All posts in "Obituaries"
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Toby Harold Bencoma

By Kern Valley Sun / November 7, 2018

Toby was born in Snohomish, Wash., and resided in Kern County his entire life, most importantly, Kernville, Calif., for over 20 years. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy of family including: girlfriend Cindy Malone; mother Lana Knowles; daughters Laresa Andrews and Shelby Eller; grandson Joshua Andrews; sisters Cissie Keil and Christina Denison; brothers-in-law Randy Keil […]

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William Anthony “Tony” Heath

By Kern Valley Sun / October 31, 2018

My precious husband and best friend Tony died peacefully at home with me by his side. Born in Edmonton, England, he was orphaned by the WWII Blitz in 1940. He was then adopted by William Melville and Gertrude Heath in June 1940. As a young teen, Tony participated in cross country running and won a […]

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Donna Sue Sivoli

By Kern Valley Sun / October 24, 2018

On October 18, 2018, Donna Sue Sivoli, a longtime resident of Wofford Heights, was killed in a tragic car accident near Paradise Cove when an oncoming truck drifted into her lane and hit her head on. Donna was born in Hawthorne, Calif., on December 23, 1940, to her mother, Nellie Merle Vanderford, and father, Paul […]

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Mary Nell (Haskins) Pennington

By Kern Valley Sun / October 24, 2018

Mary Nell (Haskins) Pennington, 89, passed away in her home in San Diego, Calif., on October 9, 2018, where she resided for over 5 years. She bravely fought cancer and Alzheimer’s for several years. Her three daughters were at her bedside during her last days. Mary Nell was born in Redondo Beach, Calif., to Velma […]

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Bobby G. Shrode

By Kern Valley Sun / October 16, 2018

Bob was born to Ruby May Hacker and Charles Shrode in Holtville, Calif., lived there shortly, then moved to Colton, then to Downey. He grew up with sisters Marcie and Nelda and brother Elton. He graduated from Downey High School in 1948. He was in the Navy Seabees during the Korea Conflict for 4 years. […]

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Mathew Peter Lanza

By Kern Valley Sun / October 16, 2018

Mathew Peter Lanza (December 7, 1922 – October 9, 2018) went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 95 in Wofford Heights. The youngest and last survivor of 10 children, Matt was born in Cleveland, OH, to Santa Maria Loiacono of Palermo, Sicily, and Emmanuele Lanza of Trapani, Sicily, Italy. […]

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Douglas “Doug” Ernest

By Kern Valley Sun / October 9, 2018

Doug Ernest went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at his home in Squirrel Valley, Calif. He was born December 28, 1937, in Gardena, Calif., to Fred and Florence Ernest. On June 22, 1956, he married his childhood sweetheart Sandy Bedwell. They raised four daughters: Karen, Cathy, Sharon and Laura. He […]

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Eunice K. Corn

By Kern Valley Sun / October 9, 2018

Eunice Keiser Corn, born July 4, 1920, passed away at her home in Squirrel Valley on September 18 and went gently into the arms of the Lord. Eunice, a long-time resident of Squirrel Mountain Valley and retired L.A. city school teacher, was a Past Worthy Matron of the order of the Eastern Star and active […]

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Charles E. Stallings

By Kern Valley Sun / October 2, 2018

Charles E. Stallings passed away on September 5, 2018, at his home in Squirrel Valley, Calif. He was born on April 15, 1934, in Long Beach, Calif., to Stanley and Leona Stallings. He grew up in San Pedro, Calif., and lived in many locations, later moving to Sun City, Calif. He proudly served in the […]

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John “Jack” McMurry III

By Kern Valley Sun / October 2, 2018

John “Jack” McMurry went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 26, surrounded by family. Jack, as he was known to his friends, was born and raised in Texas. An alumnus of Texas University, where he graduated with an MBA, Jack played center for the famed Longhorns in two Cotton Bowls. Jack spent 2 years […]

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