Elwood and Martha Smith

Elwood and Martha Smith

Former longtime China Lake and Ridgecrest residents Elwood G. “Smitty” and Martha L. Smith, ages 93 and 84, passed away within hours of each other in their home in Oceanside, California, on March 6th and 7th. After 65 years of marriage, they held hands their . . . Read Full Story >>

Scott L. Moulton

Scott L. Moulton

Our sweet Scotty passed away peacefully March 4, 2019, with his family by his side, after a lengthy illness. His life began and ended in Ridgecrest, where he was born in April 1968. Scott started school at the age of 3 ½, attending Richmond Elementary, . . . Read Full Story >>

Jack Johantgen

Jack Johantgen

John Stephen ‘Jack’ Johantgen was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1932. He was the youngest of three sons born to Clara and John Robins Johantgen. Joseph and Robert his older siblings both served in the military and after Jack finished high school he moved with . . . Read Full Story >>

Margaret R. Fulton

Margaret R. Fulton

Margaret Rose Fulton, a long time resident of Ridgecrest, passed on March 6, 2019, with Frank, her husband of 63 years, and her three sons at her side. For several years, Margaret courageously and valiantly battled multiple medical issues. Now her battle is over and . . . Read Full Story >>

Earl E. Van Valkenburgh

Earl E. “Ed” Van Valkenburgh passed away suddenly at his Ridgecrest home Feb. 20, 2019. He was born March 1, 1936, to Edward Earl Van Valkenburgh and Margaret McGuire Van Valkenburgh of Long Beach. Mr. Valkenburgh graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington. After graduation . . . Read Full Story >>

Lois Gowin

Lois Gowin

Lois Gowin, 77, passed away Feb. 18, 2019. She was born Aug. 30, 1941, to Albert and Malinda Alexander in St. Louis, Mo. She was the best mom, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter Dawn Olar and . . . Read Full Story >>

Sharon R. Hunter

Sharon R. Hunter

Sharon R. Hunter passed away peacefully in her sleep March 1, 2019, surrounded by her friends and family. Sharon was born April 9, 1942, in Trona and lived there almost her entire life. She retired from the West End facility in Trona and spent her . . . Read Full Story >>

William Eugene Devers

On Friday Feb. 15, 2019, William Eugene Devers went home to be with the Lord. “Bill” as friends and family knew him is survived by his sons, Larry, Steve, Dennis, Joe and Bill, their spouses and many grandchildren as well as great-grandchildren. He was a . . . Read Full Story >>

Robert Charles Shultz

Robert Charles Schultz of Ridgecrest passed away on Feb. 18, 2019, after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Bob’s funeral will be held Friday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel, followed by the burial at Desert Memorial Park. A further . . . Read Full Story >>

Suzanne Basden

Suzanne Basden, 80, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, following post-surgical complications. She was predeceased last fall by her husband of almost 54 years, Jack Basden. She leaves her son, Glenn Basden of Elk Grove, Calif.; her daughter, Mary Ellen Simoni of Dubai, United . . . Read Full Story >>

Kimberly Louise Savell

Kimberly Louise Savell passed away Feb. 28, 2019, at home. Kimberly was born in Bethesda Naval Hospital, Md., July 4, 1964, to Clyde and Sharon Swasey. Kim enjoyed painting, reading, decorating her home and collecting artifacts that she considered life’s treasures. She was very opinionated, . . . Read Full Story >>

Donald Warren Nall

Donald Warren Nall, 71, passed away on Feb. 23, 2019, at Palmdale Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Nall was born on Sept. 14, 1947, in Florill, Ala., and has been a Ridgecrest resident since 1969. He was a retired yeoman with the United . . . Read Full Story >>

David Wayne ‘Buck’ Rogers

David Wayne (Buck) Rogers, 61, of Kihei, Hawaii, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 20, at his home in Kihei. Funeral services are pending. However, arrangements are being made through Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahalui in conjunction with Becker-Rabon Funeral Home of Snyder, Okla. David’s wish . . . Read Full Story >>

Donna Uhls

Donna Uhls

Donna Uhls, 64, passed away on Feb. 23, 2019. She was born Jan. 14, 1955, to Billy Jean Uhls and Bernice Woodhead Uhls in Rock Springs, Wyo. Donna was a wonderful mother, daughter, grandma, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She gave all she had to . . . Read Full Story >>

Charles R. ‘Pop’ Owen

Charles R. ‘Pop’ Owen

Charles Richard “Pop” Owen passed away Feb. 23, 2019, due to complications of recent illness. He was 92. Pop was born Dec. 26, 1926, to Henry and Cora Owen in Cravens, Ark. He was the youngest of seven children. He spent his childhood in Arkansas. . . . Read Full Story >>

Richard Louis ‘Dick’ Benson

Beloved husband, father and artist Richard Louis Benson passed on from his mortal body on Feb. 16, 2019, after complications from hemochromatosis. Dick, as most knew him, was born May 12, 1950, in Waynesville, Mo., to Clark and Anne Benson of Rolla, Mo. He moved . . . Read Full Story >>

Charles L. Beach

Charles L. Beach, age 76, passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. He was surrounded by his significant other Helena Schlup and daughter Holly Cornett. He was born on Nov. 5, 1942, in Los Angeles to Samuel and Ruby . . . Read Full Story >>

Charles Michael Verity Sr.

Charles Michael Verity Sr.

Charles Michael (Chuck) Verity Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. He was 69 years young. Chuck was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Kalamazoo, Mich., to James and Katherine Verity. He was the second oldest of 11 kids. Chuck . . . Read Full Story >>

Judy L. Carson

Judy L. Carson

Judy Laurie Carson, 76, peacefully passed away in her sleep Feb. 14, 2019, at her Bodfish home. She was born Aug., 8, 1942, to Harry T. McHenry and Sara Laurie Courtney of San Diego. Judy is survived by her husband, Randy Carson; sister, Joyce Wilcox; . . . Read Full Story >>

Vanita M. Collins

Vanita M. Collins

Vanita M. Collins, a 22-year resident of Ridgecrest, died at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital at age 94. She was the oldest of six children and was preceded in death by her four brothers, with one surviving sister. Vanita was married 66 years to her husband, . . . Read Full Story >>