Gary Babcock memorial planned

A get-together in memory of Gary Babcock , who died on June 27, 2015, is planned for Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Coso Room of the Maturango Museum. The event will include light refreshments, projected photos showing the various aspects of his . . . Read Full Story >>

J.D. Montoya

J.D. Montoya, 81, of Trona passed away July 19, 2015, of a stroke at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. A Rosary, visitation and graveside service were held Sunday, July 26, at St. Madeline’s Catholic Church in Trona. J.D. had been a Trona resident since 1985, moving . . . Read Full Story >>

Anita Moulton

Anita Moulton

Anita Marie (Wade) Moulton, our wonderful, caring, creative and beautiful mother, passed away July 20, 2015, in Bakersfield. Anita was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Quanah, Texas, to Vivian and Cecile Wade and was the oldest of seven children. She attended Ballinger High School and . . . Read Full Story >>

Noraine Meng

Mrs. Noraine “Betty” Meng, formerly of Inyokern, Calif. passed away on May 22, 2015, at the Metropolis Rehab and Health Care Center in Metropolis, Ill. at the age of 92. A private family service was held. Betty was born on Aug. 2, 1922, and spent . . . Read Full Story >>

Elizabeth ‘Lisa’ Meeks

Elizabeth ‘Lisa’ Meeks

Memorial services have been announced for Elizabeth “Lisa” Meeks, who passed away June 20, 2015, at age 54. A Catholic Wake will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Desert All Faith Chapel at the Naval Air Weapons Station, . . . Read Full Story >>

Marvin Ernest Backman

Marvin Ernest Backman

Marvin Ernest “Ernie” Backman died July 18, 2015. He was 90. His memorial service will be held at United Methodist Church in Ridgecrest on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. He was born Oct. 2, 1924, and grew up in the Los Angeles area with his . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lakers celebrate life and dedication of Mike Murphy

China Lakers celebrate life and dedication of Mike Murphy

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Mike Murphy was a walking stream of consciousness who refused to shy away from the truth, recounted his coworkers after his death on April 8 in Ridgecrest. With more than 35 years of experience studying air defense threats, Murphy . . . Read Full Story >>

George D. Goetz

George D. Goetz passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2015, in the transitional rehabilitation unite of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He was 75. Funeral services for George will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25, at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. He was born on . . . Read Full Story >>

Whitney Reeve, Jr.

Whitney Page Reeve, Jr., passed away quietly on June 25, 2015, at the age of 91 after a short hospitalization. One of his final remarks to his family was that he had enjoyed a long and fulfilling life, had known two wonderful women and was . . . Read Full Story >>

Richard Boyle

Richard Hugh Boyle, 50, of Ridgecrest passed away July 12 of gastroesophageal cancer in Ridgecrest. He was born Nov. 17, 1964, in Encino. A funeral was held Saturday, July 18, at the All Faith Chapel, officiated by Father James Dowds. He was buried at Desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Marian Kettle Sievert

Marian Kettle Sievert passed away July 3, 2015, at the age of 92. Services were held July 11 at Grace Lutheran Church. Marian was born May 15, 1923, to William “Bill” and Mary Kettle in the farming community of Footville, Wis. The family owned and . . . Read Full Story >>

Stanley Forbes Ricker

Stanley Forbes Ricker

Stanley “Stan” Ricker died July 14, 2015, of an infarctic stroke. Stan loved music and could often be seen playing bass in the Big Band X-Press. He was also a prolific sound engineer, but he was most importantly a loving husband and father who will . . . Read Full Story >>

Freda Sue (Miller) Berry

Freda moved up to heaven to be with our heavenly Father on June 26, 2015, with a beautiful smile on her face. She was born on March 22, 1937, to the late Rev. R. C. Miller and Alpha Durnell Miller in Clovis, New Mexico, where . . . Read Full Story >>

William K. ‘Bill’ Lawson

William Kenneth “Bill” Lawson, 71, beloved father, grandfather, son, uncle, friend and colleague, passed away at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., on July 2, 2015. His Celebration of Life service was held July 8, 2015. Bill was born on Dec. 15, 1943, to Kenneth . . . Read Full Story >>

Joyce (Johnson) Carty

Joyce Jeannette Carty died July 14, 2015, at home in Boulder City, Nev., at the age of 68 following a short illness. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. Interment of her ashes . . . Read Full Story >>

Patty Beckley

Patty Beckley went home to be with her father God, her mother and father here on Earth as well as her soulmate, Chuck Beckley. Patty was born Aug. 7, 1944, in Long Beach. When she was 5, her mother and father moved with her to . . . Read Full Story >>

Gladys Lorraine Saether

Gladys Lorraine Saether went home to be with her Lord on June 30, 2015, from her grandson Todd Black’s home, in Perris, where his wife Sherri had been her devoted caregiver for the past four years. Prior to that, she had lived in Ridgecrest with . . . Read Full Story >>

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Copeland

Robert J. “Bob” Copeland was born on Aug. 2, 1947, in Munich, Germany, to Luise and Herbert L .Copeland. Bob’s career began in the Army in 1966, doing two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received two Army Commendation Medals and a Purple Heart. His . . . Read Full Story >>

Aureliano G. Ortiz

Aureliano G. Ortiz, 77, passed away July 17, 2015, of natural causes at Antelope Valley Care Center in Lancaster. A memorial service will be held today, July 24, at 4 p.m. at H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. — Submitted by the family of Aureliano G. Ortiz . . . Read Full Story >>

Anita Marie (Wade) Moulton

Anita Marie (Wade) Moulton, our wonderful, caring, creative and beautiful Mother, passed away on Monday evening, July 20th 2015, in Bakersfield California. Memorial services will be held in her honor on Monday July 27th, 2015 at 2:00pm at Holland and Lyons Chapel located at 216 . . . Read Full Story >>