Jack Harian Simmons

Jack Harian Simmons

On April 23, 2020, Jack Harlan Simmons gave up his plowing, planting, baling, watering and hauling hay to finally retire from his earthly work. Jack was born in LaVerne, California on January 14, 1936, and died in Ridgecrest, California. He was 84 years old. Jack . . . Read Full Story >>

Joseph Rael

Joseph Rael

Joseph Eugene Glenn F. Rael Sr., also known as Glenn, passed away June 23, 2020, of unknown causes. He was 57. He was born in Torrance on May 7, 1963, and lived in Hawaiian Gardens until he was 37. In search of a better environment . . . Read Full Story >>

Jessica Anne Bennett

Jessica Anne Bennett (Anee Abramson), 43, of Reno, Nev., passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at home. Jessica was born in Los Angeles on December 11, 1976. She graduated from Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1995 and went on to . . . Read Full Story >>

Jimmy Carl Haynes

Jimmy Carl Haynes passed away unexpectedly from a stroke in Ridgecrest, Calif., on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the age of 61. He was born March 18, 1959 in Hemet, Calif., the son of Bob C. Haynes and Mary Louise (Edwards) Haynes. He graduated from . . . Read Full Story >>

Leslie Willhite

Born in Tennessee, Leslie Willhite passed May 27, 2020 in California City, Calif. The little ball of light that is Leslie’s heart, soul and spirit has slipped the surly bonds of Earth to ascend with angels into Heaven. Leslie met Jamie, the love of her . . . Read Full Story >>

Amy Castillo-Covert

Amy Castillo-Covert

On Sunday, May 10, 2020, the Ridgecrest community was shaken by the sudden and unexpected loss of one of its most dedicated and beloved citizens. Amy Sue Castillo-Covert was born on Oct. 30, 1960, at Fort Belvoir, Va., to Floyd and Dana Castillo. Amy was . . . Read Full Story >>

Linda J. Marvin

Linda J. Marvin

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called Linda Joyce Marvin home while she slept on June 16, 2020. She was 73. Linda was born to Joseph and Irene Matz in Cornwall, N.Y. on August 20, 1946. She grew up in New York and was proud . . . Read Full Story >>

George Alan Graf

George Alan Graf

George Alan Graf, 84, beloved husband, dad and grandpaw passed away from heart failure at his home in Woodburn, Ore., with his family by his side on April 15, 2020. He was born to George and Velma (Lincks) Graf in Van Buren, Ark., on February . . . Read Full Story >>

John W. Holtrop

John W. Holtrop

Jan (John) W. Holtrop was born on May 15, 1940 in Kansas City, Mo., to William F. and Pauline M. Holtrop. John passed away April 3, 2020, at the age of 79 in Ridgecrest. John was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara Erden . . . Read Full Story >>

Gregory (Greg) Allan Ernst

Gregory (Greg) Allan Ernst

Greg was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Salem, Ore., the fifth of eight children born to Paul and Bertilla Ernst. Greg moved to Ridgecrest in 1975 where he fell in love with the desert, mountains and surrounding area and enjoyed learning about local history. Greg . . . Read Full Story >>

Franklin J. Craver

Franklin J. Craver

Franklin Joseph Craver was born Feb. 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas, to Alfred Carver and Viola (Vicki) Craver Bethers. He died on May 2, 2020. He was married to Julie, who preceded him in death in 2008. He had a stepson, Danny Tacks who lives . . . Read Full Story >>

John P. Barney

John P. Barney

John Patrick Barney Jr., of Ridgecrest passed away June 10, 2020, surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer. He was 63. He was born on April 13, 1957, in Ely, Nev., to Jack Barney and Esther Montoya. After high school, John served in . . . Read Full Story >>

Sarah ‘Sally’ DeSanto

Sarah ‘Sally’ DeSanto

Sarah Ann DeSanto was born March 21, 1950 in Trona, Calif. to James Daniel DeSanto and Mary Fredrique Ehnbom, where she “Sallyied Forth” into life. She was the second of four children. Sarah, better known as Sally, grew up at China Lake, then known as . . . Read Full Story >>

Howard R. Anderson

Howard R. Anderson

Howard Russell Anderson went home to our Lord on May 30, 2020, after a short illness. He was born in Alhambra on Aug. 24, 1925, to Howard Nels Anderson and Ellen Russell Anderson of, and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. In 1947 he . . . Read Full Story >>

John A. Thompson

John A. Thompson

John Allen Thompson III of Trona passed away May 30, 2020, surrounded by family and love, after a two-year battle with cancer. For almost 66 years, John shared his spirit in this world with true authenticity and compassion. Born in Prescott, Ariz., on July 26, . . . Read Full Story >>

Ronald C. Peterson

Ronald C. Peterson

Ronald (Ron) Chapman Peterson passed away June 2, 2020, at Kern Regional Hospital in Bakersfield due to complications from a heart attack. Ron was born Aug. 31, 1936. He grew up and attended school in Chicago, IL. He and his future wife Susan met in . . . Read Full Story >>

Irmgard Stenger

Irmgard Stenger

Irmgard Stenger, or “Ma,” as she is affectionately called by so many in her Ridgecrest family, died peacefully at 93 with in-home hospice care surrounded by family on May 28, 2020. After visiting the desert, she moved to Ridgecrest in 1990 without hesitation about leaving . . . Read Full Story >>

Patricia Louise Hazen

Patricia Louise Hazen, age 87, went home to be with Jesus on May 13th, 2020. She passed at her residence in her adopted hometown of Las Vegas, NV after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. After 65 years in Ridgecrest, CA she and her husband, . . . Read Full Story >>

James M. Lloyd

James M. Lloyd

James Michael Lloyd, age 62, crossed his earthly finish line on May 12, 2020, and has finally met face-to-face the Savior he loves so well. He was deeply committed to his Lord and his family. Married for more than 36 years, James and his wife . . . Read Full Story >>

Paul Wheeler

Paul Wheeler

On May 12, 2020, retired Ridgecrest Police Captain Paul Wheeler, amazing husband, dad, brother and papa passed away at age 66. Paul was born April 22, 1954, in Trona to Donald and Margaret Wheeler. Paul and his three brothers — Donald, Mark and Jon — . . . Read Full Story >>