Charles R. ‘Chuck’ Thomas

Charles R. (Chuck) Thomas passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, June 2, 2019. Chuck Thomas was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Jamestown, N. D., the only child to Howard and Viola Thomas. The family soon moved to Southern California, where Chuck graduated from Compton . . . Read Full Story >>

Charlotte Ann Penry

Charlotte Ann Penry, 76, went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2019. Born May 6, 1943, in Torrington, Wyo., Charlotte relocated to Bakersfield, Calif. in 1956, before settling down in Ridgecrest in 1981, where she met her husband of 35 years. Charlotte . . . Read Full Story >>

Steven M. Little

Steven M. Little

Steven M. Little, a 44-year Santa Barbara resident and 22-year China Lake employee, died May 20, 2019, of pneumonia following surgery for a broken hip. Steve began at NOTS in late 1952 as an engineer and advanced to project manager before his retirement in December . . . Read Full Story >>

James F. Prattini

James F. Prattini

James F. Prattini, age 35, died in an unfortunate accident on Friday, May 24, 2019, at his home in Ridgecrest. He was born in New Orleans, La., to Frank and Kathleen Prattini and was the younger of two children. James had active duty for seven . . . Read Full Story >>

Kenneth Stephen Pott

Kenneth Stephen Pott, 70, entered Eternal Life Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Ken was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Elmer and Rosemond Pott. His family moved to Ridgecrest, where he would eventually graduate from Burroughs High School in 1966. He was a talented drummer, . . . Read Full Story >>

Annette M. Fella

Annette M. Fella

Annette Marie (McCaughan) Fella, 55, of Churchville, Md., passed away peacefully June 6, 2019, after a brief struggle with cancer. She was born April 22, 1964, and raised in the Indian Wells Valley, where she has numerous family members and long-lasting friendships. Annette and her . . . Read Full Story >>

John Lee Orr

John Lee Orr

John Lee Orr of Ridgecrest died June 3, 2019, at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. He was 78. He was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Okmulgee, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army, and before retirement was employed as a painter-artist at China Lake. Johnny was one . . . Read Full Story >>

James Michael Starr II

James Michael Starr II passed away from natural causes at his Ridgecrest home on May 19, 2019. He was 44 years old. James was born in Camarillo on March 23, 1975. He worked as a customer service advisor at Jim Charlon Ford from 2006 to . . . Read Full Story >>

Annette Suzie Karrer

Annette Suzie Karrer passed away peacefully from complications of pneumonia on Monday June 3, 2019, at age 83, while surrounded by her family. She had been battling dementia for several years. Suzie was born in Merced, Calif., on Feb. 15, 1936, and grew up in . . . Read Full Story >>

Charles Edward Garton

Chuck Garton, 79, formerly of Ridgecrest, passed away after a short illness on June 2, 2019, with his family by his side. Chuck was born and raised in Missouri before enlisting in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician, which eventually brought him and . . . Read Full Story >>

Leslie Earl Caffee

Leslie Earl Caffee, 75, died on March 20, 2019, at his home in Eagle, Idaho. His graveside memorial service will be held on June 15 at 10 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest. Les was born on Nov. 3, 1943, in Lone Pine to . . . Read Full Story >>

John Hammon

John Hammon

John Hammon passed away May 30, 2019, with his wife by his side. He was 66 years old. He was born June 8, 1952, in Flint, Mich., to Marion and Nelson “Toy” Hammon, the third of six children. The family moved to Ridgecrest when John . . . Read Full Story >>

Irene Schmeisser

Irene Schmeisser

Irene Schmeisser, a resident of Ridgecrest since 1971, died at home from cancer on May 28, 2019. She was 80. She was a mother, nanny and great-grandmother. Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Charles Schmeisser, in November 2012. She is . . . Read Full Story >>

Larry D. Pace

Larry D. Pace

Larry Dwain Pace, age 71, long-time resident of Ridgecrest, after one last “I love you and goodnight” from daughter Jenny (half-pint), peacefully passed away on May 29, 2019. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 5, 1948, to Vick and Betty (Bruce) Pace. . . . Read Full Story >>

Brian R. Jensen

Brian R. Jensen

Brian Robert Jensen, age 12, was called home to his Lord and Savior on May 18, 2019, after a traffic accident on the way home from a Los Angeles Angels baseball game. Brian was born on May 30, 2006, to parents Victor and Julie Jensen . . . Read Full Story >>

Fred Weals

Fred Weals

On Tuesday morning, May 21, 2019, a remarkable man left us: Frederick H. Weals. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 31, 1 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 200 W. Drummond Ave., Ridgecrest, Calif. Fred was a first generation American, born in East . . . Read Full Story >>

Kenneth Wayne Burke

Kenneth Wayne Burke

Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Burke was born July 20, 1934, and died March 4, 2019. According to his mother, Ken’s arrival was a lucky accident when he was born into a family of dirt-poor sharecroppers in the tiny east Texas hamlet of Bailey during the Great . . . Read Full Story >>

Josie R. Ayers

Josie Rebecca Ayers was born March 25, 1948 in Ruidoso, N.M., to Bonifacia Hernandez Trujillo and John B. Trujillo. She was the fifth of seven children and had many happy memories growing up with her siblings and cousins and large extended family in Alamogordo, N.M. . . . Read Full Story >>

Wolf Hammerbacker

Wolf Hammerbacker died on May 7, 2019. A potluck memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m., at Crossroads Community Church in Ridgecrest. — Submitted by the family of Wolf Hammerbacker . . . Read Full Story >>

Judith Suzanne McVay

Judith Suzanne McVay passed away at home surrounded by the love of her daughters on April 25, 2019. Judy was born in Portage, Wisc., on May 17, 1938, to John Nugent and Viola Zamzow Nugent. Judy was the oldest of ?ve children. Sisters were Alice . . . Read Full Story >>