Westside Obituaries
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Roland R. Oakes, 75
March 26, 1920 - February 12, 1996



Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma, for former Taft resident Roland R. Oakes, 75.

Mr. Oakes was born March 26, 1920 in Maud, Oklahoma and passed away February 12, 1996. He lived in Taft until November 1995 when he moved to Texas. Mr. Oakes retired from the Kern County Road Maintenance Department in 1982. He was also a member of the VFW in Taft.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Syble Wehunt Oakes, in 1972; two brothers, a sister and a stepson. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Jeff and Debra Oakes of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and David and Ott Oakes of San Antonio, Texas; two stepsons and their wives, Charles and Atta Harp of Maricopa, and Glenn and Sandy Harp of Fellows; a daughter, Debra Line of Texas; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Linda and Robert Kendricks of Taft, and Brenda and Joe Haney of Peidmont, Alabama; four sisters, Bertha Dunn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Norma Williams and Tommy Loller, both of Bowlegs, Oklahoma and Johnny Furguston of Maud; a sister-in-law, Elenor Oakes of Oklahoma City; 18 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
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Syble Oakes, 75
August 23, 1920 - November 14, 1995



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Friday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident Syble Oakes, 75. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr.s Oakes was born in Kinta, Oklahoma on August 23, 1920 and passed away November 14, 1995 in a local hospital. She married Eddie Harp in 1936 and they moved to California. Mr. Harp passed away in 1969. She lived in the Cuyama Valley from 1942 until she moved to Taft in 1971. She married Roland Oakes in 1972. Mrs. Oakes attended the New Hope Temple.

She was preceded in death by a son, William Cleaston Harp, in 1984; a sister, Roberta Guinn; and brother, Lucious Wehunt. She is survived by her husband, Roland Oakes of Taft; two sons and their wives, Charles and Alta Harp of Maricopa, and Glenn and Sandra Harp of Derby Acres; two daughters and their husbands, Brenda and Joey Haney of Piedmont, Alabama, and Gayle and Robert Kendrick of Taft; three stepchildren and their spouses, David and Ott Oakes of San Antonio, Texas, Jeff and Debbie Oakes of Wapahometa, Ohio, and Debbie Lines of Dallas, Texas; four brothers and sister, Gracie Cloud of Maricopa, Theodore Wehunt of Maricopa, Aubrey Wehunt of Bakersfield and Dora Mae Warren of Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 a.m. until service time to pay their respects.
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Louise Jane Oakley, 84
March 26, 1913 - November 26, 1997



Louise Jane Oakley, 84, a resident of Taft, died November 26th in a Bakersfield hospital. She was a native of Ventura, California. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include: her husbnd Thomas P. Oakley of Taft; her daughters Barbara Jean Albertson of Lakeview, Oregon, Patricia Ann Schluter of Alturas, California, Janet Louise Nelson of McKinleyville, California; her son Thomas P. Oakley, Jr. of White City, Oregon; her brothers Richard E. Thompson of Mamoth, California, John E. Thompson of Ventura, California; her sisters Josephine Cromic of Big Bear Lake, California, Helen Kinney of Merlin, Oregon; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Private services are being held under the direction of Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors.
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Betty L. O'Brien
August 21, 1917 - December 23, 2013



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Betty Lou O'Brien, 96.

Mrs. O'Brien was born in Coalinga on August 21, 1917 and passed away at her home on December 23, 2013. She moved to Taft as a young child in 1923.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester O'Brien; her son, Chester O'Brien, Jr., her daughter and her husband Edith and George Yeates; her brothers Tom, Russell, Wesley and Allen; her sisters, Nadine, Sadie, Rena, Edith and Grace. Mrs. O'Brien is survived by her grandsons and their wives, Joe and Regina Oliver and Wesley and Shelly Wolfe; her step grandchildren, Jessie Wheeler, Bradley Wheeler, Sonny Henning and his wife, Trish and Andrew Henning; great grandchild, Dakota Henning and several nieces and nephews including Jackie and Marcia Skaggs, Billie and Gerry Skaggs, Patricia and Donny Soles, David and Kathy Hansen, Chris and Dianne Cooper, Vicky Stewart and John Artz.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign and online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Dolores May O'Brien
January 7, 1919 - October 29, 2002



Dolores May O'Brien was born to William and Bertha (Crider) Cabral in Shale, California, a tiny oil lease on the out skirts of Taft, California. Her brother William Cabral resides in Bakersfield, California. After a hard fought battle with cancer, Dolores passed away at her home in Kern City, with family at her side. She had been married to Thomas Maurice O'Brien, who was born in Waterford, Ireland, for 53 years.

He passed away in 1992. Dolores attended schools in Taft and Long Beach, California. Her father who worked in the oil fields and was a professional boxer prompted the moves between Taft and Southern California. Dolores an independent woman who loved music, dancing, theater, poetry, ice skating events, dinner parties, elegance with class, family gatherings, and Notre Dame football. A few of her other talents included interior decorating, stylish dressing, writing poetry, brick laying and repairing just about anything. Her volunteer work included teaching folk dance to children, directing and producing theater, along with building the props. She also frequented rest homes to spread cheer. She was always giving, loving and more than willing to listen and offer guidance. Our special family travels to Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, France, Italy, England and Tahiti will never be forgotten. A special thank you to Shelley Armstrong, "Angel Lady" Carol Millington, Gayle and & Bob Ortiz, and Dorothy Boland. Dolores shared her later years with long time friend and companion Harry Pasehl.

Dolores is survived by daughter Erin Canady of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, Lynne Shelton of Westminster, California, Laura Shelton of Humble, Texas and Tom O'Brien of Santa Cruz, California.

There are eight grandchildren who will all serve as pallbearers. Shelley Armstrong, Eric Canady, Cliff Shelton, Todd Shelton, Corey Yingling, Amy O'Brien, Monica Thomas and Hillary Thomas. Other surviving family member are step grandchildren Deanna and Chantel Shelton and Heather Thomas, along with eight great grandchildren three nieces and one nephew.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., and Monday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard St., Taft, California. Services will be held in Taft, Monday, Novewmber 4, 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church.
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Frances O'Brien
August 28, 1916 - July 26, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident Frances Ann O'Brien, 80. Rev. Bart Hughes, of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, will officiate.

Mrs. O'Brien was born in Los Angeles on August 28, 1916 and passed away in Bakersfield on July 26, 1997. She moved to Taft with her family when she was two yeas old. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1934 graduating class at Taft Union High School. In her younger years she enjoyed playing league softball. Mrs. O'Brien was an active volunteer with the PTA at Parkview School. She was a member of the Cherub Auxillary and served on her class reunion committee.

Her survivors include her husband, Alfred O'Brien of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Pat O'Brien and Lanny Stover of Santa Cruz; her son, John O'Brien of Bakersfield and her granddaughters Emily and Elizabeth Stover.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Browon Funeral Home on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Thomas Michael O'Brien
December 30, 1947 - August 2, 2010



Thomas Michael O'Brien, of Cameron Park, passed away surrounded by family and friends on August 2, 2010. He was preceded in death by parents, Tom and Dolores O'Brien; and is survived by wife, Nancy McEnroe-O'Brien; daughters, Corey Yingling and Amy Shefferd; three grandchildren; and sisters Erin Canady, Lynne Shelton and Laure Shelton.

Tom was born and raised in Taft, California and graduated from Taft Union High School and Fresno State University. He served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army. Following honorable discharge he dedicated 18 years to the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and was an active member of PORAC. He later worked as a labor negotiator for OE3. Upon retirement, Tom found tremendous joy officiating at football and softball and was often found with friends at Starbucks. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft, California on August 9th at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Services will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations will be made to the Tom O'Brien Memorial Fund at Bank of America. Contact tobmemorialfund@gmail.com for more information.
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Gladys M. O’Connell
December 4, 1912 – February 21, 2003



Graveside services for Gladys M. O’Connell will be held at Westside District Cemetery on Monday afternoon, March 3, 2003 at 1:00 p.m.

Gladys was born December 4, 1912 in Salem, Utah and she passed away in Bakersfield on Friday morning February 21, 2003.

She is preceded in death by her husband, only daughter, five brothers, and 3 sisters. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Arland and Ilene Hazel of Salem, Utah; brother and sister-in-law Garth and RaNae Hazel of Centerfield, Utah; sister, Darlene Eggleston of Springville, Utah; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives. She was loved by all that knew her, she will be deeply missed.

For additional service information please contact Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street), Bakersfield, California. (661) 873-8200.
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Danny Lavan O'Dell
April 18, 1951 - November 18, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Danny Lavan O'Dell, 51. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of First Assembly of God will officiate.

Mr. O'Dell was born in Centre, Alabama on April 18, 1951 and passed away in the local hospital on November 18, 2002.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia O'Dell; his two daughters, Tammie and Kim; his 18 grandchildren including the three he was raising, Dannielle, Tiffanie and Douglas; his four step-children; his brothers and sisters, Bill, Walter, Mary, Shirley, Cecil, Francis and Carol and numerous nieces and nephews. Danny was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations by made to help defray the funeral and burial costs.
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Phyllis Odell
June 17, 1921 - March 28, 2007



Phyllis Odell died in Santa Maria, California on March 28, 2007 at Santa Maria Care Center. She was born Helen Phyllis Bartlett on June 17, 1921 in Lakeport, California.

She is survived by her son Chris Odell and wife Trish of Santa Maria, California and daughter Jan Armstrong of Taft, California. Three grandchildren Anthony Armstrong and wife Janet of Taft, California, Alexandra Houseman and husband Scott of Phoenix, Arizona and Nathan Odell of Salinas, California and eight great grandchildren. Her sister Barbara Mann and husband Brooks of Upper Lake, California and brother Don Bartlett and wife Teenie of Paonia, Colorado. She is also surived by cousins Shirley Quesnell of Stanwood, Washington and Muriel Hawkins of Santa Maria, California as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday April 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Taft, First United Methodist Church. A reception at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Taft 1st UMC or the American Diabetes Association in Phyllis' name.
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Samuel D. Odle
October 24, 1946 - August 4, 2011



A memorial service will be held in Community Christian Fellowship, 7th and North Streets, on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for Dustin Acres resident, Samuel Douglas Odle,64. Pastor Jesus Fernandez will officiate. Private burial will be in the Corcoran Cemetery.

Mr. Odle was born in Hanford on October 24, 1946 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 4, 2011. He was a proud veteran having served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Odle had been employed by the U.S. Postal Service and after retiring be moved to Dustin Acres where he has lived for the past seven years. He was a member of the Community Christian Fellowship. Mr. Odle will be remembered as a man who truly loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Delicia Odle of Derby Acres; his sons Adam Bolla, Sammy Odle, Montell Odle and his wife, Brittney, Jimmy Odle and Johnny Odle; his grandchildren, Kilie, Skylar, Kelston and A.J. Odle; and by his sisters and their husbands, Kay and Doyle Hoppert, Fay and Ron White and Sandi and Richard Ashford.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Pauline Ogee
May 5, 1922 - September 8, 2001



Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum on Wednesday, September 12th, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Pauline Ogee, 79. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Ogee was born in Woodvillle, Oklahoma on May 5, 1922 and passed away in a hospital in San Luis Obispo on September 8, 2001. Mrs. Ogee came to Taft in 1949. She owned and operated the U & I Cafe on Fourth Street. Then she became a cook for the White Elephant restaurant for 26 years. Mrs. Ogee was an avid bowler for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Ogee on August 30, 2000. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Pat and Paul Cobb of Arroyo Grande; her son, Dennis Ogee of Kingston, Oklahoma; her sister, Juanita McCorkle of Beaverton, Oregon; her seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Allen D. Ogletree Jr.
December 7, 1970 - February 23, 2002



Graveside Funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Allen D. Ogletree Jr. 31.

Mr. Ogletree was born in Bakersfield on December 7, 1970 and passed away in Los Angeles Hospital on February 23, 2002.

He was raised and educated in Maricopa and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1989. Mr. Ogletree had been employed as a steam operator for Chevron for many years. He really enjoyed hunting and fishing with his best buddy Jason Williamson. He enjoyed all sports and loved to watch his sons play ball and ride skateboards.

His survivors include his wife, Davida Ogletree; his sons, Jason Allen, Shad Taylor and David Allen Ogletree; his parents, Allen and Brenda Ogletree; his sister and her husband, Melinda and Tommy Houston; his grandmother, Bonnie Ogletree, his niece Kayla Houston; his nephew Kristopher Houston; his mother and father-in-law David and Vicky Callison; his brother-in-law, Sammy Callison all of Maricopa and by several aunts uncles and cousins.

Friends are invited to pay their respect on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bonnie Bell Ogletree
April 30, 1921 - September 28, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. for Bonnie Bell Ogletree, 86. Pastor Terry Ruddell will officiate at the service. Mrs. Ogletree was born in Texas on April 30, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on Septmber 28, 2007. She had lived in Maricopa for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dewey Ogletree; her father, Jim Elliott; her mother, Annie Gem Elliott; her sister, Elizabeth Stone; her son, James Ogletree; and her grandson, Allen Ogletree,Jr. Her survivors include her sons and their wives, Charles and Carol Ogletree of Texas, Johnny and Leatha Ogletree of Oroville, Darrel and Mae Ogletree of Orville, Allen Ogletree, Sr. and Brenda of Maricopa; her daughter-in-law, Geraldine Ogletree of Texas; her sister, Marquetta Nicholson; her niece, Phyllis Stone; her nephew, Jimmy Wayne Nicholson; her grandchildren, Paul and Brian Ogletree, and Judy Kindiger all of Texas, Bobby and Shelby Ogletree of California, Jimmy Ogletree and Sheila Barnes both of California, Nikki Coker of Missouri, Kenny Allen Ogletree of Texas; her sister, Marquetta Nicholson; her niece, Phyllis Stone; her nephew, Jimmy Wayne Nicholson; her grandchildren, Paul and Brian Ogletree, and Judy Kindiger all of Texas, Bobby and Shelby Ogletree of California, Jimmy Ogletree and Sheila Barnes both of Califonia; Nikki Coker of Missouri, Kenny Allen Ogletree of Texas, and Melinda Houston of California; 19 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be her sons, Johnny Darrel and Allen Ogletree, Sr. and her grandsons, Bobby, Jimmy and Shelby Ogletree. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funral Home.
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J.J. Oliphant
March 14, 1907 - December 29, 2001



Joe was born in March 14, 1907 in Montplier, Indiana. He went to Heaven on December 29, 2001 at the age of 94 years. Joe graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by Mobil Oil Company, now Exxon Mobil. He worked for Mobil for over 40 years. He was area superintendent for West Coast Exploration and Production in the regions of Taft. Bakersfield and Santa Fe Springs, California before retiring. He and his wife Nona were members of the First United Methodist Church of Bakersfield.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Nona of 56 years, and son Jeffery. Surviving is his daughter and husband, Marilyn and Marvin Richert; granddaughter and husband, Lynn and Glen Berkshire of Bakersfield; grandson and wife, Mark and Gayle Jensen of McHenery, Ilinois; great grandsons, Spencer and Tucker Jensen; sister and husband, Francis and Ted Coltrin of Corpus Christi, Texas; and surviving nieces and one nephew.

Pastor Ted Virts of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Graveside services on January 3, 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
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Clarance C. Oliver
July 12, 1907 - September 25, 2002



Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 30, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura, California for Taft resident Clarance C. Oliver.

Mr. Oliver was born on July 12, 1907 in Moore Park, California and passed away on September 25, 2002 in Taft at the age of 95. He was self-employed in the farming business for over 13 years before he retired. He is survived by his daughter, Calrine Morris of Taft, grandson, Dale Morris of Bakersfield, granddaughter Karen Gearhart of Taft, niece, Susan Blackwell of Murphy, California and by his nephew Roger Oliver of Clearlake, California. Clarance was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

There will be no viewing hours scheduled, but for those who wish to sign the memorial book may do so at the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th St. Taft. All funeral services are entrusted through the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Cynthia Oliver
September 9, 1955 - December 2, 2010



A gathering for family and friends to pay their respects was held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at the mobile home clubhouse in Taft for Cynthia Oliver, 55. Mrs. Oliver was born on September 9, 1955 and passed away on December 21, 2010. The family would like to thank those who attended. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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James H. Olson
December 10, 1918 - November 14, 1997



James H. Olson, better known as "Joe" passed away November 14th at Mercy Hospital. He was born December 10, 1918 in El Paso, Texas. He was a late resident of Bakersfield and formerly of Taft.

He is survived by: his daughter, Judy Wahaus of Bakersfield; his daughter and son-in-law Sandi and Dick Rhodes of Bakersfield; his son and daughter-in-law Gene and Giselle Olson of Lakewood, California; his son adn daughter-in-law Jim and Nelia Olson of Long Beach, California. He was predeceased by his daughter Anita Jo Olson in 1972. He was also blessed with 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft Thursday at 12:00 p.m. with Mr. Paul Evans officiating. Joe just celebrated his 25th birthday as a friend of Bill W's. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the 34th Street Alano Club, 1001 34th Street, Bakersfield, California 93301.
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Joseph Oliver
November 22, 1946 - December 8, 2003



There will be no services scheduled for Bakersfield, resident, Joseph Oliver. Mr. Oliver passed away on December 8, 2003 a the age of 57 in Bakersfield, California.

He is survived by his sister Patricia Powers and by several other family members in New Jersey.

All funeral arrangements are under the care of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Larry Oliver
September 8, 1938 - April 14, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetry on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Larry Oliver, 66. Rev. Scott Pearson, Pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Oliver was born in Perkins, Oklahoma on September 8, 1938 and passed away at his home in Taft on April 14, 2005. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1956. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a member of the Optimist Club, still attending the weekly dinner meetings with fellow Optimists.

He was employed by Taft Union High School in the maintenance department for 10 years and loved working there. He thoroughly enjoyed sports, having coached Little League and Babe Ruth. He also played softball and played one year on the same team with the boys.

Mr. Oliver is survived by his wife, Judy Oliver of Taft; his children, Dianna Davis of Taft, Keith and his wife, Livia Oliver of Bakersfield, and Greg Oliver of Taft; his grandchildren, Scott Davis, Amanda and Taylor Miller, Megan Oliver, Jacob and Kinsey Oliver; great grandchildren, Jasmine Dewoody and Caleb Davis; his brother Ronald Jauch; his sisters and their spouses, Arlene and Tom Kelley; Glenna and Danny Hopkins, Freida and Del Iron Cloud, and Diana Baggin; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Larry Oliver to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Patricia (Pat) J. Olson
January 18, 1928 - February 17, 2005



Patricia J. Olson was born in Ramona, South Dakota on January 18, 1928 to William and Mary Dooley. She attended school in Ramona and then worked as a dental assistant in Madison, South Dakota. She married Marvin Olson on August 12, 1946 and began raising their family of three girls and three boys in Madison. The family moved to Bakersfield, California in 1965. Pat was a homemaker until her children were grown. She was the manager of Tot Togery at the Valley Plaza for 13 years and then assisted her husband in their insurance business until she retired in 1993. She was a talented woman and a great joy to her family and all who knew her.

Her parents and her brother, Jerry, preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband. Marvin Olson; daughters Andrea Cummings and husband David, Patti Bumerts and fiancee Mike Brokken, Carol Sherrill and husband Ron; her sons, Brian and wife Sue, Tony and wife Valerie, and Kelly and wife Theresa; grandchildren David, Laurie, Alexa, Nikki, Patrick, Robyn, Julee, Katie, Seth and wife, Brooke, Kendra, Kaycee, and Jeanie; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Joan Krantz, Colleen Freeny, Maureen Tolley, Sharon Olsbo; and brothers Eugene (Bud), Doug and Dave Dooley.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 7100 Stockdale Highway. Honorary pallbearers are David Cummings, Mike Brokken, Ron Sherrill, Bud Dooley, Stan Olsbo and Doug Dooley.
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Theodore Lamar Olson
May 5, 1925 - December 18, 2005



Ted was born to Theodore and Clara Jane (Weech) Olson on May 9, 1925 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and serves as a Nose Gunner on B-24 Bombers in the Pacific area through the Iwo Jima campaign. After his discharge from the USAAC he married Ila May Grace of Taft, the daughter of Pete and Hazel Grace. He also began his 40 year career as a journeyman lineman in the electrical trade, building and maintaining wooden and steel power lines. He was a first class lineman, well respected by his peers!

Ted is survived by his widow, Ila May Olson; his son and his wife. Ted, Jr. and Asih; his daughter, Teri Olson; his daughter and her husband, Wendy and Rick Jones; his granddaughters and their husbands, Fenny and Rusty Evers and Kaylee and Mike Fitzgerald; his grandson and his fiance', Ricky Jones and Mary-Beth Mistretta; his three great-grandchildren, Drew, Kayla and Madison Fitzgerald; his brother and his wife, Bruce and June Olson; one sister, Jane (Olson) Ballard; plus many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday December 27, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. There are no visitation hours scheduled. Our special thanks to Optimal Hospice, SJH 4th floor nurses, Dr. Hua Lin and office staff, Dr. Anthony Valdez and office staff and our friends the Ashleys. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Helen Kyle O'Neill
July 14, 1918 - January 5, 2012



Visitation to be held at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles Street, on Monday, January 9, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at River Lakes Community Center at 4301 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield, California.

Born July 14, 1918 in Taft, California, Helen - known as "Mimi" - to her beloved family - was a life long learner and teacher. She began her education at schools in Taft and Santa Barbara, and received a BBA degree from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, B.A. and M.A. degrees from Cal State Fullerton, and a Ph.D in curriculum and Educational Psychology from USC. She taught for many years at Foothill and South High Schools in Bakersfield, was a Adjunct Professor at USC and a Visiting Instructor in USC's Overseas Asian/ Pacific Master's Program; instructed and supervised teachers at the University of Texas at Dallas; and was an Instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work took her to campuses in Okinawa, Japan and Seoul, Korea. She also edited Christian curriculum texts at the School of Tomorrow in Lewisville, Texas and was a faithful church member who served on a number of committees. Helen was an avid reader, skilled bridge player, and artist, whose intellect was matched by the scope and depth of her interest in life.

Helen was predeceased by her parents, Lyda and Charles Holt, and by her daughter, Brianne Kyle Knox. She is survived by her daughters, Noel M.B. Hensley of Dallas, Texas and Joan Anne Lindsey and husband James B. Lindsey of Santa Barbara, also by sisters Charline MacKessy of Bakersfield, California and Winifred Vedder of Santa Barbara, California; and by her grandchildren Suzanne Knox Richards and husband Garth of St.Charles, Missouri, Jeffrey Kyle Hensley of Frisco, Texas, Cynthia Lyeria of Seabrook, Texas, Anne Westbrook Martin and husband Douglas of Harker Heights, Texas, Donald Lindsey and wife Erin of Bakersfield, California Kielle Horton and husband John of Santa Barbara, California and Patrick Lindsey of New York City, New York. She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's honor may be made to The Gleaners, Bakersfield, California. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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Louis Glenn Ong
July 17, 1936 - June 21, 2008



Lois Glenn Ong, a loving father and friend, entered into rest, June 21, 2008.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jo Carol Ong. He is survived by his son, David Ong, and daughters Donna Scott, Karen Nakashima, Janell Ong and Grace Spears, his brother Gerald Ong, his sister Julie Lagle, his mother-in-law Blanche Miller, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and his many nieces and nephews.

Louis fought with the Marines in Korea and retired from Southern California Gas Company, after 39 years. Louis loved people and was greatly loved in return. He loved tending bar at the Elks and Moose Lodges, the American Legion where he was a member. He was also a member of the V.F.W.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 28, 2008, 10:00 a.m. at West Side Cemetery. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Alice Frances Orrin
January 21, 1921 - March 13, 2005



Alice Frances Orrin passed away Sunday morning, March 13th, in a Bakersfield hospital, from the effects of a fall in her garden earlier in the week.

She was born in a log cabin in Michigan, on January 21, 1921, and the family moved to Wyoming Park, a suburb of Grand Rapids, shortly thereafter. Alice grew up in Wyoming Park, graduating from high school in 1939, one of thirty-nine graduates that year. During high school Alice met her future husband, Ronald Orrin at a Pilgrim Holiness Church function, they were married on June 28, 1940.

Ronald and Alice moved with their two children, Richard and Sharon, from Michigan to California in 1944, settling in the San Gabriel Valley area. Soon three more children, Pamela, Ron and Becky were born. After Ronalds retirement from the pool business and Alice's retirement from real estate, the couple moved to Course Gold, near Yosemite, where they lived for twenty years before moving to Taft, in 2001.

Alice is preceded in death by her father, Earl French, and her twin brother, Alfred. She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-five years, Ronald, her mother, Josephine Acker, 103 years of age, residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her five children and their spouses, Richard and Dawn Orrin, Sharon and Vince Ligon, Pamela Orrin, Ron and Kathy Orrin, and Becky and Mike Evans, eleven granndchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Alice regularly attended the West Hills Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed working in her garden and collecting antiques; however, the most important activity to Alice was showering love and affection on her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was an accomplished artist, and she was very generous with gifts of her artwork to many friends and family members.

A memorial service honoring the life of Alice Orrin will be held at the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, 300 Lassen Drive, in Taft, on Thursday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Rodney Wikoff officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contribuitons be made to the West Hills Church building Fund, in the name of Alice Orrin.
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Ronald McKenzie Orrin
April 3, 1920 - October 6, 2010



Ronald McKenzie Orrin was bron near London, England, on April 3, 1920, to Alice and Henry Orrin. The family, including older brother Harry and Ronald, immigrated to Canada when Ronald was an infant, and when he was four years old, the family entered the United States. Eventually, their were eight Orrin children. All ten Orrin's became citizens of the U.S., either through birth or natualization.

As a young man, Ronald worked in the Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan during WWII. On June 28, 1940, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he married Alice French, who was to be the love of his life, and his wife for sixty-five years. Following the war, they moved to Southern California, where the family grew to five children.

Ronald owned various businesses. He finished his career as the business manager for a custom pool design company and a construction firm in Los Angeles. Ronald and Alice retired to Coarse Gold, California, where they lived for a few years before moving to Taft, California. Ronald and Alice lived in Taft until her passing on March 15, 2005. Ronald moved to an assisted living facility in Bakersfield in November of 2007.

Ronald is survived by his son, Richard Orrin (and wife Dawn) of San Dimas, California, daughter, Sharon Ligon (and husband Vince) of Diamond Springs, California, daughter, Pamela Orrin of Turlock, California, son Ron Orrin (and wife Kathy) of Taft, California, and daughter Becky (and husband Mike) of Turlock, California, eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters, Muriel Hughes and Delores Outland (and husband Bill) of Michigan, a brother Bob Orrin (and wife Dyana) of Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ronald will be remembered as "Dad" and "Grandpa", for being "dapper" and "proper", and for loving his wife and family, and the Lord.

Services will be held for Mr. Orrin this Saturday, October 30, at 1:00 p.m., at the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, 300 Lassen Drive, Taft, California, under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Billy Joe Orsburn
March 18, 1940 - April 10, 2003



Born in Durant, Oklahoma on March 18, 1940. Died in his sleep of heart failure on April 10, 2003.

Bill was raised in Arvin, California and moved to Aloha, Oregon in 1974, where he worked as security supervisor for Tosco for 26 years. Bill loved his job and the people he worked with.

Bill leaves his wife, Anita and four children Melba Jo Dickard of Taft, Vincent of Bakersfield, California; Troy and daughter Angelia Stamper of Vancouver, Washington; nine grand children and five great-grandchildren; his parents, Vernon and Freda Orsburn of Bakersfield; one brother, Ernest Orsburn of Tulare; sisters Patricia Dye and Sheryl Bullard of Bakersfield.

Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Clements of Aloha, Oregon, who passed away of cancer in December 2000 and brother, Fred L. Orsburn of Bakersfield, who passed away in his sleep of heart failure, June 21, 2001.

Bill will be missed by family and friends. My Sweet Daddy, Angie.
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David Thomas Osborn Jr., 30
March 6, 1970 - January 21, 2001



A memorial service will be held at the Valley Christian Church, 1960 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield, California, Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. for David Thomas Osborn, Jr., 30, who passed away January 21st in San Luis Obispo, California. Pastor Nancy McMaster will officiate. Harpist, Jim Page will provide the music.

David was born March 6, 1970 in Bakersfield, California. He lived in Missouri until the age of 4, returning with his family to reside in Taft, California where he attended the local schools. For the past 2 years he had made his home in Atascadero, California. Working as a cook for the past year at Chalk Mountain Deli. He had recently renewed his passion for golf which he started playing at a young age in junior golf tournaments in the Bakersfield area. He loved movies and spending time at home with his family. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by us all.

Survivors include his life companion Pam Parnell, sons Justice and Noah and daughter Faith of the home; daughter Justine of Costa Mesa, California; mother and step-father Sherry and Ed Gillespie of Atlanta, Michigan; father David T. Osborn, Sr. of Morro Bay, California; sister Tara Osborn of Bakersfield, California; half-brother Matthew Osborn Davis of California; grandparents Lola and William [Brownie] Brown of Bakersfield, California; grandmother Illa Osborn of Moro Bay, California and numerous other family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in David’s memory to Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 1011 Bakersfield, CA 93302.
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William James Osborn
April 27, 1925 - November 16, 2012



A memorial service will be held in the Bakersfield National Cemetery located at 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, William James Osborn, 86.

Mr. Osborn was born on April 27, 1926 in Fellows and passed away on November 16, 2012 at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. While serving in the United States Marine Corps, he landed on Iwo Jima, was in Japan during its occupation and also served during the Korean Conflict.

Bill worked in the oil industry from 1952 to 1990. Bill was an artist, and enjoyed numerous hobbies. He was a professional boxer, enjoyed fencing, running and built its own sailboat.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Shirley; his daughter, Meloni; and by his brother, Robert. His survivors include his daughters, Vicki, Debbie, April, Sheila and Margy; his son, Paul; his 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and by his sisters, Mary Reed of Redding and Veora Herbruck of Idaho.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Dorothy Inez Osborne
November 30, 1925 - October 10, 2003



Born November 30, 1925 in Taft, California. Passed away October 10, 2003 in Bakersfield, California. Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lottie and Leonard Boyd and two brothers, Ivan and Glen Boyd.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Don Osborne of Taft; sister, Barbara and her husband Joe Teagarden of Bakersfield and numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Dorothy was employed by Santa Fe Energy for 38 years, retiring as office manager. She was a devoted and longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church in Taft. She was active for many years in the church choir, Sunday school teacher and Church Treasurer. Dorothy was a faithful prayer warrior of the church. She will be deeply missed by all that loved her.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at West Side District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California. Officiating will be Rev. Trent Meadors of the First Assembly of God Church and Retired Minister Rev. Harry Galloway of the Foursquare Church in Taft. There will be no viewing hours scheduled. Services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary of Taft. (661) 763-1594.
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Marjorie Mae Oviatt
October 2, 1924 - January 2, 2009



This life was a blessing to all who knew her. Marjorie was kind to all her friends and family and neighbors. She had an interesting life, being born in Windsor, Wisconsin, finishing high school in 1942 and Normal School in 1944. This is the school that taught teachers how to teach. She taught school for about three months and went to San Francisco to be married to Owen Rees. They had three daughters and then went their separate ways. Mother was not single for long when she found her new companion, William Oviatt and was married shortly there after. This was a better match because they were married for six months shy of 50 years. During their life together, she was a housewife off and on. They had several businesses together. Being a housewife was her favorite job. She enjoyed fixing meals and being mom and grandma. She was also a lifetime member of the Moose and for many years a Sojourner for the Church Of Christ. After 55 years she got back together with Owen Rees for the last 3 months of her life.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life Bill Oviatt; and by her beloved brother, John Craytor and an older brother, Conrad Craytor in 1938. She is survived by her sister Mary Helen Mclaughlin; her daughters and their husbands, Donna Francis and Ralph Lee, Bonnie and Bill Lucking and Ann and Guy Lingo. She also has five grandchildren, Eric Arwood, Tammy Berry, Jennifer Waller, Sarah Lamberson, and Alison Lucking. Last, but not least, her great grandchildren, Emma Waller, (a little boy on the way for the Wallers,) Alex Toenjes, Willow Lamberson, Jarrett and Lacey Arwood, Jordan Gibbard, Michael Berry and Skyler Berry and by Owen Rees.
Many thanks to the Church of Christ and their members and to Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for their help and kindness. There will be a viewing on Friday, January 9, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with funeral services on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel.
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William Seth Oviatt - Age 76
March 8, 1924 - December 25, 2002



Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for William Seth Oviatt.

Born March 8, 1924 in Harrison County, Iowa William Seth Oviatt passed into eternal life December 25, 2002 in Taft. Bill spent his early years in Nebraska went to work in construction as a truck driver. When he was 17 he and 4 friends drove to Seattle to work for Boeing Aircraft as a mechanic from 43 to March 44. From there he went home to sign up for the service. From March to November he worked on a ranch in South Dakota until he was drafted. At 18 he and his friend J. Naylor went into the Air Force together. Some time after the service he worked for the railroad in California as a telegrapher. Owned his own business and worked many other places. Including Vetco Offshore in Ventura for 17 years where he retired and moved to Oregon, then to New Mexico. About a year and a half ago they decided to move to Taft be next to family.

In death he is reunited with his mother, father, 4 sisters and 1 brother. Temporarily left behind are his beloved wife Marjorie of 49 years, his daughter Donna Mae Francis, Bonnie Lyn Lucking and her husband Bill, and Marjorie Ann Lingo and her husband Guy. Grandchildren Eric Allen Arwood, Tammy Mae Berry, Jennifer Dawn Waller, Sarah Iva Toenjes. Great Grandchildren Jordan Alexander Gibbard, Michael Berry, and Skyler Damon Berry, also two new ones due any time.
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Dalton [Ted] Owen, 89
November 19, 1912 - February 24, 2002



Graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Dalton "Ted" Owen, 89. Rev. Sam White of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Owen was born in Waxahachie Texas on November 10, 1912 and passed away in Taft on February 24, 2002. Mr. Owen had been employed by Victory Oil Company and retired as superintendent in 1978. He had been a member of the Taft Elks Lodge.

Mr. Owen was preceded by his wife of 67 years Mae C. Owens, on February 9, 2002. His survivors include his daughter and her husband Jean and Marvin Kooken of Hayward; his son and his wife Robert and Stephanie Owen of Napa; his grandchildren Kathleen Eviston of San Diego, Kraig Kooken of San Leandro, Maureen Fredrickson of San Jose and Denise Owen and Patricia Owen of Gilroy; his nine great grandchildren; his two half-brothers, Bill Owen of Stockton and Wayne Owen of Temple City; his half sister Valdine Myer of Laverne. Friends are invited to pay their respect on Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Donna Owen
March 6, 1944 - November 7, 2008



A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Wednesday. November 12, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. for Donna Owen, 64. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Donna was born in Mountain Grove, Missouri on March 6, 1944 and passed away in Taft on November 7, 2008 with her family by her side. She was raised and educated in Taft. Donna graduated from Taft Union High School in 1962. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Donna enjoyed playing cards, especially with her family. She liked doing anything she considered fun.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Tense Long. Her survivors include her loving husband of 44 years, Glenn Owen of Taft; her three sons, Darrin and Barbara Owen of Taft, Jeff and Crystal Owen of Ventura, and Rob Owen of Taft; her granddaughters, Nicole, Kelsey, Taylor, Alexa, and Valerie; her sisters and brothers, Norma and Ted Bonner of Taft, Jo and Lynn Hurtt of Missouri, Mike and Becky Long of Taft, and Steve and Dee Dee Long of San Diego; and by all her nieces and nephews that she so dearly loved.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Hugh E. Owen, 79
November 25, 1916 - December 9, 1995



Private family graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Hugh Everret Owen, 79. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Owen was born in Lindsay on November 25, 1916 and passed away on December 9, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. He had lived in Taft since 1921 and was a member of the 1934 graduating class at Taft Union High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940-46 and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. Mr. Owen worked for over 30 years as a mechanic, retiring from Standard Oil Company. He enjoyed building model airplanes and trout fishing.

He was preceded in death by is wife, Olga Owen, in August 1993. His survivors include his stepchildren, Joyce Durand of Ajajic, Mexico, and Fred Brown of Houston Texas; a brother, Howard Owen of Johannesburg; two sisters, Christine Walker of Taft and Doris Mae Juarez of Ridgecrest; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
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Lois Edith Owen, 83
July 9, 1918 - September 23, 2001



Lois Edith Owen, 83, died Sunday, September 23, 2001 at Kendall Hospital in San Diego, California of natural causes.

Born July 9, 1918 in Kerto, California. She was resident of Bakersfield for 48 years and lived in Kern County all of her life. She worked as a keypunch operator for the Kern County Recorder’s Office from 1949 until her retirement in 1984. During the last six years she has been living in the San Diego area.

She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Gonzales of Oceanside, and Valerie Owen of Weldon as well as her sister, Buena Kriedler of King City. Three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive her. She will be laid to rest alongside her parents, Norman and Ada Pewitt. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m. at the Westside Cemetery located in Taft, California.
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Mae C. Owen, 88
April 11, 1913 - February 9, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, February 15, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mae C. Owen, 88. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Owen was born in Los Angeles on April 11, 1913 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 9, 2002. Mrs. Owen was a piano teacher in the McKittrick and Taft area for over 20 years.

Her survivors include her husband of 67 years, Dalton "Ted" Owen of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Jean and Marvin Kooken of Hayward; her son and his wife, Robert and Stephanie Owen of Napa. Her grandchildren, Kathleen Eviston of San Diego Kraig Kooken of San Leandro, Maureen Fredrickson of San Jose, Denise Owen of Gilroy, and Patrica Owen of Gilroy; her nine great grandchildren; her sister Marjorie Presley of Bakersfield and her four nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay their respect on Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. until service time. The services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Christie Lee Owens
June 15, 1972 - January 29, 2005



Christie Lee Owens was born in Melbourne, Australia on June 15, 1972 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 29, 2005. She was raised and educated in Australia and moved to the United States in 1999. On February 4, 2000 she married Timothy Owens here in Taft. Mrs. Owens had been employed as a personnel manager at the local K-Mart for the last five years. She enjoyed video games and cooking. She loved to help people wherever she could. Her local family is grateful for the time they were able to spend with her.

Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her grandfather, and her two uncles, Warren and Willard Owens. Her survivors include her husband, Timothy Owens of Taft; her mother and step-father, Gayle and Geoff Monro; her brother, Nick Monro all of Melbourne, Australia; her nan, Evelyn McKinzie of Philips Island, Australia; her niece, Courtney of Melbourne, Australia; her mother-in-law, Carolyn Owens of Taft; her grandmother-in-law, Polly Owens of Maricopa; her two aunts, Patricia Owens of Taft and Sandra Smith of Maricopa and her cousins, Annie Davis and Warren Mead.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Joe W. Owens
April 2, 1925 - October 3, 2011



A graveside funeral service was held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Maricopa resident, Joe W. Owens, 86.

Mr. Owens was born in Lubbock, Texas on April 2, 1925 and passed away on October 3, 2011 in Maricopa. Mr. Owens came to Maricopa in 1943. He proudly served his Country in the Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a Honorable Discharge. Mr. Owens was employed by Berry Holding from 1946 to 1982. He was a past member of the Maricopa School Board, past president of the Taft Gold Club, and helped initiate the Maricopa Museum.

Mr. Owens is survived by his wife of 68 years, Billie Jo Owens; his children and their spouses, Billy and Linda Owens, James and Darlene Owens, JoAnn and Geno Phillips, Mary and Marc Callen, Brenda and Dale Edwards, and Joey Owens; he is also survived by his numerous great grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Warren Edward Owens
July 17, 1956 - November 29, 2004



Graveside services will be held on Friday, December 3, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Maricopa resident Warren Edward Owens. Pastor Trent Meadors will be officiating at the services.

Warren was born on July 17, 1956 in Oxnard, California to Roscoe and Polly Owens and he entered into rest on November 29, 2004 at the age of 46 in a Bakersfield hospital. He was a longtime member of the Kern County Mineral Society and he loved to collect rocks and cut them open. He also loved computers. He was employed as an X-ray technician for Industrial X-raying.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, mother, Polly Owens of Maricopa, brother, Jim Owens and his wife Donna of Fillmore, sisters, Carolyn Hoosier of Taft, Sandra Smith and her husband Mike of Maricopa, and Patricia Owens of Taft, nephew, Warren Mead of Taft and niece, Annie Davis of Taft and numerous other family and friends.

For those who would like to pay their respects, they may do so on Thursday, December 2nd, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary located at 1150 4th Street. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Maxine Oxford
July 29, 1913 - August 27, 2002



Funeral services for longtime Taft resident, Maxine Oxford will be held crypt side at West Side District Cemetery, Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at 10:30 a.m.

Maxine was the 5th child born to Everett and Lulu Thornton on July 29, 1913 at Licking, Missouri. She passed away peacefully with her family at her side Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. Mrs. Oxford moved to Taft as a young girl, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1931. She married Harry Oxford on March 15, 1934. They were happily married for over 39 years and blessed with two daughters, Nonie and Sharon. Maxine worked at various markets in Taft, retiring from Artz Liquor and Deli in the early 80's after many enjoyable years of service there. In her spare time, Maxine enjoyed various different past times such as hunting and fishing with Harry, leather-work, bowling and preforming the many hours of work necessary to keep her home immaculate inside and out. Her family was a constant source of pride to her.

Her husband Harry, daughter Nonie, parents Everett and Lulu, all of her brothers and sisters, Gene Joe and Neil Thornton, Louise Stumbaugh and Faye Sprung, a grandson-in-law Bob Cacia and many other family members preceded Mrs. Oxford in death. Surviving her are her daughter and son-in-law, Doug and Sharon Simmons and her grandchildren and their families, Lyle, Karen, Lanae, Laurin and Derek Barnes, Lorrie Cacia and her children Sandy and Tom Meehan and Travis Anderson, Carrie and Scott Harper and their children, Joseph and Ethan Morris and Vincent Harper, Terri Simmons, Doug, Gina, Jessica, Stacie and Jason Hall, Greg, Tracy, Tori and Grant Simmons and great great grandchild, Julia Meehan.

A special thank you to Ken and Rita and their staff at the Hallmark for their kind and attentive care of Maxine during her last couple of years and to Dr. Dartmell for his grace and compassion at a most difficult time. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her! Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Westside Family Mortuary. All arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary (661)763-1594.
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Richard (aka Dick) Eugene Oxford
December 4, 1936 - April 11, 2012



Dick Oxford left us on April 11th, 2012 due to a bad fall after fighting for several days to stay with us. His parents were Rex and Esther Oxford. The older brother of Yvonne Queen, Carol Siemon and Sandra Graham. He was a devoted loving husband to his wife, Margaret Oxford and family.

Dick worked in the oilfields and construction in his younger years, after leaving the government Nevada test site, his dream was to own a motorcycle shop. In 1974 he had his shop, Oxfords Harley Davidson in Taft. In 1978 he moved back to his beloved Bakersfield and opened the shop on California Avenue he would have remained till death do they part. His only hobby was motorcycles, all he needed was his customers, friends and family. In 1969 he won the National Hillclimb and many more awards.

He leaves behind his sons Tony Oxford and his wife Shelia, Robert Oxford and wife Denise, daughter Lisa Oxford and Matt Schweitzer, grandchildren, Sean, Lainee, Lycsis, Evie, Noeli, Brandon and Amy. Great grandchildren Samantha, twins, Ethan and Katlyen, and little Lexi, sister Yvonne Queen, Sandra Graham and husband Jerry, Carol Siemon. Nieces, nephews, and families Anthony Graham, Kevin Warnock, Eric, Desiree and Sheldon, aunts, many cousins, adopted son Shawn Joncoaltz and Jessica and his many friends and customers.

Family and friends are invited for visitation Tuesday, April 17th, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Mortuary, Wednesday, April 18th, at 10:00 service at St.Francis Church and graveside on Hillcrest Memorial Park following the service.
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Velma

Velma Oxford, 85
March 19, 1916 - May 16, 2001



Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 21st at 10:00 in the morning at West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Velma Oxford.

Velma was born on March 19, 1916 to Willis and Orpha Gordon in Taft, California and passed away at the age of 85 in Bakersfield. She worked for Continental Telephone Company for 36 years before she retired in 1978.

Survivors include her son Gene Oxford and his wife Sharon of Bakersfield, her grandson Eric Oxford and his wife Holly of Palo Alto, California and Scott Oxford of Bakersfield, granddaughters; Erika Napier of Santa Cruz, California and Chelsea Riddick of the bay area. The Morris family and many nieces and nephews. Velma is preceded in death by her beloved husband Nolan Oxford who passed away in 1981.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents at Rosewood Retirement Center for the love and support that they have shown Velma and her family. There will be a public viewing held on Sunday, May 20th, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. 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, Taft, California.
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