Westside Obituaries
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Fred Kalenborn
July 30, 1912 - May 3, 2009



At Fred's request, services will be private and his body cremated in the Mish Funeral Home Crematorium.

He was born in Redwood City, July 30, 1912 and passed away May 3, 2009, living at Rosewood in Bakersfield. He was a fine, loving husband and father, who married in 1934 after graduating from Stanford.

He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Lynne Schmitt of Belmont, a son, William S. Kalenborn of Rochester, Minnesota, who has five children, Jason, Jennifer, Lindsey, Travis,and Roxanne.

He retired in 1972 after 29 years with Chevron/Texaco. He was always interested and active in various organizations. He served as President on the Board of the API, the Production Petroleum Pioneers, and the Chevron Texaco Retiree Association. He will be sorely missed.
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Marguerite Alice Barber Kanode
December 12, 1912 - February 24, 2007



No formal funeral services will be held and private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery for Marguerite Alice Barber Kanode, 94.

Mrs. Kanode was born in Arkansas on December 12, 1912 and passed away in Taft on February 24, 2007. She came to the Taft area during the dust bowl years.

Mrs. Kanode had been a member since her childhood, of the Congregational Church of Maricopa. She retired as office manager of the Ford garage after many years of service. She never knew an enemy. She was always a lady, never raised her voice or lost their temper. Even though she worked six or seven days a week. Mrs. Kanode kept an immaculate house and ironed everthing, even down to the last handkerchief. She was truly a wonderful and loving wife and mother until she passed.

Mrs. Kanode was preceded in death by her father, James R. Barber; her mother, Ethel Barbra Stokes; her brother, Reg Barber; her sister, Imogene Butterfield; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, H.R. and Lucy Kanode; sister-in-law, Shiela Johnson; nephew, Scott Kanode; her son-in-law, Dave Morris and by her husband, Charles Douglas "Chuck" Kanode.

Her surviors include her daughter, Charlyne Kanode Morris of Valley Acres; her brother-in-law Harry Kanode of Taft; her niece, Karin and her husband, George Danek and their children, Kelli and Brett; her nephews, Steve Barber, Lyn Barber, Baker Kanode and Hub Kanode and her cat, Molly.
Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Frank Nicholas Kaufman, Jr.
May 29, 1913 - May 29, 2003



Frank Kaufman passed away at home on his ninetieth birthday surrounded by family.

Frank was born in Taft to Frank and Mary (Thompson) Kaufman. He attended Taft schools and graduated from Taft College. In Taft, he met and married Pauline (Petie) Peterson, beginning a 68 year marriage. He worked for the Southern California Gas Company for 44 years, retiring in 1974 as District Manager. His job took him from Taft to Lebec, Visalia and Bakersfield, where the family has lived for the last 30 years. He was a member of the Taft Masonic Lodge for 58 years. In addition to numerous acts of community service, he was an avid boater and golfer, particularly enjoying the Morro Bay golf course until his 88th year. He also enjoyed home remodeling projects and creating stained glass pieces for family and friends.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and by children; Nick and Darlene Kaufman of Jacksonville, Florida, Karen and Gehn Farlow of Clayton, California. He is also survived by four granddaughters Stacey, Alexis, Kris and Laura, and by five great grandchildren.

No memorial services are planned. The family thanks all the people of Hoffman Hospice and Care Solutions Inc. for their help and support.
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Trenice "Red" William Keefer
April 30, 1913 - December 21, 2005



Red was proceeded in death by, his mother Carie Murphy & his father William "Bill" Keefer, his first wife Iris, mother of all his children, his brothers, Jerry, Roland, & Jim, and his eldest son Jimmy. He is survived by his wife Marjorie and his daughters: Bea and her husband Bob Maulsby, Sandra Keller, and JeriJo and her husband Joe Stephes, and by his son Pat, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

At his request, Red's life will be held at the Taft Moose Lodge 205 1/2 N. 10th St. Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at noon.

Red we will miss you. Rest in peace. Services are entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services.
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Daniel L. Keeler, 49
November 2, 1951 - August 22, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, September 1, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for Daniel L. Keeler, 49. Mr. Keeler was born in Portland, Oregon on November 2, 1951 and passed away on August 22, 2001 in a Bakersfield hospital.

Mr. Keeler was raised and educated in Taft. He attended Taft Union High School. For the past year he has worked as a security guard for M & S Security. Mr. Keeler was an avid fisherman and bowler. He loved motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Mae Keeler and his brother Steven Keeler. His survivors include his sister and her husband, Raelene and Ron Marking of Taft; his two brothers, Marco Keeler of Pacoima and Grant Keeler of Santa Clarita; his two nephews, David and James Rogers; his niece, Sarah Mitchell; and his great niece, Amelia Madison Rogers.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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William J. Keeler
April 1, 1916 - October 31, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, William J. Keeler, 85. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the service.

Mr. Keeler was born on April 1, 1916 and passed away in Taft on October 31, 2001. During the Second World War, Mr. Keeler proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy, assigned to a Seabee unit. After his discharge in 1945 he made Taft his home. He owned an operated the Taft Transfer and Storage before going to work for the Taft City School District as a bus driver and carpenter.

Mr. Keeler was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evelyn Keeler in 1994; his son, Daniel Keeler, in 1987 and by his brother, Tom Keeler. His survivors include his sons and their spouses, David and Karen Keeler of Bakersfield, Dusty and Danette Keeler of Bakersfield and Doug Keeler of Taft; his grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer and Kelsey Keeler, his sister, Lois Wilson of Binghamton, New York and his brothers-in-law Gifford and Leland Skinner both of Taft.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert "Bob" E. Keeney
May 6, 1951 - February 4, 2003



Memorial services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., on Friday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m. for Robert (Bob) Keeney.

Bob was born in Taft, California to William Grover Keeney, Jr. and Betty C.(Keeney) Richards, but lived most of his life in Bakersfield. He worked many years for oilfield service companies; the last being a supervisor with Pool Co. He was also an accomplished guitarist; well known in the music world in Bakersfield and was currently in the band, "Walter Ego".

Bob is survived by his mother, Betty Keeney Richards; father, Grover Keeney; sons, Jeffery and Michael; stepdaughter, Laurie Bonwell; grandchildren, Michelle and Riley; brothers, Bill and wife Karen and Mark Keeney; sister, Shari Thistle and husband Bob; ex-wives, Kathy (Gentry) Stymus and Jeannie Keeney; several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Like brothers were Tim Wilkson, Odie Newton, Harley Stumbaugh and Rick Thorness. Close friends, Paul and Debbie Faulconer; Chuck Seaton, Andrew Parks, Bill Nobles, members of his band and too many others to name personally. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and aunt, Pauline (McCoy) Walsh.

Bob recently accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ, as his Savior, answering the prayers of many he is now free in his presence.
Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors
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James Cecil Kehoe
September 12, 1917 – June 15, 2001



James Cecil Kehoe, 83, of Pismo Beach died Friday, June 15, 2001 in a San Luis Obispo, California hospital. Visitation will be at the Marshall- Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach on Monday from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The services will be held Tuesday, June 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the New Life Community Church of The Nazarene in Pismo Beach with Associate Pastor Bob Ainsworth officiating.

Mr. Kehoe was born in Fellows, California on September 12, 1917 and was a graduate of Taft High School. He was a long time resident of Taft until moving to Bakersfield in 1976. He worked thirty-five years for the County of Kern where he had been a road department foreman for many years. He was also the manager of the Taft Airport from 1947 until 1976. Mr. Kehoe moved to Pismo Beach in 1986 and was a member of the New Life Community Church of the Nazarene where he served as a member of, “The Kings Crew”. Mr. Kehoe was a loved papa dedicated to loving and being with his family. He had a genuine concern for others and made friends quickly.

Mr. Kehoe is survived by his wife of sixty years, Jo Kehoe of Pismo Beach; two sons, Mark Kehoe and wife Barbara of Danville, Robert Kehoe and wife Cindi of Redding, California, five grandchildren, Matthew, Aaron, Natalie, Jamie Lou and Robert; three brothers, Clifford Kehoe of San Diego, California; William Kehoe and wife Lola of Bakersfield, Edward Kehoe and wife Margaret of Arroyo Grande, California. He was preceded in death by his two sisters Doris and Alma.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be made to the New Life Community Church of The Nazarene for Youth Department Camp Scholarship Fund, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach, California 93449. Arrangements are under the direction of the Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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Noris M. Keigley
June 28, 1923 - November 13, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, November 19, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Noris Maria Keigley, 87. Mrs. Keigley passed away on November 13, 2010 in a Bakersfield hospital.
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Faanamu Mauai Keila
March 28, 1931 - May 27, 2002



Chapel services will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. at West Side Family Mortuary for Taft resident Faanamu Mauai Keila who passed away at the age of 71 on May 27, 2002 in Bakersfield. There will be a public viewing held on June 3 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary 763- 1594.
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Charles Kelley
August 24, 1947 - February 18, 2012



Charles N. "Charlie" Kelley, 64, of Columbus, Indiana passed away peacefully at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility, Columbus.

He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, August 24, 1947, the son of Herschel N. and Emily A. Settles Kelley. Charlie Married P. Jill Jones on August 20, 1975 in Columbus. She survives. He graduated from Columbus High School and attended Indiana University. Charlie had worked at Cummins Engine Company and Uniplast. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving as top secret intelligence and telecommunications operator. Charlie was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf and nature walks.

He is survived by his wife, and his mother, Emily A. Kelley Mabe, both of Columbus; a brother, James M. Kelley of California; step-brothers, Don (Rebecca) Mabe Jr., of Huntington Beach, California and Gary (Cindy) Mabe of Yorba Linda, California; step-sisters, Vickie (Ben) Miller of San Diego, California and Linda (Victor) Naverro of Mesa, Arizona; nieces, Jill (Chris) Bishop of Ft. Wayne, Amy Rudolph of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Heidi (Mike) Bickham of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; several cousins, and his faithful K-9 friends, Sadie and Cleo. He was preceded in death by his father, Herschel N. Kelley; his step-father, Don E. Mabe; and his beloved K-9 hiking buddy, Asa.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Hathaway-Myers Chapel, 1022 Pearl Street. Graveside inurnment will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Garland Brook Cemetery, Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Bartholomew County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.hathaway-myers.com.
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Jeffery Neal Kelley, 57
August 9, 1944 - January 23, 2002



A Celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westside Recreation Center 500 Cascade Place, in the Assembly Building.

Jeffery Neal Kelley, 57 was born August 9, 1944 in Fort Worth Texas. Jeff graduated from TUHS in 1962. He was employed by Standard Oil Company until 1965, when he was drafted into the United States Army where he served until 1967. In 1969 Jeff married Roberta and started his family in Taft. In 1970 Jeff joined the Taft Fire Department where he remained until retirement, as Captain in 1982.

In his free time, Jeff enjoyed watching and participating in a variety of sports racing cars, coaching his daughters in softball. Vacationing with his family and making last minute trips to Vegas and Laughlin with his wife.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Delton Kelley and his mother Mora Ann Kelley. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Roberta of Taft; his daughter Kris and her husband Bill of San Deigo and his daughter and her fiancee Jonathon Foster of Taft; his brother Lee Kelley and his wife Judy of Malibu, his nephew John of Malibu and his niece Erin of Malibu; his mother-in-law Oleta Wilson of Taft, his brother-in-laws John and Jim Wilson and many nieces and nephews. Jeff is also survived by his first granddaughter Audrey Stevens of San Deigo who will miss her "papa" very much.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a non-profit organization for terminally ill children 1954 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, California 90025-5602 1-800-825-7295
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Paul Martin Kelley
August 27, 1954 - December 16, 2007



Paul Martin Kelley August 27, 1954 - December 16, 2007 Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, December 21, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. for Paul Martin Kelley, 53. Rev. Scott Pearson. Pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services. Private family burial will take place at a later time in the West Side District Cemetery. Paul was born in Bakersfield on August 27, 1954 and went home to be with the Lord on December 16, 2007.
He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1972. He received his AA degree from Santa Barbara City College. He had worked and taught commercial refidgeration and air conditioning for the last 12 years. He held a great interest in cars and drag racing.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Kelley, in 1999. Paul is survived by his mother, Rita Kelley of Taft; his fianc'e, Barbara Tewksbury of Bakersfield; his brother, Mark Kelley of Bakersfield; his sister, Robin Pursel of Bakersfield and her fianc'e, John Howe; his brother and his wife, Scott and Eloisa Kelley of Bakersfield; and his nieces and nephews, Blake and Page Pursel and Garrett and Bridget Kelley.
There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Virginia Kelley
August 20, 1927 - January 24, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Virginia Kelley, 83.

Mrs. Kelley was born on August 20, 1927 in Oklahoma and passed away on January 24, 2011 in Taft. Mrs. Kelley was raised in Oklahoma and she married Calvin "Bill" Kelley on March 28, 1945 in Oklahoma. They moved to California where she was blessed with four beautiful daughters. She was active and loved attending the First Southern Baptist Church for many many years. Mrs. Kelley was a seamstress and loved cooking for her grandchildren.

Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Calvin "Bill" Kelley; and by her great-great granddaughter, Ariel Holtschulte. She is survived by her daughters, Brend Fuller of Taft, Marsha Johnson and her husband, Charlie of Antioch, Kathy Denver and her husband, Earl of Dustin Acres, and Debbie Phillips of McKittrick; her grandchldlren, Kelley, Denise, Scott, Casey, Cindy, Kerri, Michael, Kristin, and Gary; her three brothers, Bob, Billy and Johnny Thornhill; her sister, Opal Furman; her 18 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; and by her many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday, January 31, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Beverly Kelly, 84
July 9, 1926 - March 16, 2011



Born Beverly Pierce July 9, 1926 in Taft; died March 16,2011 at home in Pacific Palisades California. Survived by sister Frieda Stave, son Mike Kelly, daughter Ann Kelly and son-in-law George Soneff, grandsons Michael and Jon Soneff, and nieces Laurie (Bob) Korpal, Marion Stave, and Linda (Bill) Hylton and their families.

Bev grew up climbing oil derricks and riding the walking beams on Standard Oil's 1-C Lease in Taft; retired from Golden Bear Refinery in Bakersfield; in between was occupied with her kids, baseball, golf, bridge, cats, dogs, crossword puzzles, and causing as much trouble as possible.

There will be no funeral because she threatened to haunt us if we held one. If you would like to honor her memory, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood, 2535 16th Street #100, Bakersfield, California 93301, and have tall Scotch & water.
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Catherine N. Kelly, 86
February 27, 1911 - August 5, 1977



Rosary will be recited followed by Mass of Christian Burial on Friday August 8, 1997 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Catherine N. Kelly, 86, who died August 5 in Bakersfield. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery. Her nephew, Monsignor James Logan of Fresno, will be officiating.

Mrs. Kelly was born February 27, 1911 to Peyton and Bridget Neeley in Weed Patch, California. She received her education in West Side schools, graduating in 1928 from Taft High Union School. She spent all her married life on the North/General American lease, moving to Bakersfield in 1987 to be near her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband H. J. "Jim" Kelly. Survivors include her daughter, Catherine Hluza; daughter-in-law, Giuli Kelly; grandchildren, Bill and wife Cyndee Hluza, Linda and husband Bob Gwinn, Marci Giannini, Michael Giannlini; great grandchildren, Ryan and Christine Hluza, Megan Reimer; and sister Frances Logand of Fresno.

Catherine was a loving, caring mother, mother-in-law and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara, Funeral Directors
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William R. Kelly
July 24, 1963 - February 7, 2004



Chapel services will be held on February 13, 2004, at 4:00 p.m., at the West Side Family Mortuary for longtime Taft resident, William Russell Kelly.

William was born on July 24, 1963 in Torrance, California, to Jesse Sr. and Darlene Kelly and he passed away on February 7, 2004 in Taft, California at the age of 40, due to a tragic car accident. William was employed by Watkins Construction Inc. for several years as a general laborer. He loved to fish, hunt and have fun with his family and friends.

William is survived by his parents, Jesse Sr. and Darlene Kelly of Squaw Valley, California; daughter, Jordan Kelly and son, William Kelly Jr., both of Taft; brother, Jesse Kelly Jr. and his wife, Monica of Taft and Curtis Kelly and his wife Kathy of Chino Hills, California and his good friend, Ruth Federico and her husband, Lou of Selma, California; numerous other family and friends.

There will be a public viewing held on February 13, 2004 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th St., Taft, California, (661) 763-1594. William was loved by so many and will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.
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Jimmie

Jimmie P. Kelsay
September 16, 1906 - March 22, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side Cemetery on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. for Jimmie P. Kelsay, 96. Mrs. Kelsay was born in Galloway, Missouri on September 16, 1906 and passed away in Templeton on March 22, 2003. Mrs. Kelsay and her husband, Aca Kelsay owned and operated the Kelsay Market for many years, located across the street from the 11-C Market. Mr. and Mrs. Kelsay built the 11-C Market and it was owned and operated by Ralph and Ella Bryant. Mr. and Mrs. Kelsay retired to Atascadero in the mid 1950's were they physically built their home together. They enjoyed horses and gardening. Mrs. Kelsay loved to entertain her family and friends in her home. She also enjoyed cooking and canning. She was an expert at leather craft.

Mrs. Kelsay was preceded in death by her husband, Aca Kelsay in 1984; her four brothers, Joe, Fred, Wesley and John Beshears and by her two sisters, Nina and Kathryn.

Her survivors include her sister-in-law and best friend, Thelma Beshears of Taft; her sister-in-law, Ruth Beshears of Springfield, Missouri; her nephews and their wives, James and Ellen Bryant of Ridgecrest, Dave and Patrecia Bryant of Reno, Nevada, Max Beshears of Republic, Missouri, Rudy and Kay Kelley of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Phillip and Kelly Kelsay of Springfield, Missouri and Paul and Sue Kelsay of Templeton; her two nieces and their husbands, Peggy Sue and Donald Tucker of Sandpoint, Idaho and Maxine and Bill Gragg of Independence, Missouri; and by several great nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday for 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Irene E. Kendrick
March 29, 1936 - June 21, 2012



Graveside memorial services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Irene Eller Kendrick, 76. Mrs. Kendrick was born in Tecumseh, Oklahoma on March 29, 1936 and passed away in Taft on June 21, 2012. She had made Taft her home since 1966 and had been employed as a nurse's aide for over 25 years.

Mrs. Kendrick was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Kendrick; her parents, Robert and Lillie Edmiaston; her sister, Mary Bumgardner and her daughter-in-law, Linda Gayle Kendrick. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Robert and Dixie Kendrick, Kenneth Kendrick, Jr., Virgil and Debra Kendrick, Becky and Larry Fambrough, Donald and Rebel Kendrick, Johnny and Deborah Kendrick, Alvin and Janine Kendrick and Michael and Jodi Kendrick; her 26 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; her eleven great-great grandchildren; her sisters and brother, Ella Gregg, Daisy Fulfer, Sally Simmons and Robert Edmiaston and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Kendrick will be remembered as a lady who loved all types of animals.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Kendrick's memory may be made to SPCA, 3000 Gibson Street, Bakersfield, California 93308 or CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway, Bakersfield, California 93306. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www. EricksonAndBrown.com.
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George G. Kennedy
April 26, 1916 - December 5, 2002


This is a compliation of 2 obits, hoping that you will appreciate the extra information.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, December 9, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California for George G. Kennedy, 86, who passed away Wednesday December 5, 2002, In Bakersfield. Chuck Simonson, Chaplain for Hoffmann Hospice, will officiate.

George G. Kennedy was born on April 26, 1916 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and moved to Taft at the age of 3 months. He attended all local schools in Taft, including Taft College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, He was a member of the Petroleum Production Pioneers and worked for Southern California Gas Company for 44 years as a supervisor.

His passions were golf, reading, sports events travel (as long as it included golf), the History Channel, music from the 30's and 40's and his lifelong friends.

He was married for over 50 years to Marjorie (Marge) Schultz Kennedy, who passed away in 2000. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Carolyn Wheeler in March of 1987 his parents , sister, Alice Tillery and brother Ed Kennedy. His survivors include his son, Gordon Kennedy and his wife Cindy of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Brian Wheeler and his wife Caroline of Turlock, California, Phillip Wheeler of Morro Bay, and Zachary and Tyler Kennedy of Bakersfield; his great grandchildren, Briana and Ross Wheeler of Turlock, California: son-in-law Guy Wheeler of Morro Bay, California nephews, Bob Tillery of Clayton, California, Bill and Bob Fraker of Sanger, California and numerous relatives in California and Canada.

After Marge passed away, George moved to Glenwood Gardens "The Home" as George referred to it and eventually to Glenwood Gardens Skilled Nursing. Heartfelt thanks to two incredible nurses at GGSN, Tracey Francis CNA and Leaha Elliott RN, who did so much more for George than care for his medical needs. They showered him with love, compassion, affection and made him feel so special. He affectionately referred to them both as "Blondie." We cannot express how much you both have touched our family and how thankful we are to both of you and the staff at GGSN. Also thanks to Hoffmann Hospice for their excellent care of George in his final weeks. And finally, special thanks to George's wonderful circle of lifelong friends for their love and support, kindness, visits, calls and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the organization of your choice. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday December 8th, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday December 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ethel C. Kennedy
October 26, 1895 - January 8, 1997



Graveside funeral services were held this afternoon in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Ethel C. Kennedy, 101. Pastor Daniel Petsch of the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church officiated at the services.

Mrs. Kennedy was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 26, 1895 and passed away January 8, 1997 in a Bakersfield nursing home. She had lived in Taft since 1927 and was a member of the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Kennedy, in 1959; a son, Thomas Kennedy, in 1943; and a daughter, Stella Mutch in 1991. Mrs. Kenndey is survived by a daughter and her husband, Ruth and Charles Rascoe of Taft; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert Owen Kennedy
December 4, 1951 - September 12, 2001



Memorial funeral services will be held on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Westside Believers Fellowship, 307 Main Street, Taft, for Dustin Acres resident, Robert Owen Kennedy, 49. Pastor Ron Griffith will officiate at the services.

Mr. Kennedy was born in Ridgecrest on December 4, 1951 and passed away in Bakersfield on September 12, 2001. He had worked for the last two years and was a member of the Westside Believers Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Alice Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Laura Kennedy of Dustin Acres; his children, Robyn Watts of Bakersfield, Jennifer Johnson of Taft, Kyle Johnson, Beau Kennedy and Allyssa Kennedy all of Dustin Acres; his brothers Donald Kennedy of Missouri, Maurice Kennedy of Independence, California, Charles Kennedy of Oklahoma, Eugene Kennedy of Lake Isabella, James Kennedy of Oklahoma and Clifford Kennedy of Johannesburg, Calilfornia; his sister Sharon Scarborough of Terra Bella; his grandchildren, Justin, Jacob and Jordan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Steve

Stephen K. Kennedy
August 4, 1932 - January 23, 2003



Funeral services for Stephen Kerrick Kennedy will be Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Laurel Glen Bible Church, 2801 Ashe Road.

Steve died early Thursday morning after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born August 4, 1932 in Oakdale and grew up in Modesto. He graduated from Modesto High School where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War and saw active duty aboard the USS Everett and USS Twining, earning many battle stars. Following graduation from Modesto JC and Modesto Business College, Steve moved to Kern County in 1957 to work as an accountant for Standard Oil in Taft. He went to work for State Farm Insurance in 1963 and retired in 1998 after 35 years as an agent in Taft.

Steve played softball in Taft for many years, including with teams that played in ISC World Tournaments. He also won various batting championship awards. During his years in Taft, he was involved in many civic organizations and served on the West Kern Community College District Board of Trustees and the Taft City Council including a term as mayor of Taft. Steve was a member of the Kern County Republican Central committee and was appointed by the late Congressman, William Ketchum to the California State Republican Central Committee.

Steve also served on the 1969 Kern County Grand Jury and Kern County CETA Council and LAFCO Commission both of which he served as chairman. Steve was an athletic booster for various sports in the county. He coached Little League, was a founder of the Westside Junior Football Association, President of the Taft College Booster Club and active in fund-raising for Taft College and CSUB sports programs. He mentored many young athletes over the years and many of those men and women remained active in his life.

Since retiring in 1998 and moving to Bakersfield, he enjoyed traveling in the U.S and played golf as a member of the Stockdale Country Club, served on the CSUB Roadrunner Club Board and enjoyed following Cal state sports teams and his grandchildren’s athletic events. Horse racing was a long-time hobby and he owned several horses during the past 20 years that took him to the Winners Circle at every major track in California.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Dara; son, Paul Kennedy and his wife, Patty of Ventura; daughter, Kathleen Kennedy of Bakersfield; and daughter, Karen and her husband Robert Jones of Santa Ynez. His grandchildren are Paul’s son, Stephen and Karen’s children, Dylan, Alex and Kara, also a brother, Donald of Silver Lake and a sister, Kate Drew of Portland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a favorite charity or to the CSUB Foundation, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., Bakersfield, California 93311-1099. No visitation is scheduled.

Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Olive Genevieve Kerns
May 19, 1918 - May 29, 2001



Olive Genevieve Kerns, 83. Olive Genevieve Kerns of Parkville, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend; passed away May 29, 2001, after a short illness. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 1st, at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Chapel, located at 801 NW 108th Street; with burial at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening, May 31, at the chapel.

Olive was born May 19, 1918, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Annie and Henry Johnson and was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Kerns and three sisters, Leona Smith, Edith Shechan and Nettie Tripp.

Olive is survived by her daughter, Sharon and husband, Axel Green of Austin, Texas, two grandchildren, Matthew and wife, Theresa Green of Weatherby Lake, Missouri, and Jill Green, Austin, Texas, two step-grandchildren, David and wife, Lisa Green of El Campo, Texas and Dorothy Green of Irvine, California; three great grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and niece, Vivian Durham of Kansas City, Missouri.

In green pastures You let me graze; to safe waters You lead me. Psalm 23:2.

The family is extremely grateful for the living care, support and friendship given by Dorothy and Rex Young of Parkville, Missouri. Arrangements: Mt. Moriah Terrance Park 815-734-5500. Kansas City, Missouri.
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Lana F. Kessler, 82
Septermber 5, 1997 - August 29, 1997



Memorial services will be held Friday, September 5, 1997 for Lana Kessler, 82, who passed away on August 29, 1997 in Hanford. Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 340 N. Irwin Street, in Hanford, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Mrs. Kessler was born in Stratford and had lived in Hanford for the past 5 1/2 years. Prior to moving to Hanford she had lived in Taft for 54 years. She was a retired school teacher and had taught school in Taft for 29 years. She had also served in the capacity as a counslelor. She was a member of the Episcopal Church, the American Association of University Women, and the California's Teacher's Association.

She is survive by two sons, Nick Kinney of Hanford and John Kinney of Fowler; two daughters, Meredith Mulligan of Napa and Karen Tillis of Tustin; five grandchildren; Tara Richards of Hanford, Charles Kinney of Hanford, Jean Hurst of Woodland, and Joelle Kinney and James Kinney of Fowler; and two great grandchildren, Austin and Tyler Richards of Hanford.

Arrangements are under the direction of The People's Funeral Chapel in Hanford. Family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Kessler's memory to the American Cancer Society, Kings County Unit, P.O. Box 381, Hanford, California 93232.
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Lois J. Kessler
April 15, 1916 - February 7, 2014



Recitation of the Rosary will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lois J. Kessler, 97. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. David Greskowiak at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Kessler was born in Ava, Missouri on April 15, 1916 and passed away in Taft on February 7, 2014. She was a "Rosie the Riveter" on 10th and A Streets for B-17 bombers. She was a bookkeeper for many years, she took care of her brothers' books at their gas station along the coast. She continued bookkeeping and preparing taxes out of her home until the age of 83.

Mrs. Kessler was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was an avid reader and great seamstress. Some of her most enjoyable times included gambling and staying in her home in Grover Beach. Mrs. Kessler loved her family and always enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with her dog, Daisy. At one time she even enjoyed being a caregiver to her brothers.

Mrs. Kessler was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Bessie Nicholson; her husband George Kessler in 1999; her grandson, Robert Kessler; her twin brothers, Bob and Don Nicholson and by her brother, Ralph Nicholson. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Susan and Tom Brown of Taft; her son and his wife, Bob and Darlene Kessler of Arroyo Grande; her grandchildren, Shelley Walters of Bakersfield, John Kessler and his wife, Lori of Bakersfield Kal Vaughn and his wife, Cheryl of Taft, and Adam Vaughn and his wife, Lourdes of Taft; her step grandchildren, Kari and Sam Maxwell, Randy Gonzales, Sindy and Dennis Walrath and Chuck and Sandra Gonzales; her six great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and by many other family members and extended family.

The family of Mrs. Kessler would like to express a special thank you to her caregivers, Lupe and Alissa. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To sign online condolences please visit. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Arline Ann "Jackie" Keys
November 1, 1918 - December 23, 2006



Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 28th at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at the West Side District Cemetery for life long Taft resident Arline A. "Jackie" Keys, 88. Her dear friend, the Rev. Jerry Buzzel, will officiate and celebrate her life at that time, and those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Mrs. Keys was born Arline Ann O'dell on November 1, 1918 in Fellows, California and surrounded by the love and prayers of her adoring family, peacefully returned to our loving Lord in her home on Saturday December 23, 2006. Our dear mom Jackie to all who ever knew her, loved the Lord with all her heart, loved life, loved her family, her friends, her church, and was a devoted caring and loving mother, wife, friend, and neighbor. Mom was the quiet bedrock of our family and she met our needs with a life-time of sacrifice, patience, encouragement, and dearest love. Truly, she was a woman of character, wisdom, and faith and we are so blessed to have her for our mom. Mom's joys in this short life were simple and profound; she loved to waltz, swing dance with the love of her life our dad.

She lovingly and devotedly studied the Word of God, and she quietly and tirelessly served her church. Mom loved to sit quietly in the back yard of her home at sunset and watch the small sparrows and doves "flit" across the blue sky. Mom loved red licorice, American History, and the blue Pacific Ocean. She loved long chats with anyone of her many friends and she always enjoyed haveing a "house-full" for dinner and parties. Our mom was ever proud of her country and she was so very proud of her son's military service.

Mom is loving survived by her sons, Bill of Winchester California, Randy of Taft, California; Bob of Waxahachie, Texas; and Kevin of Bakersfield, California. Mom is also lovingly beautiful wives, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren she loved and cared for all. Our family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Thomas Wen, Dr. Caroline Wong, Dr. Richard O'Reilly and Kitty Shinn of Optimal Hospice for their care and concern. And if possible, moms dear freind Dr. Richard Deamer. In lieu of flowers, mom would appreciate your donation to Youth for Christ in Bakersfield.
Until we meet again,
God Bless you Mom.
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Dan Keys, 13
August 21, 1954 - May 23, 1968



Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at the Turlare Church of Christ in Tulare for Danny Lee Keys, 13 who died early yesterday at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness.

Pastor Marshall Brookey will officiate at the services which are being handled by Hamilton Peers Mortuary in Tulare.

The youth is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Keys, 108 Roosevelt Place, Taft; a brother, Mark Keys, Taft; and grandparents Vester Keys and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hill, Tulare.
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Roy L. Keys
March 22, 1914 - October 26, 1994



Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel for longtime Taft Resident, Roy L. Keys, 80. Rev. John O'Lane, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Keys was born March 22, 1914 in San John, New Mexico and passed away Wednesday morning from complications resulting from a stroke suffered earlier this year. He was known to nearly all Taft High students, alumni and staff as "Cowboy." He was employed by the Taft Union High School District for 30 years as head carpenter. Mr. Keys had lived in Taft since 1935 and married the former Jackie O'Dell on November 12, 1926. He was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church for many years and received his college education at Taft College and UCLA. He was a life member of the California School Employee Association and was the state president for 1965-66. He was also president of the American School Employees Association from 1966-67. He retired from Taft High in 1972 and spent his time ranching in New Mexico.

Mr. Keys is survived by his wife, Jackie Keys of Taft; his sons, Bill Keys of Temecula, Bob Keys and his wife, Marcy of Reno, Nevada; Randy and Kevin Keys both of Taft; his grandchildren Jeff Keys of Everett, Washington, Bob Keys of Columbia, Missouri, Frank Keys of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Randy Williams Keys and Sandra Keys, both of Reno, Nevada.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Youth for Christ, 2131 California Ave., Bakersfield, 93304 or to the Bible Release Time, c/o Jerry Buzzell, 404 Pilgrim St, Taft. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m.
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Orlena A. Kick, 78
January 18, 1923 - November 22, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Orleana A. Kick, 78. Mrs. Kick was born in Lake County, Illinois on January 18, 1923 and passed away in Bakersfield on November 22, 2001.

Mrs. Kick moved to Taft in 1963. She was an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Kick was a longtime member of the Friends of the Library and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, The Kern County Health Department and the Houchin Blood Bank.

Mrs. Kick was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth A. Kick, in February of 1992. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Kathleen and Cecil Goodgame of San Jose, her son, Robert G. Kick of Glendale and her grandchildren. Christopher Kick, Andrew Goodgame and Dana Goodgame.

Donations in Mrs. Kick’s memory may be sent to Optimal Hospice or to the Community Presbyterian Church. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Cecil William Kidd
February 5, 1911 - August 21, 2002



Cecil William Kidd an "almost native" and longtime resident of Taft, passed away on August 21, 2002 at 91 years of age. He was born in Coalinga, California on February 5, 1911 the youngest son of Archie McSparrin Kidd and Maude Muller Kidd.

Cecil moved to Taft with his family in December of that year. He grew up in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1930 but his association with Taft started before he was born; his father Archie was one of the Masons in Coalinga who were appointed to bring the charter that founded the Taft-Midway Lodge. In 1932 he met Vivian Naomi Jensen. It was love at first sight and they were married on May 11, 1934, and danced all life's dances together for more than 68 years. They made their first home in Taft, where Cecil worked in his brothers' radio shop, then moved to Lost Hills, where Cecil was employed by General Petroleum until the start of World War II. Cecil worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the war. At war's end, he returned to Taft and opened Kidd Brothers' Keystone Service (a Chevron Station and Radio-TV-Appliance business in partnership with his brother Albert. In 1960, he sold his share to Al and moved to Bakersfield to help with the rapidly expanding two-way radio business of his other brother, Kay. He worked for Kidd's Communications, Inc. in various capacities until his retirement in 1979.

After retiring he spent increasing amounts of time devoting himself to a wide array of hobbies. Cecil loved to design and build things and took immense pleasure in giving the things he had crafted to other people, to family members, friends, acquaintances, and even to strangers whose help and kindness he appreciated. Cecil greatly appreciated the kind and attentive staff members of the California Care Center and Optimal Hospice who cared for him during the last few months. He noticed how hard they worked, and how good they were to all those entrusted to their care. He was also gratified by the number of friends and relatives who came to visit and did so much to make his last days as full and comfortable as possible.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother Kay Kelso Kidd, and sister-in-law Bessie Kidd, of Bakersfield; by his brother Albert Collins Kidd II, and his sister-in-law Bonnie Kidd, of Taft; and by nis nephew Albert Collins Kidd III (Addy) of New Cuyama. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Vivan N. Kidd; by his son Kenneth K. Kidd and daughter-in-law Judith R. Kidd of New Haven, Conneticut; by his daughter Karen K. Kidd of Claremont, California; and by his brother-in-law E.E. "Swede" Jensen of Long Beach. Also surviving are his beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and all of their respective children and grandchildren.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield, Taft-Midway Lodge No. 426, F.& A.M. Bakersfield Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shrine, the Kern County Shrine Club, the Petroleum Production Pioneers and the Hillcrest Lions' Club. Cecil also volunteered for many years with the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp.
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Ed Kilgore
October 11, 1970 - December 12, 2004



Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, Friday, December 17th, at 2:00 p.m. for Ed Kilgore who was born on October 11, 1970 in Liberal, Kansas. He was the third and youngest son of James and Sue Kilgore.

He passed from this life on to the next on December 12, 2004 in Bakersfield, California. He moved with his family to Shafter in 1980. Ed attended Richland School and graduated Shafter High School in 1989.

He is survived by his pride and joy, his son Tyler, of Dustin Acres; mom, Sue Kilgore of Bakersfield; dad and stepmom, Jim and Norma Kilgore of Bakersfield; brothers and sisters-in-law James and Tracey Kilgore and family of Taft, and Robert and Dianna Kilgore and family of Bakersfield; and a list of friends too long to name.

He was a determined and independent boy, qualities he continued to demonstrate and practice as a young man. He believed in and had convictions for a strong work ethic. Ed was loyal and faithful to those he worked for always determined to do what was right. He believed in telling you the truth and would look you in the eye without hesitation. Active in the trucking industry and a professional in his field, many will attest to this description. Ed was a great brother, father, friend and son, always there and always available when needed. Attentive when sharing conversation or concerns. "Thank you for all the laughter you shared with us Ed, you fought a courageous and hard battle.

Rest, for your spirit will continue in the life of your son and all that were privileged to have known you".

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation of San Joaquin Valley, 1830 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, California 93301. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 16th from noon to 9:00 p.m. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary, Funeral Directors.
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Jesse Depee Kili, 73
November 10, 1929 - June 28, 2002



Died in Bakersfield buried in a California City, Cemetery suvivors her husband Wesley Kili of Cantil, California.
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George Kili, 73
April 13, 1922 - September 7, 1995



George was born April 13, 1933 in Taft to James and Ann Kili passed away in a Bakersfield hospital September 7, 1996.
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James Kili, 81
October 4, 1889 - July 31, 1971



Funeral set for Wednesday for former Taftian. Masonic services for James Kili, 81 of Porterville, who died Saturday in a Bakersfield Hospital will be held in Meyers Chapel, Porterville at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Kenneth Cragg of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield will officiate, with cremation to follow and inurnment at the Chapel of Light, Fresno.

Mr. Kili came from his native Czechoslovakia as a young man and settled in Taft. He founded the Sunset Bakery and later the Tasco Auto Parts Co. in Taft. He retired to Springville after World War II.

He was a member of the Mason Lodge 426 of Taft, the Scottish Rites Bakersfield & the Shriners Terehan Temple in Fresno. He is survived by the widow Anna, two sons George of Bakersfield and Wesley of Taft; a daughter Mrs. Anita Sligh of Bakersfield; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
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Virgil Eugene Killen, 74
July 3, 1926 - January 17, 2001



Services are to be held at a later date for Bakersfield resident Virgil Eugene Killen, 74 years old, who passed away on Jaunary 17, 2001 in Clovis, California.

Funeral services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594
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Barbara June Kimber
September 4, 1927 - January 22, 2014



Mom is now at peace. She went to meet her beloved Jim in Heaven. We were sad to see her leave us but know that she is in the arms of Jesus.

Mom was born inTaft, moved to Monrovia when she was a young girl and then as a teenager moved to Bakersfield with her family. She worked many years at the downtown Bank of America and in her later years worked at Brocks Department store.

She was a loving Mother. She taught us kindness and compassion by example. She helped raise her nieces and nephew and her grandchildren. She generously gave to others.

She is survived by her brother Kenneth Summerford; her daughters Jeanene Champieux and Judy Judkins; 4 grandchildren Tiffany, Tanner, Taylor and Thomas; 2 great greandchildren Henry and Elizabeth.

Special thanks to the staff of Park Residential Care and to Optimal Hospice Care. Graveside services Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
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Grace E. Kincaid
October 10, 1907 - February 7, 2004



Chapel services will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th St., in Taft, California for Bakersfield resident, Grace Estelle Kincaid.

Grace was born on October 10, 1907 in Lemoore, California, to Lewis and Grace Buchanan and she entered into rest in a local hospital on Saturday, February 7th, at the age of 96. Grace was a graduate of Taft High School in 1926 where shortly after she met the love of her life while dancing, Fred J. Kincaid. They were later married and spent 60 wonderful years together.

She spent most of her adult life living in Taft as a homemaker. She loved to decorate her home and she could make anything look beautiful. Grace was an active member of the Women of Moose, the Eastern Star, Woman's Club, AARP and the Emblem Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and "500." She was an avid reader and dancing was her passion. She will be so dearly missed by all of her family whom she adored so much.

Grace is survived by her two daughters, Kay Madson and her husband Lloyd and Grace Ann Dubbers; 5 grandchildren Robert, Richard and J. Randy Madson, Vicki Garrison and her husband, Skip and Judy Boyle and her husband Richard; 9 great grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; 2 nieces; Jackie Jones and her husband Leroy and Nancy Williams; one cousin, Clayton Skaggs and numerous other family and friend. She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Fred J. Kincaid in 1987, her father Lewis Buchanan.

No public viewing is scheduled. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. 763-1594.
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Donald M. King
September 15, 1958 - November 6, 1995



The Rosary will be recited Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Taft resident Donald Manuel King, 37. Mass of Christian burial well be celebrated Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Rev. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's, will be the celebrant.

Mr. King was born in Petaluma on September 15, 1958 and passed away in the Taft area. He lived in the Taft for the past 20 years and was last employed by Randy's Trucking as a truck driver.

His survivors include his three daughters, Carie Dawn King of Bakersfield, and Alisha Dawn King and Jennifer Dawn King, both of Taft; his father and stepmother, Ed and Judy King of Farmersville; his mother and stepfather, Gwen and Joseph Munoz of Fairfield; his grandparents, Manuel and Birdie Pacheco of Petaluma and Vivian Munoz of Fairfield; his brothers and sisters Edward Leon King Jr. of Taft, Kelly Lee King of Fairfield, Candace Louise King of San Manuel, Arizona, Alex Munoz of Fairfield, Jimmie Ray Thompson and Timothy Allen Thompson, both of Farmersville, Cathy Lemos of Hanford, Terri Diane Molina of Portland, Oregon, and Edward Leon King II; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
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Johanna Eloise King
December 2, 1917 - April 19, 2012



Johanna Eloise King, born December 2, 1917 in Memphis, Tennessee, passed away on April 19, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Johanna attended Bakersfield High School and graduated in 1935. She married Marion King on August 7, 1942.

Johanna was a happily married wife, mother and homemaker. She was active in the William Penn PTA, where she served as President during the time that her children attended school there. She worked in the Bakersfield High School cafeteria for a number of years. In 1968 she moved to Taft, California. While in Taft, she graduated from Taft Junior College, worked as a teacher assistant for the Taft School District and was active in the Delta Theta Tau Sorority. Jo enjoyed baking, sewing, reading ceramics, and camping. During their retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the western United States.

Johanna is survived by her three children: Linda Beaumaster of Granada Hills, Janice King of Irvine, and Russell King of Los Gatos. She has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. No services.
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Kelsi Lynn Kingston
January 7, 2001 - January 10, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, January 22, 2001 at 12:00 noon, in the West Side District Cemetery for Kelsi Lynn Kingston, three days of age.

Kelsi was born on January 7, 2001 weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 inches long at birth and was called home by God on January 10, 2001.

Kelsi is survived by her parents, Kriss and Billy Jo Kingston; her brother, Skyler Kingston; grandparents, David and Maria Pryor, Lee Brisher and Debra Hill, Glenn and LaVanda Kingston; aunts, Brandi and Shawnna Hill, Savanna Brisher, Amanda Feese, Nicole Sandoval, Cheyenne Pryor; Uncles, David Pryor, Jr., Roy Anthony Pryor, Bailey Brisher, her great grandparents and numerous great aunts and uncles and cousins. She was nicknamed Jo’s “little basketball:” and Kriss’ “little angel.”

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Betty Jo Kinkade
July 1, 1928 - September 7, 2010



Graveside service will be Friday, September 17th at 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Betty Jo Kinkade passed away of natural causes while visiting her daughter in Reno, Nevada, September 7, 2010.

Betty Jo Morris was born in Taft, California where she met her husband of 56 years, Archie Don Kinkade, who retired from the California Highway Patrol in 1981. Betty Jo and "Don" made their home in Bakersfield for 50 years. They lived short periods in Garden Grove, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi and Paso Robles while Archie worked for the CHP.

Betty Jo was a homemaker, mother and talented lady who will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She enjoyed and pursed many talents in her life, not the least of which were home decorating, sewing, crocheting, knitting, oil painting, ceramics, playing piano and singing. Betty Jo had a beautiful soprano voice, and could sing to her own piano accompaniment or acapella. Betty Jo preformed the Lord's Prayer and Ava Maria many times merely for the asking.

She was preceded in death by her husband Archie Don Kinkade; her mother Ermina Stella Morris; her father, Joseph Marion Morris; both of Taft, California; and grandson Jason Griffin of Reno, Nevada. Betty Jo is survived by daughters, Nancy Ilene Clements and son-in-law Wes Clements of Bakersfield; Jeanne Ann Crozier and son-in-law Paul Crozier of Reno, Nevada; grandchildren DeAnn Kizzar, Christopher Clements, Adam Clements all of Bakersfield, Ron Griffin Jr., of Paris, Texas, Shelley Bradley, of Portland, Oregon; 12 great grandchildren; siblings, Florin Morris of Bakersfield, Dick Morris of Cotter, Arkansas, Bob Morris of Salinas, California; many nieces and nephews.
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Jane B. Kinsey
March 2, 1919 - December 28, 2004



Jane Kinsey was the oldest child of Bernice and Harlan Kenneth Bush and passed away on December 28, 2004, in Taft at the age of 85. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on a Standard Oil camp pipeline lease. She attended all Taft Schools, graduating from Taft High School in 1936. She was accepted at the University of California in Berkley at 16 years of age. After her graduation in 1940, she immediately became a teacher. After World War II, she married her sweetheart, Harold (Hal) Kinsey, who had been overseas in the South Pacific area for years with, the fifth Air Force. Hal and Jane enjoyed traveling all over the United States and visited Russia and Europe. Jane taught in every grade but primarily 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Lincoln School in Taft. She taught Drama and English and was also a girl's counselor. After her retirement from teaching in 1978, she spent the last 27 years as a volunteer at the West Kern Oil Museum most of the time as Museum Curator. Jane enjoyed the work and the people she worked closely with at the museum as well as all the wonderful friendships she made over the years. Jane was a member of the West Kern Oil Museum, Native Daughters of the Golden West, retired teachers, and the Taft Camera Club. In all aspects of her life she followed a strong work ethic, giving her best in all tasks. She was a woman of strong faith and inspiration to all who knew her. Her strength and spirit will always be remembered.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and brother Kenneth Bush, and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Helen Kinsey, her sister, Barbara Wheeler, her grandchildren Jennifer, Daphe, Bibi, and two great grandchildren, Daylan and Blake, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Cartmill and the staff at CBCC for their special care as well as Kitty Shinn of Optimal Hospice and her caregivers.

A celebration of Jane's life will take place at the West Kern Oil Museum of Saturday, January 15th, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you my make a donation in her name to the West Kern Oil Museum, P.O. Box 491, Taft, California 93268.
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Harvey Kirk - Rites Pending
March 9, 1949 - December 18, 2001



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Harvey Kirk who passed away on December 18th in Bakersfield at the age of 52.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary Taft.
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Jane Evelyn Kirkpatrick
August 19, 1918 - March 5, 2011



Jane Evelyn Kirkpatrick passed away peacefully on March 5, 2011. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lee Kirkpatrick, her daughter Janet Chase, her grandson Matthew Ransberger, her brothers Stan Jack, Eddie and her sister Georgiana.

Jane was born to parents George and Ana Coffee in Evansville, Indiana on August 19, 1918. She moved to Taft at 6 months of age. After the death of her mother, she was raised lovingly by her father and her foster mother, Emma Schoenley along with her foster brother George.

She is survived by her daughter Judith and husband Ray, her sons Ken and wife Judy and Phillip, as well her grandchildren, Heidi, Adam, Shannon, Candace, Cassandra, Shawna and Kimberly. She was also a great grandmother to 8 children.

Jane was an avid golfer who became a charter member of the Buena Vista Women's Golf Club and was known for her annual golf parties which she held for over 50 years. She and her husband Lee enjoyed world travel and played some of the most famous golf courses in the world including St. Andrews in Scotland.

Visitation hours will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th at Erikson & Brown. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the West Kern Oil Museum in Jane's memory.
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Janet Julia Kirkpatrick
May 6, 1948 - November 21, 2004



A celebration of life was held by the family of Janet Julia Kirkpatrick Chase at the West Side District Cemetery on December 3, 2004. Janet passed away on November 21, 2004 in Tucson, Arizona.

Janet was born in Taft on May 6, 1948 along with her twin brother Phil. She was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in nursing and Public Health. Throughout her career as an R.N. Janet was instrumental in starting the San Joaquin Valley's first Burn Center as well as various Dialysis Treatment Centers in Fresno County and Tulare County. She also worked in close association with Hospice and helped organize Hospices throughout the Valley.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Kirkpatrick, her siblings and their spouses, Judy and Ray Ransberger of Visalia, Ken and Judy Kirkpatrick of Taft and twin brother Phillip Kirkpatrick of Temple City. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews and her "little ones", the great nephews and nieces. She also leaves her cousins Barbara Riley of Hanford, Sharon Spear of Antioch, Nancy Kirkpatrick of Chicago, Phyllis Shores and Sue Hewett of Salt Lake City and Dorean Hosking and Janet's Aunt Jeanne Coffee of Bakersfield. She is preceded in death by her father Lee Kirkpatrick and her nephew Matthew Ransberger, as well as her Uncle Phil and Aunt Gretchen Kirkpatrick and Uncle Ed Coffee. Janet will be remembered for her kindness and compassion for other human beings as will as her zest for outdoor activities such as swimming, skiing, sailing and traveling the county in an RV. She had become an avid photographer of nature. Jan will be loved and missed by all.
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Reinhold Kirschenmann
September 25, 1916 - June 6, 2009



Reinhold Kirschenmann, born Menno, South Dakota September 25, 1916 to Edward and Katie Kirschenmann, passed away on June 6, 2009.

He is survived by her sister, Olinda Stevens of Menno, South Dakota; 3 sons, Melvin Kirschenmann of New Cuyama, California, Kevin Kirschenmann of Beaverton, Oregon, Darrin Kirschenmann of Grover Beach, California; one grandson, Edward Kirschenmann and one great grandson, Edward Kirschenmann.

Reinhold (Mutsie) died peacefully at Arroyo Grande Hospital from complications arising from Diabetes. Reinhold served his Country Honorably in the 2nd Marine Corp Division during World War II. In addition he was a farmer in the Bakersfield area during the 1940's and 1950's. Later a respected Businessman in the Cuyama Valley. He was a member in good standing of the Jehovah Witness Congregation from 1953 until his death.

Memorial services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses., 1279 S. 13th St. Grover Beach, California, at 2:00 p.m. on June 20th.
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John Kitchen
September 26, 1942 - January 16, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for lifelong Taft resident, John Kitchen, 62.

Mr. Kitchen was born in Phelps County, Missouri on September 26, 1942 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 16, 2005. John's parents brought him to Taft when he was a few months old. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the Class of 1960 at Taft Union High School. He proudly serves his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam conflict. John had been employed by P.G. &E. as an electrician for over 26 years. He was a very active member and past Exalted Ruler of the Taft Elks Lodge, #1527, B.P.O.E., the Taft Lodge # 1431 Loyal Order of Moose, Fellows American Legion Post # 63 and was a life member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Edna Kitchen. John is survived by his wife of 39 1/2 years, Linda Kitchen of Taft; his daughter and her husband, Shannon and Aurelio Juarez of San Francisco; his son and his wife, Dwayne and Janice Kitchen of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Tanner and Tyler Kitchen both of Bakersfield, his sister, Anne Rhyneer of Decatur, Illinois; his uncle and his wife, Jim and Evelyn Pence of Taft; his niece, Kristina Field of Portland, Oregon; his nephew, Kevin Renz of Bellingham, Washington; numerous cousins and a host of friends.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Raymond Wayne Kite
September 30, 1924 - March 19, 2001



Services will be held for Raymond Wayne Kite, 76, of Reno, Nevada, who died on March 19, 2001 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Kite was born on September 30, 1924 in Taft, California. His parents were Byra A. Kite Sr. and Nora Walters.

Raymond went through Taft High School, then on to Fresno State University where he got his BA in Business Administration. Raymond had lived in Reno, Nevada for 38 years after coming from Bakersfield and Taft, California. He was a Masonry Contractor until retirement in 1985. He belonged to the Bricklayers Union of California and Nevada Elks (former), The Knight of Pythias, and the VFW. He was in the Navy from 1942-1946, World War II.

Raymond was preceded in death by brother Alvin Kite. Mr. Kite's survivors include his wife Vada Kite of Reno, Nevada, daughter Debbie Kite of Reno, Nevada, daughter Stephanie Handke of Roseburg, Oregon and three grandchildren of Roseburg, Oregon.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 24, 2001 at Reno Seventh Day Adventist Church at three o'clock p.m. private. Internment will be at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Femley, Nevada. Place of Cremation: Sierra Crematory Reno, Nevada; Ross, Burke & Knoble Mortuary 2155 Kietzke Lane, Reno, Nevada 89502 are handling arrangements.
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Louise Francis Knick
March 15, 1914 - January 2, 1996



Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Friday, January 5, 1996 at 2:00 p.m. for Louise Knick, 81, who passed away January 2 in Bakersfield. Rev. Harlin Hines will officiate.

Mrs. Knick was born March 15, 1914 in Lexington, Virginia and resided in Kern County for 60 years. She worked at Garner Field in Taft during WWII. She was a beauty operator before the War, and also worked as a nurse's aide at Taft Hospital.

She was preceded in death in 1981 by her husband, Ira, who she married in 1934 in Bristol, Tennessee. Mrs. Kick is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Sharon Knick and Robert and Nancy Knick, all of Bakersfield; grandson, Brian Knick and granddaughter, Brenda Knick.

Visitation begins today at 3:00 p.m.
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Cheryl M. Knight
September 12, 1963 - April 4, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Cheryl M. Knight, 39.

Pastor Jim Harmer of Westside Believers will officiate at the service. Mrs. Knight was born in Santa Cruz on September 12, 1963 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 4, 2003. She was educated in Taft schools and graduated from Taft Union High School. Mrs. Knight had been employed by Taft City Schools and the Oasis. She attended Westside Believers Fellowship.

Mrs. Knight was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and June Rucker and her grandparents, George and Jessie Wood. Her survivors include her children, Amanda Thompson, Ashly Thompson, Melissa Thompson and David Knight all of Taft; her uncles, Donald Wood of Missouri and Robert Wood of Susanville, California; her aunts, Ginger Glazebrook of Santa Cruz, California, Linda Woods of Taft, Clara Rucker Thomas of Oregon and Pauline Rucker Terril of Arizona; her cousins Annette McCabe of Taft, Lisa Wood of Oklahoma and her brother, Mark Jones of Coalinga.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jane Knight, 36
May 16, 1965 - July 23, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the New Hope Temple on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft Resident, Jane Knight, 36. Rev. Mickey Brooke, pastor of New Hope Temple, will officiate at the service. Burial in the West Side District Cemetery will follow.

Mrs. Knight attended California State University Bakersfield and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Sociology. She had been employed as a social worker for the Aging and Adult Service Department of Kern County. Mrs. Knight attended New Hope Temple.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Suzanne Caswell Combs in 1993. Mrs. Knight's Survivors include her husband Bruce Knight, her sons Aaron and Brandon Knight all of Taft; her father and step-mother, Rolland and Linda Sickels of Ventura and several other family members.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Howard Arthur Knost, Jr.
March 24, 1935 - August 16, 2008



Howard Arthur Knost, was born on March 24, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri, died at home August 16, 2008 in Colfax with family at his side. A private ceremony was held at the family home.

Howard grew up in Taft, California where he graduated with the class of 1953. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Labrador. He graduated in 1961 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a math major. Following work in Denver and San Diego as a computer programmer, he returned to his home town of Taft where he taught for the Taft City School District for 26 years. While living in Taft he was involved in AFS and hosted exchange students from Germany and Turkey. He was a member of the Taft Kiwanis Club and served as president in 1996-97. He was active in the Community Concert Association as well as serving on the Camp Condor Board of Directors. Moving to Colfax in retirement, he became involved in the Chamber of Commerce, serving as an Ambassador. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Colfax and VFW, Post 2003. Howard was an avid bicyclist. He also enjoyed hiking, kayaking, camping and traveling with his family.

Howard was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Gertrude Knost. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sally; his son Patrick and his wife, Kim: his daughters Heidi and Helen and their husbands Greg Suba and John Banning; five grandchildren, Cali, Alexandria, Kyle, Tess and Chloe and his brother, Ken Knost of Taft. Remembrances may be made to a cause dear to Howard's heart: Kiwanis House, P.O. Box 189091, Sacramento,CA 95818-9091.
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Jenita Lora Knowles
August 28, 1932 - April 26, 2011



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, May 2, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft Resident, Jenita Lora Knowles, 78. Rev. Tom White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mrs. Knowles was born to Dow and Zela Green Ratliff on August 28, 1932 in Lanesa, Texas. She passed away at her Taft residence on April 27, 2011.

Mrs. Knowles has an extensive work history that started with picking cotton at an early age with her parents and siblings in Fresno. Later, in the Taft area, she had numerous jobs at businesses such as, Watkin's Flower Shop, Crocker National Bank, Standard Oil Company and Floyd Pulham, DDS. Mrs. Knowles loved and enjoyed trout fishing at Day Meadow Creek, gardening, sewing, camping at Pismo Beach and time with the family including her grandchildren and great grandchildren and the many pets from Flaker to Casey and Kimmie.

Mrs. Knowles was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 43 years, Ralph E. Knowles. Her survivors include her children, Christin Brackeen, Teresa Pearse and Harry "Butch" Knowles and his wife, Kathy; her brothers and their wives, Lawrence and Wanda Ratliff; and Johnny and Gloria Ratliff; her twin sister and her husband, Juanita and Dean Perry; her grandchildren and their spouses, Kenny and Sharon Havens, Steven and Karen Knowles and Krystal and Jim Carter; her great grandchildren, Zach Havens, Tyler Havens, Christopher Havens, Dylan Havens, Peyton Brackeen, Brandan Sterling, Aiden Sterling, Chance Sterling, J.T. Knowles, Keith Knowles, Hailey Jo Knowles, Troy Carter, Patricia Carter and Addison Carter. Mrs. Knowles is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Jim and Caroline Perry, Becky and Ward James, Randy Perry, Larry, Danny, Gail and Susan Ratliff, Jim, Jenny and Jill Ratliff and many friends of our family. We love you all. Thanks for the great memories.

The family would like to thank Kitty Shinn and Optimal Hospice for all their loving and kind care. Gratitude is extended to Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for their help and understanding in this difficult time. 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. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Raymond Knowles, 78
April 3, 1919 - October 8, 1997



No funeral services are planned for former West Side resident Raymond Knowles, 78.

Mr. Knowles was born in Maryville, Kansas on April 3, 1919. He passed away October 8, 1997 in Martinez.He served with the U. S. Army during World War II. He had resided in Taft until August of this year before moving to Martinez. While in Taft he had been employed by the Atlantic Richfield Company for 26 years, and by Lloyd Drilling. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Julie Knowles of Martinez; a daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Jerry Turner of Martinez; and a son and daughter-in-law Richard and Yukari Martin of Oak Harbor, Washington state; and brother Bob and Jean Knowles of Bakersfield; one grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials to Hospice of Contra Costa, 2051 Harrison Street, Concord, California 94520. A private memorial will be followed by cremation.
Concord Funeral Chapel, Concord, California
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Richard Isaac Knowles, 58
October 14, 1942 - July 20, 2001



A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Richard Isaac Knowles, 58. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church will officiate at the service.

Mr. Knowles was born on October 14, 1942 in Taft and passed away at 11:05 p.m. on July 20, 2001 at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Dorothy Knowles and his brothers, Ralph and Bill Knowles.

He is survived by his son, John Knowles of Taft; his daughter and her husband, Susan and James Scott of Taft; three grandchildren Jamie, Bradley and Jessica Scott all of Taft; his step-son, Brian Kirsch of Santa Monica; his brother Wayne Knowles of Taft; his sister and her husband, Betty and Don Austin of Manteca; and by many nieces and nephew’s.

He also leaves behind his special family, Leslie and Chuck Rhodes of Bakersfield and Dewy Walker of Alaska who took care of him during his last months. Mr. Knowles attended local schools and he was a Rig Operator for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and was an avid book reader and movie watcher. Mr. Knowles leaves many good friends who will greatly miss his compassionate heart, all his laughter and “the good times”. Richard, you are free at last and safely home.

Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Following the funeral service everyone is invited to a potluck reception at the 332 Club Dance Hall at 521 Center Street and also at the home of Bob and Louise Brown. For assistance with the potluck please call 763-3229.
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Wayne L. Knowles
November 11, 1936 - November 14, 2003



There will be no formal services for Wayne Knowles, but a memorial service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. it will be held in the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Club House located at 123 N. 10th Street.

Wayne served his country from 1956 to 1958 in the United States Army and in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1959 to 1963. He went to work for CWOD in 1965 and recently retired from Chevron/Texaco.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Dorothy Knowles, his three brothers, Ralph, Bill and Richard Knowles and his daughter and grandson, Stephanie Foster Darnell and Shan Vin Foster. He is survived by his sister and her husband, Betty and Don Austin of Manteca; his daughter, Lisa Adema of Taft; his two sons, Michael Knowles of Hoisington, Kansas and Brian Knowles and his wife, Dee of Taft; his six grandchildren, Angela Foster, Josselyn and Christine Adema of Taft and Joshua, Aaron and Erika Knowles; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Celie Annbell Kokkonen
July 5, 1929 - November 27, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Celie Annbell Kokkonen, 74. Bishop Harold Pease of the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward will officiate. Mrs. Kokkonen was born in Willington, Kansas on July 5, 1929 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 27, 2003.

When the Lord took her home she joined her loved ones; her husband, Arnie Kokkonen; her brother, Clinton Yount; her sister, Ruby Price and her parents, H.C. and Mini Yount.

Mrs. Kokkonen moved to Taft with her family in 1947. She will be remembered for her generosity; her happiness was making others happy. She enjoyed fishing, but loved to play Bingo. Mrs. Kokkonen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward.

She will be greatly missed by her family that she leaves behind, her daughters, Betty Edwards and her husband, Rusty and Tammy Hill and her husband, Wilbert; her son, Patrick Loughridge all of Taft; her brothers and sisters, Janie Rouch of Amarillo, Texas, Mac Yount of Witchia Falls, Texas, Virginia Hadlock of Taft, Dorothy Keck of Fresno and Joe Yount of Taft; her grandchildren, Larry Dean, Sherri Saunders, Heather Kinter, Stacy Hoffman and her husband Shawn and Kristy Edwards and her fianc'e Jose Aguiree and by her ten great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Roselyn Marie Kolar
March 22, 1955 - May 9, 2009



Visitation will take place for Derby Acres resident Roselyn "Rosie" Marie Kolar on Friday May 15, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church located on Asher. A Celebration of Rosie's life will be held at the Assembly of God Church on Friday May 15, 2009 where pastor Trent Meadors will be officiating.

Rosie was born on March 22, 1955 to Paul and Patricia Riley. She went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at her home with her friends and family by her side. Rosie is known for her homemade salsa. She was the owner of the Rosie's Tumbleweed Cafe' in Derby Acres. Rosie was a person who was not selfish, she is someone who would do for everyone before herself. She loved to drive her brother-in-law around to his appointments and to work. She will be missed by all that love and knew her.

Rosie is preceeded in death by her late husband Jon Lee Box who passed in 1991, her beloved father Paul Riley (1990), her nephew Michael Elmore (2006) and sister Rebecca Capels in 2008. She is survived by her beloved husband Kenneth (Gabby) Kolar, son Garry Box, grandchildren, Zackary, Heather, Johnny and Nicholas Box. Step children Johnny, Jimmy and Steven Box, her honorary son, Jacob Bright. She also leaves behind her sister, Wanda Girvin of Rochester, New York, Pamela Caples and husband Richard of Taft, California, Tina Wilson and husband Ron of Taft, California, Dianna Leach of Fresno, California, brothers Paul Riley and wife Nancy of Taft, California and Roger Riley and friend Ruth of Taft, California. She also leaves behind her mother Patricia Riley, and numorous neices, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

For futher floral and service information, please contact West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family at 763-1594. You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.westsidememorialservices.com. West Side Memoial Services Porteous Family has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Aloha Lee Kolb
July 26, 1927 - December 23, 2007



Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church today, Friday, December 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native, Aloha Lee Kolb, 80.
Mrs. Kolb was born in Taft on July 26, 1927 and went home to be with her Lord on December 23, 2007. She was raised and educated in Taft. Mrs. Kolb worked for Continental Telephone Company as a payroll clerk for many years. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church for many years. Mrs. Kolb enjoyed making butterfly magnets and enjoyed giving them to her friends to enjoy. She was also a May Kay Consultant.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Kolb. Her survivors include her son and his wife, Loren and Rhonda Kolb of Taft; her daughter and her husband Melani and Jim Hajny of Livingston, Montana; her three grandsons, Loren, Aaron, and Zachary Kolb all of Taft; her sister, Lileth Wynn of Taft; her niece, Beverly Nunnelee of Tehachapi; and by her nephew, Kirby Townsend of South Dakota.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the First Baptist Church Ministries, P.O. Box 222, Taft, California 93268. The arrangements were under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Paul N. Kolb, 76
May 15, 1926 - September 23, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft native, Paul Kolb, 76, on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Scott Pearson and Rev. Sam White will officiate. Mr. Kolb was born in Taft on May 15, 1926 and passed away in the local hospital on September 23, 2002.

He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. Mr. Kolb proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Campaign.

He had been employed as a realtor for over 35 years and owned and operated Sierra Realty. Mr. Kolb was a member, past president and adjutant of the American Legion Post #63, past member of the Board of Realtors and a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Aloha-Lee Kolb of Taft; his two children, Melanie Kolb-Cowell of Helena, Montana and Loren Kolb and his wife, Rhonda of Taft; his three grandsons, Loren, Aaron and Zachary; his sister-in-law Lileth Wynn of Taft; his niece; his nephew and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Kolb's memory may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or a favorite charity. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Evotia Konelio
November 17, 1923 - April 25, 2012



Services have been scheduled for Taft resident, Evotia Konelio, 88. Visitation will be Friday, May 4, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Wilma Ann Kooken
March 15, 1935 - July 9, 2010



Wilma was born March 15, 1935 in Galena, Kansas to Leonard and Grace Qualls. She passed away July 9, 2010 in Shafter, California after a lengthy illness.

Wilma came to Taft, California when she was twenty years old to visit an Aunt and stayed for the rest of her life. She worked for many years at the Tastee Burger Drive-In and in Loperena's Basque Bakery in Taft. She is a talented artist and cake decorator. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend.

Wilma leaves behind her husband of 52 years. Kenneth Raymond Kooken; 2 children and their spouses, Stephanie and Steve Berry and Jeffery and Donna Kooken; 6 grandchildren, Devin and Kendyl Berry, Summer and Matt Maxwell, Jessica Oats and Christian Flores; and two great grandchildren Tristan and Gary Oates. She is also survived by 4 brothers Jim, Gary, David and Neal Qualls; sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Services will be held Wednesday July 14th at 10:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home-Taft, interment will follow at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Rudolf Korsgaard
July 5, 1929 - June 27, 2011



Rudolf was born in Selde, Denmark to parents, Harold and Line Korsgaard on July 5, 1929. He passed away on June 27, 2011, in Bakersfield, California.

In 1953, Rudolf came to the U. S. and joined the U. S. Army, where he proudly served in Germany for two years. Prior to coming to the U. S. Rudolf was a pastry chef in his homeland of Denmark. After his discharge from the U. S. Army Rudolf pursued his passion of baking, working at such places as Park Tahoe Casino and Del Webb.

Along the way, Rudolf spent much time in Texas with his son, Steven, eventually making Bakersfield his home to be closer to his three daughters, Kathy, Karen and Connie Rudolf, enjoy playing golf, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Rudolf is survived by his son, Steven Korsgaard of Austin, Texas; daughters Kathy Salyers of Bakersfield, Karen Korsgaard of Taft, and Connie Korsgaard of Bakersfield.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, No visitation is scheduled.
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Willie Edward Kosareff (Wild Bill)
August 9, 1923 - April 29, 2009



Bill went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ Our Saviour and his beautiful wife Jo of 55 years, April 29, 2009 at at home.

Bill was born in Kerman, California and raised in Los Angeles. His parents immigrated from Ruissia. Bill proudly served in WWII and the Korean War. He met his wife Jo in Taft, California and they were married in 1952. Together they made a home for their family in Taft. Bill worked in the oilfields for nearly 60 years and was know as, "Wild Bill". He worked and lived for his family even if it meant 24/7. Bill retired twice. He was a workaholic and made sure his family was cared for always. After the passing of his lovely wife Jo in 2008, he longed to be with her in Heaven. He had such a soft heart for being such a tough man! He had a Heart of Gold and was loved so dearly by is family. His family was his life.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Jo of 55 years, his parents Edward and Mary Kosareff, his sister Sarah Kosareff, his brothers Morris Kosareff, Mike Kosareff, his in-laws he loved as his own parents W.D. and Alice Noble, and grandson Billy Hodges. He is survived by his children Debbie and Don Lloyd of Orcas Island, Washington; Cindy Kosareff of Orcas Island, Washington; David Kosareff and James Hood of Taft, California; and Shelley and Matt Taylor of Bakersfield, California. His sister Pearl Grin and brother Paul Kosareff. Grandchildren; Gary Mobley, Sheri and Crete Hodges-Gates, Scotty Royal, Aaron Royal, Tyson Royal, Breena Benthin, Freeman Benthin, Matthew Taylor Jr., Mackenzie Taylor, and Marssia Taylor; great grandchildren; Destiny Mobley, Casie Mobley, Christy-Lee Kosareff Mobley, Bradley Stoner, Shannon Everett Jr., Elijah Everett, Tyler Royal, Christopher Royal, Alicia Royal, Michael Hodges, Danny Hodges, Nickolas Hodges, Lillian Hodges, Makayla Hodges; step great grandchildren Brittany Robins-Mobley, Matthew Eggenberg-Hodges and pets, Dodi and Heidi. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces he loved. We have lost are other rock of our family and it will never be the same without him! See you in heaven Daddy!

Thank you to Hoffman Hospice for all your caring nurses and services. Thank you to Westside Mortuary for your services. Graveside services will be held at West Side Cemetery, Taft, California May 5, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. officiating Pastor Jim Beilstein. Viewing will be Monday May 4th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Westside Memorial Services, Porteous Family, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Westside Memorial Services, 1150 4th Street, Porteous Family, Taft, California www.westsidememorialservices.com.
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Glenna M. Kozloski, 63
September 9, 1933 - May 17, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native Glenna Marie Kozloski, 63. Pastor Rob Griffith of the Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Kozloski was born in Taft on September 9, 1933 and passed away at her home after a short battle with cancer on May 17, 1997. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the graduating class of 1951 at Taft Union High School. She was a member of the Women of the Moose. Mrs. Kozloski enjoyed sports: she was a avid bowler, played league pool and had been very active in softbball for many years. For several years she drove a laundry route for Sparkle Cleaners and later was employed by A&M Products.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronie Sprung, and by her brothers, George and Richard Sprung. Survivors include her mother, Lillian McCloud of Bakresfield, her children and their spouses, Gayle and Russell Roberts, Mary and Tim Miller, and Jim and Janelle Kozloski, all of Taft; her grandchildren, Adam and Amy Roberts, Jared, Tim and Lindsey Miller, and Jason and Jessica Kozloski; and by her sisters, Kathryn and Barbara.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Richard Charles Kozloski
February 22, 1951 - October 22, 2002



A memorial service was held at the West Side Family Mortuary, in Taft, California on Friday, October 25th for Richard Charles Kozloski. Richard passed away October 22, 2002 in Bakersfield.

Richard was born in Taft on February 22, 1951. Shell Oil employed Richard for 20 years, he was known as a hard worker. Richard had a love for music and friends. Always the life of the party.

His mother, Shirley Patterson, preceded Richard in death in 1999. He is survived by daughters, Tonya and Bree Kozloski, sons, Richard and Adam Kozloski, three grandchildren; Alli, Billy and Sierra; sisters, Vicki Brummett, Gayle Roberts, and Mary Miller; brothers, Jimmy Kozloski and Steve Patterson, many relatives and many friends. We will miss him very much.
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Glenda Ruth Krause
September 25, 1942 - January 4, 2011



Glenda Ruth Krause, 68; passed away of heart failure. She had many accomplishments including raising 3 children, being married, over 47 years, volunteering, and working.

At Taft Union High School, she was clerk in the Attendance Office and Library. She ran detention and was the Summer School secretary for 6 years. She was Title One Secretary in the Basic Skills Lab for 10 years. She was friends with staff and students for 23 years. She loved to read, do crosswords, sew clothes, play slot machines, and camp in the mountains.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard Krause, two sisters; Terry Blue of Villa Grande and Debbie Murtaugh of Fairfield, and her three children; Kimberly Williams and spouse Fred of Taft; Bernard Krause II (Butch) and spouse Treech of Coalinga; and Glenda Bonds and spouse Kenny Walchock of Taft; Johnny Kennady and Zonda Garside (foster kids), and seven grandchildren, Lacey Williams of Taft, Kayla Kim Krause and Brandon Michael Krause of San Diego, and Missi Krause and Bernard Krause III of Coalinga; Bobby Bonds and spouse Brittany of Maricopa, Summer Walchock of Taft, one special great grandchild Race Bonds; plus special friends Donna Meade and Barbara Short as well as Tome, Sharlene and Christian.
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Clarence F. Krekeler
Service Monday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.
March 8, 1909 - April 19, 1996



Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 22nd at Our Lady of Prepetual Help Church, 124 Columbus, for Clarence F. Krekeler, 87 of Bakersfield, Megr. Michael Braun will officiate.

Mr. Krekeler was born March 8, 1909 in Tehachapi. Clarence who had a great love of languages and learning, worked for the Huntington Library in Pasadena and for General Petroleum (now part of Mobil Oil Co.) in Taft and Bakersfield before retiring in Bakersfield.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Eva and by daughters Roberta Blalock and Susan Granucci, their husbands Earl and Peter, sons George Krekeler and Steven Krekeler, their wives Shelia and Mary Ellen, 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Clarence's name to Kern Hospice, 4300 New Stine Road, Bakersfield 93309 HOPSON-ANSPACH FAMILY MORTUARY BAKERSFIELD Funeral Directors
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Eva Krekeler
Services: Tuesday, May 3rd 10:00 a.m.
November 30, 1909 - April 22, 2005



Eva Krekeler a resident of Kern County for over 60 years, died April 22, 2005 at Santa Tresita in Duarte California.

Eva was born November 30, 1909 in Mishawake, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Clarence Krekeler. While living in Taft, California, Eva was a member of the St. Mary's Young Lady's Institute. After moving to Bakersfield she was an active member of Our Lady of Prepetual Help Church.

Her survivors are her sons and daughter-in-laws, George and Shella Krekeler of Phoenix, Arizona; and Steven and Mary Ellen Krekeler of Monrovia, California. Her daughters and son in-laws Roberta and Earl Blalock of La Habra, California, and Susan and Pete Granucci of Bakersfield. Her sister Alice Pritta of Mishawaja, Indiana; 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. All will miss her sweet and gentle sprit and her loving and patient manner.

A memorial mass for Eva will be held at Our Lady of Prepetual Help Church, 124 Columbus St., Bakersfield, California; on Tuesday May 3rd, 10:00 a.m.
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Diana Nichole Krier
December 29, 2001 - December 29, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Diana Nicole Krier.

Diana was only a few minutes old when she returned to God on December 29, 2001. Diana is the infant daughter of Bobby and Leticia Krier of Valley Acres.

Besides her parents, Diana is survived by her sister Andreya Krier of Valley Acres; her grandparents, Bertha and Jose Toro of Maricopa and Yi Shia Krier of Las Vegas, Nevada and several aunts and uncles. Father James Catalano of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will officiate.

The services are under the Direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Agnes

Agnes [Ag] Krigbaum, 80
September 17, 1920 - January 24, 2001



Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum on Monday at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Agnes Ag Krigbaum,80.

Mrs. Krigbaum was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17, 1920 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 24, 2001. She married Woody Krigbaum in 1940. She worked for Wiens Paint Store for over 25 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church for many years. She loved and enjoyed her family very much.

Mrs. Krigbaum was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Krigbaum, in December of 1999. Her survivors include her two sons and their wives, Gary and Cheryl Krigbaum and Woody and Adele Krigbaum; her grandchildren and their spouses, Gary and Nancy Krigbaum, Kenny and Gina Krigbaum, Angie and Travis Milner and Lori Krigbaum; her 11 great grandchildren, Jeff, Ashley, Zakary, Toni, Aimee, Joshua, Anna, Allison, T. J., Luke and Joel.

Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Woody "Punk" Krigbaum "Pepaw"
June 1, 1946 - July 11, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for lifetime Taft resident Woody "Punk" Krigbaum age 57.

Rev. Scott Pearson and Pastor Paul Wilson will officiate at services. Interment will follow at the West Side District Cemetery; Woody was born in Selma, California on June 1, 1946 and passed away at his Taft home July 11, 2003.

He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1964. He graduated from California College of Mortuary Science in 1969 and was last employed by West Side Family Mortuary. He is a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Taft. Woody loved his family very much. He was known for his sense of humor and hospitality. Woody enjoyed being around people and was fondly known as "Punk" and "PePaw."

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Woodrow Krigbaum in 1999 and Agnes Freeman Krigbaum in 2001. His survivors include his wife of 36 years, Adele Krigbaum of Taft; his children, Ken Krigbaum and his wife Gina of Bakersfield; Lori Howard of Bakersfield; his grandchildren Toni, Joshua, Anna, Luke and Joel all of Bakersfield; his mother-in-law Lucile Burns of Bakersfield; his brother Gary Krigbaum and his wife Cheryl of Taft; his nephew and his wife, Gary and Nancy Krigbaum of Taft and his niece and her husband, Angie and Travis Milner of Taft.

Those who wish to pay their respects at West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Tuesday from noon until 8:00 p.m.
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Violet M. Krisher
November 23, 1906 - June 30, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Violet M. Krisher, 96. Jane Kinsey of the Christian Science Church will read at the service.

Mrs. Krisher was born in Polaski on November 23, 1906 and passed in Taft on June 30, 2003. She had lived in Taft for the last 65 years. Mrs. Krisher was a member of the Christian Science Church, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Minocene Parlor #228, Housewives League and the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gail Krisher. Her survivors include her daughter, Bobetta (Raine) Towe of Apple Valley; her son and his wife, Earl and Judy Raine of Hemet; her step-daughter, Ruth Stockman of Orcutt; her niece, Glenda Steed of Spokane, Washington; her nephew, Truman Holtzclaw of Fair Oaks; her six grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Isabel W. Krugh
January 11, 1912 - November 4, 2004



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Isabel Wanda Krugh, 92. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Krugh was born on January 11, 1912 in Mercer County, Ohio and passed away at her home on November 4, 2004. For many years she and her husband had their own farm in Mendon, Ohio. From 1946 to 1974 they owned and operated the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Shop in Taft. Among the activities she enjoyed were playing cards, playing Bingo and bowling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe D. Krugh in October 1990, her daughter, Dorothy Gray in August of 2000, her five sisters and one brother. Mrs. Krugh is survived by her children and their spouses, JoAnn and Bob Bledsoe of Taft, Harry and Dianne Krugh of Valley Acres and Gwynn and Jack Martin of Beaumont; her grandchildren and their families, Mark and Nancy Bledsoe of Bakersfield, Denise and Chuck Hagemen of Benicia, Kim and David Melton of Bakersfield, Kathy Devine of Taft, Karen and Dave Scrima and Jack and Jessicah Martin all of Beaumont, Gary and Ruth Ann all of El Cajon, Barbara Evans of Texas and Judy Staley of Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Krugh to Optimal Hospice, 4800 Stockdale Hwy., Suite 215, Bakersfield, California 93309. Visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lola Ruth Krugh (Ma Krugh)
May 27, 1909 - August 13, 2003



Services will be held at Taft West Side District Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on September 13, 2003 for longtime westside resident Lola Ruth Krugh.

Lola was born in Ohio on May 27, 1909 and passed away in Atascadero on August 13, 2003. Lola was affectionately known to those who loved her as "Ma Krugh", and was a member of the Neptune Society.
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Carl Kuhnke, 66
July 27, 1930 - April 1, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Friday at 10:00 a.m. for Derby Arces resident Carl Kuhnke, 66. Entombment will follow in the Wesrt Side District Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mr. Kuhnke was born in Royalton, Illinois, on July 27, 1930 and passed away at his home on April 1, 1997. He served his country for eight years as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. The Kuhnkes have lived in Derby Acres for the past 27 years. Mr. Kuhnke has been in the trucking business for many years.

His survivors include his wife, Naomi Kuhnke of Derby Acres; his sons and their wives, Emil and Sherry Kuhnke and Paul and Dennise Kuhnke of Taft; his grandchildren, Crystal, Crystin, Jennifer, Carl, Emil II and Richard, all of Taft; his sisters, Norma Lessey of Fort Meyers, Flordia and Jeannie Wallach of St. Louis, Missouri; and other loving family members and dear friends.

Friends may call at the Ericson & Brown Funeral Home Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Carl Emil Kuhnke
June 4, 1956 - August 1, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident, Carl Emil Kuhnke, 45. Rev. Mike Richey, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate at the service.

Mr. Kuhnke was born in St. Charles, Missouri on June 4, 1956 and passed away at his residence on August 1, 2001. Mr. Kunke moved to Derby Acres 31 years ago. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1974. He had been employed as a truck driver for many years and was last employed by Cuyama Dairy. He was a member of the W.W.P. a local motorcycle club.

Mr. Kuhnke was preceded in death by his father, Carl "Bud" Kuhnke in 1997. His survivors include his wife Sherry Kuhnke; his sons, Carl Emil Kuhnke, II and his fiance', Heidi Adams and Richard David Kuhnke; his mother, Naomi Kuhnke all of Derby Acres; his brother and his wife, Paul F. and Dennece D. Kuhnke of Taft; and his nieces Crystal Huddleston and her husband, Josh, Crystin Kunke of Taft; and Jennifer Kuhnke.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Katheryn L. Kuntz
May 7, 1950 - May 8, 2001



Memorial services will be held at Community Christian Fellowship on the corner of Seventh and North Streets on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Fellows resident, Kathryn Lynn Hoskins Kuntz.

Mrs. Kuntz was born in Taft on May 7, 1950 and passed away at her residence on May 8, 2001. She was raised and educated on the coast and returned to Taft about 30 years ago. She had been employed as a clerk in the Bakersfield office of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Mrs. Kuntz was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Turnage.

Her survivors include her husband, Edward Kuntz of Fellows; her son Michael Hoskins of Northern California; her daughter and her husband, Deborah and Lonny Stumbaugh of Taft; her father Roy Turnage Jr. and his wife, Debbie; her sister Karen Vassey all of Avondale, Arizona; her grandchildren, Travis Stumbaugh, Jerrod Owens and Zakary Owens and several nieces and nephews.

The professional arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jean Daisy Kurtz
January 25, 1935 - March 15, 2010



A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church located at 220 North Street, Taft, on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Jean Daisy Kurtz, 75. Rev. Scott Pearson will follow the West Side District Cemetery.

Jean was born in Alhambra, California on January 25, 1935 and went home to be with Jesus on March 15, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Kurtz; her sister, Jackie Petty; and by her brother Butch Cox. Her survivors include her three children, Denise Kurtz, Dennis Kurtz and Dan Kurtz all of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Lorisha Landwehr, Makenzie Waterhouse, Jerrod Kurtz, Trevor Easley, and Taylor Kurtz; her great grandchildren, Timmy, Matthew and Benjamin Landwehr, Danika Kurtz, and Karissa, Brianna, and Brayden Waterhouse; her sister, Bobbie Purcell; her brother Jimmy Cox; and by her many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday, March 19, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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