Westside Obituaries
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William Carl Rachie
February 11, 1914 - March 17, 2003



William Carl Rachie, born February 11, 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and passes away March 17, 2003 in Seattle. He was a systems analyst for Chevron and designed their C.O.S. accounting system that was used for over 20 years. He retired after 28 years of service. While in Bellingham, Washington. He wrote his autobiography.

Mr. Rachie is survived by his daughters, Amanda Muir, Julie W. Rachie and Cynthia Barrientos and her husband, Rich; grandson, Lee Barrientos; siblings, Dorothy Werness, Cyrus Rachie and Helen Groth. Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crystal Cathedral Ministries, P.O. Box 100, Garden Grove, California 92842-0100. "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Arrangements entrusted to Forest Lawn Funeral Home 206-932-0050
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John W. Radley
August 31, 1946 – August 4, 2003



Memorial services will be held on Friday, August 8, 2003 at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas, for Maricopa resident, John William Radley.

Mr. Radley was born on August 31, 1946 in Houston, Texas and he passed away on August 4, 2003 in Lemoore, California, at the age of 56. He was employed as a communications operator for AT&T phone company for over 17 years before he retired.

His services will be held with full military honors. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Letha L. Raker, 83
February 1, 1919 - February 4, 2002



Gravesides funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident Letha L. Raker, 83. Rev Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the service.

She was born in Malden, Missouri on February 1, 1919 and passed away at her residence of February 4, 2002. She worked and lived in the Taft area during World War II. She worked as an aircraft repair person at Gardner Field. In 1973 she returned to live in Taft.

Her survivors include her two sisters and her two nephews and their wives.

No visitations are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Michelle Ramirez
September 15, 1995 - November 10, 2009



A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 110 E. Woodrow Street, Taft on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Michelle Ramirez, 14. Michelle was born in Bakersfield on September 15, 1995 and passed away due to a traffic accident in Taft on November 10, 2009. She was a freshman at Taft Union High School.

She is survived by her parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and by many other family members. Michelle is also survived by her many many friends. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Visitation will be held at 327 Center Street on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Michael William Ramsdell
July 22, 1944 - December 14, 2008



A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday December 19, 2008 at Mish Funeral Home (120 Minner Ave.) Michael William Ramsdell was born on July 22, 1944 in Taft, California. He went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 14, 2008 in Bakersfield, California.

He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. A man known for his honesty and integrity, who was as loving and caring as any man could ever hope to be. Even though he spent many days working hard, he loved his work as a barber. He was not just a man who cut peoples hair, but a valued friend who listened, and then proudly told you about his most prized possession; his family. He was so very proud of his family, he would tell anyone he met about them. He loved fishing and camping, but was happiest when doing anything that involved his family. His family was his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, George and brother, Melford. He is survived by his mother, Ruth, his beloved wife of 40 1/2 years Bonnie; his children, Michael and Josefa and LaDonna and Brian; his grandchildren, Zachary, Emilee and Topanga; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Butch and Jan, Jerry and Shirley and Sylvia as well as numerous nieces and nephews including George, Jackie, Greg, Joshua and Philip.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Shirners Children's Hospital at 700 P Street, Bakersfield, California 93304. Mish Funeral Home-Oildale. www.dignitymemorial.com
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Arvillla Lucille Raney
October 3, 1919 - June 6, 2011



After a long decline, Arvilla passed away peacefully in San Jose with her family at her side.

Arvilla was born in Coalinga to Earl and Gretchen Cheney. She graduated from Coalinga High School.

Arvilla is survived by her son, Norman Jr., her daughter-in-law Ann, two granddaughters, Stephanie Radke (Bill) and Jennifer Raney, and her four great grandchildren, Amanda Carter, Margaret Radke, Mitchell Carter and William Radke. She is also survived by her younger brother, Roy Cheney, and Lylle Cheney.

While a counter girl at the local drug store she met and served ice cream to the love of her life, a young football player from Coalinga College named Norman Raney. They were married in 1939 and lived in Coalinga, where their son Norman Jr. was born. The young family later moved to Richmond, California to work in the Navy shipyards where Arvilla was to become a "Rosie the Riveter," building ships, while her husband was fighting in the Pacific Campaign in WWII. After the war, the young couple moved to Avenal, California where they raised their son Norman Jr.

While in Avenal, Arvilla was Grand Worthy Advisor in the Avenal Bethel of Job's Daughters, leaving the position in 1970 when she and Norman relocated to Taft, California. While in Avenal and later in Taft, she worked as an Office Manager for PG&E and retired after 36 years.

After Norman's passing in 1993, Arvilla became active in the West Kern Oil Museum where she made many good friends and always enjoyed participating in and helping with the activities associated with the Museum. Her fondest activities, and the one of which she was most proud, was the cooking she did for the local prison inmates who volunteered to maintain the Museum gardens and property. Arvilla called the workers "her boys" and would become offended on their behalf when others would denigrate them or their work at the Museum. She continued frying chicken and making pot roast for as many as 10 of "her boys" at a time, until she was 90 years old.

A graveside memorial will be held June 25th, at noon at Lemoore Cemetery District, 1441 N. Lemoore Ave., Lemoore. In lieu of flowers, Arvilla would be happy to think that donations in her memory would be made to the West Kern Oil Museum, 1168 Wood Street, Taft, California 93268 - 4336. Funeral Arrangements by Darling-Fischer Chapel of the Hills, Los Gatos, California (408)354-7740.
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Larkin [Curley] Francis Ranney
March 19, 1922 - July 26, 2002



Graveside Services were held on July 30, 2002 at Good Shepherd Cemetery, Huntington Beach, California for longtime Taft resident Larkin Curley Ranney.

quot;Curley" was born in Missouri on March 19, 1922 and went to be with our Heavenly Father after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer on July 26, 2002. Curley served in the army during WWII as an MP and was an M2 marksman. He transferred to the Taft area in November 1981 and worked for a small oilfield contractor until November 1999.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Elmer and Mertie Ranney; his brother Don, sister Maxine, and his first wife Grace Josephine. His survivors include his present wife Deanna Ranney of Taft, sister Wilma of Missouri, six children and their spouses, his stepsons and spouses, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Larkin's name to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Thank you, Charlie, Angie, and Jennifer.
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George W. Ransom
May 20, 1942 - March 18, 2014



George W. Ransom was born May 20, 1942 and passed away March 18, 2014.

He is preceded in death by his wife Geraldine, parents Carl and Dorothy, brother Charles Ransom, sister Charlotte Lewis, brother-in-law LeeRoy Long. He leaves behind his brother Cecil Ransom and wife Irma, Diane Gray and husband Peck, sister Caroline Long, nephews Charles, Carl and Roy Long, Rocky and Joey Lewis, Ollie Ransom, Joe and Donny Rushing. Derek White, nieces Linda Stockton, Cathy Rose, Donna Copeland, Alice Gray, Della Fay, Polly White and Anna Ransom, numerous great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Viewing will be at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Sunday, March 23rd from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, March 24th at 2:30 p.m.


Charles Clifton Rascoe
July 27, 1913 - March 25, 2007



A graveside service will be held Friday, March 30, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., at Taft West Side District Cemetery.

Charles Clifton Rascoe was born July 27, 1913, in Taft, California, to William and Ethel Mae Rascoe. He passed away March 25, 2007 in Bakersfield, California.

Charles was a hard worker. Before moving to Taft, he worked many years in Los Angeles at Mothers Bakery. He worked as a pumper for Bankline Oil Company and retired after 45 years with Signal Oil Company, Charles loved the Lord and was a great father. He loved to travel, hunt, and camp with his family.

Charles is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Hank Stewart; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Bob Karns; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Phyllis Rascoe; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Rascoe in 2005, after 73 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by five brothers one sister; and one great-great-granddaughter, Cheyeene.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 29, from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd.
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Darryl Rasey, 54
September 7, 1946 - July 25, 2001



Memorial services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Trinty Baptist Church on Finley Dr. in Taft for longtime Taft Resident, Darryl Rasey, 54. Private burial will be held in the West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Paul Wilson will officiate at the services.

Mr. Rasey was born on September 7, 1946 in Hanford and passed away in Taft on July 25, 2001. He had lived in Taft for the last 42 years and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1965. He was an avid bowler and bowled many 300 games. He was a member of the Navy Sea Bees and served in Vietnam. He was a truck driver and was employed by Darling Rendering.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Rasey in 1981 and by his brother, Larry Rasey in 1970.

Mr. Rasey is survived by his mother, Maxine Rasey of Taft; his sister, Cheryl Moore of Taft; his nephews, Scott Moore of Taft and Jeff Moore of Beloit, Wisconsin.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to one’s favorite charity in memory of Mr. Rasey.
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Alvin C. Rasmussen
November 13, 1917 - September 13, 2011



Alvin Rasmussen, a long-time Pismo Beach resident, passed away in Arroyo Grande, California on September 13, 2011. Mr. Rasmussen, a World War II combat Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was born November 1917 in Del Rey, California. For many years he and his wife, Gerry, lived in Taft, California where together they built their home on Fillmore St. He worked for Standard Oil Company in Taft and following retirement, he and Gerry moved to the Central Coast and settled in Pismo Beach. He loved to fish and for many years, he and Gerry surf-fished, often from sunrise to sunset.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Carol McDaniels of Pismo Beach, California; grandchildren Mark McDaniels of Palm Desert, California; Lisa McDaniels of Irvine, California Melissa Graham and Melanie Rasmussen of Denver, Colorado and great grandchildren James, Shane, Jack, and Shelly.

He was preceded in death by son, Gary Rasmussen. Arrangements are under the direction of the Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach, California.
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Wayne "Whitey" Rasmussen
June 7, 1923 - January 12, 1996



Wayne Nelson "Whitey" Rasmussen, a graduate of Taft Union High School, retired official in the California State Finance Department and later a regional director of the Office of Emergency Services, died January 12, 1996 after a long illness.

The son of Del Rasmussen and Jepsie Rasmussen White, he grew up in Maricopa and Taft, where he was an outstanding teen-age baseball player. At Taft High School he was an exceptional scholar, winning the men's American Legion Award and a National Methodist Fellowship. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1956.

Mr. Rasmussen was the youth leader at the First Methodist Church in Taft. An honors graduate of the University of the Pacific, he received a Maxwell fellowship to continue graduate studies in sociology at Syracuse University. After briefly working for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington he joined the California State Department of Finance Office of Population Research and played a major role in conducting intra-decennial demographic estimates for California cities and counties. He later joined the state Office of Emergency Services. In the 1970's he was a member of the Sacramento Area Transportation Council and led the movement to provide special services for the physically and mentally impaired. Ironically, a decade later he was a beneficiary of those services.

He was a well known coach of Little League and Junior League baseball teams in the Sacramento area. In 1977 he guided the local team to the state finals. From 1984 - 1988 he was an active member of the Centennial Methodist Church in Sacramento, where he served as lay leader. In 1986 he was diagnosed with a rare ailment and gradually withdrew from public life.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Sacramento; two sons, Scott of Cupertino and Peter of San Jose; a brother, Eric Rasmussen of Redondo Beach; and two sisters, Linda Sherwood of Norwalk, Connecticut, and Marian Burnham of Davis.
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Zela Ratliff
March 4, 2007 - October 24, 2002



Services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. followed by burial in the West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Ron Griffith of the Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate.

Zela was born on March 4, 1907 in Chushman, Arkansas and went to be with the Lord on October 24, 2002 in a Bakersfield hospital. Zela was the oldest of her family of two girls and three boys.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Corrina Green; her sister, Zora; three brothers, Lawrence, Delbert and Elbert Green, and by a half sister, Vivian Cheney.

Zela and Lorenzo Dow Ratliff were married on April 6, 1929. They had celebrated 65 years of marriage when Dow (as he was known to most) passed away in July 1994. They had four children, their first son, Lawrence; twin daughters, Juanita and Jenita; and their second son, Nolan Lorenzo, while residing in Texas. In 1936 the family moved from Texas to Fresno, California where their third son, John, was born. The family moved to Taft in 1942 (during the war years) to go to work at Gardner Field where Dow drove the crash truck and Zela packed parachutes. After the war Zela worked at the Barco shirt factory and at Sparkle Cleaners and for a short time at Taft College as a dorm supervisor. She resided in Taft until her death for about 12 years when she and Dow moved to Maple Valley, Washington. While living in Washington she worked at a furniture factory and Dow worked as a carpenter building new homes. She always took pride in her work and always worked to do her best. She loved to have her family over for a home-cooked meal, and was famous for her apricot pies and her, "Earthquake" cakes.

Her four children and their spouses, Lawrence and Wanda Ratliff of Yakima, Washington, John and Gloria Ratliff of Corona, Juanita and Dean Perry and Jenita Knowles of Taft, survive Zela. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Jim and Carolyn Perry, Becky Norris, Larry and Thana Ratliff, Danny and Jody Ratliff, Gail and Jim Brooks, Christine Brackeen, Theresa Pearse, Harry "Butch" and Marlee Knowles, Jennifer and Don Beaudome, Jill Ratliff, Jim and Kelley Ratliff, 21 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.

Zela was proceded in death by her parents, her three brothers, her sister and a half sister, her infant son, Nolan Lorenzo, her son-in-law, Ralph Knowles, and two grandchildren, Susan Ratliff and Randy Perry.

Zela was truly blessed by her large and loving family, and she dearly loved being around all of her family. She loved to just "go". All you had to do was say the word, and she would beat you out the door with her purse in hand. Zela, Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Great-Great Grandma---Our beautiful memories of you and your beautiful smile will be with us always! We Love You So Much! God Bless You!
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Hazel Ailene Ray
April 1, 1928 – February 23, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Hazel Ailene Ray, 74.

Mrs. Ray was born in Taft on April 1, 1928 and passed away at her home on February 23, 2003 in Taft. Mrs. Rays was known for her talent in sewing and she loved cooking.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garner Ray in 1999. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Linda and Bob Edwards of Sonora, Doyle and Esther Ray of Taft and Paul and Lori Ray of Hobbs, New Mexico; her grandchildren, Amy and Marcy Edwards, Robbie Edwards and his wife, Lisa, Nancy Fore, Kevin Barnett, Tyson, Damon and Bethany Ray, Dennis Ray and his wife, Lisa, and Renell Ray; her sisters and brother, Evelyn Griffin of Modesto, Allen Dickson of Valley Springs, Nola Baggett of Escalon and David Dickson of Winston, Oregon; her special cousins, Bea and Bill Gibson of Taft; her many nieces and nephews and her special friend and cat, Sara.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Iva Agnes Ray, 98
November 30, 1903 - August 3, 2002



There will be no services per the request of Iva Agnes Ray, 98. Mrs. Ray was born in Fisk, Missouri on November 30, 1903 and passed away on August 3, 2002. She was one of five children born to Frank Smith and Cora Wilkinson. She married Love Monroe Ray in December 1924.

He preceded her in death in 1992. They moved to California in 1936 and she lived in the fellows and Taft area ever since.

She is survied by her daughter and her husband, Zona and Darrell Fauke; her two grandsons and their wives; Steven and Susan Lunch and Dennis and Linda Fauke; four great grandchildren, Daniel, and Ashley Lynch and Aaron and Shannon Fauke; Mrs. Ray is also survived by a special niece and her husband, Alpha and Dave Fanshier, plus several other nieces and nephews. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Joyce E. Rayhawk, 42
December 13, 1953 - February 13, 1996



Funeral services will be held in the cemetery Chapel at the West Side District Cemetery Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Joyce E. Rayhawk, 42.

Mrs. Rayhawk was born in Parkin, Arkansas, on December 13, 1953 and passed away February 13, 1996 in a local hospital. She was special to her family and her family loved her very much.

She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Travis, in 1990. She is survived by two sons and their spouses, Steve Allen and Christina McCaughn and William Glenn Travis, all of Taft; a daughter, Juanita Rayhawk of Taft; her mother and step-father, Clara And Douris Garlock of Bakersfield; her boyfriend, Richard Huffman of Taft; her sisters and brother, Virginia Queen of Taft, Troy Powell of Louisiana, Mary Anderson of Sun City, Margaret Lee of Taft, Brenda Salazar of Maricopa and Christine Meek of Bakersfield; her grandchildren Damian, Harley, Porscha and Kodi; a special niece, Salina; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
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Jack E. Reagle
February 26, 1957 - October 13, 2002



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Jack E. Reagle (45). Mr. Reagle passed away on October 13th in Bakersfield.

He is survived by his brother James Reagle of Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

All arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. 661-763-1594
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Granny Helen Pearl Redfern, 77
May 9, 1920 - July 26, 1997



In the early hours of Saturday, July 26, 1997 the city of Maricopa lost another resident, Granny, 77. This time Helen Granny Redfern passed away to her second battle with cancer.

Granny was born May 9, 1920 in Copeland, Arkansas, Van Buren County, to Wiliam Jasper and Lilly Avus Goad. Granny passed away in the West Side District Hospital at 2:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 1997. Granny first came to California in 1947 then went to Kansas in 1948 and came back to California in 1950. She became a permanent resident of Maricopa in 1956 and has lived at 518 Welch Street since August 1957.

Granny was preceded in death by her parents William Jasper Goad and Lilly Avus Scarberry Goad, her two brothers William Noah and Leo Goad, her husband Elmer Redfern, her son William Omar Redfern (Billy), her daughter Brenda Fay Redfern and numerous other children. Granny is survived by her sister, Louise Jones of Rosamond; her brother, Cecil Goad of Lake Isabella; her three sons, Odos E. Redfern of Bodfish, Elmer "Joey" Redfern of Santa Barbara and Larry Bucky Redfern of Maricopa; her three daughters, Ellen Dyann Brown of Maricopa, Linda Marie Glenn of Bakersfield and Glenda Mae Sills of Kansas City, Missouri; over 50 grand and great grandchildren and over 90 nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Granny's first battle with cancer was in 1980 when she had throat cancer. Next was her final battle which began in October 1994 and ended her life at 77 years old. Granny was known best for being a haven to teenagers through the 60's and 70's. If you needed help from someone or just needed to talk, her lights and doors were usually always open or if not she would wake up. She lived a rough life but made the best of it.

Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday form 8:30 a.m. until service time. Rev. Bob Birch will officiate at the services.
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Gary Reed
July 3, 1946 - November 25, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the Westside Distirct Cemetery on Friday, December 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Gary Reed, 65.

Mr. Reed was born to Carl and Lettie (Young) Reed in Phoenix, Arizona on July 3, 1946 and passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on November 25, 2011. He was raised and educated in the Bakersfield area. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Reed had been employed as a truck driver for over 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Donald and Joe Reed. Mr. Reed is survived by his wife of 39 years, Billie Reed of Maricopa; his two daughters and their husbands, Heather and Chris Oxford of Maricopa and Stacy and Mark Doty of Taft; his four grandchildren, Brock and Chantrelle Oxford and Mariah and Ashlan Doty; his sister and her husband, Gail and Floyd Adams; his three brothers and their wives, Dennis and Carol Reed, Tommy and Linda Reed all of Taft and Larry and Donna Reed of Oklahoma; and by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Reed will be remembered as a grandpa that was very close to his grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Jodi Ann Reed
November 30, 1958 - November 2, 2012



Jodi was born in Palo Alto, California November 30, 1958 and died in Bakersfield, California on November 2, 2012 following a massive stroke. She grew up in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in1977.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Reed; grandparents Joe and Ethel Reed; and Ila Hannon Melo. She is survived by her children Cory, Jeffrey and Brandon; mother and stepfather, Linda Dick Snyder; brother Duff Reed and wife Karen; sister, Susan Reed; and Floyd, her close companion for many years. Private services will be held.
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Paul Joe Reed, 56
January 30, 1941 - April 24, 1997



Services for longtime Taft resident Paul Joe Reed were held April 28th, in Oklahoma.

"Joe" was born January 30, 1941 - in Tempe, Arizona, and he passed away in April 24, 1997 in Atoka, Oklahoma. Whe he was not working as a farmer, Joe spent most of this free time doing the things he enjoyed most -- drawing, fishing and camping.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Carl Raymond Reed in 1981, and a brother, Donald Ray Reed in 1983. He is survived by a son, Joe Reed of Taft; a daughter, Cammie Brookes and her husband Kevin of Atoka, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Kodi and Cara Brookes, also of Atoka, Oklahoma; his mother, Lettie Reed of Taft; a sister, Gail Adams and her husband Floyd of Taft; four brothers, Gary Reed and his wife Billie of Maricopa, Larry Reed and his wife Donna of Maricopa, Tommy and his wife Linda of Taft, and Dennis Reed and his wife Carol of Taft; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were under the direction of Atoka Funeral Home in Oklahoma.
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Reba D. Reed
June 5, 1930 - May 29, 2003



Funeral arrangements are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for Taft resident, Reba D. Cox. Reba was born in Springfield, Colorado on June 5th, 1930 and she passed away on May 29, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 72.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763 -1594.
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William "Stanley" Reeves
August 20, 1950 - July 28, 2006



"Old man /Stan the Man", was born August 20, 1950 in Long Beach, California, and passed away in Los Angeles, on July 28, 2006.

Stan was the son of William Reeves, who passed away in 1984 and Mildred McClain of Bakersfield, California. He was a brother of Karen and Larry Stripling of Bakersfield, Steve and Julie Reeves of Taft and Mike and Kelly Reeves of Bakersfield. His children include Shad Reeves of Taft, Scott Reeves and Kelly Willingham of Taft and Sandy and James Buddell of Taft. He was grandpa to Matthew, Kiersten, Alyssa, Jimmy, Chucky, Daniel, and Melissa of Taft and an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, and lots of freinds who he cared dearly.

Stan grew up in Taft, where he attended schools, and he obtained a diploma from Taft High. From there Stan served his time in the U.S. Army, stationed most of the time in Heidelberg, Germany. He came home with lots of stories to tell. Stan liked to spend lots of time doing mechanical work on his and everybody's vehicles, and he like to fish at the aqueduct with his children and brothers where he spent many hours on end fishing. Stan will be missed dearly.

Those interested can pay their respects at West Side Memorial Services in Taft, California between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2nd. Graveside services will be held at West Side Disrict Cemetery on Thursday, August 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. All services entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services. Porteous Family
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Karen Lucille (Medeiros) Reich
September 10, 1957 - December 21, 2006



In loving memory of Karen Lucille (Medeiros) Reich" Taft resident, "Karen Lucille (medeiros Reich" passed away on December 21st, 2006.

Born on September 10th, 1957, Karen Lucille Medeiros, to parents: William P. Medeiros Sr. and Lucille K. Medeiros, of Santa Clara, California. Karen grew up in Santa Clara, attending the Santa Clara Unified Schools of Bowers Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Jr. High,and Wilcox High School.

Karen met her husband and father of her 6 children, early in life, being a close neighbor and friend. In August of 1973, she married David E. Reich. They both lived in the Santa Clara & San Jose area for many years until 1978 when they moved to the mountain area of Felton, California and Boulder Creek, California. In 1980 after working at Oroweat Bread Company; Karen retired from working and started her favorite job of all, being a mother! Her first son was born in Santa Cruz, California in February of 1981. In the years following the family grew, and also moved from the Santa Cruz area to San Luis Obispo County, and finally to the County of Kern. By this time the family was 5 healthy boys! After buying a home in the quiet area of Ford City they settled in and enjoyed raising their family. In 1992 their only daughter was born, which completed the family quite nicely.

Karen was a very devoted mother and wife, and enjoyed all the school awards ceremonies, baseball games, school activities, and other sports, band and scouting adventures that ever occurred! To say that she was proud of her family would be an understatement.

Karen is survived by; her now ex-husband David Reich, and children Shawn Reich, and his wife Ellie Reich grand-daughter Flicity, Joshua Reich and his wife Trista Reich, Nicholas Reich, Ian Reich, Vincent Reich, and daughter Michelle Reich all of the Taft area, and is also survived by her brother "William P. Medeiros Jr. " and his family, Anita Mediros, their sons Ryan and Eric Medeiros who live in Cupertino, California area. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, father "William P. Medeiros Sr." and mother "Lucille K. (McLeod) Medeiros" both also of the Taft area.

The family has had a private ceremony of the Taft, California area. The entire family wishes to thank the "Davis Funeral Home" for their kind and caring services during this heartbreaking time and also all the friends, neighbors, and everyone that helped us behind the scenes, We Thank You!
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Robert [Bob] Reich, 38
May 17, 1963 - March 20, 2002



Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 22 North Street, Taft, on Tuesday March 26, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident Robert Bob Reich, 38. Rev. Mick McMahon, pastor of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery.

Mr. Reich was born in Taft on May 17th, 1963 and passed away in Los Angeles hospital on March 20th 2002. Mr. Reich graduated from Thermopolis Hot Springs County High School and then received his AA degree in Geology at Taft College. He was operations manager at Brown & Reich Petroleum for 20 years. He was a member of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene. He was also a member of the Taft Kiwanis Club, had been named Kiwanian of the year and also served as past president.

Mr. Reich loved to watch and attend his two sons sports games. He was a Denver Broncos and NASCAR racing fan of Davey Allison #28 and Mark Martin #6,

Mr. Reich was preceded in death by his brother, Bryon Reich in 1966; his grandparents, Carl and Mable Brown; his grandfather, Rubin Reich; and his grandmother-in-law Nola Coelman.

His survivors include, his wife, Maria Reich of Taft; his two sons, Blaine and Landon Reich of Taft; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Donna Smith of Taft; his aunt, Sandy Willingham; his parents, Jerry and Sharon Reich of Taft; his grandmother, Genevieve Reich of Oklahoma; His aunt and uncles and their spouses, Nate and Carol Adam of Bakersfield, Dale and Lisa Reich of Oklahoma; Robert Reich of Wyoming, Janet and Gilbert Mendez of Oklahoma, Dennis and Linda Brown of Taft; his cousins, Bob and Peggy Foster of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Bart and Piper Brown of Fresno; his numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Friends may pay their respect on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Geraldine Marie Bullock Renfro
February 20, 1931 - May 23, 2010



Geraldine Marie Bullock Renfro, 79, was born in Ventura, California on February 20, 1931 and passed away on May 23, 2010 in Gilbert, Arizona. Taft became her home as a young girl, and she was a member of the Taft Union High School's graduating class of 1949. In 1954, Geraldine married Ralph Renfro, and they raised seven children. She was chosen Taft's Mother of the Year in 1974. Geraldine was an active member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and served two church missions, one in South Carolina, and the other in Florida. She enjoys sharing her artistic talents and passion for genealogy at church and in the local schools and community organizations. In 1995, Geraldine moved to Arizona to be close to her grandchildren and an LDS temple.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her son Patrick Renfro, and her daughter Ann Marie Hamblin. She is survived by five children; Tim Renfro of Mesa, Arizona, Sharon Todd of Placentia, California, Susan Butterfield of Gilbert, Arizona, She also has nine grandchildren, Jared, Amber, Jordan, Haley, Shaylin, Sierra Renfro of Mesa, Arizona, and Kaysen, Sawyer, Daejen Butterfield of Gilbert, Arizona.
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Jose "Joe" Padilla Renteria
March 14, 1917 - October 17, 2003



Jose "Joe" Padilla Renteria, 86, of Taft and formerly of Corcoran passed away on October 17, 2003 in Corcoran. Joe was a longtime resdiednt of Taft and Corcoran, and was a retired Ranch Foreman for the J.G.Boswell Co.

Joe is survived by his son; Miguel Renteria of Ringling, Oklahoma; 2 brothers, Trini and Frank Renteria of Corcoran; 3 sisters, Rosie Busto, Mary Rodriguez and Katie Gomez all of Corcoran; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m.to 10:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Corcoran on October 22, 2003. Combination Rosary and Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes CAtholic Church. Burial will be at a later date. All funral arrangements are under the care of Bledsoe Family Peoples Funeral Chapel.
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Charles Vernon Reser
February 21, 1923 - August 17, 2007



Charles Reser, 84, passed away peacefully Friday, August 17, 2007, at his Palo Alto Commons apartment. He was born in Fellows, California on February 21, 1923,. He lived most of his life in the valley with 12 years in Anchorage, Alaska, followed by a return to Bakersfield. He moved November 2006 to be closer to his daughter in the Bay Area and lost his life to cancer.

Charles, a widower, was married to Roberta Reser for 54 years. She passed away in December 2002. They are survived by three daughters Linda and husband Jacob: Barbara and husband Craig and their two children, Chris and Lauren; Joan and husband Steve and their two children, Vernon and Elizabeth. Charles also has a sister, June Nankervis, living in Coalinga. Charles will always be remembered as a good father, a wise and funny man, a golfer and energetic walker. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Saturday September 1, at 11:00 a.m.
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James Damon Reyes
April 6, 1954 - March 11, 2007



Beloved father, brother, grandfather, and uncle departed from this life here on earth March 11, 2007 to be with his Lord and Savior.

J.D. as he was known was born April 6, 1954 in Taft. He attended grammar school here and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1972. After graduation J.D. joined the U.S. Marines and after graduating boot camp was stationed in Hawaii during which time he served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. J.D. was very proud to be a U.S. Marine, a service to his country and a Vietnam Veteran. After the war J.D. returned to Taft where he worked in the oilfields some 20 years, 17 of which he was employed by ARCO Oil Company. Due to ill health J.D. retired and he enjoyed some traveling, reading, going to the movies and watching Old Westerns, MASH, Matlock and so he'd say "his girlfriend" REBA.

J.D. was blessed with a beautiful daughter Desiree whom he loved dearly and years later with an adorable grandson Gage. They were certainly the apples of his eyes. He loved spending time with them both. Spending time with them just made his life much more enjoyable.

He was also blessed with the love of his life in the form of a charming, pretty blonde named Carol Lynn Belle. They were together over 10 years, and no matter what hard times or good times she stuck right by his side and he by hers. Our family loves her very much and are truly blessed for her to be in J.D.'s life. She loved him and took very good care of him through the years especially the last few years when his health really started to fail.

Reba Mc Entire sings a song titled "I'll Be". It tells how someone will be there when no one else will, I'll be and short of God that was Carol. We can never thank her enough for being in J.D.'s life and ours too.

J.D. is preceded in death be his parents Rafael B. Reyes, and Arden E. Reyes, 1981 of Taft California. Paternal grandparents Gerard V. Reyes, 1947 and Annie I. Reyes, 1949, of Cuyama Valley, California. Maternal grandparents David H. Waddell, 1984 and Grace M. Waddell, 1973 of Taft, Californa. J. D. is survived by his loving daughter and grandson Desiree Reyes and Gage Easley of Bakersfield, California, his loving and devoted sister LaWeeze M. Reyes-Allen and husband W.L. Shorty Allen of Taft, California, niece Victoria E. Reyes and great-nephews Jacob Kelley, Joseph Dickason, and Joshua Dickason-Allen all of Taft, California. Nephew Randell L. Allen, his wife Holi Allen and great-nephew Alex R-A Allen all of Taft, California, and his beloved campanion Carol L. Bell also of Taft, California.

J.D. was saved and asked the Lord into his heart and life in August 2006. The transformation was amazing and we are all rejoicing and thanking the lord. J.D.'s in a far better place now, heaven.

As I drove home after J.D. passed away I pulled up behind an army Green SUV with a sticker on the back window that said" it's hard to be humble when you are the finest-US Marines" and I thought of J.D. and to that I say "it's hard not to be extremely proud of a Brother, Dad, Uncle, and Friend like James D. Reyes." J.D. one of the finest men, we all ever knew. Another FCF gone to be with Johnny and the gang.

Viewing will be Monday, March 19, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Mortuary located at 501 Lucard St. in Taft, California.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in the West Side District Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
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Doris J. Rhodes
November 6, 1926 - May 7, 2003



Family and friends are welcome to attend the graveside service to be held Friday May 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California.

Doris is survived by her husband, Robert of 53 years; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dena Rhoades and granddaughters, Erica, Ashley and Krista; son and daughter-in-law, David and Cecilia Rhoades and granddaughters Terri Jo and Jerri Lynn. Doris had many dear friends in the Bunco group she participated in. Doris had a speicial love for her longtime friends. Warren and Pat McMahan and Bernice Lidgett.

The Rhodes family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to everyone who loved and encouraged Doris during her battle with cancer. The Staff at CBCC Blood and Cancer Treatment Center, Care Medical and Optimal Hospice treated Doris with a level of love, compassion and dignity that cannot be described with words. It was the desire of Doris to encourage everyone in giving to the American Cancer Society in hopes that future generations would not be faced with this disease. Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors.
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Minnie Lee Rhodes
May 23, 1931 - October 31, 2002



A private memorial service was held on November 4, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. for Tupman resident Minnie Lee Rhodes at the West Side Family Mortuary. Minnie Rhodes was born May 23, 1931 in Bosewell, Oklahoma; and passed away on October 31, 2002 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 71. MInnie was a homemaker for 15 years.

She loved to read, knitting and crossword puzzels. She was a very special lady and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her three sons David Rhodes and his wife Tammy of Ohio; Belton Rhodes and his wife Roberta; and Tony Rhodes both from Tupman, California, her daughter Sandra Postell and her husband John also from Tupman, California. Minnie is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.
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Everett Andrew Rice
December 24, 1910 - June 20, 2003



Everett Rice passed away at the age of 92, at Mercy Hospital, on June 20, 2003. He was born in Camden, Illinois; December 24, 1910 the only child of Ernest and Martha Rice. The family moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1923. He graduated in 1934 from USC College of Pharmacy. He married Virginia Jones in 1935 and moved to Fellows, California as owner of the Fellows Drug Store. While there, three children to them were born; Steve, Stan and Sharon. They moved to Bakersfield in 1946 where he managed and worked at several major pharmacies until his retirement to Kern City, in 1967. He was on the Kern City Civic Association, editor of their newsletter, on the Community Church Board, a member of the Kern County Gem and Mineral Society since 1972 and in 1996 received his 50 year Masonic pin in the Meudell-Oildale Lodge.

Everett is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia; two sons, Steve and wife Rita Rice and Stan Rice of Bakersfield; and daughter, Sharon and husband Jim Scmph of Salem, Oregon; five grandchildren, Sheryl and husband, Tom Peterson of Springville, Utah, Stuart and wife, Nolana Rice of Tooele, Utah, Trisha Rice of San Diego, California, Suzanne and husband, John Moran of Pasadena, California and Scott Rice of Bakersfield; and four great grandchildren, Emily, Erick, Christopher and Kendall.

A viewing will be held Thursday, June 26, 2003 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with services being held Friday, June 27, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary, Rev. Dr. James Patterson and Meudell-Oildale Masonic Lodge No. 695 officiating. Private family graveside service to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kern City Community Church or favorite charity.
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Janette Melba Rice
October 9, 1950 - April 12, 2012



A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at West Side Believers Fellowship, 101 Highway 33, Taft for Jeanette Melba Rice, 61.

Janette was born to Ray and Mildred Smith on October 9, 1950 in Lepanto, Arkansas, being cared for by her father and step-mother, Ida Smith after her mothers passing. Janette went to join them in the house of the Lord on April 12, 2012 with her family by her side.

Janette came to Kern County as a young child an made it her life home. She met and married Wilburn Rice (Wayne) and together had one child. After divorcing, Janette went on to graduate from Taft College. She went to work for the city of Taft CCF, leaving there in 1992 for Kern County Aging and Adult Services and Program Coordinator before retiring in 2007. Janette had many hobbies including softball and cooking but the loves of her life were two grandbabies Gage and Gavin. Family was her world but these two was what her world made spin. Some of her favorite times were going out to breakfast on Saturday mornings with her "Boba".

Janette is survived by her son and his wife, Michael and Jennifer; her grandbabies Gage and Gavin; siblings, Robert (Wendi), Linda (Tommy), Brenda, Cathleen and James; nieces and nephews, Sheri, Tammy (Todd), Robyn (Terry), Tracy (Wayne) and Ryan (Cindi); great-nieces and nephews Ryan, Rileigh, Gunner, Sean and Heath; good friends, Carol (Dennis), Cathy (Wayne), Linda S. (Tommy), Tammy (Dave); and many more family and friends.

There are no visitation hours scheduled, and the arrangements and under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign and on line registry, please www.EricksonAndBrown.com.

JOHN 14: 1-3 NKJ 1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2. In my fathers house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also." John 11:25 NKJ 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
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Virginia Louise Rice
March 13, 1914 - March 13, 2008



Virginia Rice passed away at the age of 94 at the Bakerfield Heart Hospital on March 13, 2008.

She was born in El Paso, Texas to Alma and Mark Jones. The family moved to California and Virginia graduated from Santa Barbara Business College and then became a dental assistant. She married Everett Rice in 1935, and moved to Fellows, California where they became owners of the Fellows Drug Store, and their three children were born. The family moved to Bakersfield in 1947.

Preseding her in death in 2003 after 67 years of marriage was her husband, Everett Rice. Virginia is survived by her two sons Steve (and wife Rita) Rice of Bakersfield, Stan (and fiancee Mary Louise Colon) Rice of Bakersfield; and a daughter Sharon (and husband Jim) Stemph of Salem, Oregon and five grandchildren Sheryl (and husband Tom) Peterson of Provo, Utah, Stuart (and wife Nolana) Rice of Tooele, Utah, Tricia Rice of San Diego, California, Suzanne (and husband John) of Bakersfield. She leaves behing four great-grandchildren: Emily, Erick, Christopher and Kendal, also surviving are two nieces, two nephews and friends who loved her. Virginia will be remembered for her engaging smile and love of family, church, choir, and oil painting.

Services well be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Hillcrest Mortuary. Rev. James Patterson will officiate. Private family graveside services are to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kern City Community Church or your favorite charity.
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Ella Ricards
June 22, 1910 - February 16, 2002



Ella Ricards, longtime resident of Bakersfield and Taft passed away peacefully on Saturday February 16th in San Diego, age 91, following a short illness.

Ella was born on June 22,1910 in Selma California the youngest daughter of 6 children born to Barthol and Kirsten Marie Lund, who were Danish immigrants. Her family later moved to Long Beach, where she evenually met her future husband, H. T. Doc Ricards. They were married August 1, 1930 and in 1934, Ella and Doc moved to Taft where he opened Ricards Bootery Shoe Store. They moved to Bakersfield in 1952 and eventually had stores in Bakersfield, East Bakersfield, Taft and Delano in conjunction with Doc's brother Kenneth. They had been married for 64 years when Doc passed away in November 1994. Ella was a homemaker, active in various voluntary organizations and had been a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority in Taft and P.E.O. in Bakersfield. For the past 2½ years she lived in the San Diego area near her second son David and family.

Ella is survived by her 3 sons, Dennis of Bakersfield, David and wife Janis of Del Mar, Brad and wife Brigitte of Copenhagen, Denmark, and 3 grandchildren, Pat of Bakersfield, Jennifer of San Francisco, and Jeff of Del Mar. It has always been of great importance for Ella that the family maintain contact and the Ricards home has always been open to both family and friends. She meant so much to so many people and we will all miss her very, very much.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ella's name to the American Cancer Society.
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Agnes Lula Rich
July 9, 1921 - April 14, 2001



Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, celebrating the life of a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Agnes went home to be with the Lord following a short illness.

She was born in Maricopa, California, daughter of Arthur and Florence Jones. She spent her childhood in Castaic, California, graduating from Citrus High School in 1939. An exceptional athlete. Agnes was a professional fast pitched softball player and a star pitcher for the Hollywood Curlers and the San Fernando Valleyettes in the late 1930's. On June 15, 1941 she married her husband, Everett Rich. They raised their family in Bakersfield where she resided for 60 years. She had a passion for her family, a zeal for life, and she loved county music.

Everett, her husband of 40 years, her parents, and brother Claude Jones, preceded her in death. Agnes is survived by her children and their spouses. Floyd and Sue Rich of Hornbrook, California; Raymond and Mary Lou Rich of Grants Pass, Oregon; Darrell and Rita Rich of San Luis Obispo, California; Roger and Kathleeen Rich of Kalispell, Montana, Randy Rich of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Judy and Terry Smith of Bakersfield, California; her sister, Esther Huggins of Bakersfield; brother, Arthur Jones and wife Lyn of Bakersfield; sister, Sharon Gibbs of Newhall, California; Enita Brandt and husband Bill of San Jose, California also survive her. Agnes has 25 grandchildren, Royd, Breg, Sherie, Audie, Roger, Connie, Sandy, Jim, Shelia, Jay, Loni, Peggy, Bobby Darren, Lori, Amber, Brandon, Klerstin, Devin, Chad, Leah, Lindsay, Stacey, Kristin and Kelsey. Agnes is survived by 33 great grandchildren and 2 great- great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends survive her.

Special thanks to her loving caregiver and friend, Elvira Oses. Although we are happy to announce her union with Christ. Agnes was dearly loved and well be sincerely missed. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Kern River Family Mortuary.
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Eloise Richard
November 7, 1904 - December 27, 2001



Mass of Christian Burial, preceded by recitation of the Rosary, will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church for former longtime Taft resident Eloise Richard, 97. Rev. William "Bill" Richard, grandson of the deceased, will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Richard was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on November 7, 1904 and passed away in a Tracy nursing home on December 27, 2001. She had lived in Taft from September of 1910 until about eight years ago. She had been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Altar Society, the Y.L.I., Ave Maria Institute #103, and the Taft Emblem Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Richard, in 1962 and by her sister, Claire Weling, in 1999. Mrs. Richard is survived by her children and their spouses, Cmdr. James E. Richard, USN retired and Helen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Harold A. "Tony" and Merna Richard of Sacramento, William A. "Bill" Richard of Bakersfield, and Sylvia and Kyle Griggs of Livermore; her brother and his wife, Dr. J.E. Dugas and Dorothy of Carmichael; her 21 grandchildren; and by her 47 great-grandchildren; and by her nine great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church prior to service time commencing at 10:00 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary Jane Richardson, 84
April 6, 1911 - February 9, 1996



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for Derby Acres resident Mary Jane Richardson, 84.

Mrs. Richardson was born in Missouri on April 6, 1911 and passed away February 9, 1996 in a Bakersfield hospital. She moved to Taft in 1974 and in 1978 to Derby Acres.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, two sister, and her children, Paul Pryor, Fanny Mae Pryor, Junior Pryor, Foster Pryor, Richard Pryor and Naomi Anglin. She is survived by her husband, Bill Richardson of Derby Acres; her children and their spouses, Della Kopatz of Taft, Pauline Anglin of Derby Acres, Geraldine and Bill Compton of Independance, Oregon, Norman and Judy Pryor of Veneta, Oregon, Roy Pryor of Derby Acres, Michael and Eva Pryor of Lake Almanor, Brenda Hanson of Derby Acres, and David and Maria Pryor of Taft; her brothes, Lee Brooner and Eddie Brooner, both of Lebanon, Missouri; a sister, Leona Wyatt of Lebanon; 41 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Charles William Richter
February 5, 1928 - February 24, 2001



Former Taft Resident Charles William Richter passed away on February 24th in death.

Charlie is survived by life partner Barbara Hamblin daughters Elizabeth and Valerie, four stepchildren, Shawn, Elaine, Barry and Robert as well as 14 grandchildren.

Charlie will be laid to rest at the Westside Cemetery on March 2nd at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Association or the American Diabetes Association.
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Mildred Hushaw Ricker
March 29, 1921 - May 28, 2007



Born in Fellows, Mildred graduated from Maricopa High in 1938. She was the only child of Herbert Hushaw and Martha O'Clay Austin. She married her high school sweetheart in 1940, and lived in Maricopa and Cuyama from 1940 - 1958. In 1958 Mildred and her husband moved overseas living in Indoesia, Libya, and Nigeria. In later years she and her husband lived in Bakersfield, Morro Bay, Tacoma, Washington and Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Mildred is survived by her husband, Donald M. Ricker; 4 children, Judith Ann Hersh and husband, James of Bakersfield, Kathryn Lynn Gallagher and husband, James Dennis of Edgewood, New Mexico, Susan Jean McFarland of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Donald Steven Ricker and wife, Chris of Scotts Valley, California; 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.
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Gary H. Riddick, 46
November 9, 1955 - January 28, 2002



Private family services will be held for former longtime Taft resident, Gary H. Riddick, who passed away Monday January 28, 2002, in a Bakersfield Hospital after a long term illness.

Gary was a backhoe operator in the Taft area for many years. He is survived by his wife Renn of 24 years and son Erik Riddick and fiance Lisa Heredia. His mother and father Luke and LeWanda Riddick of Tulsa, brothers Bill Riddick from Turlock and Mike and Terry Riddick of Tulsa. Sister Debbie Riddick of Tulsa, Cheryl of Lake Springs, Colorado and Jimmy Riddick of Taft. Sister-in-law June Willhelm of Bakersfield, brother-in-law Don and Lisa Willhelm, Mike and Lorena Willhelm of Taft and mother-in-law Eva Willhelm and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by a brother Rick Riddick. Gary will be missed by all of his family and friends.
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Duane Riggs
August 7, 1924 - January 15, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Duane Riggs, 70. Rev. Loydell J. Marth, Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the officers of the Mary's Catholic Church and the officers of the Fellows Post #63, American Legion will officiate at the services.

Mr. Riggs was born in San Bernardino on August 7, 1924 and passed away on Sunday morning from injuries sustained from a fall while trimming a tree. On August 7, 1945 he married the former Lorraine Yeary and in 1946 they moved to Taft. Mr. Riggs then began working for Mobil Oil Company. He held the position of painter for Mobil after working in the oilfields for several years. After painting for 18 years he went back into the oilfields, working up to the position, supervisor and then retiring in 1986. Mr. Riggs served in the U.S. Navy, once during WWII and was recalled to serve in the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Fellows Post #63 of the American Legion. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. His greatest enjoyment came for playing the accordion and helping people.

Mr. Riggs is survived by his wife, Lorraine Riggs of Taft; two daughters and their husbands, Vivian and John Phillips of San Luis Obispo, and Marilyn and Mike Biven of Lompoc; his sister and her husband, Kay and Dick Henderson of Lexton, South Australia; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four nieces of Loxton, South Australia.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Riggs may be sent to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lorraine E. Riggs
August 11, 1923 - January 21, 2009



Lorraine E. Riggs, 85 formerly of Taft, passed away at her Taft home in the loving care of family and friends in Lompoc, California on January 21, 2009.

Lorraine was born on August 11, 1923 to Katherine C. Martin and Archibald (Archie) L. Yeary in Los Angeles, California. She was baptized and later confirmed in the Catholic Church. Lorriane grew up in Venice, Saugus, and Lebec, California. She was in the last eighth grade class to graduate from Pershing School before a new school was built at Tejon. She attended Bakersfield High School.

During WWII she worked as a telephone operator at the Lebec Hotel. Later she attended at week long training in Bakersfield to become a service station attendant. She then was employed by Standard Oil Company as a service station attendant at Gorman, California. A young man with whom she attended school with at Pershing School I and Bakersfield High School was serving in the U.S. Navy. He called and ask her to marry him while he was going to be on a 3-day leave. She and Loel D. (Duane) Riggs were married in San Francisco on August 7, 1945. In January of 1946 they moved to Taft where Duane began working for General Petroleum Company.

Their marriage was blessed in 1947 and 1948 with the births of their daughters, Vivian and Marilyn. After the death of her husband in 1995 she relocated to The Willows in Lompoc in 2003 to be closer to her daughters. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. She enjoyed sewing for her daughters, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed reading Harlequin Romances. One of her vacations with her husband took her to Australia to visit family where she was able to visit many places she had read about in books.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loel D. (Duane) Riggs; her parents, Archibald (Archie) L. Yeary and Katherine C. (Martin) Slack; her sisters, Katherine C. Cohee, Martha T. Smith and Marie J. Carter. She is survived by her daughters, Vivian (John) Phillips of Pismo Beach and Marilyn (Mike) Biven of Lompoc; step grandchildren Allen J. Biven, Jennie A. Kuster, Mikie J. Biven of Lompoc; Scott E. (Kim) Phillips and Diana M. Phillips of Paso Robles; step great grandchildren Alana, Danielle, Ashley, Michael, Hailey, Rory, Jr., Ronnie, Jagger and Cody of Lompoc, Zac and Justine of Paso Robles; a step great great grandchild, Marina of Lompoc; sisters, Helen E. (Duane) Worden and Margaret A. Law; and many nieces and nephews who will remember her as Auntie Bubbles.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 100 E. Woodrow Street, Taft, California at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2009. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice or Breast Cancer Foundation or ones favorite Charity. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Tony W. Riley, 70
June 1, 1925 - January 1996



Graveside funeral services were held today at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona for Tony Riley, 70.

Mr. Riley was born in Stigler, Oklahoma, and passed away January 1, 1996 in a Hanford hospital. He had been a resident of Armona for the past 30 years and was owner of Riley's Service Station, Riley's U-Haul Trailer, Riley's Laundromat and Riley's Car Lot. Mr. Riley was a member of Armona Lions Club and a past member of Armona Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer D. Riley, in 1993. His survivors include his wife, Ellen Stockholm Riley of Armona; two sons, Leon Riley of Armona and Jack Riley of Hanford; two daughters, Louise Gibby of Taft and Kathy Payne of Hanford; eight grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
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William Rintoul, 79
April 30, 1922 - June 26, 2001



William Thomas "Bill" Rintoul died, June 26, 2001 of complications from Alzheimer disease.

Bill Rintoul was born April 30, 1922 in Taft, California to Beecher and Deane Rintoul. He attended Taft schools, graduating from Taft Union High School with the class of 1939. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a journalism major in 1943. He then he joined the 89th Infantry division and served in Europe. He was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. After the war, he traveled throughout Mexico and Central America, and then returned to Taft to work as a roustabout for Standard Oil. On June 19, 1948, Bill married Frankie Jo Miller, also of Taft, and attended Stanford University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism.

Bill returned to Kern County in 1949 to work as a stringer in the Delano area for the Bakersfield Californian. In 1950 he moved to Bakersfield and began writing his signature column, the daily Oilfield News, which he wrote for over fifty years until his retirement in May 2000. Bill covered oil activities from Kern County to around the world.

During his career as a freelance writer, Bill contributed stories to many newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Tulsa Daily World, Pacific Oil World, and The Oil & Gas Journal. He wrote four major books about the oil industry: Spudding in, Drilling Ahead, Oildorado, and Drilling Through Time. He has two collections of short stories and has been published in a number of anthologies, including Highway 99. He also taught classes in freelance writing at Fresno State University and Bakersfield College. Bill received many honors, including Desk and Derrick Oil Person of the Year in 1973, Grand Marshal in the Taft Oildorado 1980, the Pacific Section AAPG Journalism award in 1986, API Oil Baron 1989, the national AAPG Journalism award, the IOPA Ray Bradley/Tom Woodward Lifetime Achievement award in 1996. In 2000 the Kern Press Club established an annual scholarship in Bill’s name, and he was honored with a "Bill Rintoul Night" by the San Joaquin Geologic Society.

Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Beecher Rintoul and is survived by his wife, Frankie Jo; brother and sister-in-law, Dave and Mary Rintoul of Bakersfield; daughter, Susan Parker and son-in-law, Jim Parker of Madera, California; son, Jim Rintoul of Boulder Creek, California; grandsons, Peter and Franklin Katz of Fresno, California; grandson, Joel Rintoul and granddaughter, Lyla Rintoul of Boulder Creek.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill’s memory to the Bill Rintoul scholarship, Kern Press Club, Box 1333, Bakersfield, California 93302; the Hoffmann Hospice, 6501 Schirra Court, Ste. 301, Bakersfield, California 93313; Guild House, 1905 18th Street, Bakersfield, California 93301; or a charity of your choice. The family expresses our grateful thanks to Bucky Hussain, Barbara Martin, and Nelda Arneson of the Samaritan Senior Care Center for their loving care, and to Hoffmann Hospice.

Friends are invited to a reception for Bill at Guild House, 1905 18th Street, on Friday, July 6, 2001 from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. Private graveside services will be held at Greenlawn.
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Laguin Ristau
September 19, 1939 - August 20, 2007
Rites Pending



Services are pending for Taft resident, Laguin Ristau, 67. The services are under the direction of the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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William Lloyd Ritchie
July 15, 1921 - March 11, 1995



Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel for William Lloyd Ritchie, 73. Pastor Darwin A. Mann will officiate. Bill Ritchie was born in San Bernardino, California on July 15, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 11, 1995. Bill was a veteran of World War II and belonged to several service organizations. Additionally, he enjoyed all sports; especially golf, fishing and bowling.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Thelma Elizabeth; son, Michael Ritchie and wife Linda of Taft; daughter, Michele Basinger and husband John of Auburn, Washington; four grandchildren, Michael and Robert Ritchie and his niece Donna and nephew Charles. Special thanks to Dr. Isaacs for his kindness to Bill and the rest of his family. Bill will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Bradley T. Ritter
October 3, 1918 - October 19, 2010



Bradley T. Ritter was born October 3, 1918, in Oakland, California and died October 19, 2010. He spent his youth in San Francisco where he attended Galileo High School. He was an Eagle Scout and avid sailor. He graduated from Stanford University in 1941 with degrees in Economics and Law.

In 1945 he married Hazel Jesse, and they established a home in Taft. He owned and operated a hobby shop/printing shop and was active in a Masonic Lodge, eventually becoming Master. In 1960, Brad became a stockbroker for E.F. Hutton and the family moved to Bakersfield. He was active in Rotary Club, Bakersfield Country Club, and a Police Commissioner. He was also manager of the Oakland office of E.F. Hutton during his career. When Brad retired he was a vice president of Hutton, he and Hazel continued their hobby of traveling to exotic ports of call until her death 1997.

He is survived by two daughters Suzie Stewart Nunley and Nancy Bohland and a grandson, Will Bohland he was a great father and we miss him.

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Ruby L. Roady, 70
April 13, 1931 - August 24, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. for local resident, Ruby L. Roady, 70. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery, Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Roady was born in Campbell County Virginia on April 13, 1931 and passed away in Taft on August 24, 2001. Mrs. Roady came to the Cuyama Valley in 1963 and moved to Taft in 1982. She was a member of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Roady was preceded in death by her son, Carl Walker Cloud, her brother James Mayberry, her parents, Lucy and Willie Mayberry and her grandson, Brian Burden.

Her survivors include her husband, Eddie Roady of Taft; her children and their spouses, Sandra and Larry Burden of Taft, Wayne and Debbie Cloud of Taft and Nelda Lucas of Virginia; her brothers, Buddy Mayberry of Taft, Clyde Mayberry of Pennsylvania, Talmadge Mayberry of Virginia and Ray Mayberry of Virginia; her sister, Evelyn Lockheart of Virginia; her five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Friends may pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Michele Burns Roark
November 7, 1956 - July 20, 2006



Michele answered the call of the Lord, Thursday, July 20, 2006 and died peacefuly with her family by her side.

Michele was born to Thomas and Mary Burns of Taft on November 7, 1956. She was a member of the Taft Union High School graduating class of 1974. She attened Taft College, Bakersfield Jr. College and Cal State Bakersfield. On August 1979, she met the love of her life, David, and they married in Taft, August 23, 1980. In 1984 they moved to Santa Cruz, California and then to Boulder Creek, California. Michele was a very giving person; active in Saint Michael's Church. She loved people and they loved her. Her love for God gave her the strength she needed for the final days of her life.

Michele was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Burns. She is survived by her husband, David; her mother, Mary Burns; her sister and brother-in-law Kellly and Mike Houghton of Bakersfield; her nephews, Brent, Mark and Blake Houghton of Bakersfield; several aunts, uncles, cousins and very dear friends of her church community in Boulder Creek.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Boulder Creek, California, Father Bob Murrin officiated, burial followed at Santa Cruz Memorial, Santa Cruz, Ca.
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Beth Odell Robbins
February 15, 1927 - April 17, 2007



Beth Marie Odell Robbins was born Febuary 15, 1927 to Alva and Hazel Slater in South Harbor, Minnesota, upon their deaths, Beth was adopted by Edwin and Edna Leander of Onamia, Minnesota. Surrounded by her loving family, Beth, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in Santa Maria, California.

Beth graduated from Milara High School in 1944. Not long after, beckoned to California by the lure of warmer winters, Beth arrived in Taft, California to find work at Honolulu Oil Company. Beth then met and married Robert Leigh Odell on May 19, 1947. Beth and Bob, with their two daughters, built their home in New Cuyama. They raised their family there, while adding one more daughter along the way. Once their three daughters were grown, Beth and Bob resided in Carpinteria for several years before retiring in Santa Maria.

Bob passed away on May 4, 1985. Several years passed before Beth met and married Ernest Louis (Lou) Robbins on October 1, 1990 in Santa Maria.

Beth was a delight to her family and friends through the years with her talent for sewing, gardening, card playing and cooking, among her many skills. She was always involved in PTA, various women's charity groups, and "Pink Ladies" at Marian Medical Center. She was most especially involved in raising her daughters in the church. Her faithfulness has been passed down through her daughters' families, granddaughters, and seven great grandchildren. Beth was a true "Provebs 31" woman.

"For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations." Psalms 100:5.
,br> Beth is survived by her husband of 17 years, Lou Robbins; daughters, Karen Bartnicke, Anita Ingalls and Nancy Swormstedt; stepson, Chris Robbins; granddaughters, Kristen Stewart, Ambaer Ayres and Alisa Ayres; seven great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.

The "23rd Psalm" was one of Beth's favorite scriptures...reciting it by memory on many occasions. We, her "girls" thank God for His gift of her to us.

A memorial service for Beth will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3945 S. Bradley Road, Santa Maria, California on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. George Hooper officiating. In remembrance of Beth, please make a donatin in her name to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3945 S. Bradley Road, Santa Maria, California 93455.

Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory (805) 922-8463 www. bakersfield.com/obits
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Darrel M. "Blackie" Robbins
June 20, 1938 - February 9, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident, Darrel M. "Blackie" Robbins, 68. Blackie was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma on June 20, 1938 and passed away at this home in Derby Acres on February 9, 2007.

He came to California from Texas in 1962. He worked for Texaco for many years as an operator. Blackie attended New Hope Temple Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Kenneth Robbins; his mother, Helen Mae (Hopkins)Robbins and by his brother, David Robbins. Blackie is survived by his wife, Carol Robbins of Derby Acres; his son, James Robbins of Taft; his daughter-in-law, Lisa Robbins of McKittrick; his daughters, Sissy Robbins and Penny Robbins both of Taft; his son and his wife, Darrel and Lori Robbins both of Wyoming; his brother and his wife, Roger and Pam Robbins of Texas; his sister and her husband, Linda and Alvin Hanson of Texas; his 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; six nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

There are no vistiation hours scheduled and the arrangement are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kenny "Dog" Robbins
September 25, 1944 - December 21, 2003



Kenny was born in September 25, 1944 and passed away on December 21, 2003.

Kenny was preceded in death by his son, Scotty Robbins. He is survived by his wife, Becky, his sons Brian and Greg; his stepson, Ron Shipe; 12 grandchildren, and many "adopted kids".

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at West Side District Cemetery.

Kenny was loved dearly and he will be greatly missed.
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Maryanne Roberson
August 4, 1947 - November 15, 2008



Born to Merle and Mathilde Beebe of Taft, California, Maryanne passed away after her battle with breast cancer in Redlands, California on November 15, 2008 with her family at her side and God accepting her with arms wide open.

Maryanne married her high school sweetheart, Larry Roberson, remaining faithful to him for over 40 years. She lived life for others, always putting friends and family before herself. Her love of God and her deep faith helped her during her time of adversity and suffering as well as guided the way she lived and treated others.

She is survived by her mother; three sisters, Mathilde Southworth, Alyce Abbott and Therese Kightlinger; her husband; three children, Heather, Kristen and Jeff; five grandchildren, Rachel, Nathan, Alayna, JJ and Emma; additional family and countless friends.

A memorial service for Maryanne will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft on December 12, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a processional to the West Side District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send a donation to the Susan G. Koman Race for the cure to benefit breast cancer research. Please follow the link to make a tax deductible donation or contact the family at (951)310-3944. www.the3day.org/site/TR/Walk/SanDiego-Event?px=1990388&pg=personal&fr_id=1298

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Thelma Louise Roberson
January 13, 1921 - August 5, 2002



Graveside service will be held on Monday, August 12th at 2:00 p.m. at West Side District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident Thelma Louise Roberson. Bishop Harold Pease will be officiating the services. Thelma was born on January 13, 1921 in Big Heart, Oklahoma to James and Nellie Stamback and she passed away on August 5, 2002 in Los Alamitos, California.

She had several passions in life including, art and painting, writing novels, blowing glass, computers and sewing. She worked days in the ship yards during World War II and nights as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant. She then helped purchase a set of apartment complexes and converted the down stairs building into a small grocery store. She taught at ITT computer school in Houston, Texas she then went on to become an In Home Health Care Nurse before she retired. Thelma loved the Lord and was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Taft.

Survivors include her sons; Robert Campuzano and his wife Santa of Los Alamitos, California and Richard Campuzano of Taft. Daughter Elaine Flud and her husband Harold of Concord, California, sisters; Evelyn Harris and her husband Bill of Taft and Dorothea Shipman of Taft, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Thelma is preceded in death by her husband Earl Roberson, her parents, James and Nellie Stamback and by her sister, Phyllis Marshall.

A public viewing is not scheduled at this time. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661-763-1594.)
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Alfred Otha Roberts
March 28, 1924 – August 10, 2003



Alfred Otha Roberts, age 79, passed away Sunday August 10, 2003. He was born March 28, 1924 in Paris, Arkansas and was raised in Revelle Valley for most of his younger life.

He met Gladys Faye Williams and after a two-year courtship were married November 25, 1946. They, with their daughter Linda, had a long and loving life. Alfred and family moved to West Texas for a time and worked in the oilfields. In the late 1950’s the family moved to Taft, California where he owned and operated the Al Robert’s Construction Company for 30 years. Al and his family retired from the business and moved a farm in Alma, Arkansas where they raised Charlolais cattle for ten years and moved to Van Buren.

Al enjoyed woodworking and making tables, cabinets, shelves, picture frames, etc. he also enjoyed yard work and fishing in his pond. He constructed brick flower and shrub plants and planted trees, making a pleasant and beautiful yard.

Al was preceded in death by his wife Gladys of 57 years and his parents, Burl and Clara Leona (Woods) Roberts, a brother, Charlie W. Roberts, 4 sisters, Goldie Roberts, Mattie Dodson, Wanta Roberts and Floy Hill.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Faye Roberts of the home and 1 sister, Elsie Auance of Madera, California, several nieces, nephews, and friends and all who loved and respected him.

Service will be held Thursday, August 14, 2003 at Ocker Memorial Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren. Visitation with family and friends will be Wednesday, August 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 700 Jefferson St. in Van Buren. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Roberts, Jimmy Roberts, Tommy Roberts, David Roberts, Heath Roberts, Chris Michael Pennington, Harold Hill and Havell Pike.
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Gladys Fay Roberts
January 27, 1929 – February 18, 2003



Gladys Fay Roberts, 75 was born January 27, 1929 and passed away in Alma, Arkansas on February 18, 2003.

Gladys and her husband Alfred moved to Taft in 1959 and lived here for 34 years until their move to Alma, Arkansas. Gladys and Al had a very happy marriage of 56 years. The Roberts owned and operated Al Roberts Construction Company for 27 years.

She is survived by her husband, Al Roberts of Alma, Arkansas; her daughter, Linda Fay Roberts of Alma, Arkansas; her two sisters, Hope Ellington of Sweet Home, Oregon and Betty Mainard of Charleston, Arkansas; her two brothers Floyd Williams of California and J.J. Williams of Van Buren, Arkansas and she is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Regina Williams, 2 sisters, Dorothy Reisch and Mildred Cameron and brother Alvin Williams.

Services will be under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren, Arkansas. Viewing for Gladys is February 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held on Friday. February 21 at Ocker Funeral Home. Gladys had many friends and family acquired during the 34 years she lived in Taft. Gladys will be very much missed by all who loved and knew her.
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Golden Hazel Roberts
November 13, 1915 - December 18, 2003



Golden Hazel Roberts entered into this life on November 13, 1915 in Kinta, Oklahoma to Sebastian and Mary Skinner and she entered into rest on December 18, 2003 at her Taft residence with her sisters by her side. Hazel loved to go camping and travel with her family.

She is survived by her two sisters, Wanda Mahan of Taft and Mary Murray of Texas, 14 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family.

Private services will be held for Hazel. Funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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L.E. "Earl" Roberts
January 4, 1903 - October 11, 1997



Graveside services will be held in Taft's West Side Cemetery District on Wednesday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. for Louis Earl Roberts, 94, who passed away October 11, 1997 at home in Bakrsfield. Pastor Tim Hook of the Bakerfield Community Church will officiate. Earl has resided in Bakersfield since his retirement in 1967 from the Standard Oil Company (Chevron) after 43 years of service. He and his wife Lillian lived on the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Lease for 37 years where Earl worked in the Production Department. He enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing, catching the big ones right up until his death.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, in 1985. They were married 61 years. He lost his last living brother Jesse earlier this year. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth E. and wife Joanne of Buttonwillow, and Ronald W. of Paso Robles; two grandson, Keith E. and wife Leslie of Bakresfield and Jeffrey W. of Garut , Java, Indonesia; three great granddaughters, Michelle, Krista and Tracy Roberts of Bakersfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors
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Mae W. Roberts, 87
October 28, 1913 - June 5, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mae W. Roberts, 87. Rev. John Greenwalt, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Taft, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Roberts was born in Texas County, Missouri on October 28, 1913 and passed away in Taft on June 5, 2001. She had lived in Taft since 1953 and was an office worker for King Lumber Company for twenty years. She was not only a charter member but also a very active member of the First Southern Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne in September of 1988. Mrs. Roberts is survived by her children and their spouses; Wayne and Sherry Roberts of Taft, Ed and Sandy Roberts of Boron, Elvin and Luann Roberts of Sacramento and Larry Roberts of Las Vegas, Nevada; her 15 grandchildren; and by several great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Richard P. Roberts
June 23, 1926 - August 29, 1997

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Richard Paul Roberts, 71. Reverend Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Roberts was born in California on June 23, 1926 and passed away at his home on August 29, 1997. For the last 43 years he had lived in Taft and was employed by the City of Taft as a fireman for many years. During the Second World War he served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Roberts was a member of the Kern County Fireman's Association and a former member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F & AM.

His survivors include his wife of 49 years, Dorothy Roberts of Taft; his children and their spouses, Michael Roberts of Bakersfield, Leslie and Albert Cota, and Steve and Connie Roberts, all of Taft; his sisters and their husbands, Lorraine Machado, and Elsie and Carl Spolini, all of Lemoore, and Jeanne and Cliff Nichols of Hanford; his five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon to pay their respects.
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Thomas R. Roberts, 80
May 9, 1921 - October 9, 2001



Services are being held for Thomas R. Roberts of Canon City, Colorado. Mr. Roberts was born in Coalinga, California on May 9, 1921, and passed away in Canon City, Colorado on October 9, 2001. Tom was a former resident of Taft, California. While living in Taft, Mr. Roberts was a member of the Temblor Masonic Lodge, where he was a past master. He retired from Chevron, as a master mechanic, after 35 years to take care of his mother after she suffered a stroke. While in California, he was an elder and a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, where he also taught Sunday school. His family would make yearly trips to Colorado to visit his mother-in-law. He was very active in the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge #15 as well as Al Kali since 1982.

Tom is survived by his wife Alice Myri Donaher. He is also survived by a son Bradley Eugene (Sandra A.) Roberts of Canon City, Colorado. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and 2 sisters-in-laws.

Graveside service will be held Friday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery. Please omit flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, Pueblo Shrine Club, P. O. Box 4406, Pueblo, Colorado 81003.
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Willis E. Roberts, 87
March 19, 1908 - September 29, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Sunnyside Mausoleum in Long Beach for Taft resident Willis E. Roberts, 87.

Mr. Roberts was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on March 19, 1908 and passed away at his home September 29, 1995. He had lived in Taft for the past 15 years. Prior to moving to Taft he had lived in Long Beach for many years. He was employed as a maintenance mechanic at Continental Can in Bell and was a member of the United Paper Workers International, Local 307 AFL-CIO.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty E. Roberts in March 1983. His survivors include a sister-in-law Josephine M. Robertson of Belllflower, and a cousin, Helen Pappa of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Frances Lorraine (Phillips) Robertson
December 8, 1913 - June 25, 2012



Frances Lorraine (Phillips) Robertson born December 8, 1913 - June 25, 2012 long time Taft resident 1943 - 2012 preceded by her parents Jose Herbert Banzet and Bessie (Bea) Parsons, son Phillip Dewayne Phillips, sister Lola (Bunny) Seegar, grandson Gary Sinclair. Survived by daughter, Joan Lorden, Santa Barbara, Patricia (Phillips) O'Dell, Taft, niece, Bobby Ford, Taft, half sisters, Tina Chitsworth, Colorado, Doris (Rusty) Taylor, Parsons, Kansas, half-brother Jose H. Banzet, Altamonte, Oklahoma, 6 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, caretakers Dee De, Lynda and Marily, who became her second family at the Taft Senior Care, Mercy Hospice and Chaplin Richard.

She loved the Lord and her favorite thing was to watch her church show on T.V. She will be missed and remembered by all that loved and knew her. She never knew a stranger and would feed anyone hungry. She would gather shoes, clothes and food and give to any in need. Always putting others needs before hers. She will be remembered for her stories of Boreno. This is where she spent her teens and her stepfather was transferred there in the mid 1920's with the oil company he worked for. Many remembered her as the lady who sweep the sidewalk up and down the 100 block of Harrison Street, also talking to all who passed her street. Always ready to show how limber she was by touching her elbows to the ground until her illness 4 years ago.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. No visitation is scheduled. In lieu of flowers she ask that a small donation be made to Labors of the Harvest or feed any in need. She now has her wings. We will see you later LUV.
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Ruth Irene Robertson
February 2, 1920 - April 10, 2011



Irene Robertson went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the age of 91. She was a resident of Cedar Creek Assisted Living in Madera for the past 2 years. Irene (Bullman) Robertson moved from Iowa to Taft, California at the age of 9, years later, she met Dalton Robertson in Pismo while both families were on vacation. They became sweethearts and married in 1936. Irene was a homemaker for 70 years. she had two daughters, Helen and Patricia. When Dalton retired they moved to Oceano, California where they spent 30 years. In 2004 after 62 years of marriage Dalton passed away and Irene moved to Madera.

Irene leaves behind her two daughters, Helen Bellew of Madera and Patricia White and son-in-law JD White of San Diego, her eight grandchildren, Jeff White of Oklahoma, Shaun White of Northridge, California, Peg and Tom Szaller of Ohio, Paulette and Breck Keller of San Diego, Pam and Randy Mold'e of La Mesa, Mike and Evatte Bellew, Janice and Richard Tagnotti, Greg and Annalisa Bellew all of Madera, she also leaves behind twelve grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and one on the way.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jay Chapel, Madera, California. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side Cemetery District in Taft, California. Remembrances may be made to: Clairemont Faith Center, P.O. Box 17172, San Diego, California 92177.
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Chuck Robey, 40
June 19, 1961 - April 24, 2002



Memorial services will be held in Chester Avenue Baptist Church, 1509 South Chester Avenue on Sunday, May 5, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. for Chuck Robey, 40.

Chuck was born on June 19, 1961 with Jesus on April 24, 2002. He was preceded in death by his father Paul D. Robey Sr. 1974 and brother Ross 1996, a sister Terri 1998. He is survived by his mother Joyce Robey of Bakersfield, his brother's Paul and wife Teresh Robey of Taft, Danny and Michelle Robey of Bakersfield and sister's Sharon an her husband Chad Sims of Maricopa, Paula Robey and Bryan of Bakersfield. He is also survived by three sons, two daughters Brandon, Josh, Jeremy, Kendall and Madison Robey. He had many nieces and nephews who were very special to him. His greatest love was his mother and children and grand children, Jasmine and Jayden Robey.
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Retha Jean Robinette, 64
June 15, 1932 - May 4, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Wasco Memorial Park for long-time Taft resident Retha Jean Robinette, 64. Pastor James Henning of the Assembly of God Church of Wasco will officiate and interment will follow.

Mrs. Robinette was born June 15, 1932 in Kinta, Oklahoma and passed away May 4, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. She came to Wasco in 1936, graduating from Wasco High School in 1951. She was a homemaker and was involved with her children's activities. She participated in her sons' baseball and Little League activities and her daughter's Job's Daughters activities. Mrs. Robinette was a member of Job's Daughters and Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Robinette, in 1986; two brothers, Richard H. Douglas in 1963 and James E. Douglas in 1987; and a sister, Reba Zachary, in 1996. Retha is survived by her sons, John Edward Robinette and James Aaron Robinette both of Taft; Regina Elanine Griffith of Taft; her brother George Douglas of Wasco; her sisters, Gracie Laughlin of Wasco, Oleta R. Brown of Searcy, Arkansas and Juanitia Baker of Running Springs, California; three grandchildren and many other loving family members.
Peters Funeral Home of Wasco is in charge of the arrangements.
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Edward Ellis Robinson, 88
December 23, 1913 - August 26, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for Edward Ellis Robinson, 88, who went to be with the Lord on August 26, 2002.

Ellis was born in Jasonville, Indiana on December 23, 1913 and came to California in 1934. In 1936 he met Bernice Camerson, his wife of 65 years. He was a retired employee of Standard Oil Company.

He was a loving father to Mary Nishiyama and her husband, Ken; and Susan Foster and her husband, Michael, all of Bakersfield; a devoted brother to his sister, Helena Laffoon of Yukon, Oklahoma. He was much loved and known as "Bocky" to his grandchildren, James Evans and his wife, Michelle, Stephen Oliver and his wife, Susana, Scott Oliver and his wife, Allison; his great-grandchildren, Janine George and her husband, Larry, James Evans Jr., Brandt and Jacob Oliver and Joy Dalguntas; his great-great-grandson, Shiloh George; and by several nieces and nephews. We will miss "Bocky" and cherish his memory.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John T. Robinson
May 12, 1922 - June 1, 2002



Graveside service is Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Tafts, West Side District Cemetery.

John was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on May 12, 1922. He came to California in 1947. He lived in Buttonwillow for over 20 years and worked on a ranch for Allen Bottorff. He then went to work for Excel Mineral for more than 20 years before retiring. John served in WWII as a nurse.

He's preceded in death by his wife Virginia, daughter Marilyn and son Larry. He's survived by his children, Steven and wife Jill, Cathy and husband Paul Beyo, Sue and husband Eddie Copeland of Taft, Sandy Robinson of Taft, Tim Robinson of Taft, 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. John now has gone home to be with his wife of 49 years. We want to thank all of the doctors, nurses and aides at Emmanuel Convalescent for all the wonderful care he was given during the time of his illness.
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Herbert Robinson, Sr.
March 13, 1914 - February 3, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Herbert Robinson Sr., 88. Rev. Tom White of Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate.

Mr. Robinson was born in Datto, Arkansas on March 13, 1914 and passed away in the local hospital on February 3, 2003. He spent his working life as a farmer and was last employed as an irrigation foreman for Belridge. He had lived in Taft since 1957 and attended Gateway Temple.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bertha Robinson; his brother, Hubert Robinson; his son, Ronald Robinson. Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Pansy of Taft; his children and their spouses, Wayne Robinson of Maricopa, Sue And Mel Waddle of Taft, Gary and Sherry Robinson of Valley Acres, Larry and Gail Robinson of Dustin Acres, Joyetta and Rick Smith of Taft and Donald Robinson of Taft; his sister, Gertie Howell of Corning, Arkansas; his 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and many great great-grandchildren.

Friends who wish may pay their respects on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Phyllis Evelyn Robinson
May 17, 1940 - May 11, 2003



A memorial service is planned for Friday, May 23, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, for Phyllis Evelyn Robinson, 62, who passed away in Bakersfield May 11, 2003. Phyllis was born May 17, 1940 to Edward and Dora Delzer in Taft. Phyllis attended local schools.

Survivors include daughter Becky (Scott) Warner; son Shawn Robinson; granddaughter, Leah Warner; brother Wally (Lucille) Delzer; sisters LaVonne Booth, Rose Marie (Sheldon) Schaar, Leola (John) Walbrochl and Charlotte Herr; and special little angel Cody Rankin.

Wood Family Funeral Service, Tehachapi.
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Clarence Jay Robison
June 17, 1946 - May 15, 2012



Clarence Jay Robison was known and loved by many family and friends and in honor of him; we will be having a graveside memorial service, Friday, June 15, 2012, at 11;00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Tommy McWhorter will officiate.

Clarence was born on June 17, 1946 and passed away on Tuesday, May 15th, at his residence in Maricopa.

Clarence is preceded in death by his father William Clarence Robison; mother Ethel Pauline Bryant, wife Arlene Robison (Sanders), brother, Robison, his 2 sons and their spouses Clarence Jay and Roxanne Robison of Valley Acres and Tommy Eugene & Lauri Robison of Taft, 2 daughters Vera Pauline Robison and Kimberly Ann Robison of Taft, sister Glenda (Blue) & husband Leonard Benskin, brother Columbus Robison, brother Larry and wife Jenny Robison, brother Tommy and wife Cathy Robison, sister Patricia and husband Daniel Rogoway and brother Ronnie and wife Jan Robison, 5 step children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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Elsie Belle Rockberg
October 17, 1919 - June 6, 2011



Born October 17, 1919 in Fort Collins, Colorado, passed away June 6, 2011 in Carmichael, California.

Survived by daughters Karla (Michael) and Mary Jo; son Carl (Vickey); niece Virginia Tays; nephews Jim and Bob Antrim; two grandsons; six great grandchildren. Her husband Carl, sister and brother-in-law Ella Mae and Ray Antrim, niece Linda Brough, and her parents preceded her in death.

Elsie asked that no services be held rather everyone do whatever fun thing they enjoy the most and celebrate her life.

Elsie made arrangements to be cremated and a private burial will occur at a later date per Elsie's request. Remembrances can be made to: West Kern Oil Museum, P.O. Box 491, Taft, California 93268.
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Mervynn Rofkahr
August 27, 1938 - November 17, 2003



Mervynn Chris Rofkahr, age 65, Joplin, passed away at 10:04 a.m. Monday November 17, 2003 at St. John's Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Rofkahr was born August 27, 1938 in Coal Hill, Arkansas to the late William Rofkahr and Addie Johnson Rofkahr and had lived in Joplin the past 8 years moving from the State of California. He was self employed as a painter for most of his working life. He served as a Sunday school superintendent and bus driver; and was a cook with the United States Army. He married Drussilla Horsley on April 18, 1964 in Orosi, California.

She survives at the home. Additional survivors include a daughter, Kathy Sumner, Joplin; one son, Brian Rofkahr, Seneca; five brothers, Bill Rofkahr, Altus, Arkansas, Kenneth Rofkahr, Clifford Rofkahr, Ron Rofkahr, Lee Rofkahr, all of California; a sister Barbara Ewing, state of California; and 6 grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Wayman Ming, Jr. and Rev. Tim Sumner will officiate. The family will receive friends following services at the chapel. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Rofkahr, Clifford Rofkahr, Ron Rofkahr, Lee Rofkahr, David Rofkahr, and Darrell Robinson. Graveside services will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary Cemetery, Altus, Arkansas.
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Bert Thomas Rogers
May 4, 1927 - October 25, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Bert Thomas Rogers, 76. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate. Mr. Rogers was born in Sentinel, Oklahoma on May 4, 1927 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 25, 2003.

During the Second World War he served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps. Mr. Rogers owned and operated Rogers' Backhoe Service during the 1960's. He later went to work as a heavy equipment operator for the Bureau of Land Management and retired after many years of service.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Buddy and Elige Rogers. His survivors include his children and their spouses, Bert Thomas Rogers, Jr., Sherry and Felix Bravo and Keith and Pam Rogers all of Taft; his brothers and sisters Stella Gelakoske, Sue Roland, D.L. Rogers, Luna Trammel, Christine Carpenter and Lorraine Darrah; his grandchildren, Kristina and Bo Bravo, Miranda, Chad, David, Jamie, Summer, Christopher and Trista Rogers and seven great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bert Thomas Rogers Jr.
February 27, 1951 - February 9, 2012



Life time Taft resident Bert Thomas Rogers, Jr. Passed away on Thursday, February 9th at a hospital in Concord, California. He was 60 years old.

Bert was born in Gainsville, Texas on February 27th, 1951 and shortly after moved to Taft where he grew up. Bert graduated from Taft Union High School in 1969 after he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served at George Air Force Base in California. Upon discharge Bert began working in the oilfields around Taft.

Bert was proceeded in death by his father, Bert T. Rogers, and mother Celena Bell Rogers (Beck). His survivors include his five children, sons David W. Rogers and wife Elizabeth, Jamey T. Rogers, and Chris Rogers and wife Jennifer, his daughters Summer Dawn Smith and Trista Gale Chapparo and husband David. His many grandchildren. His sister Sherry and her husband Felix Bravo and brother Keith Rogers. His nieces and nephews Kristina Bravo, Bo Bravo Miranda Cash and Chad Rogers

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.at Westside Believers.
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Dorothy Combs Reaves Rogers
October 20, 1926 - August 26, 1995



Dorothy Combs Reaves Rogers 68, years old, died August 26, 1995 at Physician's Hospital in Reno, from cancer.

A native of Bakersfield, California. She was born October 20, 1926. She had been a Reno resident for 17 years. The 3rd of 5 daughters of Walter and Ruth Combs. She attended schools in Rouge River, Oregon; Mountain View, California; Tupman, California and graduated from Taft High School. Graduating from business college in Wilmington, California she embarked on a successful career as an escrow officer for many years. Due to the loss of her eyesight she stayed in touch with her world enjoying audio books from the Aid To The Blind Society, and poetry by Robert Service.

Her mother and father; a daughter, Jennifer; and husbands, Jim Reaves and Lawrence Rogers preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters; Vicki O'Donahue of Union City, California and Terri Brozovich of Reno, Nevada. Sons: Mike Reaves of Lakebay, Washington and Bruce Rogers of Wichita, Kansas. Grandchildren: Brian and Nikki O'Donahue, Laura Reaves, Tony Aaron and Breanna Warburton, Travis and Trevor rogers. Sisters: Rubiy Caton and Bobbi Gard of Sonora, California, Flo Martin of Oakdale, California and Joey Duff of Hermiston, Oregon and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 2, 1995 at Crosswinds Assembly of God Church, 831 East Glendale Ave., Sparks, Nevada 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Elige Rogers, 84
November 17, 1916 - May 14, 2001



Graveside services for Taft resident Elige Rogers, 84, will be Thursday, May 17, 2001, at 3:00 p.m., at the West Side District Cemetery. Officiating will be Jerry Botts, minister of the Church of Christ.

Elige was born November 17, 1914, in Grayson County, Texas, and passed away May 14, 2001 in a Bakerfield hospital. He worked for many years with Santa Fe Energy as a welder and retired from CWOD in 1980 as a welder.

Elige was preceded in death by a daughter, Jackie Gail Rogers. Survivors include wife, Evelyn of 50 years; sons, Roy and wife Shirley, Ronnie and wife Susan, Tommy and Larry and wife Carol; 8 grandchildren 19 great grandchildren, brothers, D.L. and wife Lily and Bert; sisters, Stella Golakaska, Susie and husband Dale Rallons, Lorane Darrah, Christine Carpenter and Luna Mae Trammell; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16, from noon until 4:00 p.m., at the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. Arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, 763- 1594.
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Lois J. Rogers
September 11, 1929 - April 29, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for Lois Juanita Rogers, 82. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Tulsa County, Oklahoma on September 11, 1929 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 29, 2012. She has lived in Kern County for the past 77 years. She enjoyed raising a large garden with her husband. She also enjoyed accompanying him on fishing and camping trips. One of the great joys in Mrs. Rogers' life was the time she spent at family gatherings and barbecues, especially the time spent playing cards with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Buddy Rogers, in 1989. Mrs. Rogers; survivors include her sister, Vera Fields of Lathrop; her chidren, Jim and Lena Rogers of Lodi, Robert and Juliana Rogers of Lodi, Janet and Bill Conway of Bakersfield and Sharon and Jerry Baldwin of Taft; her grandchildren, Jeff Rogers, Jennifer and Jesse Lewallen, Kevin Rogers, Cory Rogers, Scott Smith, Caryn and Joe Garza, Mike Conway, Scott Conway, Ricky Easley, Julie Dunham, Nicholas and Taucia Baldwin and Christine and Shane Higgins. Mrs. Rogers is also survived by her 19 great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services 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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Minnie Rogers
May 10, 1892 - November 22, 1985



Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery for Minnie Rogers, 93 of 1012 Van Buren Street, who passed away Friday in a Bakersfield hospital.

She was born May 10, 1892 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Rev. Steve Edwards of Trinity Southern Baptist Church will officiate.

She is survived by one daughter, Opal Wheeler of Bakersfield, three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Trinity Southern Baptist Church.

Internment will follow at West Side District Cemetery. Taft Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Phylis E. Rogers
May 31, 1941 – July 2, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Phylis E. Rodgers, 62. Mrs. Rodgers was born in Houston, Texas on May 30, 1941 and passed away in Canoga Park on June 29, 2003.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Crain. Her survivors include her husband, Les Rodgers; her three sons, Jack Rodgers and his wife, Theresa of Dallas, Texas, Gene Rogers and his wife, Gloria of Taft and James Rogers and his fiancée, Julie Pinkley of Taft; her mother, Vida Crain of Oregon; her two brothers, Ronald and Denis Crain both of Oregon; her ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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. until service time. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Wanda Genieve Rogers
November 4, 1918 - August 19, 1997



Private funeral services were held for Wanda Genieve Rogers, 78, passed away in Bakersfield hospital August 19, 1997. Internment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bakersfield.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, one daughter, one grandson, one granddaughter, two great granddaughters and one niece.
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William Rogers
October 20, 1891 - December 25, 1965



William Jordan Rogers, 74, of 101 2 Van Buren St., died Christmas morning at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1891 at Nashville, Arkansas. He had resided in California and on the West Side for the past 10 years. Mr. Rogers, a retired general contractor.

He is survived by his widow, Minnie of the home; one daughter, Opal Wheeler of Taft; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers Bec of Downey, California and Jim of Shawnee, Oklahoma; five sisters, Dolly Lovelace, Flora Hannon, Buelah Brown, Bertha Stinson and Daisy Henderson, all of Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

The remains will be sent to Wynnewood today for funeral services and burial.
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David Lincoln Rolke
February 12, 1942 - April 14, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the West Hills Church of The Nazarene on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, David L. Rolke, 61. David was born in schools in Avenal. After finishing his schooling he moved to make his home in Taft in 1967. He met his wife here and they raised their family here. He worked in the oilfields locally for many years. He was known to many residents as the "neighborhood handyman." He passed away in a local hospital on April 14, 2003.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jean Rolke; and his two daughters and their husbands, Susan and Terry Hanna of Taft and Tracy and Morten Skaanes of Oslo Norway; and by his three grandchildren, Alicia, Dana and David Hanna of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Carolynn Sue Romagno
January 24, 1949 - December 31, 2013



Carolyn Sue Romagno passed into the arms of our Lord on December 31, 2013.

She came on to this earth on January 24, 1949 in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The second oldest of 4 children born to Arthur Joseph and Helen Olivebelle Romagno, Carolynn attended grades 1 though 8 at Hamilton Dome, Wyoming. She graduated Valedictorian of her class. She then attended Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis, Wyoming graduating in 1967. Carolynn then moved to Taft, California to be with her parents and siblings. Her family had moved to Taft in 1966 where her father had been transferred by Empire State Oil Company. She attended Taft College graduating in 1970 with an Associate in Arts degree and completed her education at San Diego State University where she received her teaching credential. Carolynn began her teaching career in Salinas, California eventually moving back to Taft and taught for many years at Maricopa High School before her long battle with Multiple Sclorosis led to her eventual retirement.

She was a member of the Taft Presbyterian Church, Kern County Model T Ford Club and a life member of the Model T Ford Club of America. Carolynn was preceded in death by her youngest brother, Joseph, her mother, Helen and her youngest sister, Dixie. She is survived by her father, Arthur of Evergreen Bakersfield and her oldest brother, Roy, also of Bakersfield.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. To send condolences, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Dixie Lee Romagno
May 28, 1951 - October 18, 2010



Dixie Lee Romagno passed away on October 18, 2010 in Pocatello, Idaho after a short bout with cancer. Dixie was born on May 28, 1951 in Thermopolis, Wyoming. She attended elementary school (grades 1 through 8) at Hamilton Dome, Wyoming. While in Wyoming she developed a love for horses and horseback riding. Her prized Morgan horse, Westcrest Jubilee took Reserve Grand Champion at the Wyoming State Fair.

Dixie moved to Taft, California with the rest of her family in 1966 when father was transferred there by the Empire Oil Company. She attended Taft Union High School graduating in June of 1970. She went on to obtain her Licensed Vocational Nursing Degree and worked at a number of facilities in Kern County including Taft Hospital and Parkview Julian Convalescent Hospital until she had to retire due to a back injury.

Dixie was the mother of two children; Tara Rowland of Arroyo Grande, California, and Joshua Kelly of Bakersfield, California. She also had 3 adorable grandchildren; Austin Gallegos, Cassidy Gallegos and Griffin Rowland and all of Arroyo Grande.

Dixie was preceded in death by her younger brother Joseph in 2000 and her mother Helen in 2008. She is survived by her father, Arthur Romagno of Tetiona, Idaho, sister, Carolynn of Taft, California, brother, Roy of Bakersfield, California, daughter, Tara and husband Philip Rowland of Arroyo Grande, Calfornia, son, Joshua Kelly of Bakersfield and her three grandchildren. Austin Cassidy and Griffin of Arroyo Grande, California.

Cremation has already taken place and their will be no service. A private Memorial service may be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Ralph Romandia
June 3, 1954 - July 22, 2010



Ralph Romandia was born in Santa Paula, California on June 3, 1954. On July 22nd he passed away after courageously battling with cancer for six years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Sr. and his youngest brother Bobbie. Ralph is survived by his mother, Maria Romandia, three daughters Jessica, Nicole and Sheena, two grandchildren, his sister Vera and five brothers: Richard and Nancy, Ruben, Rudy and Cindy, Henry and Lorene, and David. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Following his wishes, a celebration of his life was held by the family and close friends. Ralph was loved by many and will remain in our hearts forever.
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Christopher Ryan Rosales
June 5, 1990 - April 3, 2011



Chris was born June 5, 1990 and lost his battle with cancer on April 3, 2011. He was the life of the party and was always down for anything. He loved music and especially playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rey Rosales and his Grandma Pat. His is survived by his mother, Shari Sisson, Sisters Courtney and Heidi, Julian, his nephew Noah, Grandma Elia, and many aunts, uncles and friends.

We would like to say a special thank you to Hoffman Hospice for helping in his care the last few months. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest. "HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL"
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Brian Lee Rose
June 1, 1936 - February 10, 1997



A memorial service for Anchorage, Alaska, resident Brian Lee Rose, 60, will be conducted February 15, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. at Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel in Anchorage. Father Scott Medlock of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Rose was born June 1, 1936 in Bell and passed away February 10, 1997 in an Alaskan hospital. He began his career in the oilfields of California before he was a teenager. He remained in this industry, which he loved, until retirement in 1996. Mr. Rose received numerous commendations for his work in the oil industry.

He received an honorable discharge from the U. S. Army where he served for 2 1/2 years. He also completed his bachelors degree in business administration. He moved to Alaska on October 4, 1974. His first love was his family and his greatest pleasure was found in the time he spent at his cabin and fishing on the Kenai River. His family said, "Brian was deeply loved by his family and friends. He was a kind and gentle man who faced life with couage, humor and great wisdom."

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Margaret Rose of Anchorage; a duaghter and son-in-law, Liane and Tim Johnson of Anchorage; a son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Brenda Rose of Rosemont, Pennslyvania; his grandchildren, Daniel Escobedo and Megan Escobedo, both of Anchorage, and Madeline Rose of Rosemont; his stepfather, A. L. "Cotton" Windes of Taft; and two nephews, Kenneth and Richard Hake of Seattle, Washington.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed to Hospice of Anchorage, 3305 Arctic Blvd., Suite 105, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.
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Zuva Belle Hopkins Fullmer Rose
August 31, 1907 - June 24, 2002



Zuna Belle Hopkins Fullmer Rose was born in Los Angeles, August 31, 1907 to Harry A. and Zuva B. Hopkins and passed away June 24, 2002. She grew up in McKitrick and Taft, California during the oil boom years. Her school years were spent in Taft, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1925. Following her graduation from the University of Redlands in 1929, she returned to Taft to teach at Conley School, where she had been a student. In 1933 Zuva married George Elmo Fullmer. The 1940"s were spent in Taft, California; Forest Hills, New York, and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where Elmo worked for Standard Oil and ARAMCO.

Following his death in 1948, the family moved to Bakersfield, where Zuva resumed her teaching career, becoming one of the original teachers at Wayside School. In March of 1952 Zuva married W. Carl Rose, who passed away in 1979. In 1948 she purchased a travel trailer, the first of seven recreational vehicles in which she traveled extensively all over North America, driving them well into her eighties. Her travels also included European trips and going to concerts, museums and tours.

Rarely idle, she was always busy with knitting, crocheting, embroidery, oil painting, painting ceramics, sewing, and quilting. She was an avid gardener, reader in Republican. When Zuva was 18 years old, she became a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Taft and was Worthy Matron in 1939. This June 17th she received a certificate recognizing her 75 years of service in the organization, the longest member of Kern County.

She is preceded in death by her brother Harry A. Hopkins, Jr. and her son Michael Hopkins Fullmer. She is survived by her daughter, Alice Fullmer Jandt, husband Wes Jandt, and their son Joe of Bozemen, Montana; son Gregory C. Fullmer, wife Jeannette Fullmer, their daughter Christine and her two sons, Britt and Tyler of Bakersfield, California; her nephew Harry A. Hopkins III, his wife Patty of Coupeville, Washington; and her sister-in-law Marge Stiles Hopkins of Bakersfield.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Lois Martin, Zuva's invaluable friend and neighbor of over 40 years. At her request there will be no services. She will be laid to rest in the Hopkins family plot in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Golden Empire Gleaners, 1326 30th Street, Bakersfield, California 93301 or to the Bakersfield Rescue Mission, 83 Beale Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93305.
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M. Winifred Rosenback, 85
November 1, 1916 - February 4, 2002



Native Taftian M. Winifred Rosenback, 85, passed away Monday at a Vallejo nursing home following a long illness. She had been a resident of Vallejo since 1939.

Mrs . Rosenback was born on Naylor Avenue, and was the fourth of five children to Sam and Julia Thatcher. Her father was once of California's Oilfield Pioneers and worked on the first rotary rig on the West Side. The Thatcher family traced it roots in America to 1621 and was one of the earliest families to settle upper Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, being given a land grant by Lord Fairfax. Mrs. Rosenback was the last surviving member of the Thatcher family, which included Congregation Ministers, Army Colonels and Navy Captains among the ranks, some who faught on both sides of the American Civil War. Her paternal grandfather was a member of the Ohio State Senate.

Mrs. Rosenback was a past member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Retail Clerks and Federal Employees Union. She was also a member of the Melody Choral group in Vallejo for many years, served on the Vallejo Fine Arts Council and the Vallejo Symphony Assocation, and was a longtime supporter of the local Theater Guild.

She was a graduate of Bakersfield High School, marrying Edwin Arvid Rosenback of Bakersfield in February 1936. During World War II, Mrs. Rosenback worked in the Receivers Section on Mare Island Naval Shipyard while her husband worked in the Machinist shops. She later worked as a salesperson at the Hartfield's Store in Vallejo, and the Tidal area of the Concord Naval Weapons Station at Port Chicago until her retirement.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping and fishing, and traveling with her husband and family. She especially loved music from classical to jazz, discussing politics, and going on cruises. She was a frequent contributor to the ASPCA, United Way, and other charitable organizations. She was also active in a number of national political campaigns.

Mrs. Rosenback was preceded by her husband in 1999. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Ed and Diane of Vallejo, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews coast to coast.

Services will be held at Skyview Memorial Chapel Vallejo, with the Reverend Dr. John T. Ham of the First Church of Religious Science officiating. Service is Tuesday, February 12, 2002, 11:00 a.m.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or the American Heart Society.
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John Francis Roth
November 22, 1936 - February 11, 2007



Words cannot express the sadness we feel from the loss of our father John Francis Roth. Dad was born in Nebraska on November 22, 1936 to Don and Irma Roth. Dad was married to the love of his life, Katherine Gunderson on September 5, 1959. They started their life together in Arizona and then moved to Reno, Nevada where their children Cindy and Michael were born.

Dad has touched many lives. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Katherine Roth, his children Michael and Becky Roth of Taft, Cindy and Steve Scott of Bakersfield, his grandchildren Julia and Jason Scott, and Adam, Alex, and Amy Roth, his sister Ruth and husband Harry Kirschner of Washington, his sister Kathryn Ann and husband Joe McMahan of California, his brother Robert and wife Elaine Roth of Nevada, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew him. A memorial service will be held at the Roth family home on Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 p.m.
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Kenneth "Poppa Kenny" Garland Roundtree
July 21, 1943 - November 19, 2011



Kenny was born July 21, 1943 in German, Texas and went to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 19, 2011 in Taft, California with his soulmate, Phyllis by his side.

Kenny was a husband, Father, brother and friend to many. He lived his life to the fullest. His very favorite pastime was riding his Harley with the wind in his face, sun on his back enjoying the freedom of the ride. The brotherhood he made while riding are bonds that can never be broken. Kenny brought laughter and happiness to all who crossed his path. Kenny proudly served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force where he was a sharpshooter and expert marksman with a rifle. He went on to become as excellent welder which was the trade he continued in until his retirement.

Kenny is survived by his wife and soulmate, Phyllis Houle Roundtree. When Poppa and Phyllis met it was obvious to all, these two were meant to be together. They were never apart for the 12 years of their life together. If you saw Poppa, you saw Phyllis. Kenny is also survived by his daughter, Katrina Geer, San Diego, California, stepdaughters Maureen Fitzegerald, Tuscan, Arizona and Carleen Vinun, Vacaville, California. Stepson Christopher Houle and adopted son, Buddy Brummett, both of Taft, California. Step-grandchildren Courtney Houle, Taft, California and Aimee Houle, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Gail Bullard, Maricopa, California. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. Rounding out his surviving "family" members are Jim Kelly, Danny Hairston, Larry Brothers to the end!

A special thanks to Pastor Paul Wilson and Sharon of Taft Trinity Southern Baptist Church for all their love and support during this time. As well as a thank you to Andrea Gotcher and to Hoffman Hospice for all their assistance. In lieu of flowers donations are being accepted at the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Violet Lott Roundtree
April 14, 1920 - December 27, 2011



Funeral services for Violet (Lott) Roundtree will be held in New Hope Temple on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1;00 p.m. Rev. Joey Pittman will officiate and burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Roundtree was born in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma on April 14, 1920 and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 27, 2011.

Violet and her husband, Leonard and their children, Doris, Sherry and Glenn moved to Taft in 1950. Working in her yard, going out to eat, baking for the holidays and antiquing provided much enjoyment for her. She also enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren. Mrs. Roundtree owned and operated her secondhand store for about 25 years.

She is preceded in death by her first husband of 57 years, Leonard G. Roundtree; her parents, James R. and Mary J. Swarb: her two sisters and three brothers, Sherry and Ronnie Smith all of Taft; her sister, Elsie Hogan of Taft; her niece, and her husband, Jackie and Lloyd Karnes of Taft; her grandchildren, Cindy Abrams of Taft, Terri Masterson of Folsom, David Snyder of Bakersfield, Shelly Marrit of Bakersfield, Rhonda and Lee Henning of Taft, Nini and John Hatzopoulos of Levos, Greece; her great grandchildren, Kayla, Courtney and Kelsie Masterson, Valarie Bergferon, Chad and Deanna Mincher, David Michael and Kasie Snyder, Elizabeth Crum. Miranda Plaugher, Ty Marrit, Jullie and LeAnn Shinn, Jonathan and Katlynn McDonald, Mac Henning, Nasiska, Nico and Dessy Hatzopoulos; her great-great grandchildren, Hailey, Brayden and Madison Bergeron and Kellie Masterson; her many nephews and nieces in Oklahoma, California, Nevada and Colorado. She is slao survived by her special friends, Gordon and Patti Gomez, Curtis Gomez and Eileen Westendoff and baby Adria of Bakersfield.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ferrel Glade Roundy
January 26, 1933 - February 21, 2011



Ferrel Glade Roundy, age 78, returned peacefully to his Heavenly Father on February 21, 2011, with family members and friends at his bedside. He had valiantly dealt with serious illness for the past few years.

Ferrel was born January 26, 1933, in Escalante, Utah, to Alda Schow and Wallace Glade Roundy. He lived most of his youth with his grandparents, Joseph Ira and Leatha Porter Schow, in Escalante.

Ferrel graduated from Escalante High School with honors and received bachelor's and master's degrees in English and Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He served for 2 1/2 years in West Germany as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and 3 years in the U.S. Army, 2 of those years were in Germany.

Ferrel married Heidi Axman in the Salt Lake Temple on November 18, 1960. They lived in Lawrence, Kansas and Terra Haute, Indiana as he pursued his Phd. He and Heidi moved to Taft, California were they raised their 4 children. Ferrel taught 40 years, 35 at Taft College, encompassing English, French, German and Music Appreciation from July of 1966 until his retirement in May of 2001.

Ferrel and Heidi divorced in 1983. He then married Carol Joy Shirts. They later divorced. He then married Nancy Shurtz Krough.

Ferrel is survived by his wife, Nancy; he and Heidi's children, Lora Lee (Mark) Bell of Bakersfield, California, and their children, Nickolas, Christopher, and Shaylee; Quinn Ferrel Roundy of Bakersfield, California; Kara Lyn Roundy of Salt Lake City, Utah; Dr. Darryl William (Carrie) Roundy of Gig Harbor, Washington, and their children, Emma and Will; a brother, Paul Michael (Karen) Cardon of Ithaca, New York; and many aunts, uncles, cousins nieces, and nephew. He is preceded in depth by his mother, Alda Schow Cardon; his father, Wallace Glade Roundy; and sisters LaDean Stojakovich, and Joan Cardon Wagner Mulando.

In addition to teaching, Ferrel was a prolific writer of fiction and poetry. He published eight novels, two volumes of facts, history, and humor about his hometown of Escalante, Utah, and literally hundreds of pomes, sonnets and free verse. He also enjoyed music and penned numerous song lyrics, many of a religious nature. He also served in many "callings" in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ferrel loved the Escalante area in southern Utah and dreamed of building a small, comfortable home and retiring there.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in the Escalante 1st Ward, LDS Chapel, 80 South Center, Escalante, Utah. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Escalante Cemetery with military rites by the Escalante American Legion Post. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Utah. Online guestbook: www.maglebymortuary.com
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Roberta E. Rousseau
October 2, 1916 - January 20, 2003



Funeral services will be held at a later date in Nevada, Missouri for Taft Resident Roberta E. Rousseau. Roberta was born in Kansas on October 2, 1916 to Samuel and Mattie Rousseau and passed away on January 20, 2003 in Hanford, California at the age of 86.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763 - 1594
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Steven Robert Rouse
January 30, 1955 - March 17, 2010



Steven Robert Rouse, age 55, long time Taft resident and founding member of the local Rouse Brothers Band musical group, passed away of a massive heart attack on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

He was born in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on January 30, 1955 to Ray and Barbara Rouse. Steve grew up in the small community of Panama, California, which is a rural area just south of Bakersfield. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1972 and shortly after graduation he co-founded the Rouse Brothers Band. In 1975 he married Cheryl Jean Byrd here in town. In addition to his musical endeavors, Steve always worked a day job as well. Early on, Steve worked for the Taft City School District at the Natatorium and from there he went into the oil industry where he developed a successful career. He was highly regarded for his expertise and exemplary work ethic. He was working as a supervisor at Southern Sierra General Engineering at the time of his passing. Steve was a top flight base guitarist and a talented singer and performer. His specialty was country music but he liked any style of music as long as it was well played. He was especially fond of the group Steely Dan. He also was the personal manager of the local heavy metal group named Mordor, comprised of two of his sons and a nephew.

Steve is survived by his parents, Ray and Barbara Rouse of Lake Isabella, California. He also leaves his three sons, Steven, JR of Las Vegas, Nevada, Spencer Rouse of Shafter and David Rouse of Taft and Steve's daughter, Donna Fleetwood of Taft. Steve also leaves a brother, Sam Rouse of Bakersfield; and two sisters, Denise Vaughn of Taft and Debbie Dozier of Wasco, California. He also leaves his dearly loved grandchildren, Steven III, Nathan, Kevin and Emily; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard, Taft, California. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 26, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Luther Guy Routh
December 29, 1896 - January 23, 1962



Mr. Luther Guy Routh, Dustin Acres, passed away in a local hospital yesterday afternoon. He was 65 years old.

He was a native of Texas. Mr. Routh was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served in World War I. He was a retired Richfield Oil Company employee.

Mr. Routh is survived by his widow, May of the Taft address; one daughter, Jeannie May Lingo of Taft; one grandson; and two sisters, Lena Barlow and Lee Griffith both of Bakersfield.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Rev. Harry Galloway, Minister of Foursquare Church will officiate. Burial will be in West Side District Cemetery.
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Mary Jane "Jennie Kizziar" Routh
February 25, 1874 - July 8, 1959



Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at the Hopson Mortuary Chapel, for Mary Jane Routh, 85, 1118 Lake Street, who died July 8 at a Bakersfield hospital. The Rev. R. Orman Roberts of Trinity Methodist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Routh was a native of Ellis County, Texas and had resided in this community for 57 years.

Survivors include her son Luther Routh of Taft; daughters Mrs. W. E. Griffith and Mrs. R. M. Barlow of Bakersfield; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brothers Will and Alvin Kizziar of Bakersfield; James Kizziar of Cayucos; and a sister Ruth Elizabeth Newton of Oxnard.

Interment will be in the family plot Union Cemetery. The Hopson Morturary is in charge of arrangements.
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May M. Routh
September 4, 1901 - September 23, 1991



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident May M. Routh, 90. The Rev. John Spear of Bakersfield will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Routh was born on September 4, 1901 in Rogers, Arkansas and passed away Monday morning in a Bakersfield hosptial. She moved to Fellows in 1928 and had lived on the West Side until illness forced her into a nursing home. She had resided at Parkview Julian from 1986 until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Routh, in 1962 and a daughter, Jennie Lingo, in 1987. Her survivors include a grandson and his wife, Guy and Ann Lingo of Taft; a son-in-law, Harlan Dale Lingo of Taft; a sister-in-law Osie Kearby of Bakersfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those who wish may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Robert E. Lee Routh
October 27, 1867 - January 16, 1948



Routh, Robert E. Lee funeral services for Robert E. Lee Routh, 80 who succumbed in a local hospital Thursday, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Hopson Mortuary with the Rev. Authur H. Wallace officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery.

Mr. Routh was born in Georgia, October 27, 1867, and had lived in Bakersfield for fourty years.

He is survived by his widow, Mary J. Routh, 3416 N. Street: a son, Luther G., Taft: two daughters, Mary Lee Griffith and Lena R. Barlow, Bakersfield; a brother, Stonewall Routh, Texas; a sister, Mrs. T. Dewitt, Texas; two nephews, Roy Ritchey, Compton, C.C. Hill, Paramount; a niece, Cynthia Tinsley, Texas; and three grandchildren.
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Joe W. Rowan, Jr.
February 25, 1945 - September 2, 2012



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 303338 East Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Joe W. Rowan, Jr., 67.

Mr. Rowan was born in Medford, Oregon on February 25, 1945 and passed away at his home on September 2, 2012. Mr. Rowan served his country as a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1970 he moved to Taft and in 1976 he and his family settled in Maricopa. He had been employed for over 30 years by Sparkle Cleaners. Mr. Rowan had been a member of the VFW and the Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing and loved the time he spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Caroline Rowan; his son and his wife, Joseph and Tina Rowan; his daughter Katherine Rowen all of Maricopa; his seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www. EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ted Rowcliffe Jr.
July 16, 1922 - February 8, 2008



No multiplicty of words could ever encapsulate the fruit of the life of son of Taft, Ted Rowcliffe Jr., who passed away peacefully during a nap at his home in LaVerne, California. February 8th, 2008 at the age of 85 and after a life of accomplishment and extraordinary generosity of spirit.

Born in Santa Monica, July 16, 1922 and lineman for the world-renowned and Bakersfield- feared Taft Union High School football team, Mr. Rowcliffe was an eagle scout with Bronze palms, a letterman in multiple sports, sports editor of the school paper and representative to Boys State.

He attended pilots' training in Quartzite with a number of his fellows and got his private pilots license as a teen. When his country called at the beginning of WW II he returned from surveying unmapped California for the Forest Service and became a Naval Aviator. He was a cadet commander, first in his class of avaition cadets. He qualified as Pistol Expert. He flew four-engine patrol bombers out of Okinawa in VPB-124. He won the Air Metal. After the war he continued to fly Naval Air Transport finally leaving the reserve in 1961 a full Lieutenant.

Graduating in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering he began a 40 year career in construction and construction management. He was involved in building the nations first rocket launch and nuclear power facilities. He built and oversaw the building of massive projects all over the world.

He was the very proud father of 4 children and grandfather of 10 grandchildren. After retirement he dedicated 17 years to providing near 24 hour care to his wheelchair-bound wife in a capstone to a life of hard work, generosity, and service.

Did he ever meet people the equal of the friends of his youth in Taft? He did; but never any better. He dearly and deeply loved his family and friends old and new and reunions with his VPB-124 squadronmates and could always be trusted to be as proud of the accomplishments of those around him as they were. His passing dealt a resounding blow to the cumulative character and values of the universe.

Please join us graveside at noon Monday, April 7th, 2008 at West Side Regional Cemetery in Taft to celebrate the life and benevolent passing of one of a vanishing breed of really good guys.
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Evelyn May Rowe
February 5, 1916 - December 4, 2011



Evelyn May Rowe, a spry 95 years young, passed away in Bakersfield on Sunday, December 4, after a brief illness.

A native of Taft, she was born on February 5, 1916 to parents Theresia Kosel Beck of Austria and Lewis "Slim" Beck of Pennsylvania. She was the eldest of five siblings and was raised on the Derby Lease. At 5' 11" in height, she had quite an advantage as an athlete in high school, playing field hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball. Graduating in 1934 from Taft Union High School, then she attended Taft College for two years.

During the 1930's she and his younger sister Genevieve "Skip" played on local softball teams. She played right field and Skip was a pitcher. With the growing popularity of softball as an organized sport for women, it was quite common for big businesses in Los Angeles to back teams and recruit talented players. Evelyn played for four years, first for Payne Furnace Company, Beverly Hills and then Columbia Pictures, Burbank.

Unlike today, the prestige of the sport did not pay the bills. She supplemented by taking a job with Bank of America, which she held for several years. Just before World War II broke out, she moved back to Taft. For 27 years Evelyn worked for Standard Oil Company/Chevron in the Drafting and Maintenance Depts., retiring in October of 1971.

Evelyn met the love of her life Herbert John "Jack" Rowe, a Maricopa lad, with whom she celebrated 51 years of marriage until his death in 2004. During those wonderful years, the two traveled extensively around the country, by bus, car and boarding an occasional cruise liner. And, of course, there was the annual yearly trek to Klamath River for salmon fishing.

They were both loyal avid Taft College Cougar football fans, never missing a home or away game. She loved her Cadillacs because they had extra leg room for her long legs, although she could be frequently be seen driving Jack's Chevy truck around town. At all times she was truly a lady. Her hair and makeup was her morning must, always accessorized with earrings. She wrote thank you notes with perfect penmanship, never missed a birthday remembrance with a $20.00 bill enclosed, looked forward to "girls night out" and never missed a party. Her favorite movies were "chick flicks" and Johnny Depp. She was a champion of Bingo, she enjoyed an occasional margarita and loved anything pink. Even in her 90's she had hearing like a bat and the eyes of an eagle. Although limited in the kitchen, she was famous for her carrot-pineapple Jello salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack and sister, Genevieve "Skip" Jones and Thelma "Sam" Green and her youngest brother, Lawrence Beck. Evelyn is survived by her brother, Raymond L. Beck (Velda) of Penn Valley, California. Auntie Evelyn will be deeply missed by her niece, Mary Crowley (Meghan (Tad) Garner, Shauna Crowley, Breanne (Tommieand baby Kieran), Zaby, Keegan, Seamus and Darby Crowley) from Huntington Beach, California: and nephew, Jim Fiscus of Maricopa; and niece Suzy Jackson and family from Taft.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday December 9, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Saturday morning, December 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery.
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Albert Leo Rowland
May 26, 1925 - December 10, 2001



Albert Leo Rowland, age 76, passed away December 10, 2001 in a Bakersfield hospital. Mr. Rowland was born May 26, 1925 at Parris, Arkansas. He moved to Taft in 1964 and married Charlotte Howard and raised four children. He worked for Western Well for many years as rig operator. He loved his family and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Rowland of Taft; three sons and wives; Jeff and Valerie Rowland, Taft, California; Stephen and Christine Rowland of Bakersfield, California; Nathan Rowland of Taft, California; one daughter and husband Pamela and Rich Dudley of Taft, California; eight grandchildren; Jeffrey, Heath, Zackaray, Bradley, Hannah, Austin, Clayton and Bailey; two sisters; Orlene Davis of Taft, California; Ann Perry of Kansas.

Visitation will be Thursday December 13, 2001 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Sam White of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Friends who wish may donate to the family in care of Chevron Valley Credit Union. Services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Oreitta "Rita Faye Rowland
March 17, 1923 - May 12, 2010



Graveside services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 for Oreitta "Rita" Faye Rowland, 87. Rita was born on March 17, 1923 in Dardanelle, Arkansas to John and Mary Huffman and went home to be with loved ones on May 9, 2010.

Rita married George H. Rowland on February 22, 1938 in Arkansas. Rita is most known for buying Cox Communications and went on to own and operate Rowland Communications for 40 years. She enjoyed cooking with her sisters and showing lots of love to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George; her brothers Ernie, Charlie, and Jim; her sisters Syble, Janie Jewel, Lorene and Virginia. Other than her son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita is survived by her sister Zeta Allen of Taft; her brothers and their spouse Aulton and Ella Huffman of Taft, Wilmus and Jean Huffman of Bakersfield, Gene and Kay Huffman of Willows, California and Ray Huffman of Arkansas; and by her many nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Rita will be missed by all who knew her. We want to say a special Thank you to Rita's caregiver over the last few years.
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Valerie E. Rowland
July 11, 1968 - April 11, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Valerie Elaine Rowland, 41. Rev. Tom White pastor of the Assembly of God, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Rowland was born in Coalinga on July 11, 1968 and passed away at her home on April 11, 2010. Taft was home to Mrs. Rowland for the passed 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her brother Ralph Brush. Her survivors include three sons, Jeffery Heath and Zackary Rowland; her parents Vernon and Jo Polin all of Bakersfield; her two brothers, Bryon and Kevin Polin and her sister Donna Wilson and her husband, Danny, all of Taft.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Steve Allen Royal
December 10, 1956 - October 30, 2008



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Steve A Royal, 51. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate.

Steve was born in Los Angeles on December 10, 1956 and passed away in Taft on October 30, 2008. He was raised and educated in Maricopa. He was proud, he raised his son on his own. Steve collected Hot Wheels and loved playing the guitar.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Royal. His survivors include his son, Steve Royal, Jr. of Maricopa; his father, Clyde Royal of Maricopa; his sister and her husband, Frankie and Donnie Wilson of Maricopa; his brother and his wife, Scott and Tammy Royal of Maricopa; his nephews and niece, Scott, Jr., Aaron Royal, Tyson Royal, Jeff Wilson, and Chastity Hernandez; and by his many aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Betty Ann Chambers Stearman Rubright
October 3, 1941 - May 1, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Betty Ann Chambers Stearman Rubright, 68. Rev. Joey Pittman, pastor of New Hope Temple will officiate.

Mrs. Rubright was born on October 3, 1941 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma and passed away in Bakersfield, California on May 1, 2010. She had lived in Taft since 1958 and attended New Hope Temple. She had been employed as a clerk and cashier at Johnson's Liquor Store, Courgar Country and for many years at the Outpost. Many of her customers will remember her for her long long hair. Mrs. Rubright was a very caring and giving person.

She was preceded in death by her son Gregory Stearman; her brother "Jockey" Chambers and her step-grandson, Robert Robison. Mrs. Rubright is survived by her daughter and her husband, Lisa and Lance Tweedy; her parents, J.D. and Dora Chambers, all of Taft; her sister and her husband Patricia and Ken Beard of Kansas; her brother and his wife, Darrell and Julia Chambers of Taft; her grandchildren, Lindsay and Chad Kendall and Alex Stearman and a very special grandson, Tyler Royal; her step-children, Jeffery and his wife Valerie Rubright, her great grandchildren, Lyrik and Makenna; nephew, Kenny and Debbie Beard and niece Kimberly Rawles; several step-children and many other nieces and nephews and cousins.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Juanita J. Ruff
August 30, 1934 - February 16, 2011



Juanita J. Ruff, born August 30, 1934 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Juanita went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior on January 21st of this year.

Family and friends knew her better as "Aunt Nita," "Ruff," "Ruffle," "Ruffles" and "Sweet Ruff."

Juanita is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lillian 'Clesh' Ruff. She is survived by her brother, Robert Ruff of Taft; nephew, Brian Ruff and his wife Mandy of Colorado; three great nieces, Brianna, Julia and Mariah Ruff of Colorado and special friends, Trudy Draper of Bakersfield and Michael and Pamela Colen of Colorado. She was blessed with many lifelong friends.

Juanita was a 1952 graduate of Taft Union High School and attended Taft Community College. Her passion in high school and college was softball with her team being one of the region's best. Juanita retired as loan officer from Bank of America. She enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, movies, BBQ's decorating unique birthday cakes, backyard projects and helping others.

Thank you to all who have given their time to lend a hand, encourage and share memories. Her remains are with her mother at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. In memory of Juanita, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. No Services.
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G. Murrell Runnells, 83
September 18, 1917 - February 28, 2001



Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at 11:00 in the morning at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California, for Orcutt resident, G. Murrell Runnells. Murrell was born on September 18, 1917 in Campbell, Missouri and passed away at the age of 83 on February 28, 2001 in Santa Maria, California from complications due to a stroke.

On December 6, 1939 he married his loving wife Olivia, in 1947 he moved his family to Taft and lived there until 1960 when he moved to Bakersfield until 1999, then settled in Santa Maria until he passed away.

Murrell worked for Standard Oil Company for 26 years before he and Olivia bought and managed Golden Fingers Beauty Salon after his retirement. He was member of the Jehovah Witnesses since 1953. He was a faithful brother until his death. He loved to take pictures and enjoyed the art of photography.

Mr. Runnells is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years. Olivia Runnels of Santa Maria, daughter Lana Knor and her husband Frank of Santa Maria, daughter Tressa Horton in Reno, Nevada, brother Wayne Runnels of Bakersfield, grandchildren; Felicia Knor of San Francisco, Sean Horton and Christy Paulk of Bakersfield, Shelly Davis, Mike Runnels and Melissa Runnels of Bakersfield, and 7 great grand children. Murrell was preceded in death by his parents Grover and Tressie Mae Runnels and by his son Michael Runnels. Murrell was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.

Donations can be made to the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall building fund in his name. No viewing is scheduled at this time. For questions or floral deliveries contact West Side Family Mortuary 763-1594. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, California.
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William Kurtis Rush
September 10, 2001 - September 10, 2001



A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Christian Fellowship in the Fain Hall on 631 North Street, Taft, California, officiated by Pastor Jim Stigall.

William was born and passed away at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo on September 10, 2001.

He is survived by his mother Jacque Burell, his father William Rush, his brothers Billy Burell, Steven Burell and his sister Rainee Burell, grandparents Richard Kurt Rogers, Ramona Kay Rush who all reside in Taft, California, also his grandfather Paul Porter of Buckeye, Arizona, also all of the close friends that were there for us. He was a true gift from God who will always be cherished and will be missed by all of us.
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Lester Wayne Russell
February 17, 1925 - March 20, 2012



A funeral service will be held in New Hope Temple on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lester Wayne Russell, 87. Lester was born on February 17, 1925 in Oilton, Oklahoma to Lewis and Gertrude Russell and passed away on March 20, 2012 in Bakersfield.

He came to Taft in 1943 and began working for Honolulu Oil Company. He was drafted in to the U.S. Army in 1944 and was discharged in May of 1946. He married Audrey Kincaid on May 23, 1946 and went back to work for Honolulu Oil Company and continued working in the oilfields until he retired from Texaco Oil Company in 1986.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Glenda Russell Berkey and his nine brothers and one sister. Lester is survived by his wife, Audrey Russell; his daughters, Janet Johnson and Connie MacKinnon and her husband, Bruce; five grandchildren, Richard Johnson and wife, Erica, Jeff Johnson and wife, Rhonda, Kim Johnson Gipson and husband, Mike, Chuck MacKinnon and wife, Trena, Sandy MacKinnon Walton and husband, Aaron; nine great grandchildren, Brittany Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Cody Johnson, Blake Johnson, Megan Johnson, Jaden Johnson, Emma MacKinnon, Carson MacKinnon and River Walton; and one brother and his wife, Max and Wanda Russell. Viewing will be held one hour prior to service time at New Hope Temple. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lewis Jessie [Louie] Russell, 62
October 30, 1940 - January 14, 2002



Graveside Funeral services will be held on January 17, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for Lewis Jessie (Louie) Russell, 62. Brother Tim Bryan will be officiating. Mr. Russell passed on January 14, 2002

Mr. Russell was born October 30, 1940 in Wesley, Oklahoma to Lewis Jasper and Gladys Hazel Stites Russell. In 1943, as a small child his family moved to Taft where he grew up and attended school before entering the United States Air Force. Lewis worked in the oil tool business in California for 30 years; he worked 20 of those years for Guiberson Oil Tools, then he owned and operated his own oil tool company for 10 years called Grebco Oil Tools. He returned to Kiowa, Oklahoma in 1988 where he owned and operated Louie's Small Engine Repair.

His parents, Lewis Jasper and Hazel Russell, preceded Mr. Russell in death. He is survived by his daughters; Debra Ann Russell, Tonya Nadine Rae and her husband Denny Barrett of Bakersfield, California; 3 grandchildren, Whitney Marie Barrett, Brendan Dennis Barrett and Brady James Barrett; his sisters and brother-in-law, Leona and Bobby Vest of Kiowa, Oklahoma, LaVelle and Ken Hyde of Palmdale, California; his brother, Alfred Russell of California; his nephews, Steve Hyde of Los Angeles, California, David Wallace of McAlester, Oklahoma and Shane Russell of Taft, California; his niece, Allison Pennington of Bishop, California; and a host of friends, including a special friend; Mary Bell Sweetin of Kiowa, Oklahoma.

All of the funeral services are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service, P.O. Box 3344, McAlester, Oklahoma 74502.
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Otha L. Russell, 86
February 9, 1917 - November 12, 2003



Funeral services were held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, November 14, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Otha L. Russell, 86. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church officiated at the service.

Mrs. Russell was born in Allison, Oklahoma on February 9, 1917 and passed away in Arroyo Grande on November 12, 2003. Mrs. Russell worked as cheif operator for Contel for over 30 years. She enjoyed rose gardening and her many grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her three children, Dee Sortors of Arroyo Grande, Lee Boswell and her husband, Robert of Salem, Oregon and Ronald Russell and his wife Rosemary of Ogden, Utah; her 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Phillip Layne Rutledge
November 21, 1948 - June 13, 2003



Visitation for Phillip Layne Rutledge will be held at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St., on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and funeral services will be held at the River Lakes Community Church at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2003.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie Rutledge; and he is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Diane Rutledge; daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth and Scott Davis; son Matthew Rutledge; brother and sister-in-law, John and Betty Rutledge; brother and sister-in-law Sue and Rob Wykoff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Phillip was born and raised in Bakersfield and attended South High School and Bakersfield College. He was the owner-operator of Rutledge Ag Air Crop Dusting for 4 years, and had been a crop duster for 15 years. Phil served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, he was a decorated helicopter pilot, he was a Vietnam veteran 1971-72; a member of the D.E.R.O.S. Veteran's Group of Kern Christian Center; he loved his Lord, his family, his country and his breakfast club buddies. He was a true patriot. He loved a good story and was a master joke teller. He loved to laugh; and he eagerly anticipated the November arrival of his first grandchild. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the River Lakes Community Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society. For additional service information please contact Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles Street, Bakersfield (661) 873-8200.
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Willie Fay Rutledge
June 29, 1928 - August 26, 2012



Willie Fay Ruthledge slipped into the arms of his waiting savior Jesus Christ Sunday morning August 26, 2012, leaving behind and waiting for his beloved wife of 62 years, Peggy Joyce Rutledge and his two sons Rodney Eugene Rutledge and wife Renee and Keith Alan Rutledge.

He is watching over his grandchildren: Jeff Rutledge of Houston, Texas, Mindy Mitchell and husband Matt of Houston, Texas, Jennifer Huerta and husband Chris Huerta of Visalia, California, Dannelle Persinger of Visalia, California, Brandon Farkas and wife Ashley of Taft, California, Kristen Moniz and husband John of Taft, California and Jessica Rutledge of Taft.

He also had great grandchildren whom he loved: John, Andrew, and Madison of Houston, Texas; Seth, Wyatt, Reese and Christian of Visalia, California; Eibren and Mia of Visalia, California; Kambrya and Maddlynn of Visalia, California; Autumn and Blayne of Taft, California; Kylee, Kaitlin, Jaide and Jaxon of Taft, California.

Services will be held at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a viewing at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday, August 30, 2012 between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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Oma Varner Ryall
January 8, 1918 - December 2, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for Oma Varner Ryall, 92.

Oma was born on January 8, 1918 in Bakersfield and passed away on December 2, 2010 in Paradise, California. The same year Oma was born, she moved to Taft with her mother and father, Bessie and William "Si" Varner. Oma's mother died four years later in 1922 and left her father to raise his six daughters alone.

She attended Conley and Lincoln Schools and graduated from Taft Union High School and in 1935 and from Taft College in 1937. She was very active in all sports in high school and college and played on the Taft Girls Championship softball team for several years in 1930's. After a courtship from Lincoln School days, she married Sid Ryall on November 4, 1939 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Oma served from 1947 to 1977 as Administrative Assistant to four supervisors of the Fourth Supervisorial District, including the late, A.W. Noon, the late, Herbert Evans, Vance Webb and a short time for Trice Harvey. She was a member of the Kern County Board of Education, and an elective office, from 1969 to 1977 and was President of the Board in 1973. She also served a four year term, also and elective office, as a director of the West Side Hospital District. A passed President and member of the Taft Emblem Club since 1947, holding two national offices, a District Deputy and Assistant Chaplain. She was a member of the Taft American Legion Auxiliary since 1947. She served 18 years on the West Side Oilfield Community Chest Board, 23 years on the West Side Oilfields Red Cross Chapter, a member of the Kern County Retirees' Association and a member of the local and national A.A.R.P. Upon retirement in 1977, she started playing golf and was an active member and a past president of the Buena Vista Women's Golf Club.

Oma was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney H. Ryall; her sisters, Corinne Evans, Bernice Tanner, Maxine Waldner, Okie Jacks, and Lucille Brown; her nieces, Susan Jacks Sangster and Julie Evans McCarthy; and her nephew, Raymone Tanner. She is survived my her nieces and nephews, Jeannette "Susie" Ziel of Paradise, JoAnne Nichols of Paradise, Sally and Don Blanco of Bakersfield, Richard Waldner of Louisiana, Lynette and Leroy Bolding of Taft, and Lauretta and Jim Campbell of Fresno; and by numerous grand nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Paradise Hospice House, on 1289 Bille Rd., Paradise, California 95969. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Sidney Howard Ryall, 90
July 16, 1916 - August 23, 2006



Graveside services were held in the Westside District Cemetery on Friday morning August 25th for long time Taft resident, Sidney Howard Ryall, 90. Trice Harvey spoke at the services.

Sid was born in Los Angeles on July 15, 1916 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 23, 2006. Sid came to Taft in 1924 with his parents, Lulu and Ben Ryall. He attended Conley and Lincoln Schools and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1935. After a courtship from Lincoln school days he married Oma Varner on November 4, 1939 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple celebrated 66 years of marriage. Sid enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served until 1945. Upon his discharge from the Army he attended UCLA, and graduated as a Registered Sanitian. He went to work for the Kern County Health Department in 1947 and in 1952 he was appointed Manager of the Westside Mosquito Abatement District, a position he held for 41 years. Sid was a life member and past Exalted Ruler of the Taft Elks Lodge #1527, a member of the Taft American Legion Post #70 since 1947, member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and a member of the local and national A.A.R.P.clubs. Sid was awarded an honor, a member of the California Mosquito and Victor Control Association in 1993. He loved horses, especially thoroughbred, and spent many, many years breeding, training and racing thoroughbred horses. As a breeder he had many winners at recognized race track in California and Mexico.

Sid is survived by his wife Oma Varner Ryall his sister-in-law, Connie Evans of Bakersfield, his brother-in-law, A.J. "Buck" Waldner of Louisana; his nieces and nephews, Jeanette "Susie" Ziel of Paradise, Jo Anne Nichols of Paradise, Sally Bianco of Bakersfield, Col. Richard Waldner of Louisana, Lynette Bolding of Taft, Lauretta Campbell of Fresno and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

The services were under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Joe Ryan, 82
March 1, 1913 - December 6, 1995



Funeral services will be held in the Sunset Chapel of the Taft Funeral Home Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. for long-time Taft resident Joe Ryan. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the New Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services. Private committal and interment will follow in the The West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Ryan was born in Lawrence, Oklahoma, on March 1, 1913 and passed away December 6, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. He left Oklahoma with his family at an early age and spent his school days in Arizona. He came to California in 1935, first settling in the Pixley area where he worked for Safeway Stores. He then was transferred to Bakersfield and moved to Taft in 1947, retiring from Safeway in 1975.

Mr. Ryan loved golf and played three times a week at Buena Vista where he had many friends and golfing partners. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Taft Lodge #14131.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Z. Ryan, in 1983; his parents; and 10 brothers and sisters. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Pat and Patricia Ryan of Seattle and Jack and Mary E. Clark of Taft; a special friend,Vera D. Hall of Taft; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be Monday until 8:00 p.m. and again Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. The services are entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family, Taft Funeral Home.

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Romona Alberta Ryan
June 14, 1914 - January 19, 2008



Romona Alberta Ryan, 93 of Morro Bay, died on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Sierra Vista Hospital, San Luis Obispo, California. Alberta was born in California in June of 1914, the only child of William and Mabel Jaquish. She was raised on oil leases around Southern California and remembers moving every two years. She attended Fullerton High School and graduated from Fullerton Jr. College. She married John Ryan in 1936 and resided in Taft before moving to Morrow Bay in 1978. Alberta loved Scrabble, crossword puzzles, Dominoes, cats, reading, eating out, vodka martinis and sharing good times with family and friends. She was probably more informed than any of us as to what was going on in the world as she listened to an all night talk show when she couldn't sleep at night and would inform us of what was happening before we even read the morning paper! At the age of 92 she was so much fun to be around....always upbeat and positive. At the age of 92 she bought a new car. She wanted red, but had to settle for blue and until very recently delighted in driving it. All of us will miss her wonderful sense of humor, intelligence, strength, kindness, generosity and her joy in having a good time.

Survivors include daughter-in-law Jean Ryan. Many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Preceded in death by her husband, John David Ryan; son, William Gray Ryan and grandson, John Orlando Ryan.

A graveside service will be held at the Paso Robles District Cemetery Chapel on Friday, January 25, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Macular Degeneration Research, P.O. Box 1952, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871-1952 or Saint Anthony Zuni Indian Mission, P.O. Box 486, Zuni, New Mexico 87327-0486l.
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