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Tom Anderson, KRVR and KRVHF founder, passes away

By Kern Valley Sun / January 17, 2018

By Kathe Malouf Special to the Sun Tom Anderson has been called a visionary; a man of integrity, loyalty and a supreme organizer. But it was his love for the Kern River Valley and his passion to preserve and protect the scenic beauty and heritage of the valley that will become Tom Anderson’s legacy. Anderson […]

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Connie LaVerne Barnes

By Kern Valley Sun Support / January 2, 2018

  Connie L. Barnes passed away peacefully on December 21, 2017, at the age of 72. She was born to John and Laura Woods in National City, Calif., on February 28, 1945. She graduated from Shafter High School in 1962. Connie married Darrel Barnes in May 1964, and they were married for 53 and a […]

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Glen Edward Tucker

By Kern Valley Sun Support / January 2, 2018

December 25, 2017 Glen Edward Tucker passed away Dec. 25, 2017, at home. He was 79. Anyone who knew “Tucker” knew that he was a fighter, but that he was also a giver. He would give the shirt off of his back to someone in need when he could. He will be missed. Tucker was […]

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Mary Kathleen Smith

By Kern Valley Sun Support / December 26, 2017

Sept. 26, 1936 – Oct. 19, 2017 Kathy ‘Mom’ Smith went to heaven suddenly on October 19, 2017, at the age of 71 years. Kathy was born September 26, 1946, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Haskell and Marie Howard. She graduated from North High School. A few years after graduation, Kathy met Harry Smith who became […]

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Vickie Ray

By Kern Valley Sun Support / December 26, 2017

 July 25, 1951 – Dec. 14, 2017 On the morning of December 14, 2017, Vickie Ray, born Victoria Wilson, at the age of 66, left this Earth to be with our Lord. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 32 years, Walter Manwell; loving daughter Jackie Ray; step-son Walt (Jake) Manwell; sister Brenda Vega (Frank); […]

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J. Ed Van Matre

By Kern Valley Sun Support / December 19, 2017

J. Ed “Van” Van Matre was born May 7, 1937, to John and Marjorie Van Matre in the rural community of Downey, Calif. During his time in the Navy, he served in combat during the Vietnam War with the 3rd Marine Division, a.k.a. the “Walking Dead Division” due to the high rate of KIA & […]

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April Parker Ostberg

By Kern Valley Sun Support / December 19, 2017

  April Melody May Parker Ostberg was born May 29, 1975 to Donald Franklin (Bill) Parker and Janet Hearn Parker, and she died December 5, 2017. She primarily grew up in Onyx and attended various schools in that area, but it was at North High in Bakersfield that she took first place at state for […]

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Donald LeRoy Dicksen

By Kern Valley Sun Support / December 19, 2017

Donald passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. He leaves behind many broken-hearted family and friends. He served in the U.S. Army for two years as a combat engineer and construction worker, earning a National Defense Service Medal and Expert Rifle. He was a truck driver for 35 years. He moved to Kern Valley in 1992 to […]

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Blair Gwendolyn Simpson Nagle

By Kern Valley Sun Support / December 19, 2017

Blair Gwendolyn “Gwen” Simpson Nagle passed away on November 17, 2017, at the age of 96. She is predeceased by her husband, James A. Nagle (1953), and her son, James A. Nagle, Jr. Gwen attended Santa Barbara High School and was involved in Acappella, Glee Club, and Press Club. She is survived by her daughter, […]

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Freddie LaVerne Steinberg

By Kern Valley Sun Support / November 29, 2017

    Fred was born on December 2, 1934, to Elmer lee Steinberg and Pearl Irene Hughes in Liscomb, Iowa. Fred served in the United States Marines from 1956 to 1958. Fred then worked as a barber in Compton, Calif., until 1969. He then moved to Lake Isabella, Calif., where he continued to work as […]

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