Westside Obituaries
Page "V"


Mary G. Vanasen
Decemer 28, 1925 - January 10, 2012



Mary was born in Arkansas City, Kansas on December 28, 1925 and passed away on January 10, 2012 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 86. Mary moved from Kansas to California as a young child and attended schools in Taft, California and graduated from Whittier College. Mary worked for Clinician's Medical Group for many years and retired in the early 90's. She loved gardening and painting and the ocean.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents John and Polly Beddow and her granddaughter Nickolette Vanasen. Mary is survived by her children Catherine Parker and husband Glen, Elizabeth McCutcheon, Paul Vanasen and wife Cande and James Vanasen and wife Bonnie and her brother William Beddow and wife Virginia. Mary had many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A special thank you to Pro Care Hospice for all the wonderful help and support. You allowed us to bring our mom home for her last few days. Mary will be interred at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, California on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
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Bernard Paul VanCantfort, 64
March 28, 1937 - March 11, 2002



Bernard (Bern) VanCantfort passed away at his home on Monday, March 11th, 2002 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born March 28, 1937 in Kentucky.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Opal, in 1988 and his father Paul in 2001. He is survived by seven children; Vicki Cummings and husband Mike, of Big Bear City, California; Lisa Fish and husband Mike of San Diego, California, Jennifer Edmaiston and husband Dave of Taft, Brad VanCantfort of Taft, Erin Freund and husband Tom of Needleville Texas; Minday Jewell and husband Mike of Taft California, Luke VanCantfort of Taft and 13 grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time but will be at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Westside Family Mortuary.
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Vera Nadine (Alkire) Van Flick
September 3, 1911 - November 10, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for former long-time Maricopa resident Vera N.(Alikre) (Munding), (Hudson), Van Flick, 84. The Rev. John Wilcox and the officers of the Taft Chapter #323 Order of the Eastern Star will officiate and the services.

Mrs. Van Flick was born in Corning on September 3, 1911 and passed away at the Carson-Tahoe Hospital November 10, 1995. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Martin Van Flick in March 1994.

Her survivors include a brother, Robert Alkire of Gold Hill, Oregon; a son John Munding of Lone Pine four grandchildren, Carol Pino and John Munding, both of Lone Pine, and Martin Munding and Carey Munding, both of Costa Mesa; and seven great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday until 8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Jean Varley
April 15, 1943 - May 19, 2003



A public viewing for Jean Varley is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21st from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at The Gathering Place in Bakersfield at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 22nd and graveside services at 3:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery.

Jean Varley was born April 15, 1943 in Taft, California and passed away in Bakersfield May 19, 2003. Jean was very joyful with a wonderful sense of humor. She worked for 11-C Market for 11 years and was called the "Little Evangelist" because of her big heart. She was cheif cook and bottle washer for her Saturday night dinners at her church. She loved life and everyone in it.

She is survived by:
One daughter: Misti Varnell of Mt. Home, Arkansas.
One Sister: Debbie Aurin of Bakerfield, California.
One Granddaughter: Lauren Varnell of Mt. Home, Arkansas.
Niece: Heather Aurin
Two Newphews: Jimmy and Frank Carpenter.
Aunt and Uncle: Doots and Virginia Varley of Bakersfield, California.
All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Taft, California (661) 763_1594.
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Kenneth C. Varlely "Doots"
June 3, 1917 - August 21, 2010



August 21, 2010 Kenneth C. Varley passed away in Mercy Southwest Hospital after a five week stay Doots Varley was known by that knickname from the time of his birth on June 3, 1917, in Maricopa, California. Although 93 years of age before his illness Doots was still active in his garden, mowing his own lawns and doing all his own yard work.

As a young boy ten years old to high school graduate from Maricopa High Doots lived with Jim Heath on his ranch in Cuyama Valley. Jim packed hunters and fishermen into the Sisquac River in Cuyama. Doots learned at that early age to pack mules and horses and help the hunters. He broke colts, cut hay, rounded up cattle, learned to be a cowboy and a rancher. Maricopa began to run horse races down the old airport strip outside of town and Doots became a jockey. He rode his first horse race at age 13 on a mare named Mahalea winning easily. From then on he was one of the top bush track jockeys. Many of our small towns had race tracks with people coming from far and near to match their horses against all comers. Taft, Tulare, Ventura, King City, Salinas, Delano, Visalia, Bakersfield and many other places joined this race circuit and weekends found Doots riding races.

After high school he went to work for Rio Grande Oil, which sold to Richfield which merged with Atlantic Oil to become ARCO. In the oil patch he earned the knickname Buck because of his horseback riding. Doots retired from ARCO in 1972 at 55. He went to his first love, getting his horse trainers license and started a new career of training and racing his own horses. Prior to this he sent horses to other trainers, now he could do his own work. He started with a mare named Warrens Star winning 21 races with her. He traveled all over the western states, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico with his two horse stable winning 68 races.

Doots other love was hunting. He killed his first deer when he was 13. Hunted Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and California killed deer, antelope, and elk. His garage was full of horns which he enjoyed opening the garage doors to visitors who could not believe their eyes. Fishing was another love and he spent many hours fishing lakes and streams.

As Doots aged his eye sight began to fail and he could no longer drive a car or take care of his horses so he went out, of the horse business and began to garden. He was great at this job and friends were loaded down with fresh vegetables when they came to visit.

Doots married in his early twenties having a son, Kenneth Jr. from that marriage. Kenny preceded his father in death as have his parents, Frank and Charlotte French Varley; his sister Patricia Lippert; brother, Frank Varley; nieces, Charlotte Varley Carpender and Jean Varley Wren. Doots had taken his three nieces into his home upon the death of his brother Frank, and raised the girls to adulthood.

In 1962 Doots married Virginia Stanfield, the love of his life and his hunting, fishing, horse racing partner. At his marriage he told his Cuyama hunting partners, "I am not going with you any longer as my wife loves to hunt to" they spent their honeymoon of five weeks hunting Colorado, bringing home five deer and a 6 point bull elk. Virginia brought her son Richard into this marriage with Doots adopting him as his own.

Doots raised quarter horses and he served on the first board of directors of the San Joaquin Quarter Horse Association. He and his wife invited all their quarter horse friends to their home and formed this association. He stayed active for many years until he switched to thoroughbreds and went to the race tracks. He was also active in the Back Country Horsemen's Association and they helped form the Kern County Unit, as at the time, they had to travel to Visalia to attend any meeting.

We want to thank the nurses and doctors at Mercy Southwest Hospital for all their loving care.

Doots is survived by his wife of 48 years; his son, Richard and wife Kim; his niece Deborah Varley Aurin and husband Bob; daughter-in-law, Lois Varley; sister, Muriel Mulford; brother-in-law, John Lippert of Taft; plus many grandchildren: Kevin and Kayla Varley, Heather Aurin Smith and husband Jeff, Jimmy, Bobbie and Danny Aurin, Scott and wife Sandra Varley, Kim Cogsdell, Sue Miles and husband Dan of Florida, and Craig and Michele Varley of North Dakota, Mistie Brasher of Missouri; plus ten great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews will remember him with love.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 27th, 11:00 a.m., at Taft Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street. West Side Funeral Home on 4th Street, Taft are handling the arrangements.
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Lee David Vaughan
October 5, 1929 - December 18, 2001



Lee David Vaughan was born on October 5, 1929 in Burkburnett, Texas, he entered heaven on December 15, 2001. Lee was survived by his wife of 51 years Rhoda Jane Vaughan (Stewart). They were married on June 4, 1950. He is survived by 5 children: Ron and Debbie Vaughan (Sandpoint, Idaho), David and Noreen Vaughan (Pocatello, Idaho), Bob and Dawn Carol Gardner (Cleveland, Ohio). Jennifer Lackey and Conrad Feliks (Bakersfield, California), Arnold Vaughan (Bakersfield, California); 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One brother James R. Vaughan (Hesperia, California) retired in 1994 from Santa Fe Energy.

Graveside services Friday, December 21st, at 2:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery, Bakersfield, California on River Blvd. Pastor Gene Meany Officiating. Viewing at Greenlawn on Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Salley E. Vaught, 92
March 22, 1905 - October 2, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side Cemetery District on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for longtimeTaft resident Salley E. Vaught, 92. Mrs. Vaught's grandson, Steve Evans, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Vaught was born in La Crosse, Washington on March 22, 1905 and passed away on October 7, 1997 in a local hospital. Mrs. Vaught was a member of the Taft Rebekahs Lodge #343 for many years.

Her survivors include her daughter, Jackie Burton of Taft; her grandsonand his wife, Steve and Patty Evans of Boise, Idaho; granddaughter and her husband, Laura and Jerry Ashley of Bakersfield; her grandson and his wife, Kent and Anne Conger of Phoenix, Arizona; her great grandchildren; Morgan, Andrew, and Zachery Evans, Jennifer, Je Anna and Jeremy Ashley, and Jason, Susan and Karen Conger; her great-great grandchildren, Darian Ashley and Christopher Haygood; a sister and her husband, Bea and R. L. Scott Sr. of Yuma, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Rudolph "Rudy" A. Vega
January 12, 1941 - October 2, 2008



Visitation was held on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family, Sunset Chapel for Rudolph A. Vega. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, where Pastor Gary Story Officiated.

Rudy was born on January 12, 1941 in California to Trinidad and Rose (Gomez) Vega, and passed away on October 2, 2008 in Taft, California. Throughout most of Rudy's working career, he worked in agriculture. At the young age of 22, Rudy met and married the love of this life Angelina "Angie". The two of them made their home in Taft, California, where they raised their four children. Rudy was a fun loveing guy, who would do anything for anyone. He wil be greatly missed.

Rudy is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Angie, his three sons and their wives his daughter Nora Vega, Gloria Vega, and Patsy Markus, his brothers Richard Vega and wife Maria, Fred Vega, Raymond Vega, Jimmy Vega and wife Debbie. His grandchildren; A.J., Andre, Bailey, Brandy, Bryson, Isaiah, Gina, Stephnie, Tyler, McKenzie and Joshua. He will be missed by all that knew him and loved him, but he will not be forgotten. Rudy's memories will live on through his family.
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George Albert Venema
November 5, 1931 - October 5, 2004



George Albert Venema, 72, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 5, 2004. George was born November 5, 1931 to John and Erminia Venema in San Luis Obispo. He attended San Luis Obispo and Atascadero high schools, graduating in 1949. He was very active in 4-H and FFA.

George served as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force, stationed in Yuma, Arizona. George met Jeanne Hansberger while in Yuma, and they were married in Pozo. After serviing four years in the Air Force he was honorably discharged. George and his family moved to San Luis Obispo where in 1957 he earned his bachelor of science in agriculture from Cal Poly. He raised his family in Nipomo, while managing Arbor Acres Poultry Ranch. George also spent several years employed as Breeder/Layer Supervisor for Zacky Farms in Fresno. He then chose to retire in Maricopa. He was very active in local politics, serving as a member of the Maricopa City Council and was appointed Mayor of the City of Maricopa. He took great pride in serving on the Kern County Grand Jury, Kern COG and the West Side Mosquito & Vector Control District Board of Trustees.

George is survived by his wife Emma, sister Jean Miller, Jeanne Venema (mother of his children), cousin Serafina Ormande and seven children, Hillary Thomas (Merritt), Jan Venema (Ginny), Jody Venema (Bunny), Marcella Venema Aumack, Georgianna Venema-Hernandez (Ruben), Jocelyn Thompson (Tom), Craig Venema (Donna), and Michael Macasero, fourteen grandchildren, Kenny, Dannielle, Chris, Corie, Brandon, Jenna, Amber, Chesany, Jordan, Travis, Russell, Samatha, Sarah, Lindsey, Morgan, five great grandchildren and numberous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Maricopa on Monday, October 11, at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made of Hoffman Hospice in Bakersfield.
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Cletus O'Neil Vest
March 20, 1935 - August 18, 2002



Cletus was born in Paducah, Texas, in March of 1935 to Marvin and Kathryn Vest. At the age of 1 year, his parents moved to Kern County, California. After the sudden loss of his mother, Clete went to live with his grandparents, Nettie and George Mandrell, in McFarland where he was raised until adulthood. In 1956 Cletus married Tina Plumley and had 5 children, Kay Ammerall (husband Bob), Valerie Madsen (husband Greg), Samantha Jensen (husband Steve) and Cletus Vest, Jr. (wife Melissa). He was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. As a family, they resided in several cities in Kern County, most of those years and up until his death were spent in McFarland. Cletus was well known and respected in his community. He served as a police officer in both Delano and McFarland, a Farmers Insurance Agent and up until his retirement worked for McFarland High School. He was a great friend to many and will be deeply missed by those who shared his company, especially those friends he met through his dancing.

In 1995, his wife, Tina, preceded Cletus in death. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America. Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Delano, on the 24th of August at 9:30 a.m. "Oh it's Saturday, gonna shine, shave, shower and brush my teeth, go out dancing and forget my grief."
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Margaret Pauline Russell Vetrovec
December 26, 1921 - December 22, 2008



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, January 9, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. For former Taft resident, Pauline Vetrovic. Mrs. Vetrovic passed away on December 22, 2008. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Renee A. Vierra-Frisch
May 27, 1932 - February 17, 2003



Funeral services will be held for Renee A. Vierra-Frisch who passed away at the age of 70 on Friday, February 28th at 1:00 p.m. at Mehl's Colonial Chapel, 222 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, California. Burial will follow at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, Watsonville, California.

Mrs. Vierra-Frisch moved to Taft with her family shortly after her birth. She lived in Earlimart and Sunnyvale, California before moving to Corralitos in 1995. Mrs. Vierra-Frisch had worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for many years as a computer trainer and development instructor. Before Lockheed she had been a school teacher at Earlimart Elementary School, Mt. View - Los Altos High School, Los Gatos-Saratoga High School and Freemont Union High School districts.

She was a graduate of Taft Union High School, graduating in 1950. She received her supervision and mangement certificate from West Valley College in Saratoga, her California teaching credentials from San Jose State University and her B.S. degree in Humanities from Oregon State University.

She is survived by her son, Karl Frisch of Socorro, New Mexico and her daughter, Darcee Olson of Los Angeles and six grandchildren. She is preceded in death by three sons, Konrad, Brian David and Craig Matthew. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to be made to: Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, New York 10021.
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Aves J. Vineyard, 81
May 30, 1920 - November 20, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Aves Juanita Vineyard, 81. Darrell Perry, Mrs. Vineyards, son, will speak at the service.

Mrs. Vineyard was born in Dunklin County, Missouri on May 30, 1920, and passed away here in Taft on November 20, 2001. The Vineyards have made Taft their home for many years. Mrs. Vineyard was a member of the Taft Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Wanda Hunnell, in 1981 and Normal Russell, in 1998 her grandson, Jeff Perry in 1988 and by her nephew Jim (Jimmar) Edwards.

Mrs. Vineyard is survived by her husband, Virgil Vineyard of Taft; her sons and their wives, Darrell and Audrey Perry of Pleasant Hill, Larry and Cecilia Perry of Port Townsend, Washington and Dennis Perry of Maricopa; her brother and his wife, Jim and Ginger Edwards of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Alison, Kimberly, Elisa, Michael, and Dean and her great grandchildren, Julian, Jeff, Elisha and Kevin.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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William A. Vinton
November 17, 1921 - January 19, 2003



No services are scheduled for Wofford Heights resident William Alfred Viton. Mr. Viton was born on November 17, 1921 in Tampa, Florida and passed away on January 19, 2003 in Lake Isabella, California at the age of 81.

William was employed as an auto mechanic for over 50 years before he retired.

He is survived by his wife Rose Ann, of Lake Isabella, his son, William Viton, of Torrance, California and three grandchildren. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Edward (Ed) J. Vohnout
August 24, 1928 - July 20, 2012



Edward J. Vohnout, 83, passed away peacefully Friday, July 20, 2012 in San Luis Obispo, with his loving family by his side.

Edward was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 24, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to1952, receiving 2 purple hearts while serving in the Korean War. He then served 28 more years in the Army Reserves.

Edward was married to his loving wife Rita in 1950 and celebrated 61 years of marriage. Edward and Rita moved to Taft, California in 1962 with their children where Ed worked for Chevron USA for 25 years and was active in their church and community and enjoyed square dancing, golf and playing cards. He also loved being involved with his six children, playing golf, cards and spending time with this six chidren, their spouses, and grandchildren who visited often. He will be truly missed by his family and all who knew his.

Edward is survived by his wife Rita, son Edward A. Vohnout, Bakersfield; daughter April Smith, Coronado; Theresa (Terry) McDonald, Taft; Kim Steele, Chico; Laura Wooldridge, Woodland Hills; son Chris Vohnout, San Marcos; thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 p.m., St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pismo Beach. Arrangements are being made through Marshall-Spoo (805) 489-5552.
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Sharon Jean Vossen
March 27, 1945 - December 7, 2002



Former Taft resident, Sharon Jean Vossen, 57 years of age, of Bozeman, Montana passed away Saturday, December 7, 2002.

She was born in Hardin, Montana to Steve and Veronica Feller. Her relationship with God and comfort in her prayers made her a very strong, giving mother and friend. Her hobbies and interests were crocheting, sewing and quitling.

Sharon is survived by her three sons, Kenneth William of Louisville, Kentucky, Michael Steven of Taft, California and George Harry of Bozemen, Montana; her mother, Veronica of Bozeman, Montana, her brother, Bill Schutzman of Seattle, Washington; her sisters, Rosella Feller and Barbara Feller of Butte, Montana, and her grandsons, Michael and Matthew of Taft, California; her son, George Verwolf and her father, Steven Feller, preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana.
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Alta Handy Votaw
May 17, 1930 - November 30, 2002



Funeral services will be private for longtime Taft resident, Alta handy Votaw, 72.

Mrs. Votaw was born in Alva, Oklahoma on May 17, 1930 and crossed over to join her loved ones on November 30, 2002 due to a lengthy illness. Alta moved to Taft area in the early 1940's and worked for Department of Motor Vehicles for six years as a clerk. She was "Mom" to three daughters, Margie Lawrence of Yucca Valley, Pat Hernandez of Taft and Janet Pozzebon of Oak View; she was "Nana" to eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and "Mackie" to countless friends. We will all miss her greatly, but she is now at peace.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Loy Votaw Sr.
November 19, 1925 - March 9, 2002



Loy Votaw Sr. died on March 09, 2002 at 11:08 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

He was born November 19, 1925 to William and Jewel Votaw in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Loy moved to Kern County as a child. He graduated from Taft Union High School, and then enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years. He later became one of the top ten Chief Process Engineers to start up refineries over the world. He also worked special assignments for the government. He retired from Elk Hills DOE.

He is survived by his wife Alta Maxine Hand-Votaw, his children Judith Kadow of Redondo Beach, Loy Votaw Jr. of Los Angeles, and Georgine Gathings of Modesto, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mary Kay Ender of Tracy. He was a great and compassionate man who will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m.
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