Donald R. Cruise

Donald R. Cruise

Donald Richard “Dick” Cruise of Ridgecrest passed away on July 2, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was 85. Born in Los Angeles to Richard and Stella (Goff) Cruise, Dick was raised in Fresno, graduated Fresno State in 1956 and married Marjorie Risko in . . . Read Full Story >>

William Fitzgerald

William Fitzgerald

William “Bill” Clare Fitzgerald of Ridgecrest finished his last adventure and went home to his heavenly Father June 28, 2019. He was 86. Bill was a meticulous physicist and dedicated husband who raised four children with the integrity and zeal of a Boy Scout leader. . . . Read Full Story >>

Norval Helm

Norval Helm

Norval Helm of Ridgecrest went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2019. He was 67. Norval was born on June 12, 1952, in Hawthorne, Nev., to Donald and Melba (Greer) Helm. His dad and mom moved around some and eventually ended up in . . . Read Full Story >>

Donna L. Kinkennon

Donna L. Kinkennon

Donna “Doni” Lee Kinkennon was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Harvard, Neb., and passed away July 2, 2019, in Lancaster after a brief illness. Doni moved to California in the 1950s, and married Barney Kinkennon in 1956. They were long time residents of the Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

Celebrate the Sherricks

Celebrate the Sherricks

The passing of Dianna L. Sherrick (May 5, 2019) and Jack T. Sherrick (Feb. 9, 2014) have left a heartache no one can heal and memories no one can steal. They will be forever in our hearts. Join the family for a gathering Friday, July . . . Read Full Story >>

Nicholas J. Schneider

Nicholas J. Schneider

Nicholas John Schneider completed his earthly journey and rested in the loving arms of Jesus on July 8, 2019, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. He was 88. Nick was born Aug. 8, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., to Nicholas Schneider, Sr . . . Read Full Story >>

Warren R. Nelson

Warren R. Nelson

Warren Russell Nelson, a long-time resident of Ridgecrest, went to be with his Lord on June 25, 2019. He was 86. Warren was born on July 7, 1932 in Buffalo, Minnesota to Russell and Myrle (Blackmore) Nelson. His dad was a Presbyterian minister so the . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>