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Dorian-Amanu Kealchoha Ueligiton, 18
April 3, 1978 - February 6, 1997

Funeral services will be held in the Samoan Church in the 300 block of North Street, Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. and graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery at Wednesday at 11:00 a.m for former Taft resident Dorian-Amanu Kealoha Ueligitone, 18.

Rev. Boomfield and Dorian's uncle Rev. Siva, will officiate at the services. Dorian was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 3, 1978 and passed away February 6, 1997 in Reno, Nevada. He was raised and educated in Taft, attending his freshman year at Taft Union High School. He and his family then moved to Seattle, Washingtonwhere he finished his high school education.

Dorian talked about returing to Taft where he planned to attend Taft College.

His survivors include his mother and father, Faitype and Laufau Ueligitone; his brothers, Devan, Damien and Dwayne Ueligitone; his sisters, Dawn and Deiya Moliga; his grandparents, Tuna and Leipuse Ueligitone; several aunts and uncles, including Edie and Melvin Dooty; and several cousins.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Tuesday from noon until 4:00 p.m. to pay their respects.

Carol Ann Uhles
August 26, 1952 - July 1, 2010

Carol was born to Lloyd and Inita Smith on August 26, 1952, in Taft, California. She is survived by her parents who now reside in Three Rivers; husband Phil Uhles of Bakersfield; Shara Alter and husband Troy of Visalia; and son Jud Bullard of Three Rivers, Phil's children, Travis Uhles of Bakersfield and Leslie Beam of Las Vegas; mother-in-law, Myra Sealy of Taft and father-in-law, Gene Uhles of Maricopa; her sisters brother and their spouses, Gloria and John Crabtree, Faye Smith, Linda and Steve Cloyd and Terry Smith. Phil's brothers, sisters and their spouses, Gary and Joyce Uhles, Sharon and Dennis Crenshaw, David Uhles, Deann and Ray Scott and Kelly Kent Scofield; 11 grandchildren, Josiah and Jayden Alter Gabe Bullard; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Carol grew up in Maricopa, graduating from Maricopa High School in 1970. She attended Taft Junior College, and received her Bachelor's Degree from California State University Bakersfield. She then began her career as a teacher. carol was extremely dedicated to her profession and taught at Earlimart Elementary School for 22 years. She truly made a difference in her students lives and her entire class wrote individual cards expressing their sincere love and admiration for her after she became ill.

Carol's interests included painting, singing, camping, walking and most importantly spending time with her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her beautiful blue eyes, addictive smile and quirky sense of humor. A lifelong Christian, Carol has now gone to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Viewing will be Wednesday, July 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel in Visalia. Burial will be private.

Evelyn Estelle Uhles
September 21, 1931 - June 29, 2012

Evelyn Uhles of Maricopa, California passed away on June 29, 2012 in Bakersfield, California a at the age of 80 after a six year battle with leukemia. Evelyn was born one of fourteen children on September 21, 1931 to Ernest and Elsie Dean in Coldwater, Arkansas. She worked in her early adult years picking cotton. Evelyn loved to be at home with family. She enjoyed collecting coins as a hobby and was a great cook of down-home southern food and a wonderful homemaker.

Evelyn was predeceased in death by her parents, Ernest and Elsie Dean; siblings, Lorene, Margaret, Ruby, James, Elmer and Elfert; and grandson, Tommy Lynn. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gene Uhles; daughter, Linda Spangler; sons, Tommy Walls and John Walls; sisters, Clara Garlock, Joyce Queen, Loretta Free and Verna Griffin; brother Joe Dean, Elllis Dean and Harold Dean. She will also be missed by her grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as her step-children, Garry Uhles, Phil Uhles, Sharon Crenshaw, David Uhles, Deann Scott and Kelly Schofield and their families.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft, California. A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft with pastor Rick Prevost officiating. To convey online condolences please visit

Sam Everette Underwood
June 5, 1925 - September 23, 2012

Sam was born in Bardwell, Kentucky, on June 5, 1925, and passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 23, 2012, in Bakersfield, California. Sam's family moved out to California when he was young. He graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1943. Upon graduation, Sam joined the U.S. Navy, and served his country in the Philipines during WWII, where he received a purple heart and watched General Douglas McArthur wade ashore. It was in the Seabees that Sam learned how to operate a crane.

After leaving the Navy, Sam worked several years for Standard Oil Company. Eventually, he started his own crane service, operating Underwood Crane Service until his retirement. Sam enjoyed life. He loved jazz music, working with wood, reading, and traveling. His greatest joy, however, came from his service to his community as a Shriner. He enjoyed marching with the Shriner Drum and Bugle Corp, and loved helping children in his community get medical treatment at the Shriners' Hospital. Sam was twice Master of the Taft Masonic Lodge #516. He received the Hiram Award, and his 50 year membership pin there.

Sam is survived by his wife, Jerry Underwood. Together they shared many adventures for over 40 years, showing their chidren how to love and laugh together through life. Sam is also survived by his children,and their spouses: Terie Hankins, Mary Perry, Gary Underwood, Sam Jr., Michelle Mayfield, Steve Drewry, Linda Holt, and Keith Drewry, along with numerous grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Sam's remains will be interred at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, and a Memorial is planned for a later date.

James L. Unger Sr., 65
October 26, 1930 - October 19, 1996

The Rev. James L. Unger Sr. passed into the presence of the Lord on October 19, 1996.

He was born in Seattle, Washington on October 26, 1930 an came to pastor the Taft Community Presbyterian Church from 1977-89, when his health forced him to retire. However, he remained active in the ministry as best he could. In many ways he served to improve the lives and spiritual well-being of the people of the West Side and San Joaquin Valley. At the time of his death, the Rev. Unger was looking forward to fulfilling his position as parish associate for the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield.

The Rev. Unger will be deeply missed by his wife, Lenore; three sons and a daughter and their spouses, Steven, James, Jr., Daniel and Mary; six grandchildren; and many friends and fellow ministers.

The people of the community are invited to a memorial service for the Rev. Unger to be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Taft Community Presbyterian Church, 500 Kern St., in Taft. Friends may express their respect at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday until 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Westside Bible Release Time Program (P.O. Box 1023, Taft, California 93268), the Gideons International Bible Distribution (P.O. Box 10064, Bakersfield, California 93389), or a favorite charity.

Bob Updyke
March 26, 1906 - October 1, 2002

Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Bob Updyke, 96.

Mr. Updyke was born on March 26, 1906 in Fort McPherson, Georgia and passed away at his home on October 1, 2002. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves and had been employed by Richfield Oil Company as a petroleum engineer for 32 years. Having a keen interest in trains,he was known for traveling to all parts of the country to attend train conventions. He was a member of the Petroleum Production Pioneers Inc., the national Model Railroad Association and the Golden Empire Model Railroad Club.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Updyke and by his son, John Updyke. Mr. Updyke is survived by his daughter and her husband, Kathryn and Dick Crawford of Arroyo Grande; his brother-in-law Robert Wine of Taft; his daughter-in-law, Karen Upkyke of Vallejo; and his grandchildren, David Crawford of Arroyo Grande, Amy Elder and her husband, Mark of Rancho Cordova, and Craig Updyke and his wife, Laura of Wasington, D.C.

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

Ruth B. Updyke, 88
July 27, 1907 - June 21, 1996

Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Taft resident Ruth Byrd Updyke, 88.

Mrs. Updyke was born on July 27, 1907 near Rocky Ford, Colorado and passed away on June 21, 1996 in Taft. She had lived in Taft since 1939 and was a Girl Scout leader of many years. She was a member of the Girl Scout Council and the PTA. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading and was known as a very good cook.

She was preceded in death by a son, John Updyke of Vallejo, in May 1995. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert Updyke of Taft; a daughter and her husband, Kathryn and Dick Crawford of Santa Ana; a brother, Robert Wine of Taft; a sister, Grace Tarkington of La Junta, Colorado; a daughter-in-law, Karen Updyke of Vallejo; and her grandchildren, David Crawford of Riverside, Amy Upkyke of South San Francisco and Crain Updyke of Washington.

In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. There are no visitation hours scheduled.

Joann Uriosite
April 7, 1944 - January 9, 2014

Joann Lee Urioste was born April 7, 1944 in Taft, California and passed away January 9th, 2014 at Mercy Southwest in Bakersfield where she succumbed to complications of COPD.

She was preceded in death by her husband Louie Urioste, her father Benjamin Culp and her mother Lavonne Culp. She is survived by her two son's Timothy and James Urioste, grandchildren Paige, Brett, Allison, Jessica and Taylor Urioste, step grandchildren Cheyenne and Ashlyn Riggsby, her sister Sylvia Carroll and two nieces Noel Carroll and Nici Conroy.

Joann was a homemaker and did volunteer work for Taft Primary school and once was awarded volunteer of the year. For several years she owned a second hand store on Center Street called Trash to Treasures, she had a well known passion for bargain hunting. She spent several years caring for her mother, Lavonne, the two leaned on each other and were seldom seen apart.

Joann was cremated and memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 703 fifth.