Obituaries - F


Francis Fatheree b 7/24/1905 TX
died 26 June 1971.

Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, June 29, 1971

Fatheree, Francis Hilliard - Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. today in Union Cemetery for Francis H. Fatheree, 66, 28 1/2 Garnsey Avenue who died Saturday in a Bakersfield hospital. The Rev. Dallas Wallace of Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Mr. Fatheree was a native of Texas and had resided in Bakersfield 17 years. He was last employed by the Calcot, Ltd. Survivors include four sisters, Evelyn Eakin of Bakersfield, Velva Hillary of Sparks, Nev., Elsie Reese of Anadarko, Okla., and Jessie Bayer of Baycliff, Texas; and a brother Larry of Reno. Hopson Mortuary.

FEIOCK, Harold

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, July 5, 1991

Death Notice:
FEIOCK, Harold H, 75, Santa Maria, July 1 in Bakersfield. Hillcrest Mortuary.

No Obit was found from July 1 - 10, 1991

FELTUS, Abraham

FELTUS, Ernest

born: 05/22/1917 M MISSISSIPPI
mother: SCOTT
father: FELTUS
died: TULARE 11/19/1951 34yrs

born: 09/07/1912 M MISSISSIPPI
mother: SCOTT
father: FELTUS
died: TULARE 11/19/1951 39yrs

Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1951

2-Car Crash on US 99 Kills Three

A 2-car collision on rain-soaked US Highway 99 last night claimed the lives of three including two Bakersfield men and a veteran Tulare Co. peace officer.
Dead are Deputy Sheriff Ross Cochran onetime Chief police of Tulare, and two Bakersfield men, Ernest Feltus, 39 and his brother Abraham, 34. Investigating officer said Cochrann was en route to investigate a burglary when his car collided north of Tulare with a car driven by Ernest Feltus. They said Feltus apparently was traveling over the center of the highway.

Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, Nov. 24, 1951

FELTUS, ABRAHAM ROSS - funeral services will be held Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church auditorium with interment following in Union Cemetery for Abraham Ross Feltus, 34, of 819 No. Kern St., who died in a road accident Nov. 19. Born in Paris, Miss. May 22, 1917, he had been a farm labor contractor in this area for the past 12 years. He leaves his widow, Marjorie; sons Abraham, Jr. and Harlan Feltus; and daughters Anita, Helena and Ellen all of Bakersfield; also the mother Lucy Feltus of Monrovia; brothers and sister Monroe of Bakersfield, Tilmon of Fresno and Joe of
Chicago and Sue Ella Feltus of Monrovia. The Reverend H.A. Green will officiate. Rucker's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

FELTUS, ERNEST - funeral services will be held Nov. 26, at 1 the Mt. Zion Baptist Church auditorium with interment following in Union Cemetery for Ernest Feltus, 39, who died Nov. 19 in a Tulare hospital. Born in Paris, Miss. Sept 7, 1912, he had been a labor contractor in this area for the past 12 years. He resided at 1023 South Brown Street at time of death. Survivors include the widow, Ivee and sons Ernest, Jr., Richard and Charles Feltus all of Bakersfield; daughters Darlene, Marjorie, Susie, Carroll Ann, Sharon, and Jeanette Feltus also of Bakersfield; the mother Mrs. Lucy Feltus of Monrovia and three brothers and a sister, Monroe of Bakersfield, Tillmon of Fresno, and Joe of Chicago and Sue Ella Feltus of Monrovia. The Rev H.A. Green will officiate. Rucker's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

FELTUS, Tilmon

born: 03/14/1904 M MISSISSIPPI
died: KERN 04/06/1970
SS# 567-24-5926
Aged: 66 yrs

Bakersfield Californian, Friday, April 10, 1970

Feltus, Tilmon - an hour of meditation will be held today at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Rucker's Mortuary for Tilmon Feltus, 66, of 624 Fremont Street, Delano, who died April 6 in Waco. Graveside service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Union Cemetery. The deceased was a native of Centerville, Mississippi and had lived in Delano for 20 years and California for 48 years. Survivors include two brothers, Monroe Feltus of Modesto and William Feltus Jr., Hati, MO, and one sister, Miss Sue Ella Feltus of Monrovia.

FITCH, Ernest

Bakersfield Californian, Friday, May 9, 1986

Fitch, Ernest Sid  funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Mish Funeral Home-Oildale for Ernest Sid Fitch, 49, who died May 7 in a Bakersfield hospital after a long illness. Rev. Shelby Farmer will officiate and burial will be in a local cemetery. A native of Pierce, Oklahoma, he had been in security most of his life and more recently as the Chief of Security for Valley Plaza. He was a graduate of Bakersfield College. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ozella Marie Fitch; parents, Curtis and Lillie Fitch of Bakersfield; sons, Dale, Paul and Darrell all of Bakersfield; daughters, Reva Rich, Lynn Fitch and Kellie Fitch all of Bakersfield, Elaine Balliet of Pasadena, TX., Carole Higgins of Los Angeles and Lori Woodan of Oregon; brothers, Leonard, Marvin, Curtis Jr. and Donnie all of Bakersfield; sisters, Marie Brander, Lynn Thornhill and Pat Calhoun all of Bakersfield and Betty Hammond of Lake Havisu City, AZ; and eight grandchildren. Visitation will be at MISH Funeral Home �Oildale from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.


Willis Fitzgerald
Born 6 Jun 1906
Died 20 March 1990 (Kern, Bakersfield, CA)

Bakersfield Californian, March 22, 1990
Fitzgerald, Willis R. (Bill) - Services will be held in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel, Friday, March 23rd at 12:00 Noon for Willis R. (Bill) Fitzgerald, 83, who died March 20, 1990, in Bakersfield. Reverend Gary Vaughn of First Baptist Church, Greenacres, will officiate. Mr. Fitzgerald was born in Arkansas, June 6, 1906, and had lived in the Kern County area for the past 45 years. Survivors include his wife, Georgia C. Fitzgerald; step-daughter, Barbara Mills of Bakersfield; step-son, Darrel Felkner of Santa Barbara; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.


12/11/1876 IA
mother STARK father FLEMING
died 04/12/1947 Kern
548-22-6206 age 70

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, Apr 14, 1947

Fleming, Edward R. - Funeral services for Edward R. Fleming, 70, who died Saturday at his home, 2411 K Street will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Church with the Rev. Father William T. MacLoughlin officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery with Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara in charge. Mr. Fleming, a native of Iowa, had been a resident of Bakersfield 12 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dora Fleming; four sons, Lawrence, Canata, S.D., Charles, New Underwood, S.D., Harry, Redig, S.D., who flew here for the services, Carlyle, Bakersfield; two brothers, Rome, Creston, Iowa, Robert, Afton, Iowa; and two sisters, Veta Huntington and Edith Bantock both of Creston, Iowa. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel.

FLOWERS, William

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, March 11, 1946:

Services Tuesday for Accident Victim
Funeral services for William C. Flowers, 21, Word War II veteran who was killed in an automobile accident Saturday, will be held at 2 PM Tuesday at Payne and Son Chapel with the Rev. John Murdoch officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery. An employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the youth had resided in Bakersfield for 15 years. Surviving are his parents Mr. and Mrs. William J. Flowers; brothers Rueben and Robert Flowers and Douglas Flowers, United States Army; sister Donna Flowers, Bakersfield and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jess Barnes, Arvin


Bakersfield Californian, Monday, May 12, 1924

Headline: Mrs. Nettie Fogarty Is Called By Death

Mrs. Nettie B. Fogarty, for the last 24 years a prominent resident of Bakersfield died Sunday evening at a local hospital. Mrs. Fogarty was the widow of the late Thomas B. Fogarty, pioneer Bakersfield resident and business man. She was a native of California born in Santa Rosa.
During her many years of residence here, Mrs. Fogarty had gained for herself scores of friends to whom her death, came as a great shock. The family is at 832 Jackson St.
Surviving Mrs. Fogarty are a daughter, Mrs. P. H. Michener of Bakersfield; and two sons James F. Fogarty of Santa Fe Springs and S. W. Hoover of Lompoc, CA
Funeral services will be conducted from the Doughty-Morton funeral chapel at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning. Members of the Elks Lodge will act as pallbearers. The late Mr. Fogarty was a prominent member of the local Elks Lodge.

FORD, Richard

Bakersfield Californian, January 31, 1996

Richard L. “Dick” Ford

Services: Fri., Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m.

Services will be held in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Ln., Friday, February 2 at 1:30 p.m., for Richard L. “Dick” Ford, 68, who passed away at home on January 29, 1996 after a battle with cancer. Rev. Robert Schwartz of the First United Methodist Church will officiate.
Dick was born June 16, 1927 in Bakersfield and had resided here all of his life. He attended local schools, McKinley, Williams, Washington, Jr. High and graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1945 where he participated in the swim team.
He married Laura Contratto on June 24, 1946, while on leave from military service. He served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines. Dick worked in the construction field for 40 years and was a grading contractor as an owner/operator. He formed his own company; Ford Grading Contractors, Inc. in 1962 until his retirement in December 1987. He enjoyed many activities in his retirement. He loved to hunt, fish golf, bowl, horseshoes, gardening, woodworking and travel in his motorhome. He especially enjoyed his cruise to Alaska.
Dick was a member of the First United Methodist church, Sundale Country Club, I.O.F., Operating Engineers Local #12, Elks #266, Roving Elks and the Bakersfield Shoe Crew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Noble and Cleo Ford; and brother, Robert. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Laura of Bakersfield; sons and daughters-in-law, James Michael and Nancy Ford of Brandon, Florida, and Richard Patrick and Stephani Ford of Moorpark, CA.; grandchildren, John Ford of Ogden, Utah; Christi Ford of Salt Lake city, Utah; Robert Ford of Modesto, CA.; Brian Ford of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Scott Ford of Brandon, Florida; Sara Ford and Leah Wallace both of Moorpark; and brothers, Carl of Huntington Beach and Larry Ford of Los Angeles. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Visitation will begin Thursday, February 1 from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Local chapter. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary funeral Directors


birthdate: 07/03/1908 M OKLAHOMA
mother's maiden: SPECKS
date of death: 10/23/1982 74 yrs KERN CO
SS# 445-09-9483

Bakersfield Californian Tuesday Oct 26, 1982
Fowler, Ralph - Services will be held Wednesday Oct 27 at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel for Ralph Fowler, 74, who passed away Oct. 23 in Bakersfield. Mr. Fowler was born in Okla. July 3, 1908, and was last employed as a carpenter for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Cora; two sons Claude Fowler of Visalia and Melvin Fowler of Bakersfield; four daughters, May Manning, Catherine Cozbey, Doris Foster and Shirley Bishop all of Bakersfield; two sisters Juanita Walck of Bakersfield and Della Brown of Stratford, Okla.; 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mr. Fowler's grandchildren Gene Rosander, Gary Cozbey, Mark Bishop, Allen Bishop, Mark Fowler and Curtis Fowler. Honorary Pallbearer will be Erik Rosander. Officiating at services will be the Rev. Larry Weatherly of the Stockdale Southern Baptist Church. Visitation will be today from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. in Hillcrest Mortuary. Interment will be in Lakeview Lawn in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Hillcrest Mortuary Funeral Directors.

FOWLER, William

birthdate: 01/11/1906 M OKLAHOMA
mother's maiden: SPEEKS
death date: 04/29/1982 76 yrs KERN CO
SS# 708-09-6159

Bakersfield Californian Sunday May 2, 1982
Fowler, William R. - Services will be held Monday, May 3 at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Chapel for William Randolph Fowler, 76, who passed away April 29 in Bakersfield. Rev. Larry Weatherly of the Stockdale Southern Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife Minnie of Lamont; sons Albert Fowler of Lamont and John Fowler of Bakersfield; daughter Gerry Williams of Lamont; brother Ralph Fowler of Bakersfield; sister Juanita Walck of Lamont and Della Brown of Okla.; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. Hillcrest Mortuary Funeral Directors.

FRANCO, Matilde

Bakersfield Californian, Sunday, July 15, 1990

Franco, Matilde Brito - Matilde Brito Franco, 25, Bakersfield, died Thursday, July 12 in Bakersfield. Mr. Franco was born June 30, 1965 in Bakersfield. He was a landscaper.
Services will be conducted Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel. Service will conclude in the Chapel with private interment in Sunnyslope Garden. Visitation will be Sunday, noon until 9 p.m.
Surviving are his parents, Santiago and Julia Franco of Bakersfield; three brothers, Santiago Jr., Raymond and Jessie Franco, all of Bakersfield; four sisters, Rosamaria Cerda, Pilar Garcia, Juanita Rodriguez, and Teresa Maria Franco, all of Bakersfield. He was loved by his family. Hillcrest Mortuary Funeral Directors



Bakersfield Californian, Feb. 26, 1993
Edith Manley Fraser
Services: Sat., Feb. 27,11 A.M.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at II A.M. in Union Cemetery for Edith Manley Fraser. Mrs. Fraser was born in Tehachapi, April 8, 1899 to Mabel and Nathaniel Manley. She came to Bakersfield as a young woman, and resided here until she passed away February 24, 1993 after a short illness.
Mrs. Fraser was preceded in death by her husband, William, her daughter, Mona Roberts, and her beloved granddaughter, Norma Kelly. She is survived by her son, Orrin "Bud" Fraser; daughter-in-law, Betty, and son-in-law, Herb Roberts, all of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Wayne Roberts of Bakersfield, Jeanne Mastez and husband Tim of San Jose, Brent and Margaret Roberts of Morro Bay, Kenneth and; Pat Fraser, Donald and Christina Fraser of Bakersfield and Laurie Parker of Grover City; 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grand-children; and favorite nieces and nephew, Ruth Newcomb, Gladys Kline and Merle Chappell, all of Bakersfield.
Mrs. Fraser was a member of the First Christian Church, the Evergreen Garden club, Bakersfield Chapter #125 Order of Eastern Star, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Retired Employees of Kern County and Eastern Star Wimodosus Club. The beautiful gardens at her home reflected her love of nature and her talent for nurturing everything she grew there. She was fondly known as "The Iris Lady" because of her magnificent fields of Iris. She will be missed by her family and many friends. The following poem seems fitting for this Special lady:
"The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon,
The Song of the birds for Mirth,
One is Nearer God's heart in a Garden
Than anywhere else on Earth."
Visitation is scheduled today from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M.
Funeral Directors

FREE, Kenneth

Bakersfield Californian, Aug. 6, 1995

Kenneth Michael Free
Services: Monday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7 at the chapel of the Arvin Funeral Home, and Mass of Christian Burial wm be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday Aug. 8 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Arvin for Kenneth Michael Free, 19, of Bakersfield who passed away Aug. 4 in Bakersfield. Father Lucas Espericueta will officiate.
Kenneth was born Feb. 12, 1976 at Long Beach, Calif, where he lived for two years before moving to Arvin. He attended Sierra Vista Elementary School and Haven Drive Jr. High School in Arvin, Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield for three years and graduated from Arvin High School in 19S4.
Kenneth had been employed by Home Depot in Bakersfield where he was recently honored as an Employee of the Month by his family and fellow employees. During his school years, Kenneth was enrolled in the gifted student program and was an honor student. He won first place in the Science Fair two years in a row. At Garces High School he was involved in the Campus Ministry Program and will be remembered by many for his love of cars, rebuilding engines, street racing and most recently, motorcycles.
Kenneth was born in the year of our country's bicentennial and enjoyed collecting coins and other souvenirs celebrating the event.
His surviving family includes his mother Charolette and husband Ken Kincy of Bakersfield; father, Scott Peters of Placerville; grandmother, Lois Free of Laguna Beach; grandparents Truman and Faye Kincy of Arvin; sisters, Sarah Faye Kincy of Bakersfield and Kathy Ann Kelly of Diamond Bar, god-mother, Maureen Brown; godparents, Yvonne and Donald Turkal; uncles and aunts, Danny and Michelle Cassara, Edwin and Maria Free and Lawanda and Robin Jones; aunt Deborah Riley. Kenneth also had many cousins and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Directors