Westside Obituaries
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Joan K. LaBarr
October 2004

Memorial services are scheduled at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. for Joan K. LaBarr. No viewing is scheduled.
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Mildred "Midge" LaBarthe
September 23, 1911 - December 26, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for Shafter resident, Mildred "Midge" LaBarthe, 86.

Mrs. LaBarthe was born in Hannibal, Missouri on September 23, 1911 and passed away on December 26, 1997. She was a longtime Kern County resident, first settling in Fellows and later moving to Taft where she lived until 1986 when she moved to Shafter to be near her daughter. Mrs. LaBarthe was a member of the First Baptist Church of Taft and a volunteer at San Joaquin Community Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob LaBarthe, in 1979. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Joan and Bob Osborn of Shafter; her grandchildren, Wayne Kabrich of Louisiana, Lorri Mitchell of Bakersfield and Carol Lousche of Texas and by her five great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Barbara Ann LaBrut
July 25, 1929 - February 23, 2012



Barbara Ann LaBrut passed away on February 23, 2012 after a short illness with pancreatic cancer. She was born on July 25, 1929 to Del and Mary Knight.

Taft was home to her all of her life. She was a stay-at-home mom while her girls were young. Barbara went to work at Tidewater then Getty Oil/Texaco where she retired. After retirement she enjoyed serving on the Taft Hospital Board and volunteering for Optimal Hospice.

Mom was preceded in death by the love of her life for almost 60 years, her husband, Robert LaBrut; along with her Dad and Mom; baby sister, Bernice; sister-in-law, Joy Archilbald; brother-in-law, Delmar Archibald; and nephew, Don Archibald. Barbara is survived by her daughters and their husbands and families, Peg and Wayne McKeeman and Judy and Dennis Shelby. She was a special Grandma to Scott and Marli McKeeman, Craig and Pattie McKeeman, Alison and Ryan Myers and Lindsay Shelby. She was also loving "GG" to Blake McKeeman, Kambri McKeeman, Joseph McKeeman, Parker Myers, Reese Myers and Merrick Myers. Barbara also is survived by her brother, Delbert and Edie Knight and their family; niece Gay and Ken Anderson and family; also nephew, Bob and Lori Archibald and family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Taft Oilfield Museum or Optimal Hospice. Private burial will be at West Side District Cemetery in Taft. Please join us to celebrate Barbara's life the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Rex Edward Lacy
August 7, 1920 - April 7, 2005



Rex Edward Lacy was born August 7, 1920 in Commerce, Texas to Rex Lacy and Gertrude Ignacious Lacy. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. Veteran of W. W. II serving in the Philippines and receiving a Purple Heart. He passed away from pneumonia on April 2, 2005 in a local hospital. At his request no services will be held.

Rex was a Geo Physicist and employed with Chervron for 30 years. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie & Tom Martin; four grandchildren, Dustin Martin and wife Becky, Daniel Martin, Lacy Martin and Lindsey McKay & husband Chuck; eight great grandchildren, Zackary, Emily, Derel, Brian and Morgahn Martin, Abigail and Allyson McKay and Kylee Martin; brothers, James David Lacy and Donald M. Lacy; and several nieces and nephews.

A special thank you for Dr. Tang, Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Speaeth and the nurses and Mercy Southwest. No visitation is scheduled.

Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Norilein [Grandma Nor] Lahargoue
September 24, 1918 - February 7, 2001



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for long time resident Norilein Grandma Nor Lahargoue, 82.

Mrs. Lahargoue was born on the Reward lease on September 24, 1918 and passed away in the local hospital on February 7, 2001. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1936 graduating class at Taft Union High School. She and her late husband, Andre [Andy] owned and operated the Chevron Station on the corner of Philippine and Lincoln Streets from 1949 to 1969. Later Mrs. Lahargoue worked as a bank teller at Community First Bank. She was a charter member of the Taft Emblem Club #18. She had served as president and had held all of the offices. Mrs. Lahargoue received her 50 year pin from the Emblem Club a few years ago. She was an active member of the Taft Union High School Class of 1936 Reunion Committee. She was preceded in death by her husband Andre [Andy] Lahargoue, in November of 1969.

Her survivors include her sons and their wives, Paul Lahargoue and Kate of Ventura and Mike Lahargoue and Bobbie of Posey; her grandchildren Rick and Vickey Lahargoue of Eureka, and Michelle and Howard Cake of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lisa Lahargoue of Taft and Robert and Becky Lahargoue of Bakersfield; and her great grandchildren, Ashley and Baylee and a special family friend Jan Ashley.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Paul Lahargoue
October 3, 1940 - December 10, 2010



Paul Lahargoue Passed away peacefully at his home in Ventura after a year of declining health. Paul was born and raised in Taft. He attended the local schools in Taft and was a member of the Taft Union High School graduating class of 1959. Paul worked for Shaffer Oil Tool Services for 45 years. He leaves behind his son, Richard of Eureka; his daughter, Lisa of Taft; his wife, Kate and her children, Thea and Robert and their families of Ventura; his brother and his wife, Mike and Bobbie Lahargoue of Posey, California; his niece and nephew, Michelle of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Robert of Bakersfield and their families; and by many friends. At Paul's request there are no services scheduled.
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Kimberly La Marsna
March 10, 1964 - June 29, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Kimberly La Marsna, 48. Rev. Joey Pittman, pastor of New Hope A Place to Connect, will officiate at the service and a luncheon will follow in the church annex.

Kimberly was born in Taft on March 10, 1964 and passed away on June 29, 2012 in Taft. She was a member of TUHS class of 1982 and graduated from Taft College. She had an outstanding voice and she and David Henderson put on their own concert "This is IT" in high school and it was a smash hit. She was a member of the KC Sheriff CSU unit for two years. Kim was such a warm, loving, kind and funny person and she will be missed so much.

She is predeceased by grandparents, Fred and Lucy La Marsna, Bernice and and Richard Robison, Joe and Kay Dodge and uncle, Rick Skinner. She is survived by her dog, Rory; her mother and step-father, Dianna and Bill Ballard; father and step-mother, Fred and Dolores La Marsna; aunts and families, Linda Skinner, Mike, Lisa and Brian Stacy, and Steve Gee, Scott and Steven, Tonya and Lynn Newby, Jeff and Kelly and Jon; brothers and sisters, John La Marsna, Mike La Marsna, Clarine and Scott Gilliam, Renee Oliver, Christy and Jim Jarvinen; step-brothers and sisters, Scott and Maria Hughes, Jason Ballard, Dean and Ryan Wissick and Dawn Evans.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lucy Mae (Susie) La Marsna
June 15, 1912 - December 26, 2001



Graveside services will be held Friday January 11, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Westside District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft. Rev. Sam White will officiate.

Susie was born in May, Texas on June 15, 1912 and peacefully passed away December 26, 2001 at the age of 89 preceded in death by her loving husband, Big Fred.

She enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adelines, and worked as a Receptionist/Bookkeeper for Dr. Dykes Johnson for 30 years retiring at the age of 75.

Susie is survived by her daughter Tonya and husband Lynn Newby of Bakersfield, son Fred LaMarsna and wife Dolores of Taft. Eight grandchildren: Jeff Newby, John Newby, Kim LaMarsna, Mike LaMarsna, Clarine Gilliam, Renee Oliver, Christy Jarvinen, John LaMarsna, and two foster granddaughters, Rosa Knowles and Concha Sykes, and eight great grandchildren

Susie was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

All funeral arrangements are under the care of West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 Fourth Street, Taft, California 93268 (661) 763-1594.
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Dawn Kathleen Lamirand
February 5, 1942 - January 30, 2002



A Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Greenfield 2550 Jewett Ave. on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. Dawn was born February 5, 1942 in Eugene Oregon and she passed away and went to be with the Lord Wednesday night January 30, 2002 with her family by her side.

She moved to California in 1960 and went to Taft College where she met and later married Philip Lamirand. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of thirty nine years, Philip, brother and sister-in-law Lance and Becky Hazelbaker of Salem, Oregon, sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Dick Ford, mother-in-law Anna B. Lamirand, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Paula B. Lamirand daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Charles Myers; a precious granddaughter, Shannon Lamirand; a lifelong friend Nancy Phillips 5 nieces, 2 nephews, and her cat, Colors whom she loved.

A special thanks to all of her friends and family that were there for her and to all the staff at CBCC and big hug for Ellie.

In lieu of flowers send donations in her name to Optimal Hospice Foundation. P.O. Box 80538, Bakersfield, California 93380-0538. For additional service information please contact Basham Funeral Care 873-8200 Basham Funeral Care
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Helen B. Lamore, 86
October 21, 1914 - March 1, 2001



No services are scheduled for Taft resident, Helen Lamore who passd away on March 1, 2001 at the age of 86 years old in Taft, California. Funeral services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763- 1594.
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Margaret K. Lance, 85
September 24, 1912 - December 6, 1997



Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Margaret Kathryn Lance, 85.

Mrs. Lance was born in Bristol, Tennessee on September 24, 1912 and passed away on December 6, 1997. She moved to Taft in 1934 and lived here the rest of her life. In the late 1930's she worked as a waitress. During WW II she worked at Gardner Field, in the late 1940's and early 1950's she worked for the Texas Oil Company in Fellows. In 1952 she went towork for Kern Mutual Telephone Company, which became Contel, working there until her retirement in 1974. Margaret married Jimmie Lance on April 27, 1945.

She was preceded in death by Mr. Lance and a great granddaughter, Rachel Stennett. Margaret is survived three sons, Haskew D. Fickle, Jr. of Pinney Flats, Tennessee, James Naff Fickle of Canal Winchester, Oklahoma and Joe Fickle of Bakersfield, nieces, Marjorie Haskins of Pismo, Carolyn Ramsey of Bountville, Tennessee, Linda Alrsan of Kingsport, Tennessee, Helen Parker of Bristol, Tennessee and Nancy Williamson of Kingstreet, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren, including Kim Smalley, Terri Duke and Allan Fickle all of Bakersfield, and 18 great grandchildren. Margaret Lance will truly be missed by all.

Friends may calll at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Robert T. Lane
December 1, 1934 - November 10, 2002



Memorial services will be held in the Panama Baptist Church, 5446 Taft Highway, Bakersfield on Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. for Taft resident, Robert T. Lane, 61.

Mr. Lane was born in Bakersfield on December 1, 1934 and passed away at his residence on November 10, 2002. He entered the U.S. Navy on December 21, 1951 and proudly served his country for three years and ten months. Mr. Lane served nine years with the Kern County Sheriff's Department, 15 years with the Kern County District Attorney's office and ten year as Captain with the Taft City Police Department. Mr. Long was a graduate of the FBI academy. He enjoyed being with his family, hunting, fishing and cooking for those he loved.

His wife, Cheryl D. Lane; his sons, Robert T. Lane, II and Thomas Lloyd Lane; his daughter, Kacie D. Lane; his mother, Vera Milazzo and many other family members and a host of friends survive him.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that you donate in his name to the American Cancer Society. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Tommy Daniel Landeros
January 25, 1961 - July 22, 2008



On July 22, 2008, Thomas Daniel Landeros, born on January 25, 1961 in San Francisco, California, went to go be with our Heavenly Father after our battle with cancer. His survivors are James Anthony Landeros, Thomas Adam Landeros, Toby Joseph Landeros and the love of his life for over 25 years Valerie Marie Hoover. Tommy was loved and will be deeply missed by so many of his relatives and friends.

Tommy will be laid to rest at the Eternal Valley Cemetery in New Hall, California on August 15, 2008. Tommy you were loved by many and your passing will forever leave a void in every life you touched. Rest In peace knowing you'll never be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts.
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Gary Langford
September 23, 1950 - March 22, 2003



Gary Langford was born to Dorothy English, (Langford, Sparks) and Charles Langford September 23, 1950 in Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gary went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2003 in a Tulsa hospital due to a heart attack.

Gary moved to Taft and attended Taft Primary School in the 1950's. Gary served in the Army in Vietnam. After returning from the military, he met and married Janine Peoples. While living in Taft, he worked as a truck driver and worked for John's Manville, (Johnny Cat). After leaving his old life behind he moved to Hartshorne, Oklahoma where he met and married Wanda McCarrol May 1, 2002.

Gary's survivors include his wife Wanda Langford, mother Dorothy Sparks, stepfather Jack Sparks, stepdaughter Stephaine A. Miller and four step grandchildren all from Hartshorne, Oklahoma and Ruby English of Taft, California. He is also leaving behind sister Sherry L. Rosson, brothers; Charles C. Langford, Jonathan J. Sparks all from Oklahoma, Timothy R. Sparks of Maricopa, California, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his father Charles Langford, daughter Diane M. Langford, grandfather Anthony L. English of Taft, Rodney A. Blackburn of Bakersfield, Judy Lundburg (Stenhouse) of Oregon and Jay R. Ulrey of Taft.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1098 provided military honors. He was laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Hartshorne, Oklahoma. He was a joy and a blessing to all whom knew and loved him, he will be greatly missed.
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Vernie Langford
May 15, 1944 - December 27, 2002



Memorial graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, December 27, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. for Vernie Langford, 58. Rev. Leo Fisher, Pastor of United Pentecoastal Chruch of God, will officiate.

Mrs. Langford was born in Puxico, Missouri on May 15, 1944. On November 25, 1961 she married Kenneth Langford at Berkeley, Californnia. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Langford passed away on December 7, 2002 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Misssouri.

Her survivors include her son, Jeff Langford of Medford, Oregon; her daughter, Lori Falls of Bakersfield; her five brothers, Artie Jones of Elsberry, Missouri, Charley Jones, Dale Jones, Ernie Jones and John Jones all of Puxico, Missouri; her three sisters, Mary Tucker of Turlock; Bea Norton of Troy, Missouri and Pat Martin of Puxico, Missouri.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mark Alan Langkilde
September 25, 1969 - March 31, 2007



Mark has left this life to be with the Lord. He is now in heaven with his dad, Marcus Langkilde. Mark's biggest love was his daughter, Kelby, who will miss her daddy very much. He loved playing on his guitars and drawing for his family. His kind heart will be missed greatly.

He leaves behind his mother, Nancy Langkilde; his sister and brother-in-law, Patti and Brent Moon; his daughter, Kelby and her mother, Nikki Miller; his niece and her husband, Ashley and Justin Johns; his nephew, Matt Moon; his niece, Alison Moon; his great nephew, Carver Johns; his aunt and uncle, Dick and Carolyn Klein; his cousin and his wife, Rick and Ellie Klein; his cousins, Bob and Helen Kinseh and Daphne and Bibi. He is also survived by his best friend who was like a brother to him, Ramon Santamaria, close family friends, Janet Cooper and Lynn Morris and many other friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a fund for his daughter, Kelby Langkilde, set up by the family at Chevron Vallley Credit Union. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at New Life Community Church, 1000 N. 6th Street, Taft. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Magdalena Lapp
May 12, 1900 - April 13, 2002



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Magdalena Lapp who passed away at her residence on April 13th.

Magdalena was born on May 12, 1900 in South Dakota to Jacob and Christina Bender. Magdalena was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. Taft
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Helen B. Larmore, 86
October 21, 1914 - March 1, 2001



No services are scheduled for Taft resident Helen Lamore who passed away on March 1, 2001 at the age of 86, years old in Taft, California. Funeral Services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594.
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Ralph Robert Larson
This is a combination of the rites pending and the obit. Both were very short and each said different things!
February 26, 1912 - September 29, 2003



Funeral arrangements are pending with the West Side Family Mortuary for Bakersfield resident, Ralph Rabert Larson.

Mr. Larson was born on February 26, 1912 in Nebraska to Peter and Amila Larson and he passed away in Bakersfield on September 29, 2003 at the age of 91.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date in Minden, Iowa.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Edward T. "Eddie" Lavelle
April 15, 1924 - July 11, 2008

The recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Edward T. "Eddie" Lavelle, 84. Mass of Christian Burial well be celebrated on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church by Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Lavelle was born in Taft on April 15, 1924 and passed away at his Taft home on July 11, 2008. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the Taft Union High School 1942 graduating class. During his high school days he played basketball on the T.U.H.S. team. After graduation he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army until 1946. After his discharge he returned to Taft and began his career in the local oilfields. He retired as a lead from Mobil Oil Company after many years of service. Mr. Lavelle, better known as "Eddie", was a very well known member of the community. He was envolved in many organizations such as the Taft Elks Lodge #1527 B.P.O.E., the Fellows American Legion Post #63 and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Eddie enjoyed the horse races and working with the horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bridget Lavelle; his brothers, John P. Lavelle and Michael E. Lavelle; his sister, Ellen Sanders; his wife, Ruth Adele Lavelle and his daughter, Susan Hansen. Eddie is survived by his granddaughters, Adryane Hunter and her husband, Scott of Taft and Nichole Arnold of Shafter; his sons-in-law, David Hansen of Washington and Glen Harp of Derby Acres; a close friend, Aleta Higgins of Taft; other family members here in the States and in Ireland and by a host of good friends.

The family wish to thank Kitty Shinn of Optimal Hospice for all the love and attention she showed Eddie. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations may be made to the Fellows American Legion Post #63 in Eddie's name. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thrusday from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Adele Lavelle
November 29, 1921 - December 16, 1995



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for Taft resident, Ruth Adele Lavelle, 74. She was born in Ogdensburg, New Jersey on November 29, 1921 and passed on to a better place at her home at 2:00 p.m. on December 16, 1995, after battling illness and cancer for many years.

She attended Ryder College in New York, graduating with honors. She was captain and champion of the basketball and tennis teams. She served her country in the U. S. Army during WWII for four years and was honorably discharged from Camp Crowder, Missouri. She came to Taft in 1946 and was one of the first women to be employed by Elk Hills Naval Oil Reserve. She continued to work hard all of her life until illness slowed her down.

Mrs. Lavelle was an avid sportswoman. Her first love was golf. She won the Kern County Championship in 1965 the Buena Vista Championship in 1964, 65, 71, 72 and 73. On June 19, 1979 her most memorable moment was a hole-in-one on Lucky #13. She also enjoyed bowling, pool, fishing and even horseback riding, but only because of her daughters insistence.

Ruth Adele "Mom" "Grandma" was a caring, wonderful loving wife, mother and grandmother and a good friend to many. Adele leaves behind her husband of 34 years, Edward T. Lavelle of Taft; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Hansen of Valley Acres; her granddaughter Adryane Hansen of Valley Acres who was the apple of her eye and of whom she was very proud. Other survivors are two older sisters, Jeanne Maynard of Lompoc and Betty Harvey of Auburn, New York; very special nieces and nephews, Betty Stanley and Bill Collins both of Bakersfield and Troy Ryder of New Mexico; and several more nieces and nephews. Her presence will be missed by so many but there will be no more pain and suffering and she will have all the holes-in-one she wants.

In lieu of flowers donations to Kern Hospice will be greatly appreciated. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown funeral Home.
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Eava Laws
December 13, 1922 - December 13, 2002



Funeral services will be held at a later date in Ogden, Utah for Tehachapi resident Eava Laws. Mrs. Laws passed away on December 13, 2002 in Bakersfield, on her 80th birthday. She is survived by many family and friends in the Utah area where she resided for several years.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594.
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William Lawton
March 24, 1927



William, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Lawton of Taft, passed away yesterday after a short illness.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Edward Jr., and a sister, Marlene.

Funeral services were conducted this morning by the Taft Undertaking Company at the Catholic Church. Interment was in Union Cemetery at Bakersfield.
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Bonnie Lorene Leaf, 41
October 10, 1959 - August 23, 2001



Bonnie Leaf was born on October 10, 1959 at the West Side District Hospital in Taft. Bonnie passed away on August 23, 2001 at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. She had been a taxi driver for Knights Taxi Service in the Taft Area.

Bonnie is survived by her fiancé, Thomas Pilkington of Taft; her sons, Tyson Gorham, Michael Bilingsley, Curtis, Sean and Tyler Leaf, Chad and Cody Pilkington; her brothers, Jimmy Gorham of Valley Acres and David and Cathy Gorham of Fresno, and Joe and Julie of Atascadero; her sisters, Marsha and Gail Edwards of Taft and Teri Gorham of Los Osos.

Visitation for Bonnie will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

The day and time of graveside services will be announced at a later date. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Glenna L. (Conder) Leavitt
November 29, 1995 - June 23, 2008



Glenna L. (Conder) Leavitt, 62, of Pearl City, Hawaii. Died June 23, 2008. Glenna graduated from Taft Union High in 1962, moving to Fresno to attend Fresno State in 1963. She was part of the Mortgage Loan industry in Fresno for 1965 to 1972. She was a member of the Harvard Terrace Baptist Church. Glenna spent most of her life as Mortgage Broker and then in 2002, she became a National Park Service Ranger.
Survived by her husband, Steven; daughter, Kasey; son, Kristopher; brother, Stanley Conder.
Service 6:30 p.m. July 9th at Palisades Baptist Church. Memorial Service will be held at Trinty Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
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Dorothy Faye Lee
March 20, 1919 - September 23, 2008



Dorothy Faye Lee was born March 20, 1919 in Rose, Oklahoma and was the eldest daughter of six children. She lived in Oklahoma until she moved to Long Beach, California during World War II to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company, she married George Clifford Lee on April 6, 1946 and gave birth to their only child, a daughter, Nancy, in 1952. The family resided in Southern California until they moved to Taft in 1960 when George was transferred to Mobil Oil's lease in Lost Hills. George passed away on February 5, 1984 and Dorothy Faye remained in Taft until she moved to Sacramento, California to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 29, 2008 at Mount Vernon Funeral Home, Fair Oaks, Californina. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton, California. Dorothy Faye Lee was predeceased by her husband, George, brother; Maurice and Jack and is survived and will be missed by her daughter, Nancy, grandchildren; Matthew and Katherine, sisters; Betty and Wanda, brother Bill, many nieces and nephews that she was very fond of, and by her friends.

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Hazel Lee (Rush)
December 18, 1913 - November 7, 2010



Hazel Lee (Rush), 96, passed away on November 7, 2010. She was owner of Hazel's Deli for many years in Taft. Hazel passed away at Whidbey General Hospital, Coupeville, Washington after a sudden illness.

She was born December 18, 1913 on a river boat in Dubuque, Iowa to mother Hattie Mae Townsend and father Ora Earl Townsend and was one of 10 children. She graduated from high school in 1930 in Bakersfield and met Ralph Lee soon after that. They were married in Gallup, New Mexico, on July 3, 1934 and moved to Taft, where they raised their children George, Norma and Deanna. Hazel enjoyed her delicatessen in Taft and eventually added catering and an attached dining room serving fresh homemade food, to the delight of the town. Over her life she enjoyed trap shooting with Ralph, motorcycle club, golf, trips to Las Vegas, bingo, playing cards and staying close to her friends and family.

Her darkest times were losing her son, George Lee in 1970 and her daughter Norma Lee Roseberry in 2005. She was widowed in 1974, again in 1988 when she lost 2nd husband Roy Lee and lost 3rd husband Frank Rush in 2001.

She lived in Wofford Heights at Lake Isabella until 2007 when she moved to Copeville, Washington on Whidbey Island to be near her daughter. She is survived by daughter Deana Lee Rogers and husband Mel of Coupeville, grandchildren, Ronald Lee and wife Dorothea, Robert Lee and wife Kimberly, Jacqui Lee Melton and husband Randall, David Sweat and wife Cindy, Diana McCombs and husband Rob, Trevor Rogers and wife Hannah, Tiffany Rogers of St. Germain and Tami Rogers, 16 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life will be Saturday, November 20th, at 1:00 p.m. at OT's 205 North 10th Street, Taft, California. Burial was in the West Side District Cemetery next to Ralph Lee. For comments, please sign the guest book at www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Jesselyn Frazier Lee
September 17, 1919 - August 11, 2003



Graveside services will be held, Thursday, August 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, for Jesselyn Fraizer Lee, who passed Monday, August 11th. Viewing will be from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 13th.

Mrs. Lee was born in Mendon, Ohio, on September 17, 1919 to Encil and Bernice Davis. The family moved to Taft, California in 1924. Jesselyn attended school in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1937. After graduation, she attended Business College in Southern California. She returned to Taft, and in 1939, she married Jim Fraizer. They were married for over 25 years.

Mrs. Lee worked a number of years for A.W. Noon at the County Office at the Fort in Taft. Later she worked in the Counseling Office at Taft Union High School until her retirement. She served for many years on the THUS class of 1937 reunion committee. She was also a volunteer for Mercy Hospital. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She married Calvin Lee in 1973 and moved to Bakersfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Mrs. Lee is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Kay and Larry Bardin of Pebble Beach and Bakersfield, Nan and John Coke of Bakersfield, her sister, Elinor Bullock of Santa Barbara, her grandsons and their spouses, Jeff "J.P." and Diana Patrick of Boulder, Colorado, Deron Bardin of San Diego, Brian Patrick of Bakersfield, Eric and Holly Oxford of San Clemente, Scott and Michelle Oxford of Bakersfield, and great grandson, Tanner Miller of Bakersfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Ka Va Lee
June 5, 1933 - May 23, 2003



Private services will be held for Bakersfield resident, Ka Va Lee. Mr. Lee was born on June 5, 1933 in Laos to Youa and May Lee and he passed away at the age of 69.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Laura Sue Lee
February 7, 1919 - October 23, 2010



Laura Sue Lee, 91, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2010 in San Jose, California.

Born in San Francisco, February 7, 1919, she lived in Bakersfield as a young woman. In 1937 she moved to Taft as a newlywed.

She is survived by her four sons and their wives, Howard and Marti, Roger and Nancy, Ken and Daphne and Fred and Jerylyn; her daughter and her husband Barbara and Steve. She also leaves eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Besides raising five children, owning and operating two family businesses in Taft. Fred Lee produce and the Tea Cup Cafe, kept Laura very business. After selling the family businesses, she worked as a food service supervisor at Taft College before retiring in 1982.

She had a multitude of hobbies and enjoyed fishing, cooking, knitting, reading, puzzles, mah jong, bowling and golf. She will be remembered as a loving and thoughtful mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be held on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft. Following the service a reception will be held to celebrate Laura's life. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Laura's name to a charity of your choice. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Susie Lee
June 13, 1959 - February 1, 2004



Susie was born in New Mexico on June 13, 1959 and passed away in Bakersfield, California on February 1, 2004. She married the love of her life, Dan in 1989. She had a fondness for animals and children. Susie was a vibrant soul who embraced life. She dearly loved her family and friends at the West Kern Water District and the community of Taft. Susie will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends who are blessed to have known her. br> br> She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Virginia Owens. Susie's survivors include her husband, Dan; daughters and their spouses, hope and Billy Bryan of Taft; Dina and Mike Hambly, and Kris Lee all of Nevada; sister Beverly Wilkins of Rancho Cucamonga; brother and his wife Keith and Antoinette Davis, of Valencia; brother and his wife Mike and Marsha Law of Taft; granddaughter, Dezlynn Hambly of Nevada; nieces Michelle and Melissa Law of Taft; nephew Tyler Davis of Valencia; special friends Virginia Wheat and Pepper Trangmen; and her pets Pee-Wee, Whiskers and Tuxedo Lee and many other relatives and friends. br> br> Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at the Historic Fort 915 N. 10th St. Arrangement are under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Erickson & Brown Funeral Home to help with the costs of arrangements.
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Ying Lee
February 1, 1913 – April 22, 2003



Funeral services will be held at a later time in Wisconsin for Bakersfield resident, Ying Lee who passed away on April 22, 2003 in Fresno, California at the age of 90.

Mrs. Lee was born in Laos on February 1, 1913.

She is survived by several family and friends. Wisconsin all funeral services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Doris M. Leffel, 80
February 27, 1922 - February 28, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Doris Marie Leffel, 80. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Leffel was born on February 27, 1922 in Van Zandt County, Mabank, Texas and passed away at her home in Taft on February 28, 2002.

She was a member of the Genealogy Society and former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. For a while she had a ceramic shop on center street.

Mrs. Leffel is survived by her sons, John J. Waldrop Jr. of Taft, Nim Francis [Buddy] Waldrop and his wife Connie of Vista, and by Ronald W. Waldrop and his wife Dottie of Taft; her 11 grandchildren, Ronda Lynn Copeland, Julie and John Swartsfager, Aaron Waldrop, Marion Waldrop, Pam and Benny Kling, Johnny Waldrop III, Michael Sparks, Greagrey Waldrop and Charlee Marie Waldrop; and by her sister Daphne Hurt.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
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Kathy Rose Lemmons
February 12, 1970 - July 9, 2010



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Tupman resident, Kathy Rose Lemmons, 40. Mrs. Lemmons passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on July 10, 2010.
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Westley Tyler Lemmons
September 10, 2002 - September 10, 2002



Westley Tyler Lemmons entered this world as a precious angle and was given back to heaven on September 10, 2002 in Bakersfield, California.

Survivors include his loving parents; Marvin and Kathy Lemmons of Tupman, his big brother Jonathan Lemmons of Tupman, grandparents of Tupman, Margie and Vernon Lemmons of Tupman, Marylin Butterbredt of Reno, Nevada and Richard Dearmore of Texas and many other family members.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661-) 763-1594.
"We Never Knew"

We never knew we would face this trial,
All our love and kisses we saved for this child.
We may never know why you took our little one,
But we do know it's not our will Lord,
But your's be done. We will always remember,
but only time can heal.
Now more than ever Lord Jesus,
Your sweet presence we must feel..
Dad and Mom know you must have found a true friend,
His name is Jesus, who's time shall never end.
Westley we love, until we meet again.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55
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Willie Bell Lemmons
1916 - January 10, 2014



Willie Bell Lemmons passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2014 at the age of 98.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dora Brazell, four brothers, three sisters, her loving husband, Joe Lemmons and her son, Vershel Lemmons. She is survived by sister, Lillian Womack; son, Vernon Lemmons with wife, Margie, son, Wayne Lemmons with wife, Virginia; daughter, Barbara Peevy, daughter, Wanda Almond with husband, Roger; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 29 great great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. A committal service will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. All are welcome to come to a reception in honor of Willie Bell at the Taft Church of God immediately following the services. The family of Mrs. Lemmons would like to extend special thanks to Shannon Snyder for the loving care given to Granny.

To send online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Memory Eileen Lemucchi
October, 14, 1922 - May 30, 2006



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:00 o'clock a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Memory Eileen Lemucchi, 83. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St.Mary's Catholic Church will officiate.

Mrs. Lemucchi was born in Fellows on October 14, 1922 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 30, 2006. Memory married Hank Lemucchi and they lived in San Luis Obispo until they moved to Taft in 1945. Mrs. Lemucchi started China painting and in the 1960's she began oil painting. She was known for the roses she painted. In 1968 Mr. and Mrs. Lemucchi purchased the Union 76 service station. She was a long time member of St Marys Catholic Church. She was a member of the Young Ladies Institute, Ava Maria Institute #103.

Mrs. Lemucchi was preceded in death by her husband, Hank Lemucchi in 2005 and by her two daughters, Karen Johnson and Janise Lynn Lemucchi. Her survivors include her son Jeff Lemucchi and his former wife, Monda both of Bakersfield her grandchildren, Angi Lemucchi of Santa Cruz and Kim Lemucchi of Inglewood.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lawrence [Larry] R. Leonard, 85
October 3, 1915 - August 28, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for Valley Acres resident, Lawrence Larry R. Leonard, 85. Pastor Ron Griffith of Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate at the services.

Mr. Lawrence was born in Bakersfield on October 3, 1915 and passed away in Taft on August 28, 2001. Mr. Lawrence worked as an operator for Standard Oil Company for 23 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Allan Ray Leonard, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walt Leonard, his sister, Gladys Pflaster, his two brothers, John Leonard and George [Til]Leonard.

Mr. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Ida [Babe] Leonard of Valley Acres; his two daughters, Katherine and her husband, Wayne Gibbs of Valley Acres and Judy Madsen of Taft; his grandchildren, Michael Coulter of Bakersfield, Melissa Madsen of Oregon, Stacey Coulter of Taft and Eric Madsen of Taft; his great grandchildren, Ryan, Rileigh and Gunner Coulter all of Taft; his brothers and their wives, Fred and Jeannie Leonard of Willows, Kenneth "Jake" and Martha Leonard of Oklahoma and Bill and Jody Leonard of Fresno; and his several nieces and nephews.

Friends may 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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Rose Leonard, 77
March 6, 1925 - July 16, 2002



Rose Leonard, 77, of Grover Beach passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at her home. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at West Side Cemetery in Taft. Pastor Sam White and Pastor Mike Johnson will officiate.

Mrs. Leonard was born March 6, 1925, in Moody, Missouri. She lived in Grover Beach for the past 8 years, moving there from Taft where she has resided for 67 years. In Taft, she was a member of the Community Christian Fellowship and she had been recently attending the Five Cities Vineyard.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jerry Leonard of Grover Beach; two daughters; Arlene Braunstein and husband Ben, of Saugus, and Charlene Leavell and husband Ed, of Claremont; four grandchildren; Adam and Matthew Braunstein and Hilary and Ashleigh Leavell; one sister, Ruth Ramsdell of Bakersfield; and one brother, William R. Vaughan of Spokane, Washington.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 3220 S. Higuera Street, Suite 307, San Luis Obispo, California 93401.

Arrangements are under the directions of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach
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Marjorie "Marge" Elliott Lesovsky
July 9, 1921 - March 29, 2009



At the tender age of two Marge Elliott, with her mother Freda, made the long journey by train from Osceola, Missouri to Taft, California where her father, Walter had come to work in the oilfields a vast departure from the family farm in Missouri. Marge was a product of the Taft School system, a system which happened to attract young Vic Lesovsky to move from Los Angeles. As fate would have it, Marge and Vic began to date and married on November 11, 1942. During the war Marge worked at the Naval Hospital in San Diego while Vic enlisted in the Marine Corps. After the war Marge and Vic settled in Taft where they developed friendships that lasted decades. Marge was adept at any activity she undertook, demonstrating her skill in knitting, sewing, cooking, and rearing a family. Marge will be remembered as a determined woman with fierce loyalty to her family and friends. Marge played a mean hand of Bridge!

Marge will be held forever in the hearts of her family and friends. Among those who will cherish her memory are her daughter, Vicki and her husband, David, their sons, Elliott and Evan; her son, Brent and his wife. Ann, their children, Andrea and Eric.

There will be a private family service held at a later date and those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday, April 3, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Victor Lesovsky
September 6, 1917 - January 8, 2003



Born of Czech immigrant parents in Alhambra, California, Victor Lesovsky succumbed Wednesday night at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

Victor was a long time Taftian and local businessman who owned Tasco Auto Parts. Victor grew up in Los Angeles but moved to Taft to attend Taft Union High School before entering the Marine Corps in World War II. Where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Victor was a member of Kiwanis Club and a board member and volunteer for the West Kern Oil Museum. Among his many interests were hunting fishing, and collecting antique cars.

Victor is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie; his daughter, Vicki Marks and her husband, David; his son Brent Lesovsky and his wife, Ann; grandchildren Elliott Marks, Evan Marks, Andrea Lesovsky, and Eric Lesovsky.

Memorial services will be held Monday, January 13th, at 1:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Mortuary, 501 Lucard, Taft. Victor can be viewed at Erickson & Brown on Sunday between 3:00 & 8:30 p.m. The family requests that any donations be sent to the West Kern Oil Museum, (661) 765-6664.
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Ruth Ann Lester

There will be no services scheduled for Ruth Ann Lester, 72. Arrangements are under the direction of Lori Family Mortuary, Taft.
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Phillip F. Letow
November 21, 1942 - April 5, 2003



Phillip Letow was born on November 21, 1942 in Pasadena, California and was a long time Taft resident who passed away on April 5, 2003. Phillip graduated from Taft Union High School in 1961. Mr. Letow retired from the United States Military and he served his country for over 30 years.
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Arite L. "Sis" Levanduski
February 16, 1919 - January 28, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for Artie L. "Sis" Levanduski, 92. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Taft, will officiate. She was born in Oklahoma to Neal and Effie Beck, the eldest daughter in a family of two boys and three girls.

She passed away in Bakersfield on January 28, 2012. In early 1950's Artie married O.V. "Shorty" Gentry and they moved to New Mexico, relocating to Taft, California in 1963. In her later years Artie married Ed Levanduski. She is survived by two daughters, Jane Hess (Charles) and Marti Tosta (Charles;) three grandsons, Steven Smalley, Michael Smalley and Anthony Tosta; two great grandsons and one great granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews; and her sister, Betty Dethloff (Kossie.) Artie was a faithful member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to sign our guest registry at www. EricksonAndBrown.com
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Betty Thomas Lewis, 79
February 24, 1928 - April 19, 2007



Betty Thomas Lewis was born in Fellows, California on February 24, 1928 and died on April 19, 2007 after a long illness. She was a kind and giving person who never met a stranger. Betty served in her church in many capacities ranging from Sunday School Teacher to trustee.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles Thomas, Rex Lewis; father Henry Long and mother Bessie; brothers Lamar & Raymond. She is survived by two daughters, Glenda Jones, Charlene White; 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous couisns and extended family.

There will be a visitation on Friday April 20th from 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft, California. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 21st, at 9:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery in Taft. Psalm 23;6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the day's of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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G. W. Lewis, 78
December 20, 1891 - May 29, 1970



Funeral services were held this morning at the Erickson & Brown Chapel for Gibson Worley Lewis of 220 E. Street, Fellows. The Rev. Albert Taxdahl of the Fellows Church of Christ officiated and burial was at the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Lewis was born December 20, 1891 at Bluff City, Illinois and had resided in the area for the past 45 years. He was a former employee of Manley-McGinn Oil Company.

He is survived by his wife, Lenora; a son, Ed Lewis of Taft three daughters, Vivian Ruscio of Oxnard, Joanne Fernham of Taft and Ruth Loperena of Taft; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and sister Ora Dial of Flint, Michigan and Flossie Sipes of Taft.
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Mable White Lewis, 88
May 10, 1913 - February 17, 2002



Graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Valley Acres resident, Mable White Lewis, 88. Rev. Sam White pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will Officiate at the service.

Mrs. Lewis was born in Ada, Oklahoma on May 10, 1913 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on February 17, 2002. She was raised and educated in Ponatalk County, Oklahoma. Mrs. Lewis had been employed as a license Vocational Nurse and work at Westside District Hospital for many years and later worked at the convalescent hospital at the fort. She retired from nursing in 1974. Mrs. Lewis was active in the 4H program.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Lloyd M. Lewis, in 1996; her son, Kenneth L. Lewis; her parents, Della and Jim Edward White; her sisters, Opal Walker, Hazel Blevins, and Syble Middaugh and her brothers, OC and OV White. Mrs. Lewis survivors include her son Ocie Lewis of Taft; her daughters Carolyn Abney of San Luis Obispo and Wanda Buck of Bakersfield; her sisters, Thelma Campbell of Arber City, Texas and Polly Lee of Amarillo, Texas; her grandchildren, Cynthia Pomerico of Paso Robles, Jennifer Abney of San Jose and Christopher Lewis of Taft; her great grandchildren, Daniel Pomerico of the U.S. Air Force station in Ramstein, Germany and Steffanie Pomerico of Paso Robles.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations in Mrs. Lewis memory be made to as charity of choice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Moriah Lynn Isbell Lewis
October 29, 1976 - November 12, 2011



Memorial funeral services for Moriah Lynn Isbell Lewis were held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft on Friday, November 18th at 1:00 p.m. She was 35 years old.

Moriah was born in Taft on October 29, 1976 and went to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 12, 2011. Moriah was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1995. She was a home maker the past few years dedicating her time and devotion to her two children. Moriah had a life long passion for animals, primarily her horses, dogs and cats and has passed on that care and love to her children. Moriah never felt comfortable with fancy clothes, (much less dresses) but felt it was important to just be herself at all times. Her favorite thing to do was to take leisurely rides on horses with her children. We who love her, place our hope and faith in being with her again. We love you so much.

Moriah was preceded in death by her grandmother, Audrey LeVezu and her brother, Gordon Jason Isbell. Her survivors include her children, jaylyn and Sara, and husband Kevin. Also her mother, Diane Bettencourt and her husband, Bobby, all of Taft; her father, Gordon Isbell and his wife, Roberta, of Bakersfield; and her grandfather, Bud LeVezu of Taft. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Melissa Isbell and nieces, Bethany and Jordan, along with nephew Braedon, all of Taft. In addition, there are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. www.EricksonAndBrown.
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Nicolaus E. "Nic" Lewis, 83
November 4,1926 - June 5, 2010



A native of San Luis Obispo, Nic expired of heart failure Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, at French Hospital with his wife, Chris, by his side. Due to a handicap from polio in his teens, it was with regret to Nic that he could not serve in the military. He worked and supervised his grain farming, trucking and ranching business on his various properties in East San Luis Obispo County. He also built and owned a restaurant and lounge in Taft California where his accountant resides.

Nic was a member of various organizations pertaining to his work and was a long-standing member of the San Luis Obispo Elk's Lodge. In previous years, he enjoyed his cabin at Lake Tahoe, where he went to ski. He traveled abroad with Chris and they enjoyed their time share condominiums in Palm Springs, California, and Cancun, Mexico.

In his semi-retired years, he and Chris enjoyed their ocean view home in Pismo Beach and frequent visits to the ranch. Although Nic had many friends, he was a rather private person. To those who truly knew him, he was a beautiful, kind, generous, thoughtful and fun-loving person with a keen sense of humor. He was also a beloved family man.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Chris; daughters Sandra Gardner and Roxanne Vessels; stepdaughters Cyndi Jasper and Kim Kohl; grandchildren Racine Gardner and Kash Vessels (Kelly); great-grandson, Geiger Gardner; and brother, Don.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia; sister, Lucille; brothers Walt and Bob; and parents Ethel and George. A service will be held with his minister, Rob Redden, of Grover Beach. It was Nic's request that the service be private, with family members only.
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Rex A. Lewis
August 6, 1917 - June 11, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for longtime area resident, Rex A. Lewis, 84. Rev. Tom White associate pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cememtery.

Mr. Lewis was born in Acorn, Missouri on August 6, 1917 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on June 11, 2002. Mr. Lewis moved to Taft as a child in 1922. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1936. Mr. Lewis proudly served his Country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II at Gardner Field. After discharged from the Army he went to work for Richfield Oil Company. Mr. Lewis enjoyed all sports. He was a member of the 1949/50 Taft Merchants softball Team; his team became the World Champions that year. He was an avid Dodger and UCLA fan. After retiring from Richfield he served as the Parks and Recreation Director in New Cuyama for serveral years.

Mr. Lewis' survivors include his two sons, Roger Lewis of Bakersfield and Sidney Lewis of New Cuyama; his grandchildren, David, Dianne, Jason, Brandy, Doug, April and Tommy John; his brothers, Ray Lewis of Long Beach and Ted Lewis of Bakersfield; his sisters Mary McGuire of Bakersfield and are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ted Lewis
February 21, 1923 - June 20, 2002



Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. June 22, 2002 at the West Side Cemetery, Taft, California for Ted Lewis, a long-time resident of Taft and Bakersfield, who died Thursday, June 20, 2002. Ted was born in Fellows, Caifornia, February 21, 1923, to John and Myrtle Lewis.

He attended Taft schools, and graduated from Fresno State University in 1951. He worked for Western Geophysical for a year, later becoming a school teacher at Buttonwillow and Bakersfield City Schools until his retirement in 1988. He earned the love and friendship of many students and colleagues during his years in the classroom at Lincoln Junior High and at Chipman Junior High as one of the original staff, where he taught from 1969 until his retirement.

Ted served his country during W.W.II, attending U.S. Army Air Corps Cadet School at Davidson College in North Carolina. He was later stationed at Miami Beach and Wheeler Field Air Force Base in Hawaii. He was an accomplished athlete, excelling in swimming, diving, softball and he was an excellent golfer. He was a lifeguard for many years and saved many lives, including that of his own daughter.

Ted had a curiosity for life that led him to travel extensively. He and Doris saw the four corners of the earth and he enjoyed each and every trip. Ted considered himself the most fortunate man on earth because of his loving relationships with family and close friends.

Ted is survived by his wife of 48 years, Doris, and his adoring daughters, Joan Drennan, Susan Lewis, Carol Bloom and Becky Lappin; his brother, Ray Lewis and sister Mary McGuire and Mable Mitchell; sons-in-law David Drennan, Duke Bloom and Todd Lappin; sisters-in-law Jeanne Morgan, Lois McCravey, Helen Sanford, and Anoinette Lewis; brothers-in-law and great friends, Neal Mitchell, Lloyd McCravey and Richard Sanferd; ten beloved grandchildren, Jennifer, Jamie, Aimee, Mark, Leslie, James, Beth, Leah, Monica, Keith, Julie and Alexander. Ted will also be missed by his much-loved nieces and nephews.

Ted attended Riverlakes Community Church. We wish to thank all those who have prayed for us during Ted's illness of the last few years and for the loving support of pastor Milt Cole. We would also like to thank the caregivers at Glenwood Gardens, the Skilled Nursing Unit, and Mercy Hospility who gave him and his and his family such loving care.

We are confident that Ted has entered into paradise with our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ and his being welcomed by his members who preceded him in death and his best buddies Raymond Jacobus and Vernon Decker. In the spirit of Ted's vibrant life, we would like to extend an invitation to join his family as we celebrate him in an afternoon of remembrance and fellowship. We will hold an open house between the hours of 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22nd, at the clubhouse of the Greens at Seven Oaks, Ridge Oak and Rose Petal off Old River Road, Bakersfield. "No finer man ever drew the breath of life."
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Randy Jay Lichenberger
July 7, 1956 - March 12, 2012



Randy Jay Lichenberger age 55, of Mason City died Monday at his home in Mason City, Nebraska. Memorial services were held March 17, 2012 Govier Bros. Mortuary in Broken Bow With Rev. John Gosswein officiating.

Randy Jay Lichtenberger was born on July 7, 1956 to Jay and Reta (Stithem) Lichtenberger in Broken Bow. In October of 1959 they moved to California. Randy attended grade school at Fellows, California and graduated from Taft, California High School. He worked for Texas Oil in the oil fields. In the late 1990's he moved to Nebraska. Before he became ill he worked at the Cross Roads Welding in Miller.

Randy is survived by his daughters Misty Larsen of Bakersfield, California, Brandi Hudson of Taft, California and Amber Lichtenberger of Taft, California, five grandchildren, Mark, Michael and Morgan Larsen, Alister Hudson and Kelsey Lichtenberger, his father Jay Lichtenberger of Kearney, Nebraska, sister Debbie Lichtenberger of Kearney, Nebraska, and Tammy (John) Hunt of Mason City, Nebraska and Peggy Lichtenberger of Taylor, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Reta and a brother Rodney.
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Russell Light
January 19, 1923 - October 10, 1978



Fifty-five year-old Russell Light of Mariposa died Saturday in Taft. A native of Los Angeles, Light had lived in Taft for about 40 years.

He was born January 19, 1923 and was a veteran of World War II.

Light is survived by his wife, Nonny Light of Mariposa; a daughter, Charlene McDowell of Taft; sons Russell B. Light of Santa Maria and Randy Light of Maiposa; mother Anna Stricklin of Taft; sisters, Patricia Archuleta of Bakersfield, and Betty Stark of Delhi, California; and three grandchildren, Traci, Suzie, and Jeremiah.

Graveside services will be tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery with Rev. Troy A. Beavers of Taft Heights, Assembly of God officiating. Burial will follow. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Winona A." Nonny" Light
July 7, 1926 - September 9, 2001



Winona A. Nonny Light passed away at home, with her family present, on September 9th, 2001. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of thirty years, Russell Light in 1978.

She is survived by two sisters, Catherine Babcock of Florida and Shirlene McLean of Ohio and their respective families; her two sons, Russell Light and his wife Melissa and their children Kyle Thompson and Sara Thompson of Bakersfield, California and R. Robert Light and wife Debra and their two sons Russel and Jerimiah of Cottonwood, Arizona; her daughter Charlie Light of Taft, California; her two granddaughters Traci Yeley and husband Jim and their children James and Ellisha, and Suzanne Hale and her children Amber and Sydnei all of Taft, California.

Nonny was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, July 7th, 1926, and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. She came to California where she met Russell. They were married in Kentucky in 1948. They lived in Ohio for a few years then made their home in California in 1956. Nonny had a great love for the Lord and was very active for several years in church and activities helping needy people throughout the community. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Graveside services will be held on Friday September 14, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Taft cemetery. Reception immediately following at the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
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Ernest Lincoln
July 22, 1893 - June 15, 1927



E.V. Lincoln, aged 35, died suddenly this morning at the home at 212 Warren Street. The body was taken to the Taft Undertaking Parlors in South Taft where it was announced that an inquest will be held sometime tommorrow. No funeral arrangements have been made.

Lincoln, who has been employed as a butcher in Taft for several years is survived by his wife Helen Lincoln of Taft. His father resides in Colorado and a sister in Washington and an aunt also survive him.
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Fred Charles Linder
January 25, 1926 - April 8, 2003



Fred Charles Linder was born January 25, 1926 in Long Beach, California and passed away at home on April 8, 2003, at the age of 77. He was raised and educated in South Gate before entering the Navy at age 17 to defend his country. He was a decorated veteran having been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in the Gilbert Islands during WWII.

He moved to the westside of Kern County in 1951 and was a meat cutter for various stores before opening the Maricopa Food Locker in 1961, which he operated until 1972. He owned and operated Westside Security Patrol before being appointed Chief of Police in the City of Maricopa. Six years later he was appointed as the Kern County Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served his community for fourteen years in various assignments. In 1982 he was employed at Elk Hills Naval Reserve as a Security Inspector until retiring in 1987. For several years after his "retirement" he was employed by the Taft City Police Departments as a Property Control Officer and assisted the Maricopa Police Department as a Citizen Volunteer.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Linder, their 6 sons and daughter, Fred II, wife Karen of Bakersfield, Joe of Eugene, Oregon, Tom and wife Ellen of Taft, Bob and wife Sue of Bakersfield, Paul and wife Rena of Taft, Bill and wife Kim of Bakersfield and Kelea, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, his grandchildren, Fred III, Jim Sherry, Beverly, Colleen, Robert, Mike, Susie, Jeni, Bryanna and Kenny. His great grandchildren Jeremy, Cohen, Marina and Maegan. Also leaving behind his sister Patty Grove of Los Alamitos and brother John Linder of Yucca Valley and many other extended family members and dear friends.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity in his name. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Laura Anita Lindgren, 79
January 13, 1921 - January 9, 2001



Services for Laura Anita Lindgren, 79 will be held at North Hilmer Cemetery, Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in Turlock, California. Visitation is at Allen Mortuary - Friday January 12, 2001 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Laura Anita Lindgren was born on January 13, 1921 in China and passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2001 at Emanuel Medical Center. She lived in Taft, California for 39 years and was a self-employed homemaker.

Mrs. Laura Anita Lindgren was born in China to Missionary parents. In 1936, she moved to Southern California, then she moved to Turlock/Hilmar area in 1939. Laura and her husband settled in Taft in 1961.

She was a member of the Hilmar and Turlock Covenant Churches. When in Taft, she was active at the First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by her husband Ray Lindgren, Taft, California; son, Dan Lindgren, Bakersfield, California; son, Doug Lindgren, Riverside, California; daughter Jean Mashburn, Woodland, California; daughter Joyce Acosta, Woodland, California; brother Norman Dwight, Turlock, California; brother Maurice Dwight, Grand Prairie, Texas. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
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Ray Lindgren
June 14, 1918 - September 26, 2012



Mr. Ray Lindgren September 26, 2012 at his home in Woodland, California at the age of 94.

He was born June 14, 1918 in Hilmar, California. Ray was a teacher at Lincoln Junior High School for 26 years and home taught for another 18 years in Taft.

He was preceded in death by Laura Lindgren his wife of 59 years.

There will be a graveside service at the North Hilmar Cemetery in Hilmar California on Friday October 5th at 11:00 a.m. The service will be conducted by Casey Barton, Senior Pastor at the Hilmar Covenant Church.
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Nota N. Lindsey, 83
February 1 1914 - March 24, 1997



Graveside funeral services were held today in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Nota Nora Lindsey, 83. Dudley Stout of the Church of Christ officiated at the services.

Miss Lindsey was born in Hardy, Arkansas on February 1, 1914 and passed away March 24, 1997 at a local nursing home. She moved to Taft from Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 1982. She enjoyed sewing and seamstress work. Miss Lindsey was a member of the Church of Christ.

Her survivors include a brother and his wife, Oscar and Kay Lindsey of Taft; her sisters and their husbands, Lorene and Johnny Bedwill of Camel, Missouri and Ima an Ezra Martin of Hoxie, Arkansas.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Daniel Ronald Line
March 13, 1945 - January 5, 2009



Daniel Ronald Line, lifetime Taft resident, passed away on Monday morning. Better known to most of us as "Danny," he was a man that will be truly missed by his family and his many friends. Danny was born on March 13, 1945 in Taft to Russell and Clara Line. He went to school here in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. He worked here in Taft and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He was stationed in Alaska and left the military service in 1969 to return to Taft and be with family. Danny owned the BP station on 10th Street for a few years, was the mechanic for a number of years for S.J. Mobleys well as the tow truck driver and car salesman. He was a very loving man and enjoyed the outdoors and being with nature. He was also very dedicated to God and the Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Acres. He had attended church there for many years and was very instrumental in keeping the church alive when attendance was way down. Danny was always inviting everyone he knew, even the kids he did not know from the park behind the church. He also was a big part of taking his church to the resthomes in Taft and being with the ones who could not make it out there.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Line; brother, James Line; sister-in-law, Mickey Stoner; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Tamomi Line; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Daniel McNutt; grandchildren, Alexander Line and Ryan and Brittany McNutt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Family and friends will gather at Paik's restaurant on Kern Street following the service. Viewing will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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James Francis Line
July 27, 1932 - May 5, 2011



James Francis Line (78) died May 5, 2011 in Bakersfield, California. Jimmy was born James Francis Hughes July 27, 1932, in Marion, Indiana, to Earl Hughes and Clara Howe Hughes. At about the age of 2 his mother moved with him to California. A short time later she married Russell Alexander Line who adopted Jimmy changing his name to Line.

Jimmy graduated from Taft High School in 1950. He served in the Air Force from October 26, 1951 - October 25, 1955. On December 7, 1959 he married Shirley Ann Lay in Taft, California making her his "Baby Doll".

She preceded him in death January 9, 2007. To them was born one son, Kenneth Line of Taft and three grandchildren, Arianna Mace and her husband Cody of Taft, Alyssia Line of Bakersfield, and Andrew Line of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Jimmy has two brothers, Danny Line who preceded him in death January 5, 2009, and Floyd Line and his wife Vicky of Ottumwa, Iowa. He also has numerous nieces and nephews.

He has worked many jobs, including ambulance driver and security guard. His greatest joy came from the many years he served as youth pastor and song leader at Trinity Baptist Church. The night before his death all he spoke of was reaching up to take the Lord's hand and having Him lead him home. We will love and miss you but we are glad you are home.

Visitation where held at Westside Memorial Services on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 12, 2011. Interment followed at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Shirley Ann Line
July 1, 1940 - January 9, 2007



Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at the West Side Memorial Services (1150 4th Street) for long time Taft resident Shirley Ann Line, who passed from this world to be with our Heavenly Father on Tuesday January 9, 2007 at her home in Taft. Funeral Services will be held at West Side Memorial Services - Sunset Chapel on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft. Pastor Paul Wilson will be officiating.

Shirley Ann Line was born on July 1, 1940 to Freeman and Mae (Green) Lay in Alabama. At the early age of 17, she moved from Alabama to Taft, where she met her husband James "Jimmy" Line. After a short courtship, they decided to spend the rest of their lives together, and were married on December 7, 1959 in Taft, California. Shirley and her husband attended Trinity Southern Baptist Church for the past 15 years, where they were members. Shirley and her husband Jimmy owned the Sweet Shop here in Taft from 1980 to 1991.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jimmy Line, son, Kenneth of Taft; sister, Bonnie White of Alabama; sister Mattie Lou of Alabama; brother Jack Lay of Alabama; grandchildren, Arianna, Alyssia and Andrew Line. She is preceded in death by her father Freeman Lay; mother, Mae Green; sister Mabel Sparks; sister, Catherine Mells; sister Elizabeth Ann Lay and brother Bill Lay. She will be greatly missed but not forgotten by those who knew and loved her.

West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For further service and floral information, please contact West Side Memorial Services (1150 4th Street - Taft) at 763-1594. West Side Memorial Services.
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Della Marie Lines
December 6, 1923 - October 22, 2003



Marie was born in Taft, California, the first child of Clem and Annabelle Connell.

Marie is survived by a sister, Pearl Blasingame of Licking, Missouri and by a brother George Connell of Bella Vista, Arkansas. In Licking, Missouri, Marie married Cleatus Karnes and they had two children, Marvin and Betty. Marvin and his wife Linda provided Marie with two grandchildren, Michelle Gillaspie (husband Rob) and Michael Karnes. Betty married Dickie Crowell, endowed Marie with two grandchildren, Barbara Mac Donald and Thomas M. McCleod (wife Willaine). Of these two unions, Marie has four great grandchildren. Marie was employed by the Kern County School District for twenty years, before retiring in 1976.

She loved her family and prayed daily for their well being and their happiness. She read the Bible very day and found great solace and inspiration in the scriptures. Of February 17, 1995 Marie and John Lines were married, where upon Marie increased her family with several step-daughters and step-sons Lisa and Le Boydstun, Sean and Diana Lines, Kevin Lines, Jacquelyn Lines, Bernadine and Mike Stonecipher, Susan and Bill Cross, and five additional grandchildren.

Marie was a member of the Neptune Society; no funeral services have been scheduled. In memory of our beloved wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother and great grandmother there will be a private memorial service for the family at the Stine Road Baptist Church on Saturday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m.
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Harlan Dale Lingo
October 27, 1933 - July 7, 2008,



In the excitement of the day on October 27, 1933 a baby boy was born at the Shelburnes' home on the Boston Pacific Lease on the north side of Honolulu Hill, Dale was raised in Taft until he was 8, then moved to Maricopa where he graduated from Maricopa High School in 1951. Dale served in the California National Guard from 1950 to 1958 and earned the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1954. He then went to Taft College graduating in 1953. Shortly after he began working for the Coast Counties Gas Company as a meter reader during the day and at the same time working at Richies Drive-In at night. He bought and operated Richies Drive-In for three years with Jennie May Routh whom he married in 1959. Coast Counties Gas was bought by PG&E where he worked for almost 30 years. He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club, and as their president brought fireworks back to Taft. He had been a member of the Chamber of Commerce. After retiring from PG&E he bought the Halfway Station in the Cuyama Valley and with his second wife, Vicki, has been its operator until now. He was a avid hiker, rock hound, fisherman, and had many other hobbies. He was also a generous loving father to his children and their spouses.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jennie May, in 1987 and a sister, Ruth in 1997. His survivors include his wife, Vicki; son, Harlan Guy Lingo and his wife, Ann, son, Christopher Thomas and his wife, Sarah, and son Kyle Thomas. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Munding and granddaughter, Tammy Berry and husband, Tim; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Michael and Skyler; nephews, Mike and Johnny; and nieces, Nancy and Carol.

Funeral services will be held graveside in the West Side District Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2008. Rev. Trent Meadors, Pastor of Taft First Assembly of God, will officiate. Viewing will be held on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. The Lingo family would like to give special thanks to the staff and doctors of Cottage Hospital and the Best Western Encina Lodge, both in Santa Barbara and to Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for their wonderful assistance and care at this time. We would also like to thank all the people, friends, family and strangers for all of the prayers and help during this time of trial. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Evelyn J. Lingo
December 3, 1901 - December 18, 1994



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for longtime West Side resident Evelyn J. Lingo, 93. The Rev. Richard A. Williams, vicar at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Lingo was born in Camanche City, Iowa, December 3, 1901 and passed away at a local nursing home Sunday afternoon. She had lived on the West Side since 1923 and was a member of the Taft Rebekah Lodge #343.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan N. Lingo, in April 1970. Her survivors include two daughters, Ruth Muehlhauser of Dinuba and Jo Ann Munding of Lone Pine; a son, Dale Lingo of Taft, five grandchildren, Guy Lingo of Taft, Carol Pino and John Munding of Lone Pine, Michael Muehlhauser of Dinuba and Nancy Handley of Reedley; 10 great grandchild; and a sister, Dorothy Todd of Gilroy.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Harlan Noah Lingo
September 7, 1903 - April 19, 1970



Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Chapel for Harlan N. Lingo, 216 Poso St., Maricopa, who died in a local hospital Sunday evening.

Born September 7, 1903 at Dexter, Missouri. Mr. Lingo had resided in this area for the past 48 years and was a former employee of the Maricopa Unified School District. He was a member of the Taft Odd Fellows Lodge and a past noble grand. He was also a member of the Taft Rebekah Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Jane; a son, Harlan D. of Taft; two daughters, Mrs. J.H. Munding of Gardena and Mrs. H. Muehlhauser of Dinuba; five grandchildren; a brother, Charles of Glen Ellen, California; a sister, Florence Gregory of Antioch.

The Rev. Charles Salvaggio of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the funeral, also officers of IOOF Lodge 426. Bruial will be at West Side District Cemetery.
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James Albert Lingo
November 4, 1865 - April 24, 1926



James Albert Lingo, 61, formerly of Missouri, died in Bakersield April 24. Mr. Lingo had been living here about eight months.

He is survived by his widow, three sons, Elmer and Charlie Lingo of Missouri and Harlan Lingo of Taft; and a daughter C.R. Gregory of Fellows.

Mr. Lingo was born in Tennessee. The body is at Payne and Son Mortuary and will be forwarded tonight to Dexter, Missouri for interment.
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Jeannie May Lingo, 59
February 27, 1928 - November 29, 1987



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for lifelong West Side resident Jeannie May Lingo, 59. The Rev. Dr. Neil Hudson will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

She was born in Taft February 27, 1928 and died Sunday in a Bakersfield hospital. She was educated in the local schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Taft.

She is survived by her husband, Harlan D. Lingo and a son Harlan G. Lingo, both of Taft; her mother, May M. Kearby; and several cousins.

Those who wish to pay their respects may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday until 8:30 p.m.
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William Albert Lingo
August 30, 1923 - March 26, 2005



William Albert Lingo passed away on May 26, 2005 at home after battling complications of prostate cancer. Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd on Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at 10:30 a.m., reception following at the Renegade Room at Bakersfield College.

Bill was born August 30, 1923, on the Associated Oil Lease in Fellows, California his parents Scott and Bertha Lingo, came to California from the Ozarks of Missouri in 1920.

He was preceded in death by his first love and wife, Kathryn, his parents and his siblings Art, Mildred and Mable. Bill is survived by his wife Barbara, and his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren; Art and Jan of Roseville, Minnesota; Tom and JoAnne of Somis, California and their children Lissa, Ben, Jake and Chelsea and 3 great-grandsons by Ben and Sheri; Marci and Richard Hoden of Bakersfield, California; and Roger and Kelly of Bend, Oregon. Also he is survived by his extended family, Barbara's children Jerelyn and Dan Harrington of Visalia, Larry and Nancy Leask and Wally Leask of Bakersfield, along with 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Raised in an environment that treasured learning, he excelled in school from Midway Elementary to Taft High School, to Taft Junior College, and the University of Texas. The son of a Rig Builder, he was born to be an oil man. He held only two jobs during his adult life that were not in the industry; he was a weatherman of the USS Pitt serving in the Pacific during WWII, and he worked briefly for the California Department of Highway surveying for the highway to Tehachapi after WWII. His first job out of the Navy was with Associated Tidewater, where his father had worked. He later worked for Navy Oil;, then Eastman Oil Well Survey. He moved to Richfield before becoming a partner in Di-Dril. His work took him many places, France, Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oregon and nearly every oil natural gas and steam field in California. His expertise in the field of directional drilling was well recognized, and in 1974 he worked with Red Adair to drill a relief well to extinguish a huge natural gas fire at MacDonald Island. In semi-reirement, he was co-owner of a pipe perforating company and worked briefly in Saudi Arabia.

In retirement, Bill led several organizations, such as Petroleum Prodution Pioneers, SIRS, and Navy League. He donated his time and knowledge to the Kern Oil Museum and the West Side Oil Museum. He also shared coffee many mornings with the old geezers in his coffee klatch. He treasured his friends, both old and new. Throughout his life, he loved history, reading, cooking for family and friends, and traveling, in the U.S. and abroad. He and Barbara traveled around the world on their honeymoon. He was blessed in his choice of his wife, Kathryn 59 years ago, just as he was blessed in his choice of his current wife, Barbara, since 2000. World traveler, fierce patriot, native Californian, oil pioneer, and proid Freemason of 59 years, he's on his journey to join his beloved Kathryn. Godspeed!

In lieu of flowers, please make contibutions to the Lingo Family Scholarship, at Bakersfield College, c/o Joan Wegner, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, 93305, or a charity of your choice.
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Catherine (Katy) Linscott
March 4, 1920 - June 17, 2012



Catherine (Katy) Linscott passed away peacefully on June 17th in Bakersfield, California. She was the oldest of three girls born to Leo and Ellen Rowan in Denver, Colorado.

Katy was employed in the broadcast business at KLZ radio when she met her future husband, Oscar, who was a commissioned officer in the Army Air Corps. They were married on February 7, 1942. After the war, they settled in Taft, California and subsequently Bakersfield.

Katy was a devoted Catholic who loved her children and husband, Oscar, who predeceased her in April 2010. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid reader, and enjoyed working on her crossword puzzles. She was at her happiest in her retirement home in Morro Bay, California where she lived until the death of her husband.

Katy was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar, and a son, Michael. She is survived by a son Dennis Linscott, son Timothy and wife Shirley Linscott, and daughter Barbara and husband Jim Crettol. She is additionally survived by four grandchildren and five great grandchildren and two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 26th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Church at 9:00 a.m. in Bakersfield with interment following in Wasco, California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Chronic Disease Fund; 6900 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 200; Plano, Texas 75024.

The family would like to give special thanks to Glenwood Gardens and their staff in Assisted Living for taking such good care of her these last two years. Arrangements are under the direction of Peter Funeral Home, Wasco. Please sign Katy's guest book at www.GoldenValleyMemorialCare.com
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Charlotte Patricia Lippert
March 17, 1923 - March 5, 2010



Charlotte (Pat) Patricia Lippert went home to be the Lord on March 5, 2010 at her home in Taft, California. Pat was born in Maricopa, California to Franklin and Charlotte "Lottie" Varley on March 17, 1923 and attended Maricopa Schools. She married John Lippert of Fellows, California on May 4, 1947 and raised four children together in Taft. Pat enjoyed bowling, golf and RV camping with friends and family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren remember her as a loving person with a great sense of humor. She stayed in touch with family and friends through Face Book, Instant Messaging and e-mail. Her generosity will be remembered by her family-her homemade candy and pomegranate jelly will be missed.

Pat is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Franklin; and twin grandsons. Pat is survived by her husband, John; her children and their spouses, Kathleen and Ed Brannan of Corse Gold, California, Randy and Oleta Lippert of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Robert and Pam Lippert of Lubbock, Texas, and Pam and Mike McCormick of Taft; her eleven grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all of the caregivers from Optimal Hospice for their invaluable service and kindness. A graveside service will be held in the Westside District Cemetery in Taft, on Friday, March 12, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. A luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft. No visitation hours are scheduled and the arraingements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Steven D. Litle, 42
March 4, 1954 - February 6, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Friday at 11:00 a.m. for Steven Dean Litle, 42.

Mr. Litle was born on March 4, 1954 in Wallace, Idaho, and went home to be with his Lord on February 6, 1997. He spent most of his life in Kern county and had been employed as a truck driver for the past 15 years.

Mr. Litle leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Kathy Litle, and his daughters, DaniLee and Cathi Lee "Catie" Litle, all of Bakersfield; his sons, Robert Dean Litle of Bosnia and Charles Clifford Litle of Virginia; his stepson, Paul Russell Phillips III of Travis, Texas; his father, Harold Litle of Midland, Texas; his mother, Jody Litle of Enumclaw, Washington; his grandmother, Elva Givson of Havvasu City, Arizona; his sisters, Nena Slaughter of Enumclaw and Debbie Delliplaine of California; his brother, Jimmy Delliplaine of Oregon; his granddaughter, Kiya Marie Litle of Germany; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; his niece and nephew; and many firends.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Williard C. Livingston, 87
June 30, 1910 - August 17, 1997



Graveside services will be held in San Jose at Oak Hill Memorial Park on August 29, 1997 for Williard C. Livingston, 87. He was a longtime Taft resident.

William was born on June 30, 1910. He lived in Taft many years and worked for General Petroleum and Honolulu Oil Company. He also had his own business, Livingston Welding Services.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Wall of Cuyama and Patricia Bell of Huntington Beach; one brother, Donald Livingston and two nephews, all of Reno, Nevada; four stepchildren: Eva Kroan, Ed Spurlock, Jack Spurlock and Linda Hartwick; 22 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Members of the Masonic Lodge #110 officiated at the service.
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Curtis Long
June 26, 1912 - November 11, 1992



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Taft, on Friday at 2:00 p.m. for Curtis Long, 80.

Mr. Long was born in Farris, Oklahoma on June 26, 1912 and passed away in Bakersfield on Wednesday. He had lived on the Westside for the last 47 years.

Mr. Long is survived by his sons, Leon Long of Buttonwillow and Gene Long and his wife, Marti of Bakersfield; daughters, Kay Sullivan and her husband, Dale of Derby Acres and Mary Lou Long of Buttonwillow; brother, Luther Long of Buttonwillow; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation hours will be on Thursday from noon until 8:30 p.m. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Dorothy Mae Long
May 1, 1922 - December 19, 2005



Private services were held for Dorothy Mae Long, 83, who died December 19, 2005, in Bakersfield. Mrs. Long was born May 1, 1922 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and moved to Kern County with her family in 1925. She was employed for many years as a bookkeeper for various companies in the area, and was a member of the Alpha Zeta, Gamma Beta Chapter in Bakersfield.

Survivors include her daughters, Lingda G. Myers of Oakhurst, California, Sandra Ann Roberts of Jackson, California; Roxanna King of Piedmont, South California; son Thomas Allen Long of Bakersfield; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Hodson of Bakersfield; sisters, Mary Jane Koop of San Luis Obispo, California and Bette Miller of Jacksonville, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary (Pinkerton) Hodson and sister, Jean Varney. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors.
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Floyd Fay Long, 83
September 8, 1917 - May 19, 2001



Chapel Services will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel for Taft Resident Floyd Fay Long. Floyd was born on September 8, 1917 in Blanchard, Iowa to Arthur and Lena Long and passed away at the age of 83 on May 19, 2001 in Bakersfield, California.

He was employed as a postal clerk for the United States Post Office for 23 years before he retired.

Floyd proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1936-1944 and was ranked as a second Lieutenant.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Long of Taft, daughter, Bettie Icenogle and her husband Bill of Arizona, stepson, Mark Mason of Taft, step-daughter, Tammie Hielscher of New Cuyama, sister, Nona Brumbley and her husband Kenneth of Waterford, California; sister-in-law, Beverly Lovett of Taft; brother-in-law, Raymond Hall and his wife Marguerite of Diamond Bar, California; mother and father-in-law, Harold and Elsie Hall of Taft, 2 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lena Long, brothers; Roy, Cecil and Harry sisters; Hazel, Lora and Betty, and by his first wife Myrtle Pauline Long.

There is no public viewing scheduled, at this time. Interment will take place at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whitter, California. For questions of floral tributes please contact West Side Family Mortuary at 763-1594. All funeral services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Lucille V. Long
July 13, 1939 - November 7, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Lucille V. Long, 63.

Mrs. Long was born in Lemoore on July 13, 1939 and passed away on Novermber 7, 2002 in a Bakersfield hospital. She moved to Taft in 1958.

Her parents, John and Velma Fagundes and her brother, Richard Fagundes, appreceded Mrs. Long in death. Her survivors include her husband, Jim Long of Bakersfield; her daughter, Ranee Seger of Bakersfield; her son and his wife, Randy and Marilyn Cooper of Taft and her grandson, Casey Cooper of Taft.

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 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert (Bob) Dean Long
January 9, 1952 - January 20, 2012



Bob passed away Friday morning, January 20th after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born and lovingly raised in Taft, California by his parents William (Bill) and Nora Long. He had fond memories of growing up in Taft and enjoyed lifelong friendships with several of his childhood buddies. He would always have a grin on his face when sharing stories from his youth about building and launching rockets, motorcycle riding, and the other mischievous adventures with his friends.

While attending Taft College he worked at the 11-C Market where he met his first wife Kathy. Shortly after they were married, Bob and Kathy moved to Shafter, California and Bob became Manager of the Shafter, 11-C store. Shafter became their home for many years and they raised their three beautiful daughters, Tisha, Kari and Lisa there. The family attended the Valley Bible Church and enjoyed fellowship in many activities. Bob also enjoyed playing on the 11-C Market Softball Team.

Once Bob began raising his family he decided to make a career change and took a job with Chevron. Bob worked at Chevron for 32 years holding numerous positions at various locations in the San Joaquin Valley. During this time he made many dear friends that he loved and respected. In 2008 Kathy, Bob's wife of 34 years, passed away. At that time, little did he know that he would fall in love again and remarry. Bob and Karen (KJ) joined together in marriage on December 11, 2010 at Gayucos in the presence of family.

Although their time together was short, they made the most of it going on trips and enjoying family. We have happy memories of family swim parties where Bob bar-b-qued something special with one of his "secret" marinades. The grandkids will always remember Papa's "school, school, school, school" reminding them on Sunday evenings that they had to get up bright and early the next day for school. Bob was a loving, kind, gentle person that will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, William (Bill) Long and his first wife, Kathy Long. He is survived by his mother, Nora Long of Taft, California; wife, Karen (KJ) Long; daughters, Tisha Long, Kari Zachary and husband David, who reside in Bakersfield, California, and Lisa Villalpondo and husband Richard who reside in Shafter, California; brothers, William II (Bill) Long and wife, DeAnna, and Bruce Long who reside in Taft, California; grandchildren, Taylor Long, RJ Villalpondo, Courtney Zachary, Caleb Rodriguez. Ryan Zachary, Isaiah Villalpondo; and many in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

We want to thank nurses Sandy Bradley and Madelyn with Optimal Home Health for the loving care they provided. The family is asking that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. A graveside service will be conducted by Peters Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at the Shafter Cemetery. Visit www.GoldenValleyMemorialCare.com to sign Bob's online guestbook.
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William Marvin "Bill" Long
September 2, 1927 - August 13, 2011



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for life long Kern County resident, William M. Long, 83, better known as Bill.

Mr. Long was born to Marvin and Mary Long in Fellows on September 2, 1927 and passed away at his Taft residence on August 13, 2011. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1945 and joined the U.S. Navy in June of that year. He served in the South China Sea and was discharged in July of 1946. Mr. Long was employed by Standard Oil Company (Chevron) from 1947 until he retired in 1986. He was involved in Little League where he served as a coach and vice-presdient.

Mr. Long was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Kathy. His survivors include his wife of almost 64 years, Nora Long; his sons and their spouses, Bill, Jr. and Deanna Long, Bob and Karen Long and Bruce Long; his nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Raul Lopez, 80
July 9, 1921 - December 18, 2001



Raul Lopez was born on July 9, 1921 in Arizona and passed away on December 18, 2001 in Taft, California. Mr. Lopez loved to stay home and be with his family. He also enjoyed racing doves. He will be missed.

Mr.Lopez was preceded in death by his son, Isabel Lopez. Raul is survived by his wife Eliza Lopez of Taft, seven sons: Raul Lopez of Mexico, Samuel Lopez of Shafter, California. Maclovio Lopez of Taft, California Jose Lopez of Mexico, Jose Luis Avina of Bakersfield, California; Francisco Zamora of Taft, California and Raul Lopez II of Taft, California. Five daughters: Estella Lopez of Mexico, Alta Reyez of Hemmett, California; Maria Valencia of Hemmett, California; Rosalia Lopez of Mexico and Melissa Lopez of Taft, California. He was also survived by 29 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Three brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday December 21, 2001 and Rosary will be Friday, December 21, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Mass will be Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church. Father Loydell Marth will officiate. Interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Glenn "G.E." Lott
March 30, 1948 - December 10, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Glenn "G.E." Lott, 55. Pastor Bob Birch of Westside Christian Center will officiate.

Mr. Lott was born in Marysville on March 30, 1948 and passed away at his Taft residence on December 10, 2003. Mr. Lott moved to Taft at a young age and was educated in Taft. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1967. He spent his working life as a hair dresser and last worked at Miller's Beauty Supply. Mr. Lott was a member of the Foursquare Church.

He was preceded in death by his father Leonard Lott in December 1996. His survivors include his mother, Violet Lott Roundtree; his sisters and their husbands, Doris and Gene Decker and Sherry and Ron Smith all of Taft; his nieces and nephews, Cindy Abrams, Terri Masterson, Shelly Maritt, David Snyder, Rhonda Henning and Nini Smith Hatzopoulos; his 14 great nieces, six great nephews, one great-great niece and one great-great nephew; his special family, Myrtle McBee, Glenda Johnson, Sandra Bourbanais, Richard Brown and Dona Clem.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lola L. Loucks, 92
September 16, 1904 - May 11, 1997



Graveside services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Lady Family Sutcliffe Cemetery in San Luis Obispo for Lola L. Loucks, 92. The Rev. Howard Leverett will officicate at the services.

Mrs. Loucks was born September 16, 1904 at Grover Station and passed away May 11, 1997. She was a direct descendant of the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo pioneer Traver and Wright families dating back to 1851. Mrs. Loucks went all through school in San Luis Obispo and began working for the Commerce Bank in San Luis Obispo in 1920. She married John P. Loucks of Sheridan, Wyoming, on April 23, 1927. They moved to North Hollywood where she continued working in banking.

Her husband was killed December 18, 1941 in an automobile accident. She then moved back to San Luis Obispo and was employed with the post office. After World War II she was employed by the San Luis Obispo County Recorders Office until 1952. She then moved to Carrizo Plains to care for her parents, Lewis and Nancy Traver, who were farmers. In 1980 she left Carrizo Plains and moved to Morro Bay until her present illness hospitalized her. For three years of her illness she had resided in Santa Maria. Mrs. Loucks enjoyed traveling, camping and reading.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, A. Fred Traver and Raymond "Pete" Traver. She is survived by her two sons, Alden W. Loucks of Santa Maria and Jack D. Loucks of Bakersfield; four granchildren; and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, P.O. Box 461, Paso Robles, California 93446.
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Huel Benton Love
July 22, 1913 - January 1, 2003



Huel Benton Love passed away on January 1, 2003 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. He was born on July 22, 1913. He was a native of Eastland County, Texas and lived in Modesto from 1960 to 1989 and also lived in Fellows from 1989 until his death.

He worked in the oilfield for 40 years and was a member of the Keyes Baptist Church. His wife, daughter, grandson and great-grandson preceded him in death.

He is survived by brothers, F.M. Wilson of Merced, California, Fred "Chic" Wilson of Velma, Oklahoma, his sister Gertrude Long of Duncan, Oklahoma; his sons, George Love of Modesto, John Love of La Pine, Oregon, Melvin Love of Bakersfield; his daughters, Ruth Graham of Fellows, California, Dorothy Love-Popp and Kathy Huffman both of Ceres; 18 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at Salas Brothers-Funeral Chapel on Monday, January 6, 2003 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the funeral will be on Tuesday January 7, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Farmington Cemetery, Farmington, California.
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Larry L. Lovett, 56
June 14, 1939 - January 17, 1996



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time West Side resident Larry Lee Lovett, 56. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Lovett was born in Bakersfield on June 14, 1939 and passed away in Atkins, Arkansas on January 17, 1996. He was a butcher for C & H Market in New Cuyama for 32 years.

His survivors include his wife of 35 years, Beverly R. Lovett and Larry D. Lovett, both of New Atkins; two sons, Harold Lovett and Larry D. Lovett, both of New Cuyama; two daughters, Melodie Martin of Atkins and Raelynn Saumier of New Cuyama; a brother, George Dennis Lovett of Arvin; a sister, Louise Jewell of MInden, Nevada; six grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
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Loveta L. Loving
August 24, 1915 - June 13, 2003



Loveta Loving was born on August 24, 1915 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma to parents, John and Margaritta Harrison. She went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2003. Spending nearly 64 years in Kern County, Loveta worked for a few years as a cafeteria cook for the Bakersfield City School district and even had her own daycare, caring for children.

Loveta was preceded in death by her loving husband, Euel W. Loving and leaves behind a family that will miss her dearly; five daughters, Letha Nothington of Bakersfield, Billie Brown of Rogers, Arkansas, Gloria Harris of Vancover, Washington, Margaret Twitty, of Taft and Pamela Barrett of Reedly, California; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held in the Chapel at Hillcrest Memorial Park today, Tuesday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Frank Ward of Columbus Street Baptist Church will officiate. Pallbearers will be Mike Rind, Todd Bockman, Tim Bockman, Steve Barrett, Brandon Bockman and Timothy R. Bockman. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Barrett and Ken Harris. Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.
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Mildred M. Low
February 24, 1912 - April 1, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for New Cuyama resident Mildred M. Low, 90. Darrell Nichols will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery.

Mrs. Low was born in Waldron, Arkansas on February 24, 1912 and passed away in a Bakersfield rest home. She lived in the New Cuyama valley since 1944. Mrs. Low was employed as a cook at the Cuyama Union Elementary School for over 22 years. She was a charter member of the Cuyama Valley First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Low was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Low, in 1992; her son Willie Low in 1990; her daughter Wilma Low and grandson, David Low, in 1989.

Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Wanda and Gary Wilder of Tehachapi; her daughter-in-law Carolyn Low of New Cuyama; her grandchildren Deborah Nichols of North Edwards, Don Low of Seattle Washington, Darlene Kalan of Bakersfield, Danelle Janzen of Tehachapi, Dean Wilder of Phoeniz Arizona; Darryl Low of Helendale; her great grandchildren, Jason Nichols of Bakersfield, Alicia Broadus, Jennifer and Leah Nichols all of North Edwards, Deidre Ann Low of Seattle, Washington, Jeffrey Low of Hutchinson Minnesota, Shanda and Tiffany Kalan of Bakersfield, Zachary and Natalie Wilder of Phoenix, Arizona and Dakota Low of Helendale; her great great grandchildren, Shelby and Claire Broadus; and many nieces and nephews; including Larry Burden of Taft.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Darrel [Gale] Lowe
October 4, 1940 - September 15, 2002



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. for Darrel Gale Lowe, 61. Mr. Lowe was born in Taft on October 4, 1940 and passed away in Taft on September 15, 2002.

Mr. Lowe was raised and educated in Santa Maria. Mr. Lowe served his country in the U.S. Navy. He worked on the oilfields as a construction foreman many years and was last employed by Nuevo Energy. Mr. Lowe was a member of the Taft Petroleum Club and the Taft Sportsman's Club. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and bowler.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Gerald [Dale] Lowe and his father, Edward Dawson Lowe. His survivors include his wife, Carol Lowe of Taft; his mother, Frances Lowe of Yearington, Nevada; his sister and her husband, Volina and Tom Connolly of Crescent Valley, Nevada; his children, Tina Lowe of the Cayman Islands, Mike [Lowe] Pait of Taft, Darrel Lowe of Rockland, Brian [Lowe] Pait of Bakersfield, Chris Lowe and his wife, Jillyann of Lemoore; His grandchildren, Jon Pait, Amber McElmurry, Bryce, Andrew and Jordan Lowe, Todd and Stephen Lowe; His many nieces and nephews and on especially nephew, Anthony Larsen.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made in Mr. Lowe's name to the American Cancer Society or the Mercy Westside Hospital Memorial Foundation. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Helen Lowe
August 12, 1905 - May 23, 1968



Graveside services were held this afternoon at West Side District Cemetery for Ruth Helen Lowe of Valley Acres, who died yesterday in a local hospital. Pastor A. E. Schmit of the Lutherean Chruch officiated.

Mrs. Lowe was born August 12, 1904 in Jacksonvile, Ill. and had resided on the Westside for the past six years. She was a retired nurse.

She is survived by her husband, George E. Lowe and a brother, Fred White, Jr., Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
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Russell Dick Lowell, 83
September 17, 1913 - September 5, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for Russell D. Lowell, 83. Pastor Mike Harrell of the First United Methodist Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Lowell was born on September 17, 1913 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and passed away on September 5, 1997 in Bakersfield. He had lived in Kern County for 75 years and was employed by Honolulu and Getty Oil Companies.

Mr. Lowell was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, in 1993. He is survived by his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter; Kenneth, Sue and Anna Lowell, all of Tracy; his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Bob Miller of Bakersfield; and his sister, Cecilia Lowell of Merced.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation in Russell's memory be made to a charity or health organization. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Keaton Wayne Lucken
August 20, 1989 - October 22, 2003



Services for Keaton will be held on Thursday, October 30th at 1:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 26, Emmons Park Drive, Taft. Pastor Fabrizious will officiate. Viewing will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Keaton was born to Gary on August 20th 1989 in Bakersfield. He passed away on October 22, 2003 at Children's Hospital in Madera, California.

His loving father dedicated every minute of the last 14 years to Keaton's special life. It is especially hard to say good-bye. We will be together again. Keaton was born a special child. Keaton touched so many hearts in his short life. We will always remember that big beautiful crooked smile.

He is survived by his father Gary; sisters Kris, Karen and her husband Russ King of Taft; nephews Joe, Jared, Tyler and niece Meghan of Taft; and niece Emily and nephew Steven of Littleton, Colorado; Aunt Sue And Uncle Ron Taylor of Loveland, Colorado, Kim, Brandyn and Nicholas of Thorton, Colorado; Grandma Chris and Grandpa Jerry Sylvester of Bethel Island, California, and the very caring hearts of Sarah and Larry King of Taft.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for all express their gratitude for all the caring and compassion given to Keaton from his teachers, aides, and bus drivers throughout the years. Upon completion of the services, burial will follow at West Side District Cemetery.
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James "Lumpy" Lumsden, 63
February 21, 1934 - June 7, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday at 3:00 p.m. for Maricopa resdient James E. "Lumpy" Lumsden Sr., 63. The Rev. Bart Hughes, pastor of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, will officiate at the service.

Mr. Lumsden was born in Tyler, Missouri on February 21, 1934 and passed away June 7, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Lumsden served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-56 and received two medals. After his discharge he settled in Kern County. He had been employed by the City of Taft for 18 years. All of his life he loved baseball and he coached baseball, Little League, softball and slowpitch for over 44 years.

His survivors include his wife, Rose Lumsden of Maricopa; a son and his wife, Robin and James Lumsden Jr. of Maricopa; his daughters and their husbands, Karen and James Chitwood of Maricopa and Vicki and Jeff Howard of Taft; his grandsons, Robert Lumsden, Chad and J.C. Jackson of Arvin; many nieces and nephews; numerous other relatives; special friends Alma and Leaman Hunt; and very dear loving friends Don and Linda Lamas.

Those who wish may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Wednesday from 1:00 - 8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Irene "Penny" Lusk
May 12, 1921 - March 21, 2004



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Irene "Penny" Lusk, 82. Chaplain Chuck Simonson will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Lusk was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on May 12, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 21, 2004. She was an avid golfer, baker and displayed her talent in painting.

Mrs. Lusk was preceded in death by her husband Leo Lusk in 1993 and by her son Jack Pittman in 1973. Her survivors include her two sons and their spouses, Douglas and Jacquelyn Pittman of Bakersfield and Thomas and Lori Lusk of Sterling, Virginia; her daughter and husband Cindy and Gordon Kennedy of Bakersfield; her grandchildren; Carrie, Steve, Zak, Tyler, Ally, Sean and Mikey; her great grandchildren; Farrin, Madison, Morgan, Lyndsey and Justin; and by her sister Shirley Wilson of Tehachapi, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers at the service will be Everett Baxter and Chuck Blackmore. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations be made in Mrs. Lusk's name to the Hoffman Hospice or the American Diabetes Association.
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Covel R. "Rudy" Lyle
November 26, 1909 - November 29, 2008



On November 29, 2008, Covel R. "Rudy" Lyle left this earth to join Ida, his wife of more than 70 years, and to be with his Lord.

Rudy was born in Lipton, Saskatchewan, Canada on November 26, 1909. He lived for a time in Pierre, South Dakota before moving to Taft, California, where he lived until 2004 when he moved to Ventura. Rudy attended both High School and Taft College, where he was a multi-sport athlete in basketball and track. Rudy was a letter carrier in Taft for 27 years before his retirement. Following his retirement Rudy and Ida built a cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota where they spent many summers - returning to Taft for the winter. Together they enjoyed many years of camping, fishing, hiking and picking wild blueberries.

Rudy was preceded in death by his wife and "Sweetheart" Ida. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Elsa and Mike of St. George, Utah, son and daughter-in-law Ken and Klaine of Ventura; grandchildren David Villa and his wife Carelyn of Henderson, Nevada, Tom Lyle of Ventura, Greg Lyle of Ventura, Ben Spahr and his wife April of Ventura, and Brian Lyle of San Diego; and five great-grandchildren.

Rudy attended Calvary Chapel in Ventura. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2008 at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura with Pastor Bob Irish of Calvary Chapel presiding.

The family wishes to thank Pastor Bob, all the wonderful people from VITAS Hospice, and the staff at the Palms who helped Rudy transition from this world to Heaven.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3105 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura.
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William "Dude" Lyles
September 29, 1918 - May 5, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for Derby Acres resident, William Q. "Dude" Lyles, 82. Michael Linn of Mariposa will speak at the service.

Mr. Lyles was born on September 29, 1918 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to the late Bud L. and Blanche Kidd Lyles and passed away in a local nursing home on May 5, 2001. He attended school in Coalgate, Oklahoma. Mr. Lyles joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in the 93rd Armored Artillery Battalion in France and Germany. He received a Purple Heart upon his discharge in 1944 he returned home to live with his family in Delano. He did contract farming at the Schiltz Farm until 1973. Then he moved with his father to Derby Acres. In 1993 he married Mary Fishman. Mr. Lyles was a life member of DAV chapter #20 in Bakersfield and the Taft Sportsman's Club. He also enjoyed his membership in the Senior Citizens of the West Side and the local AARP.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Imajean Sparks and two brothers, Edmond and Curtis. Mr. Lyles is survived his wife, Mary Lyles of Fellows; his three sisters, Lola Anderson of Ventura, Edith Mitchel of Maud, Oklahoma and Betty Lou Reed and her husband, Henry of Las Vegas, Nevada; his special brother-in-law, Amos Sparks of Antioch; his cousins, Cathy Little and her husband, Tommy of Derby Acres, Pete Smith and his wife, Ruby of McKittrick, Richard Smith and his wife, Doris Gilroy and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Carl [Red] Lynge 83
August 31, 1918 - December 31, 2001



Carl RED Lynge, 83 died 12-31-01. Memorial services will a gathering of family and friends at the home of June Hale. Carl was preceded in death by Verna, his loving wife of 48 years. He is survived by sister, Mildred Cansler of New Jersey and three children; Don Lynge and his family of Creston, June Hale and her family of Taft, and Sharon Gunter and her family, also of Taft. He has 9 grandchildren, as well several nieces and nephews and brothers and sister-in-laws, whom he cherished.

He enjoyed a career with Chevron. Carl served on the Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Possee for many years, belonged to the Danish Brotherhood of Eugene Oregon; the Taft Sportsman's Club, The Taft Motorcycle Club, and was a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Assoc. Collected Indian Artifacts in the Buena Vista Lakebed, and making belt buckles and jewelry featuring beautiful rocks he cut and polished. Carl will be missed by all.
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Tony Lynn
April 9, 1965 - June 24, 2001



In memory of Tony Lynn. Tony passed away on June 24, 2001. He is survived by girlfriend Vicky Baker, daughter Christina and stepdaughters Chastity and Justine and many friends. Tony loved playing golf and spending time with his daughter.

The funeral will be held at West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, June 30th at 10:00 a.m.
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Dale Joseph Lyon - 14 days
July 6, 1947 - July 20, 1947



Dale Joseph Lyon died in Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles and will be buried in Westside District Cemetery, grave plot 9 block 9, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. Lyon of Taft, California
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Evelyn Arline Lyon - 22 months
July 18th, 1929 - May 5th, 1931



Evelyn Arline Lyon 22 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. Lyon of Reward passed away last morning about 8:30 o'clock at the home of her uncle at 807 Kern St. in Taft. Death is believed to have resulted from complications from the measles.

She is survived by her parents and one brother. Services will be announced later.

Services for Arline were held at the Free Mission Church in Ford City with the Taft Undertaking Company in Charge Rev. L.F. Romines. Internement will be in the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. Sec. 10 block 37 lot 3.
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Glen E. Lyon, 73
October 6, 1902 - June 26, 1976



Funeral services for former resident Glen E. Lyon were held Monday at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel in Bakersfield. Mr. Lyon died Friday in Bakersfield, he was 73.

A native of Buttonwillow, he was born October 6, 1902. He lived on the Westside for many years and was employed by Standard Oil Co. in Taft for 43 years.

Mr. Lyon is survived by his wife, Mae; two sons, Lawrence Lyon of Taft and Rev. Gerald Lyon of Lindsay; three daughters, Mary Lou Dopita of Taft, Glenda Lee Claiborne of Bakersfield and Donna Mae Fowler of Lindsay; two brothers, Merrill of North Fork and Lawrence Lyon of Los Olivos; a sister, Edith Watts of Taft, and 13 grandchildren. Mr. Lyon's son, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of Lindsay, and Rev. T.L. Byrd, pastor of New Life Center, Bakersfield, officiated at the services.
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Lawrence R. (Larry) Lyon
November 19, 1925 - June 1, 2013



Larry was born on November 19, 1925 to the family of Glen E. Lyon and Mae I. (Noel) Lyon in Reward, Kern County, California. Larry lived the first five years of his life in Reward and McKittrick then his family moved to Ford City, California. There he started school at the two room school on the corner of Date and Taylor street. Then he went through all of the local schools in the Taft area.

Larry liked to trout fish, roller skate, bowl, and play golf. He also played some softball in his early years. He met and married Mary Ann Parsons in 1952. He held various jobs. Having went to work for the General Petroleum Corp. in 1952 and retired from Mobil Oil Corp. after 35 years in August of 1987.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents Glen Everett Lyon and Mae Irene Noel Lyon, two brothers, Wallace and Joseph, two sisters Arlene and Thelma. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Parsons Lyon of 61 years, daughter Karen and husband Charles Dickinson of Sparks, Nevada, son Dennis Lyon and wife Melane of Taft, grandchildren, Amber Dickinson and her husband Colin Dowling, of Sparks, Nevada, Daniel Dickinson and his wife Brenda Dickinson, of Vacaville, California, Tabetha Lyon, Baylee Lyon, Shayden Lyon all of Taft, great grandchildren, Kimberly Dickinson, Christopher Flippen, Kaylia Dowling, one brother, Gerald Lyon; three sisters, Mary Lucinda Dopita of Taft, Glenda Lee Claiborne and husband Ken, of Bakersfield, Donna Mae Fowler of Bakersfield and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life was held at the Taft Petroleum Club.
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Mae Irene Lyon
October 31, 1905 - September 13, 1990



Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Bakersfield New Life Center 2001 So. K Street for former Taft Resident Mae Irene Lyon, the Rev. James R. Ranger and her son Rev. Gerald Lyon will officiate at the services. Internment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mae Lyon was born October 31, 1905 in St. Edwards Nebraska and died in a Bakersfield Hospital Thursday evening. She married the late Glen E. Lyon September 22, 1922 in Marshalltown, Iowa, shortly afterwards they moved to Reward California. They moved to Taft in 1930 and lived there until their retirement in 1965. They then moved to Bakersfield.

She is survived by two sons and their wives Lawrence R. and Mary Ann Parsons, Lyon of Taft, Gerald Lloyd and Barbara of Visalia California; daughters Mary Lu Dopita and Frank of Taft, Glenda Lee Claiborne and husband Kenneth, Donna Mae Fowler of Bakersfield California; a brother William Noel of Grinnel, Iowa, a sister Beulah Ladd of Fremont, Nebraska. A sister-in-law Edith Watts of Chico, California a brother-in-law Glenn Shorty Stetler of Paso Robles, 13 grand-children nine great grandchidren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral is under the direction of Hillcrest Mortuary.
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Thelma Irene Lyon
September 23, 1931 - June 13, 1941



Thelma Irene Lyon, age 9 years and 9 months, passed away Thursday eveing at 10:30 o'clock at Kern General Hospital where she has been critically ill for several weeks. Thelma Irene is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn El Lyon of 806 North Street.

Besides her parents, the little girl is survived by two brothers, Lawrence and Gerald Lyon and one sister Mary Lou of Taft, and other relatives. The child was born in Taft, September 23, 1931.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Pentecostal Church with the Rev. F.L. Romines in charge of the services. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery in Bakerfield.
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Wallace Glen Lyon - 6 years
March 22, 1924 - March 26, 1930



Wallace Glen Lyon, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Everett Lyon of Reward. Passed away last night at a local hospital following an operation for appendicitis.

He is survived by his parents and a brother and sister. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Free Mission Church in Ford City with the Taft Undertaking Company in Charge. The exact hour will be announced later. Obituary notice from The Daily Midway Driller.

Lyon Funeral here Saturday March 26, 1930. Funeral Services for Wallace Lyon 6 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Everett Lyon of Reward will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at the Free Mission Church in Ford City. The Funeral will be in charge of the Taft Undertaking Company, Internment will be in the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, California sec, 10 block 41 lot 15. The Church was located at 111 Taylor Street in Ford City, the Pastor was Rev. L.F. Romines. Dr. was Dr. McAllister of Taft, California.
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