Aitkens enjoyed traveling in foreign countries. Over the years they visited 40 different ones, from Bali to Egypt.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Jerry Buzzell will officiate at the services. Viewing will be held on Monday, January 19, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Eleanor Lawatsch Akley
February 20, 1915 - November 23, 2002



Akley, Eleanor Lawatsch - Eleanor Lawatsch Akley, 87, 3308 Olympic Drive, Bakersfield.
She was born in Kingston, New York and was an administrator at the Todd School in Briarcliff Manor, New York for 20 years. She moved to Venice, Florida in 1972 with her husband Harold L. Akley (1915-1984). She spent the last four years with her daughter Gail in Bakersfield. Eleanor graduated from the University of Rochester (Eastman School of Music) with a B.M.degree. Her graduate work was done at Columbia University (Teachers College) where she received her M.A. degree and a Professional Diploma. Eleanor was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, educational society, the International Comparative Education Society, the Venice-Nokomis Rotary-Ann Club, the Venice Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers, the Venice Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder. Eleanor was also a Member of the Venice Yacht Club.
Survivors include her daughter Gail A. Bowen and husband Hubert of Bakersfield, granddaughter Christine B. Wilson of Las Vegas of and husband Rick, great-grandson Ty Allen Wilson of Las Vegas, granddaughter Ruth E. Bowen of Bakersfield, sister Hermine Lawatsch MacFadyen of Lenox, Maine, brother Frank E. Lawatsch and wife Jessie of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Preceding Eleanor in death were her brothers Oscar Lawatsch, Henry Lawatsch and Rovert Lawatsch.
Memorial donations may be made to the Venice Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Scholarship Fund, 540 The Rialto, Venice, Florida 34285.
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William Gary Albert, 60
January 29, 1941 - January 29, 2001



After a 30 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, William Gary Albert, 60, died suddenly from heart failure while peacefully at home.

Gary was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle in 1941, the second child of Winifred (Peggy) and William Albert. He grew up in the Seattle area, attended area schools, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1960. After graduation, Gary served a two year term in the Army at Fort Ord California.

Gary worked for J. C. Penny Company, eventually working his was up to the position of trouble-shooting manager. He managed stores in Longview, Washington; Heppner, Oregon; Chelan, Washington and finally in Taft, California. Where his disease forced him into early retirement.

Gary returned to the Seattle area in 1977, whenever he could, Gary served the business community in Rotary Clubs, The Chamber of Commerce, and most recently attended Calvin Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

Throughout his life, Gary enjoyed the outdoors by camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, and most recently riding his three-wheel motorized bike, Rascal.

His parents preceded Gary in death. He is survived by his children, Jeff Albert of Seattle, Marty Albert of Manchester New Hapmshire, Les Albert of Camus Washington, Heidi Wallenborn of Battle Ground, Washington. His sister Gail LaFour of Bellingham, and brother Gordy of Riverside, Washington; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Seattle. A private cremation and Memorial ceremony was conducted by the family Jan. 30. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made in his name to any Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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George W. Albright
March 30, 1922 - December 25, 2002



No services are scheduled for Tupman resident, George William Albright.

George was born on March 30, 1922 in Texas to William and Mary Albright and passed away on December 25, 2002 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 80. He was self employed as a carpenter for over 50 years before he retired. Survivors include his sons, Victor and Robert Albright, daughter, Diana Cooper, and his nephews, Orbin and Gordon Yates.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Ula "Judy" Alden
August 24, 1929 - September 30, 1995



Graveside funeral services are scheduled at the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Ula "Judy" Alden, 66. The Rev. Michael Linn, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Alden was born in Orofino, Idaho, on Aug 24, 1929 and passed away in a local hospital September 30. She and her family moved to Fellows in 1970 and she moved to Taft in 1989. She had been a homemaker for over 40 years. Mrs. Alden was an avid crossword puzzle solver. She spent many years involved in Little League and Babe Ruth League when her children were growing up.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alden; a daughter, Cheryl Butz; a son, John Alden; and a stepdaughter, Carol Williams. Her survivors include a daughter, Dawn Wilson of Taft; two sons, Keith Alden and Marvin Alden, both of Taft; two stepsons, David Alden of Nevada and Curtis Alden of Texas; a stepdaughter, Geraldine Lingenfelter of Soquel; her grandchildren, Stacie Horton of Maricopa, and Misty, Brandi and Amber Lichtenberger, Logan and Noland Chantry, Jessica Reedy, Derrick Alden and Jacob Alden, all of Taft; her great grandchildren, Rebecca and Britney Horton and Markie and Michael Larson; numerous step grandchildren; two sisters, Eunice Friesen of Oregon and Ruby Holmes of Kansas; and many close and personal friends.

For the day and time of visitation and funeral service friends may call the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Charles Alexander
August 4, 1938 - September 13, 2007



Services are pending for local Taft resident, Charles Alexander, 69. The services have been entrusted to The West Side Memorial, Porteous Family.
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Leola Sue Alexander
December 30, 1917 - January 20, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long time Taft resident Leola Sue Alexander. The Rev. Tom LeClair, pastor of the Community Christian Fellowship, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Alexander was born in Los Angeles and passed away on January 20, 1997 in Bakersfield. She graduated from Fullerton High School and attended the University of Idaho and Fullerton J. C. She married Boyd Alexander in 1933 and they moved to Taft in 1945. Mrs. Alexander was active in the PTA, Job's Daughters and the Order of the Eastern Star for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ray and Leona Alexander of Carson City, Nevada, Howard and Maureen Alexander of Sonoma, Deanna and Mike Furtney of Danville, John and Linda Alexander of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania and Claudia and Richard Casadgande of Taft; her great grandchildren, Alisaa, Jessica and Emily Casagrande, Boyd Stephanie, Jason, Amy, Wesley, Wade and Molly Alexander, Tom and Meredith Furtney, Hilary Furtney Cooper, Wendy and Cathy Phipps, Jennifer Lopez and Bob Haskins; a brother and his wife, Frank and Ilma Koontz of Reno, Nevada, a sister, Ethel Eckels of Alhambra; and several great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in the name of Mrs. Alexander be made to the Alzheimers Disease Association of Kern County. Visitation will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral
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William "Bill" Harold Alexander
July 10, 1920 - June 16, 2008



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, William Harold "Bill" Alexander, 87. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

Bill was born in Higbee, Missouri on July 10, 1920 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 16, 2008. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Masons, and Shriners. Bill worked for 21 years with Mobil Oil Corp., before founding MidCal Production Services in 1968 and Alexco Services in 1982. He loved and enjoyed his family, fishing and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Thomas Alexander. Bill is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Doris Alexander of Taft; his children, Alan Alexander of Taft, Nancy Dyer of Bakersfield, Dania Boser of Bakersfield, Leslie Flores of Taft, and Vlerie Alexander of Bakersfield; his sister, Mary Bray of Bakersfield; his eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Those who wish may make donations in Mr. Alexander's name to Hoffmann Hospice or the First Baptist Church.
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Ralph Eugene Allen
October 4, 1925 - June 29, 2006



Kasilof resident Ralph Eugene Allen died Saturday, June 29, 2006 at Central Penisula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 80. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Allen was born October 4, 1925, in Taft, California to Henry and Mattie Allen. He entered into active service with the U.S. Navy on August 18, 1943 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on April 5, 1946. Mr. Allen worked as a mechanic and was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing with his wife, Lila.

Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Lila Lee Allen. He is survived by his sons, John, Gregory, and Philp Allen; daughter, Dianna McConnachie; grandsons, J.M. Allen, Raymond Allen and Cory McConnachie; and many life-long friends of California and Alaska.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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Paulo Almanza
November 3, 1975 – June 7, 2003



Recitation of the holy rosary will be held on June 10, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. for Taft resident Paulo Almanza. Mass of Christian burial will be held on June 11, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Marth will be officiating the services.

Paulo was born in Michacan, Mexico November 3, 1975 and he passed away on June 7, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 27. He was employed with Sun Pacific as a farm laborer. He is survived by his wife Maria and his daughter Aylin Almanza, father Eloy Almanza and mother Dominga Mendoza, sister Adolfina Almanza, brother Rogelio Almanza, sisters Maria delRosio Almanza and Lourdes Almanza, in-laws Crispin Lopez and Martha Juarez, and by the Lopez and Leyva families.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Westside Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Pablo Hinojosa Alvarado
April 18, 1948 - September 23, 2008



The Rosary will be resited in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Pablo Hinojosa Alvarado, 60. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth will be the celebrant. Burial in the West Side District Cemeteray will follow.

Mr. Alvarado was born in Mexico on April 18, 1948 and passed away at his home on September 23, 2008. He had lived in Taft of the last seven years. Prior to coming to Taft he had lived and farmed in the Cuyama Valley for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Hinojosa and Sabina Alvarado; his sisters, Maria Medina Hinojosa and Juana Aguirre Hinojosa His survivors include his wife, Emelia Hinojosa; his sons and their wives, Fernando and Guadalupe Hinojosa, Eduardo and Gloria Hinojosa, Cesar and Sonia Hinojosa, Jorge and Viniana Hinojosa, Pablo Hinojosa, Ricardo Hinojosa and Sergio Hinojosa; his 14 grandchildren; his brothers and their wives, Fortino and Salu Hinojosa, Nicolas and Juana Hinojosa, Manuel Hinojosa and Javier Hinojosa and by many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary Alvarez
January 26, 1922 - January 7, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward Chapel, Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for former Taft Resident Mary G. Alvarez, 74. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Alvarez was born in Tecate, Mexico, on January 26, 1922 and passed away January 7, 1997 in her El Cajon home. She was a homemaker and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her family will remember her as one of the greatest persons they have ever known. Without a doubt she was the most caring, giving, forgiving, loving and understanding person in the world, loved by all who crossed her path. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Alvarez was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Amado L. Alvarez, and a son, John Alvarez. Her survivors include her children, Susanna Stratton of San Diego, Caroline Maca of El Cajon, Eleanor Miller of Santee, Dawn Rothhamer of Milbrae, Jerry Alvarez of San Diego, and James Alvarez of Arizona; her brothers and sisters, Ernesto Gomez, Lala Camacho, Joe Gomez and Isabel Curo; 23 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Henry "Hank" Ammeraal
June 22, 1918 - January 21, 2010



A funeral service was held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, January 25, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Henry "Hank" Ammeraal, 91, with interment in the West Side District Cemetery. A luncheon was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, A and Church Streets, following the burial.

Mr. Ammeraal was born on June 22, 1918 in Totwa, New Jersey to Christina DePater Ammeraal and Cornelius Ammeraal and passed away in Bakersfield on January 21, 2010. Hank was the eighth of eleven brothers and sisters, raised in New Jersey; he then joined the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in France and Germany during WW II where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. He was stationed on the west cost where he met his wife of 63 years, Margaret Louise Jordan. They moved to Taft in 1946 where they raised their son, Ron, daughter Vickie McPherson and son, Gary. They are blessed with six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Margaret Louise Ammeraal
June 17, 1926 - April 7, 2009



Born 17 June 1926, died 7 April 2009. Born in Des Arc, Arkansas. She came to California in 1943 to work in the shipyards during WWII. In 1945 she married the love of her life, Henry. They moved to Taft in 1946 where they raised three children.

Ronald Henry, who is deceased, Vickie McPherson and Gary. She was blessed with six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her wonderful sister, Polly and many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to her good friend, Rene Morse and her family. A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, April 10, 2009, at 1:00 p.m.
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Ronald Henry Ammeraal, 49
November 2, 1947 - September 13, 1997



Memorial services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at First Christian Church at 4055 Jurupa Ave., Riverside. Graveside services to follow. Ron passed away suddenly from a heart attack.

He was born in Taft on November 2, 1947. After graduating from Taft Union High School in 1966, and Taft College in 1968, he joined the Air Force in 1969. He also married Linda Gillen that same year. After his military service, they moved to Riverside. Ron was a ham radio enthusiast and loved his carrer in communications.

He is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Nicole, son David, mother Margaret, father Henry, sister Vickie McPherson, brother Gary, sister-in-law Kay, niece Jennifer Grantham, nephews Jacob, Cody, Nickolas, and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
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Clara Louise Anderson, 79
January 6, 1918 - July 16, 1997



Chapel services will be held at Myers Funeral Home in Porterville Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Clara Louise Anderson, 79.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Brouch, Missouri on January 6, 1918 and died on July 16, 1997 at Henry Mayo Hospital. She was a ranch owner and a campgrounds owner at California Hot Springs for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Anderson, in 1995 and by her brother, Charles Smith, in 1990. Her survivors include her four children; Bill Anderson of Taft, Mary Lindsey of Simi Valley, Minnie Roberts of Squaw Valley, and Betty Games of California Hot Springs; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; two sisters Daisy Balsz and Martha Ward.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the Myers Funeral Home at 248 North E. Street, Porterville on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Dody Anderson
August 15, 1951 - August 7, 2003



Mass of Christian burial was celebrated this afternoon (Monday, August 11, 2003) at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Taft native, Dody Anderson, 51. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's was the celebrant. Burial followed in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Taft on August 15, 1951 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 7, 2003. She was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. Mrs. Anderson received an AA degree from Taft College. She had been employed as an accountant by some of the local insurance agencies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Georgene Devine and by her daughter, Kim Burell. Mrs. Anderson is survived by her loving daughters, Melissa Vance, Cary Watson, Kristina Anderson all of Bakersfield and Tara Anderson of Santa Monica; her husband Ron Anderson of Bakersfield; her brothers and sisters, Roberta Devine of Long Beach, California, Daniel Devine and his wife, Kathy of Taft, Michael Devine and his wife, Yumiko of Bakersfield; her aunts, Babe Cash and Kathleen Shaffer and her husband, Harry all of Taft and Mary Agee and her husband Jerry of Palm Springs, California; her seven grandchildren and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral was entrusted to the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Juanita Anderson, 77
January 29, 1924 - May 4, 2001



A memorial service will be held at the home of Judy Hale, 27154 Valley West Road on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Juanita Anderson, 77.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Kirksville, Missouri on January 29, 1924 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on May 4, 2001. She lived in Taft for the last 50 years. Mrs. Anderson was a wonderful mother and a great cook. She was always there for her children. It was said that she never met a stranger.

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, John Anderson in February 1994, her daughter, Patty (Bowers) Anderson in August of 1999; her daughter-in-law, Dolores Anderson in March of 1994 and be her three brothers and one sister.

Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Judy Hale and Stan Conder of Valley Acres, Kenny Bowers of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Sue Clinton, Ron Anderson, Sr. and Tom and Kathy Anderson all of Taft; her brothers, P.M. Dixon of Bakersfield and Layton Dixon of Farmington, Arkansas; her 16 grandchildren and her 24 great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Linda Diane Anderson
August 18, 1949 - August 5, 2009



Linda Anderson, 59, was born on August 18, 1949 in Taft, California. She went to be with her Savior on August 5, 2009 surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Linda was preceded in death by her precious son, Robert Anderson of Bakersfield on March 17, 2009 and her brother, Larry Preston of Shafter in 1997. She is survived by her beloved son Jeff Anderson and daughter-in-law Jenyne. Six wonderful grandchildren, Cody, Cade, Cole, Cody, Chad, Cale. Linda is also survived by her dear parents, Frank and Elva Preston of Shafter; her loving sister, Kathy Preston of Shafter; and by niece, Lisa Langley and nephew-in-law Brian Langley of Bakersfield; and niece, Kristen Coats of Shafter.

Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Tuesday August 11, at 10:00 a.m. May Linda find rest and peace in the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ. Greenlawn Mortuary.
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Lola Mable Anderson
May 5, 1910 - October 15, 1997



Services will be held Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel for Lola Mable Anderson, 87, of Bakersfield, California.

Lola was born May 5, 1910 in Gardenia, Idaho. She was a member of the Order the Easten Star, Chapter #559 of Oildale and Taft Rebekah's Lodge #343.

She was preceded in death by her husband: daughter Mardelle and granddaughter Lola. She is survived by her daughter Nona Cate Burgess: grandchildren, Ross, Cindy, Wayne, Marla and Renee: brother, Budd Brandford: sisters, Alice Hale and Windifred Searcy: seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Vistation will be held Friday, October 17, at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary.
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary Funeral Directors 366 - 5766.
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Lynda Jo (Lindgren) Anderson
February 6, 1967 - September 12, 2010



Lynda came into this world on February 6, 1967. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 3:05 p.m. A memorial service will be held in celebration of Lynda's life on September 18, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 210 Harrison Street, Taft. A reception will immediately follow. She was known for her smile, her dimples and her laughter. Some would say that her laughter was intoxicating and her smile was contagious.

She loved to be around her grand babies and her children. She loved her trips with Billy and the time she spent with her friends. She loved her church and to sing in the choir. She was the kind of friend that you could call everyday or once a year and she would be there with no grudges. People that knew her say that it was a blessing to have her in their lives. In October of 2007, a biopsy told Lynda she had cancer. She cried and had some laughs but she was really brave. She's always been a person to make light out of any situation. She was a very strong woman who loved God and her family and wasn't going to let a thing like cancer stop her without a fight. And fight she did, until God has other plans for her and called her home.

Lynda leaves behind the love of her life, Billy Cash; her sons, Justin Anderson, Joel Anderson, and Craig Martin; her daughter Ashley Anderson and fiance Josh Murguia and her children, Lynda's grand babies, Shacee and Jacob; her brothers, Mike Lindgren, Steve Lindgren, Doug Lindgren and Tony Lindgren and his wife Angela; her sister Angel Baker and her husband, Frankie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins family and friends.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Marilyn Ross Anderson
March 3, 1936 - August 5, 2011



Marilyn Ross, 75, died August 5, 2011, in San Diego, California. She was born March 3, 1936, in Taft, California, daughter to the late Marshall and Lela Ross. Marilyn enjoyed gardening and the ocean.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Anderson of San Diego; her son, Donald G. Lisenbee, Jr. of Poquoson, Virginia; her daughters, Cynthia D. Molitor of Astatula, Florida and Pamela L. D'Angelo of San Diego, California; and brother Gene Ross of Seattle, Washington. She was preceded in death by her sister Rita Ross.

A graveside service was conducted on Wednesday at Riverside Memorial, Riverside, California, with Joan Fitzgerald, her cousin, officiating. Donations may be sent to VITAS Hospice.
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Steven James Anderson
September 26, 1953 - October 26, 2009



Steve was born on September 26, 1953 at the N.O.T.S. Naval Hopital to James and Doris Anderson. He lived in Ridgecrest until 1967, during this time Steve's grandparents, Andy and Toots Anderson, kindled Steve's love for the outdoors with fishing trips to Lake Isabella.

After his family relocated to Taft, California, Steve attended Taft Union High School where he met the love of his life, and soulmate, Sharlene Wheeler. Steve and Sharly were married in 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They settled in Taft where he worked in the oilfields. Steve and Sharly moved to Lake Tahoe in 1979 where Steve worked as a stone mason, and had the opportunity to live, work and play in the Tahoe Basin. In 1985 they relocated to Santa Barbara where he began his career as an Optician. Steve loved working with the public and working with his longtime friend Bob Sullivan. In 1991 Steve, Sharly and daughter Rachel moved back to Ridgecrest, Steve then went to work at the Drummond Medical Group where he worked for the rest of his life. Steve's professionalism and compassion earned him a devoted clientele that will surely miss him.

As a boy, Steve loved baseball, and football. As an adult, Steve loved motorcycles, water skiing, snow skiing, golf, and working in his yard. Those that knew Steve know that he excelled at all of these activities. Steve was a avid outdoorsman who loved the desert and the Sierra Nevada mountains. He was an accomplished hunter and fisherman, who relished hunting, fishing and camping with his family and many friends. Attending the NASCAR races at California Speedway each year with his brother-in-law Gary was a thrill for Steve. Most importantly, Steve was devoted to his "girls" Sharly and Rachel. Steve dedicated his life to them, and was a superior husband and father. He was so very proud of Rachel, and could be counted on to share his pride in her accomplishments at every opportunity. Rachel loved her "Daddy" and will miss him and his love for her.

Steve died on October 26, 2007 at Antelope Valley Hospital while surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Sharly; daughter Rachel; parents Jim and Dorie Anderson of Chimacum, Washington; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bill Davis of Bakersfield, California and Cindy and Dave Mitchell of Tiburon, California; brother and sister-in-law Kurt and Saundra Anderson of Ridgecrest; sister-in-law and husband Shelly and Gary Hamilton of Taft, California; brother-in-law Rick Wheeler of Fairfield, California; and many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss their Uncle Steve. Steve was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Chet and Betty Wheeler of Taft, California. The family members wish to thank all of Steve's friends for their love and support during the trying time.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds continental Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please contribute to the charity of your choice. Steven James Anderson September 26, 1953 - October 26, 2007.
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Thomas "Tommy" Anderson
January 31, 1958 - March 22, 2005



Thomas "Tommy" Anderson was born in Taft on january 31, 1958 and passed away on March 22, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Juanita Anderson and by his sister, Patty (Bowers) Anderson.

Tommy found love and friendship in Kathy Britton; they married and started a life together in 1975. Tommy and Kathy had three children who they raised in Taft, Melissa, Tom and Justin. Tommy earned a living working for Texaco and Vintage Petroleum. He enjoyed spending time with his family, vacationing, fishing, working on cars and playing with his granddaughter, Sarah Green of Taft.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Kathy Anderson of Taft; his daughter, Melissa Payne of Taft; his two sons, Tom Anderson of San Luis Obispo and Justin Anderson of Taft; his granddaughter, Sarah Green of Taft; his sisters, Judy (Hale) Conder and her husband, Stan Conder of Taft and Sue Frye of Taft; his brothers, Ronnie Anderson and his wife Carolyn (Dixon) of Taft, and Kenny Bowers of Fayetteville, Arkansas; by his nieces and nephews, Brent Wheeler, Kim Kranyak, Jerry Smith, Rick Miller, Danny Frye, Mike, Shelly and Robert Hale, Ronda, Ronnie and Russel Anderson, Aaron and Amber Bowers, and Sinceree Britton; and numerous friends.

A memorial serviceis scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in the banquet room at OT cookhouse, 205 N. 10th Street, Taft. We believe Tommy is safe with the Lord and other family and friends who have passed before him. He leaves us with many happy memories and will forever be in our hearts.
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Cleofas P. Andrade
August 18, 1919 - October 28, 2002



A Christian Burial Mass will be held at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Bakersfield on Friday at 10:30 a.m. for Bakersfield resident Cleofas Andrade.

Cleofas passed away at her residence on October 28th at the age of 83. A public viewing will be held on Thursday, October 31st from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kern River Family Mortuary Chapel, 1900 N. Chester Ave. with a rosary to be held at 7:00 p.m. All services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594.
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John J. Andrews
February 20, 1967 - March 1, 2003


A private memorial service is scheduled for Lake Isabella resident, John Joseph Andrews.

Mr. Andrews was born on February 20, 1967 in Ingelwood, California to Frank and Lucille Andrews and he passed away on March 1, 2003 in Lake Isabella at the age of 36. John was employed as a mechanic for over 12 years.

He is survived by his parents, Frank R. and Lucille Andrews of Lake Isabella, California a brother Frank Andrews III and his wife Joyce also of Wofford Heights, California; his sister Lucy Thome and her husband Russ of Acton, California; 2 nieces and 1 nephew and by his loving dog Buddy. John loved to fish and hunt in his spare time. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction on West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594.
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Daniel Victor Anglin
April 27, 1962 - November 3, 2010



Daniel Victor Anglin (48) passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2010 of a brain aneurysm in Taft, California.

He was born in Eugene, Oregon on April 27, 1962 but spent most of his life in Vacaville and Fairfield, California where he graduated from Armijo High School. He worked in construction and left his mark by building many beautiful homes in that area. He was also well known for his sense of humor, he could make ANYONE laugh!

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Naomi Marie Anglin and brother, Bob Anglin of Solano County. He is survived by his daughters mother, Lisa Anglin; his daughter, Ashlee Plunkett and her husband RJ and their children (his grandchildren) Creedence and Caidan Plunkett of Taft; his son William Anglin and his sons mother, Teresa Moore of Vacaville, California; his brother, Mark and his wife, Cherie Anglin of Taft; his brother Steven Anglin of Ione, California and his sister-in-law Linda Anglin of Ione, California; and his youngest brother and his wife, Tony and Tracy Anglin of Taft. Many many nieces and nephews as well as cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be held for Dan at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 13, at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 210 Harrison Street, Taft. Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons will be officiating.
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Orletta Jane Medel Anglin
January 21, 1983 - November 13, 2011



Mrs. Orletta Jane Medel Anglin, resident, of Taft, California, passed away on November 13th 2011, at the age of 28, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

Orletta was born on the 21st of January 1983, in Taft, California. She graduated from Taft Union High School in 2001 and attended and graduated from Taft College. She moved to San Diego with her son JJ and husband TJ in 2008 to work as a Certified Public Accountant.

Letta is survived by her mother and father Linda and Jose Medel; son Jordan Joshua (JJ), son Gracin Judah, and husband Timothy Jordan (TJ) Anglin of San Diego; sister Soledad Galvan and her husband Jose and children Junior, Selena, and Samantha of Delano; sister Lecia Medel and her fiance' Jamie and children Karson, Kaiana, and Jayce of Bakersfield; brother Joshua Medel and his fiance' Jenn of Taft; brother Gerardo Medel and his fiance' Brittany and chidren Tyler, Matthew, Makenzie, and Aubreigh of Taft; mother-in-law Rose Pickens and father-in-law Wiley Anglin Pickens; sister and brother-in-law Donny and Elizabeth Thomas; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Vickie Johnson; brother-in-law Anthony Pickens and James Anglin; sister-in-laws Haley and Emily; and countless family members and friends.

Letta enjoyed weekends at Sea World with her family and friends as well as frequent trips to the beach. She and her family always included exercise in their day. Her pride and joy was always her son JJ, whom she invested all of her time and enormous amounts of love. Letta will be remembered as a patient, gorgeous, witty, extremely smart and selfless woman.

Donations in the form of gift cards and gratuities are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Next Step Cardio and Fitness Clubs in Taft and Bakersfield to help provide for the two children that Letta left behind. An account in the boy's names is has been established at Chevron Valley Credit Union.

Letta's going home will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church; 1914 Sweetwater Road, National City, California 91950. Burial services will be held on Monday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary; 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, California.

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Pauline Anglin, 63
November 7, 1938 - March 5, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Pauline Anglin, 63. Pastor Ron Griffith of the Westside Believers Fellowship will be the officiant.

Mrs. Anglin was born in Oregon on November 7, 1938 and passed away in the local hospital on March 5, 2002. Mrs Anglin had lived in Taft for the last 27 years. She was a member of the Westside Believers Fellowship.

Her survivors include her children and their spouses, John and Wendy Anglin, Carla Anglin, Debbie and Mike Perry, James Wilson and, Troy and Ashley Gessel all of Taft; her father Bill Richardson of Taft; her brother and sisters and their spouses, Delia Kopatz of Taft, Norman and Judy Pryor of Tennessee, Jerry and Bill Compton of Oregon, Mike and Eva Pryor of Susanville, Brenda Hanson and David and Maria Pryor all of Taft; her aunt, Mary Lou Pryor of Vacaville; her several grandchildren; one great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She loved her entire family.

No visitation hours have been scheduled and the services are under the directions of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Ella Mae Antrim
April 25, 1918 - October 1, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Ella Mae Antrim, 85. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of First Assembly of God, will officiate the services.

Mrs. Antrim was born near Hays, Kansas on April 25, 1918 and passed away at her home in Valley Acres on October 1, 2003.

She moved to California at a young age (two years old) where she remained till her passing. She lived in both the Glendora and Ventura Areas until coming to Taft with her husband, Ray Antrim in 1946. They moved to the small community of Valley Acres in 1950 where they raised their family. She was employed by Barco Clothing Factory for several years. She was involved with Cub Scouts and the Valley Acres Community Center. Upon retirement they spend 20 years traveling extensively before coming back home.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ray on November 1, 1995 and by her great grandson Cory Ashton. Mrs. Antrim is survived by her children and their spouses, Virginia and Bob Tays of Valley Acres, Jim and Marlena Antrim of Alta Sierra, Bobby and Nancy Antrim of Valley Acres and Linda Brough of Valley Acres; her sister Elsie Rockberg of Taft; her grandsons, Danny, Mathew, Michael and David Antrim; her granddaughter, Heather Ashton; four great granddaughters and two great grandsons; three nieces and three nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ray Antrim, 82
June 1, 1913 - November 1, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 10:00 a.m. for Valley Acres resident Ray Antrim, 82. The Rev., Tom Scalera, pastor of The First Assembly of God, and the Rev. Mark Roberts, pastor of New Hope Temple, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Antrim was born in Appleton, Missouri on June 1, 1913 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 1st. He had lived on the West Side for the past 49 years and retired as head well-puller in 1975. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ella Mae Antrim of Valley Acres; his children and their spouses, Virginia and Bob Tays of Valley Acres, Jim and Marlena Antrim of Alta Sierra, Bob and Nancy Antrim of Valley Acres, and Linda and Larry Brough of Santa Clarita; a brother, Jay D. Antrim of Shell City, Missouri; a sister, Martha Mae Dickburger of Shell City; five grandchildren, David Antrim, Heather Ashton, Daniel Antrim, Matthew Antrim and Michael Antrim; three great grandsons; and one great granddaughter.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Delmar R. Archibald
June 30, 1926 - May 16, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. for Delmar R. Archibald, 78. Rev. Tom White will officiate at the service.

Mr. Archibald was born in Taft on June 30, 1926 and passed away on May 16, 2005. Mr. Archibald played basketball and football and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1944. He married Joy A. LaBrut on August 9, 1946. Mr. Archibald served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following in his father's footsteps, Mr. Archibald continued in the capacity as superintendent for Tannehill Oil Company for many years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed motor sports especially NASCAR.

Mr. Archibald was preceded in death by his parents, Edson and Minnie Archibald. His survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joy Archibald of Taft; his children and their spouses, Gay and Ken Anderson of Taft, Don and Debra Archibald of Grover Beach, and Bob and Lori Archibald of Maricopa; his grandchildren, Kristin Anderson and her husband, Mike of Oceano, Julio Franco and his wife, Rachael of Bakersfield, Aimee Franco of Bakersfield, and Derick Archibald and his wife, Lacy of Fellows; his great grandchildren, Ariel and Jaylynn Franco of Bakersfield.

There are no visitation hours secheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations in Mr. Archibald's name be made to Optimal Hospice, P.O. Box 80538, Bakersfield, California 93380 or to the West Kern Oil Museum, 1168 Wood Street, Taft, California 93268.
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Don Archibald
March 3, 1952 - July 7, 2006

Don Archibald of Grover Beach died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, July 7, 2006, at the age of 54. In accordance with Don's wishes no services were held. Donald Ross Archibald was born in Taft, California on March 3, 1952. He worked in the oil fields all of his life. He was an active fisherman and hunter who loved the outdoors and being with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debra Archibald of Grover Beach; his mother, Joy Archibald of Taft; sister, Gay Anderson and her husband, Ken of Taft; brother, Bob Archibald and his wife, Lori of Maricopa; mother and father-in-law, Sieg and Una Scheideck of Arroyo Grande; brother-in-law, Wayne Scheideck and his wife, Barbara of Nipomo; and aunt, Barbara LaBrut of Taft. Don enjoyed his many nieces and nephews including Bryan Scheideck and Buffy Plante of Berkeley, Lisa Roberts and husband, Jason of Santa Margarita; Julio Franco and wife, Rachel of Bakersfield, Aimee Franco and daughters, Ariel and Jaylynn of Bakersfield, Derick Archibald and wife, Lacey of Fellows; and Kristin Anderson and husband, Mike of Oceano; cousins, Peg McKeeman and Judy Shelby and their families; and many friends. Don was preceded in death by his father, Delmar Archibald and an uncle, Bob LaBrut, both of Taft.

Remembrances in Don's honor may be directed to Marian Hospice or a hospice of ones choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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Joy Amy Archibald
December 27, 1925 - July 13, 2010



Joy Archibald passed away in Arroyo Grande on July 13, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Joy was born December 27, 1925. She was raised in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Grace LaBrut; Delmar Archibald, husband of 59 years; Don Archibald, son; and Bob LaBrut, brother. Joy is survived by her companion and friend, Ed "Spud" Kehoe of Arroyo Grande; daughter Gay Anderson and husband Ken of Taft; son Bob Archibald and wife Lori of Maricopa; daughter-in-law Debra Archibald of Grover Beach; sister-in-law Barbara LaBrut of Taft; nieces Peggy McKeeman and husband, Wayne of Fresno and Judy Shelby and husband, Dennis of Windsor, Colorado; granddaughter Kristin Anderson and husband Mike Wentzel of Oceano; grandson Derick Archibald and wife Lacey of Maricopa; grandson Julio and wife Rachel of Bakersfield; granddaughter Aimee Franco of Bakersfield; granddaughter Katie Meyers of Maricopa; Ryan Meyers of Montgomery, Texas; great grandchildren, Banyan and Olive Wentzel of Oceano, Wyatt Archibald of Maricopa, Sophia Franco of Bakersfield, Ariel Franco, Jaylynn Hackler Franco and Eric Franco of Bakersfield; and great nieces and nephews.

Joy was a homemaker, an artist, an oil painting teacher for many years and she loved working in the yard pulling weeds and planting flowers. She was loved by all and always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She will be missed greatly by her family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be made to Optimal Hospice, 4800 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, California 93309, or the charity of your choice. There are no visitation hours. The graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 17th 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Rev. Tom White will officiate the service for Joy. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Arthur Edward Armstrong III
November 10, 1947 - July 31, 2002



Arthur Edward Armstrong III, "Ed" was born November 10, 1947 at the Taft Fort of Cern County. to Art and Dorothy Armstrong. Due to health complications. Ed passed away July 31, 2002 in Bakersfield, California.

Ed attended Conley School in Taft and McKittrick Elementary School, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1966. He married Linda Walker of Taft September 1967. They had 3 childlren Trista, Eddy aand Walker. He served on the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina competing nationally and internationallly from October 1967. After the Army Ed made his home in Taft, California working with his father at the TAft School of Sport Parachuting for 10 years. In 1980 he went to work for Petro Lewis for a nmber of years. In 1988 began a career as a custom painter of homes, furniture, fireplaces using different techniques and medium. He continued this art form until his death.

In 1997 Ed married Debra Monson, making their home in Bakersfield, California. Ed enjoyed life and had many passions, including building model airplanes, motorcycle riding, serving as chaplain in the Truck Stop Ministry, enjoying his grandchildren. Ed was loved by family and many friends. He will be greatly missed for he was truly a blessing to our lives.

He is survived by his wife, 3 children, grandchildren, mother and 3 sisters, Elaine Baumstark of Fairfield, California Teresa Hill of Bakersfield, California and janiece Ballinger of University Place, Washington. He was predeceased by his father Art and younger brother Richard.
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Roxanne Armstrong
December 5, 1936 - October 31, 2001



Memorial services for Roxanne Armstrong will be held at River Lakes Community Church (4301 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield) on Monday morning November 5th at 11:00 a.m.

Roxanne was born on December 5, 1936 in Taft, California to Constance and Victor Aaron and she went home to live eternally with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday evening October 31, 2001. Officiating Roxanne’s service will be her friend and pastor, Pastor Milt Cole.

Roxanne was active in Bible Study Fellowship for many years, first as a student then as a leader. She had a burden and a special place in her heart for the Women’s Ministry and the Outreach Ministry, which she was involved in through River Lakes Community Church. Roxanne’s hobbies were decorating, antiques, shopping, and she dearly loved teaching and studying the Bible. Some of the joys of her life were being a Mother and Grandmother and serving as the Nursery Coordinator at River Lakes for the last three years. Roxanne was revered by all as a woman of great influence because of her faith in God and Christ, she was and is an inspiration to all that knew her.

Roxanne is survived by her beloved husband Gene of 44 years; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Doug Christian of Bakersfield; son and daughter-in-law Craig and Susan Armstrong of Santa Maria; son, Steve Armstrong of Minneapolis, Minnesota; brother and sister-in-law Ivan and Aileen Aaron of Fullerton, California; brother, Albert Aaron of Petaluma; sister, Dorene Small and Shirley Jenkins of Bakersfield five grandchildren; and many loved nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Roxanne to the building fund at River Lakes Community Church (4301 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield, California 93312). “God bless You All”.

For additional service information, please contact Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles Street, Bakersfield, California. 873-8200.
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Charles Harrison Arnold, 75
October 31, 1925 - February 23, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Charles Harrison Arnold, 75. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Arnold was born in Viola, Missouri on October 31, 1925 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on February 23, 2001. Mr. Arnold had lived in Taft for 48 years and had worked in the oil fields for 40 years. He loved to hunt, fish and work. Mr. Arnold was a member of the Taft Sportsman’s Club. He was also a member in good standing of the Taft Midway Lodge # 426, F. & A.M. Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his daughter, Allene Fay; his mother and father, three sisters and four brothers.

His survivors include his wife of 53 years, Loretta Arnold of Taft; his daughter and her husband, Sherry and John Kinney of Taft; his sisters, Berthena Foster of St. Joe, Arkansas, Clarris Brackenridge of Keyes, California, Shirley Atchison of Galena, Missouri, and Donna Scott of Snelling, California; his two brothers, George Arnold of Galena, Missouri and Lowell Arnold of Modesto, California. His pride and joy were his three grandsons, Brandon, Kyle and Travis Kinney. Mr. Arnold is also survived by several nieces, nephews and a host of friends and other family.

He will be remembered as a well loved man by all that knew him. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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David Vern Arnold
December 10, 1979 to March 24, 2012



Born in Taft, California, David moved with his family to Bakersfield when he was 5 years old. He attended Panama Elementary School and transferred to Loudon Elementary when it opened in 1990. He was thrilled to be with the first class to attend the brand new school. David graduated from Earl Warren Junior High in 1995 and attended Ridgeview High School where he graduated with the class of 1999.

During his high school years, Dave played on the freshman football team and played Junior Varsity soccer. As a youngster, David played baseball with the Southwest Little League, AYSO soccer, and participated in a bowling league at Southwest Lanes. David's passion for soccer was his motivation for playing in an indoor league as a young adult. He had a wicked sense of humor; many of his friends and family experienced his fondness for cracking jokes and making others laugh. Known for his love of street racers, Dave was constantly working on his car. He loved building sound systems and was always wrapped up in "that loud obnoxious noise". Fishing was another hobby that David enjoyed every chance he got and he especially treasured the deep sea fishing trips with his dad and brother, Terry.

David was employed by Terra Chen in Taft as a chemical blending technician. He took pride in his work and pride in the company he worked for. It was obvious that David had the most pride in his children, Stacy, Matilda, Maxwell and Ayden; the time he spent with them meant more to him than words can describe. Dave's greatest quality was his heart of gold.

David was preceded in death by sisters, Tamara and Paige and brother, Joseph. He leaves many to cherish his memory including 2 sons, 2 daughters, and parents, Minor (Tom) and Linda Arnold, brothers and sisters, Terry, April, Alisha, Samantha, Corbin, Jared and Hope as well as many other friends. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, California. Chapel services are scheduled for Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., followed immediately by a luncheon in the Hospitality Room. Visitation date and time are pending. For more information, contact Greenlawn Southwest at 661-834-8820.
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Kim Arnold
March 10, 1957 - March 27, 1996



Memorial services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Taft Funeral Home for Kim Arnold, 39.

Kim was born March 10, 1957 and passed away March 27, 1996. She was a cook at the White Elephant for 15 years.

She is survived by her father, Bill Rennels; a sister, Robin Durham; a brother, Spencer Rennels; her long-time companion, Allen McBride; and many special friends.
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Raymond E. Arnold
July 5, 1960 - October 29, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, November 1, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for Raymond E. Arnold, 42. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service.

Raymond was born in Long Beach, California on July 5, 1960 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 29, 2002. Raymond moved to Taft when he was three years old. He was raised and educated in Taft. Raymond worked in the Oilfields for 25 years and was last employed as head well puller of Oil Well Service. Raymond was active in the Elks Lodge and sports. He also enjoyed fishing.

His father, Richard Arnold in 1999, preceded him in death. His survivors include his mother, Linda Arnold of Bakersfield; his brother, Dickie Arnold of Ventura; his sister and her husband Laura and Kenneth Dillingham of Taft; his brother, Robert Arnold of Bakersfield; his nephews, Brandon, Brent Bryar and Robert; his niece, Sarah; his grandmother and her husband, Muriel and Robert Bentley of Lake Elsinore and many friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bessie Ruth Arp, 70
September 15, 1925 - January 25, 1996



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Bessie Ruth Arp, 70. Pastor Tommy McWhorter of Gateway Temple will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Arp was born in September 15, 1925 in Lamont and passed away January 25, 1996 in a Bakersfield hospital. She had lived in Taft for 41 years, and attended Gateway Temple in Maricopa. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and a past senior regent, the College of Regents and Academy of Friendship. In her former years she was not only an avid bowler but also an avid CBer with the handle "Cat Lady".

Mrs. Arp was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Snellgroves; a sister, Dovie Bendict; and her parents, the Reverends Arthur and Mattie Snellgroves. She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, C. J. Arp of Taft; a daughter, Patricia Welborn of Taft; a son and his wife, Bill and Suzy Arp of Taft; a brother and his wife, Buster and Zane Snellgroves of Tickbush, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Ruthie Welborn, Tod Arp, Robert Arp, Tonya Hennessey and Tim Healy; and her great grandchildren, Steven and Kayla Spoonemore, Dovie and Lindsay Arp, Morgan Welborn and Mathew Reeves.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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C. J. "Pappy" Arp
September 1, 1918 - December 29, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident C.J. "Pappy" Arp, 79. Rev. Sam White, Pastor for the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services.

Mr. Arp was born in Florence, Texas on September 1, 1918 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 29, 1997. He had lived in Taft since 1954 and had been employed as a truck driver for over 30 years. He was an avid bowler at one time and enjoyed CBing under the handle of "Tom Cat". He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Taft Lodge and an avid TBN viewer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie R. Arp in January of 1996. His survivors include his son, Bill Arp; his daughter, Patricia Welborn, both of Taft; his sisters and their husbands, Zane and Buster Snellgroves of Tick Bush, Arkansas and Oleta and Jack Massengile of Brandon, Oregon; his grandchildren, Tod Arp of Bakersfield, Ruthie Welborn, Tonya Hennessey and Tim Healy, all of Taft, and Robert Arp of back East; his great grandchildren, Dovie Arp of Redbluff, Steven and Kayla Spoonmore, Matthew Reeves and Morgan Welborn, all of Taft and Lindsey Arp of Bakersfield.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Clarence "Bill" Arp
June 24, 1924 - March 22, 2011



A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison Street, Taft for Clarence "Bill" Arp, 56. Rev. Tommy McWhorter, pastor of Gateway Temple, will officiate.

Mr. Arp was born in Delano on June 24, 1954 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 22, 2011. He lived his entire life in Kern County. Mr. Arp was employed as an educator at WESTEC facility in Shafter, a job he really enjoyed. In his younger days he was an avid bowler. Mr. Arp also enjoyed cooking, something he was very good at. Spending time watching wrestling - WWF - on TV provided a lot of enjoyment for him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and C J Arp. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Kathy of Bakersfield; his children, Patrick Freaney, of Bakersfield, Robert Arp and Tim Healy both of Taft, Tonya Gilmore of Taft and their spouses; his four grandsons; four granddaughters; and a special granddaughter, Gracie of Amarillo, Texas; his sister, Patricia Welborn; many nieces and nephews; also, many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled, and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Armin Arranaga, 40
October 31, 1960 - September 25, 2001



Armin Arranaga, age 40, passed away following an auto accident September 25th. He was a Taft resident and a native of Mexico. He was last employed by Pool Oil Company. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness Church.

He is survived by: Rosa Maria Arranaga "Wife of Taft, Armin Arranaga" Son of Taft, Emmanuel Arranaga - son of Taft, Sara Arranaga - daughter of Taft, Aracely Arranaga - sister of California, Carlota Aranga, sister of Mexico, Ampara Arranaga, sister of Mexico, Alama Arranaga, sister of California, Audillio Arranage - brother of Mexico, Jose Arranage, brother of California, Arturo Arranage - brother of Mexico.

Visitation was held September 30, 2001 at West Side Family Mortuary. Funeral services were held October 1, 2001 at West Side Family Mortuary in Taft, interment followed at West Side District Cemetery. West Side Family Mortuary of Taft, funeral directors.
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Harold B. Artz
March 22, 1918 - December 19, 2005



Harold B. Artz passed away December 19, 2005.

He was born March 22, 1918 in Dennis, Kansas. As a young man he worked as a toolmaker for Lockheed. There he met and then married Doris Virginia Cayce. Whlle in the Navy during WWII he served in the South Pacific. Harold moved to Taft in 1950 with his wife and 3 boys, he owned and operated A & B Radiator as well as Liquor Mart until he retired in 1984. His pleasures in life were family, boating, football & golfing. He put God first and shared his gifts with others, his wish for those who would like to honor him is to for them to do the same.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lenora Pierni. Survived by his wife Doris Artz and sons Harold Dean, Michael, Greg and their wives and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His sisters Mary Metcalf, Lois Phillips, brother Louie Artz and their children. Private services will be held December 24th 2005. In lieu of flowers, the family would enjoy hearing from family and friends who have special memories of Harold. The family would like to express their gratitude to Odysey Health Care for their services. Legacy.com All services are entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services.
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Carl Leroy Ashlock, 72
May 20, 1929 - March 23, 2002



Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Carl Leroy Ashlock. Carl passed away at the age of 72 on Saturday, March 23rd in Bakersfield. Carl was employed for 27 years with L.N. Diedrich Auto Parts.

Survivors include his wife: Idalene of Taft, his sons; Roy Ashlock of Inyokern, Steven Ashlock of Sacramento and Keith Ashlock of Taft, brothers; Bobby Ashlock of Sacramento and Charles Glandon of Dinuba, California, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A Public viewing will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Westside Family Mortuary 1150 4th St., Taft.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Westside Family Mortuary
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William Lee "Billy" Atchley
March 11, 1974 - November 8, 2003



Bill was born on March 11, 1974, in Bakersfield. He passed away on November 8, 2003, Bakersfield, California. Billy was the first born son of Sandra Whitney and Robert Atchley.

He was a fun loving guy with a big heart. He enjoyed baseball and helping other people. After graduating at Taft High 1993, he joined California Conservation Corps. He has worked in the oilfields for Cer and Advanced Industrial Services.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Lester Carpenter, Mable Allen and Great Uncle Don Carpenter. Billy is survived by parents, Sandy Whitney and husband, Russell; father, Robert Atchley; two daughters, Caitlin and Brittany Atchley of Oklahoma; brother, David Atchley; fianc'e Nicloe; Baby Skkylar; brother, Arron Whitney; grandparents, Richard and Laverne Neumann of Tehachapi; Uncle Lonnie Neumann of Hawaii; Uncle John and Heather Neumann of Taft, and other family members and friends.

His visitation will be on Wednesday, November 12, and Thursday, November 13, 2003, from 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., at Westside Family Mortuary. His graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. at West Side Family Mortuary. His graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California. Rev. Paul Wilson will officiate. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594.
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Grace Atkin, 98
October 1, 1902 - August 6, 2001



Funeral Services will be held in the College Heights Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Bakersfield resident, Grace Akin, 98. She was born in St. George, Utah on October 1, 1902 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 6, 2001.

Visitation will be held in the Relief Society Room of the Ward Chapel on Friday morning between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Lucile May (Hedrick) Moor Auchmuty
April 16, 1917 - January 30, 2014



A graveside memorial service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. for Lucile May (Hendrick) Moor Auchmuty, 96. Mr. Trice Harvey will speak at the service.

Mrs. Auchmuty was born in Bakersfield, Californian on April 16 , 1917 and passed away in Paradise, California on January 30, 2014. She grew up in Fellows and was a member of the Taft Union High School Class of 1935. She married Alvin Moor in 1935 and after his passing she married Lowel Auchmuty. Through her career she worked as a nurses aide, a welder during WW II, as a grandmother at the Porterville State Hospital, at the Taft shirt factory, and as a cake decorator. Mrs. Auchmuty had many life long hobbies that included painting, collecting coins and stamps, researching genealogy, playing the sweepstakes (having multiple winnings and going to the Big Spin in 1990).

She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Moor. Her survivors include her children, Edith Leonard King and Roger Moor both of Paradise, California; her brother, Robert Hedrick of Tehachapi, California; her sister, Barbara McDonald of Arroyo Grande, California ; and by her nine grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Belva Ault
January 8, 1912 - July 4, 2005



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resdient Belva Ault, 93. Revs. Norman Campbell and Trent Meadors will officiate at the service. Burial in the West Side District Cemetery will follow.

Mrs. Ault was born in East Prairies, Mssouri on January 8, 1912 and passed away in Santa Maria on July 4, 2005. Mrs. Ault had lived in Taft from 1932 to 2000 when she moved to Santa Maria to be with her daughter. She was a 72 year member of the Taft Assembly of God and taught Sunday School there until she was 87 years old. Mrs. Ault will be remembered as a lady that loved her family and as a good neighbor.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Ira Ronald Shepard; her husband of 44 years. Ira N. Shepherd on 1972; her second husband, who she married in 1974, James E. Ault in 1990 and her step son-in-law, Chuck Smith. Mrs. Ault is survived by her daughter, Mary Shepherd Robinson and her husband, Bill of Santa Maria; her sister, Barbara Bilyeu and her husband, J.L.; her brother, Earl Roussel all of Bakersfield; her grandchildren and their spouses, Drs. Julie and Rob Rifkin of Denver, Colorado, Dean Alan and Laurie Robinson of Bakersfield and Pastor Maureen and Gene Rickman of Santa Maria; her great grandchildren, Rebecca and Joel Rifkin of Denver, Ira, Emily and Tristan Robinson of Bakersfield and Candace and Connor Rickman of Santa Maria; her living step-children and their spouses, Mary and Charles Foster of Taft, Bill and Hazel Ault of Fairfiled and Barbara Smith of Bend Oregon; her step-grandchildren and their spouses, Mary and Charles Foster of Taft, Bill and Hazel Ault of Fairfield and Barbara Smith of Bend, Oregon; her step-grandchildren, Cindy and Trevor Handbridge of Fairfield, Pam and Art Goodfrey of Paso Robles, George Ault of Vallejo; Janice and Gary Brown, Jim and Betty Foster all of Bakersfield, Jim Smith of Bend, Oregon, Rick Smith of Clear Lake and Debbie Whitney of Virginia and many great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Hazel Austin
August 17, 1923 - July 23, 2008



Hazel Austin August 17, 1923 - July 23, 2008 Hazel joined her husband, Clint, in heaven on July 23, 2008. She passed away peacefully at her home in Taft.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Debbie Austin; granddaughters, Melissa Laughlin and Crystal Halstead; son-in-law, Brandon; great-grandson, Riley Austin; and great granddaughter, Makena Halstead.

Hazel's garden of flowers were her pride and joy. Even at the age of 84, she planted flowers twice a year for everyone's enjoyment. She will now be able to tend, love and care for the garden of her choice. It has been my honor to be able to tend to my mothers' last wishes. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her dearly. As per her wishes, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Optimal Hospice for their help and excellent care of my mother. Arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
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Roy C. Austin
January 2, 1927 - July 2, 2003



Graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Roy C. Austin, 76.

Mr. Austin was born in Oklahoma on January 2, 1927 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on July 2, 2003. Mr. Austin was raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. He had been employed at various electric companies in Bakersfield before going to work as an electrician/chief maintenance man for Bakersfield City School District. He was employed by the district for over 15 years.

Mr. Austin retired at age 55 and the Austins then moved to Kernville where they lived until 14 years ago when they returned to Taft. Mr. Austin was always willing to give a hand to elderly folks with their household chores. He was a volunteer at the West Kern Oil Museum.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Austin of Taft; his daughter Debbie Austin of Bakersfield; his sister, Betty Crawford of Lake Havasu, Arizona; his grandchild Melissa and Crystal Laughlin of Bakersfield and his great grandson, Riley Austin.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John Hugh Avila, 36
September 6, 1964 - August 18, 2001



A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26th, at the Community Christian Fellowship Church on 631 North St. officiated by Pastor Jim Stigall. John passed away at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital on August 18, 2001. He was born September 6, 1964 and was a resident of Taft for many years.

His father, Ronald Loyd, preceded him in death in 1983. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Ila and Richard Gordon of Maricopa, grandfather; Jess Helms of Tulare, his fiancé: Deborah Maroney of Taft, two brothers; Mike of Bakersfield and Doug of Las Vegas, and four children; Michael, Anthony, Amber and Christopher.

A special thank you to John for being a part of our lives. Forever in peace Deborah and Shilow.
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Margaret (Peggy) Azbill J. Muser
March 8, 1946 - December 20, 2002



Margaret (Peggy) Azbill Muser passed away on December 20, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. She was born on March 8, 1946 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

She attended Taft schools for a couple of years. She moved to Downey with her family. She graduated from Downey High School in 1963. She attended Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles. She did all of the things that little girls do; Brownies, Girls Scouts, Ballet and she loved horses. She went to work for the Automobile Club of Southern California. She later worked for Chevron for 19 years. She loved flowers and animals. She was compassionate for the homeless and she provided shelter and food for animals and people. Peggy was intelligent, generous, artistic and beautiful both inside and out.

Her father Wally Azbill passed away on May 2, 2002. Her cousin Patty Paterson passed away on May 16, 2002.

Peggy is survived by her husband David Muser, her mother, Sybil Azbill, her brother Waldemar Azbill and his wife Barbara Azbill; Tom Azbill and his wife Jeannie Azbill, her daughter Chrissy, Rogers and her husband Todd Rogers, step-children Stacey Muser and David Muser, grand-children Zakary Krigbaum, Hughston Rogers, Harley Rogers, Lenae Rogers, and JacLyn Rogers, and Uncle and Aunt, Tom and Irene Wagers, cousins Bea Wagers Shipman and Terry Patterson, and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held in Taft at Westside Cemetery on Friday, December 27th, at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all who have given prayers, cards, food, plants and flowers.
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Waldemar (Wally) Newton Azbill
June 3, 1915 - May 2, 2002



Mr. Asbill was born in Bakersfield June 3, 1915, and passed away May 2, 2002 in a Bakersfield hospital. He went to Bakersfield Junior College. He was raised on a dairy farm in the Old Casa Loma area. In 1948 and went to work at the Automobile Club of Southern California as a salesman. In 1953 he was appointed District Manager of the Taft office. He served two and a half years there. He was then transferred to the larger office of Downey, as District Manager. He served there nine and a half years. In 1965 he was transferred to District Manager of the Van Nuys office. He served there till he retired in November of 1970.

Wally and his wife moved to Mexico where they had a beach home they had built two years earlier. In 1979 they moved back to Taft where their dear friends lived. He enjoyed playing golf and cards with his friends,his garden and trips to Morro Bay. Wally had a sweet spirit and was loved by his family.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sibyl Wagners Azbill: his children and their spouses, Waldemar Jr. and Barbara Azbill, Tom and Jeanie Azbill, Peggy and Dave Muser: His grandchildren, Chrissy and Todd Rogers, Marlo and Lee Evans, Wendy and Jeff Hogland, Scotty Azvill, Heather Azbill: great grandchildren Zakary Krigbaum, Hughston Rogers, Harley Rogers, Lenae' Rogers, JacLyn Roges,and Stacey Muser.

Graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, May 8, 2002, on Wedneday at 11:00 a.m.
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