Richmond H. Nickles

Longtime Ridgecrest resident Richmond Hawley Nickles, 84, died March 22, 2020, in Hesperia. Nickles was born June 14, 1935, to Martha Moore Nickles and Richmond Hawley Nickles, Sr. at their home in Trenton, Tenn. He resided in Trenton until his move to Phoenix, Ariz. in . . . Read Full Story >>

Zoila Parker

Zoila Parker

Zoila Parker (Litta) passed March 11, 2020, while living in Nampa, Idaho, with our Daughter Annette Lowry. She passed away while asleep of a heart attack. Zoila and I were married in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 3, 1966. I, her husband, am a retired Marine . . . Read Full Story >>

Denise E. Chavez

Denise E. Chavez

Denise E. Chavez died of natural causes at her Trona residence. She was 68. Mrs. Chavez was born Oct. 2, 1951, at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Before retirement she was employed in logistics. She moved to Trona from Grants, N.M., in 1985. She . . . Read Full Story >>

George T. Freeman

George T. Freeman

George Thomas Freeman passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He was born June 20, 1926 to Thomas and Georgia Freeman on a farm in Richville, Okla., outside of Krebs. He was given the name “Hickory” due to his grade school . . . Read Full Story >>

Bobby W. Scott

Bobby W. Scott

On Feb. 25, 2020, Bobby Wayne Scott — our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend — passed quietly from this life into the next. He was born Aug. 17, 1940, in Arvin to JT and Annie Lou Scott. He grew up in Bakersfield and on . . . Read Full Story >>

John H. Walker

John H Walker, 1933-2020, was a Navy Veteran and worked as an electronic engineer for several aerospace companies before his retirement. He worked on the B-29 restoration project at China Lake. He had many hobbies he was passionate about including travel, photography and genealogy. He . . . Read Full Story >>

Hamm memorial postponed

The celebration of life for the family and friends of Charlotte Hamm, previously scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been postponed in response to social-distancing requirements relating to to the COVID-19 outbreak. A new date and time will be announced in a future edition. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Melanie J. Rossi

Melanie J. Rossi

Melanie J. Rossi, 58, passed away peacefully March 11, 2020, at Simply Caring Angels Assisted Living after a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. She was born Jan. 8, 1962, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Melanie attended St. Ann School through eighth grade and graduated from Burroughs High . . . Read Full Story >>

Betty Louon Gardiner

Betty Louon Gardiner, longtime resident of Trona, Calif. passed away on March 7, 2020 at the age of 80 years old in her home, surrounded by family. She was born on January 1, 1940 in Oklahoma and moved to Bakersfield, Calif. in 1946. She married . . . Read Full Story >>

George P. Rush

George P. Rush was born in Cavity City, Philippines, and came to the United States at the age of seven. He spent the majority of his life living in Ridgecrest, and some time in New Mexico and Randsburg. George graduated from Sherman E. Burroughs High . . . Read Full Story >>

Nell Thompson

Nell Thompson (Auntie Sis) joined her heavenly Father Feb. 14, 2020, surrounded by her family. Her birth-given name is Nellie Mae Thompson. She was born in 1947 in Dublin, Texas, to Jesse and Lola Belle Thompson. She lived her entire life in Ridgecrest and truly . . . Read Full Story >>

Shane S. Smith

Shane S. Smith

Late Valentine’s Day evening, a police officer came to our door to tell us that our beloved son, Shane Stephen Smith, was no longer with us. He died in a tragic car accident on Highway 99 near Stockton. Born in Sacramento on Oct. 4, 1969, . . . Read Full Story >>

Judy Grosbier

Judy Grosbier

Judy Grosbier, age 76, passed away peacefully Feb. 20, 2020, due to pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia in New Brunswick, N.J. She was born Jan. 7, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Carl and Julia Rector. Please join us to celebrate her life Saturday, March 14, from . . . Read Full Story >>

Joan E. McKernan

Joan E. McKernan

Joan Elizabeth (Kimley) McKernan lost her battle with dementia and was reunited with her sweetheart, Don Joe, on Feb. 24, 2020. They were separated from each other a mere 35 days. Joan was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Johnson City, NY, to Harold Bernard and . . . Read Full Story >>

Richard ‘Tim’ Horton

Richard ‘Tim’ Horton

Richard Arthur “Tim” Horton passed away Feb. 18, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. His beloved wife of nearly 42 years, Beate, and son, Kristopher, were by his side as he passed. Tim was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Parsons, Kan. to parents Fred and . . . Read Full Story >>

Derek L. Cooper

Derek L. Cooper

Derek L Cooper lost his heroic battle with multiple myeloma cancer Feb. 24, 2020, with his wife of 36 years, Tracy, by his side. He was 65. Derek was born Sept. 20, 1954, to Donald and Thelma Cooper. At three months his parents moved to . . . Read Full Story >>

James W. Weston

James W. Weston

James Wesley Weston died Feb. 15, 2020. He was born Nov. 4, 1938, in N. Little Rock, Arkansas. A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, March 7, at Desert Christian Center. James moved to Ridgecrest on July 9, 1944. His dad was in . . . Read Full Story >>

Beth C. Armogida

Beth C. Armogida

A rare and beautiful soul got her wings and departed this earth Feb. 20, 2020, age 70, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Beth C. Armogida was born Beth C. Ansotegui in Winnemucca, Nev., the oldest of three children. Beth was of Basque . . . Read Full Story >>

Rick A. Breitengross

Rick A. Breitengross

Rick Albert Breitengross IV of Ridgecrest went home to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on Feb. 19, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. Rick was born Sept. 8, 1953, in Davenport, Iowa, to Richard A. Breitengross III and Beverly Breitengross (Carleton). He . . . Read Full Story >>

John Cameron Davis

John Cameron Davis, former Trona High School principal and superintendent of the Trona Joint Unified School District, died Dec. 23 at Bakersfield Adventist Health Hospital. The eight-year resident of Tehachapi had retired just five months before from a varied and distinguished career in education, but . . . Read Full Story >>