Obituaries - K

KEITH, Aubrey

KERN 10/11/1941
Bakersfield Californian, Monday, October 13, 1941
Keith, Aubrey Lawrence - final rites for Mr. Keith, 55, of Bodfish, were held at Woodland with burial in the family plot at Woodland Cemetery. He is survived by a widow, Marie Keith of Bodfish, brothers, James and Herbert of Knights Landing; and sisters Ileen Keith of San Francisco and Vera Darley of Sacramento. Mr. Keith passed away in a local hospital on Saturday. The Hopson Mortuary had charge of arrangements in Bakersfield.

KEITH, Henry

KERN 04/06/1941
Bakersfield Californian, Monday, April 7, 1941
Keith, Henry Walker - services for Mr. Keith, 54, of Bodfish, will be held at Woodland. Time and date are pending. Mr. Keith was a laborer at Bodfish and had lived in the city three years. He passed away in a local hospital yesterday. He leaves a son, Kenneth Walker Keith, Knightslanding, CA; and a brother, A. L. Keith of Bodfish. Hopson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Date of birth: 04/16/1874
sex: F
Place of birth: ARKANSAS
Place of death: KERN
Date of death: 06/09/1976
SS# 553-14-6916
Age: 102 yrs

Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, June 12, 1976

Kerbo, Adda Louvemia - Services will be held Monday in Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft, for Adda Louvemia Kerbo, 102, 1101 Eastern Ave., Taft, who died June 10. The Rev. Neil Hudson, First Baptist Church of Taft will officiate and interment will follow in West Side Cemetery. Mrs. Kerbo was born in Arkansas and lived in Taft 48 years. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge and Women of the Moose. Survivors include a son Scott Crum, Shafter; a stepdaughter Elma Kerbo, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

KERR, James

Bakersfield Californian, Feb. 26, 1993

James Marvin Kerr
Services: Sat., Feb. 27, 10 A.M.
A chapel service will be held for James Marvin Kerr, 80, of Lament on Saturday, 2-27-93 at 10 A.M. at Hillcrest Mortuary chapel. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, 2-26-93 from 12 Noon to 8 P.M. at Hillcrest Mortuary.
Mr. Kerr was a 50 year resident of Kern County and worked for Van Construction Co. in the oil fields for approx. 6 years prior to his retirement. He also worked for DiGiorgio Farms for several years, and was a farm worker in the Wheeler Ridge area for some time.
He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Kerr of Lamont; two sons, Johnny P. Means of Bakersfield and Tommy R. Kerr of Twin Falls, ID; two brothers, R.E. Kerr of Maysville, OK, Richard Kerr of Bethany, OK; four sisters, Annie Campbell and Murl Bailey of Ardmore, OK., and Ethel Pigg and Benny Frensley of Midwest City, OK.; there are also 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Interment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Ardmore, Ok. next week.

KING, Albert

Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, April 28, 1962

King, Albert M. - Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. today in Greenlawn Memorial Park for Albert M. King, 71, of 506 West Belle Avenue, North Bakersfield who died April 27 in a Bakersfield hospital. The Reverend J. Wesley Farr of the First Methodist Church officiated. The deceased was a native of Chillicothe, MO and had lived in Bakersfield the past 21 years. He was a retired mechanic. Survivors include two sons, Glenn A. King of Bellflower and John R. King of Taft; one daughter, Mary J. Cragin of 500 West Belle Avenue; 4 grandchildren, Jackie and Joanne King and Marvin and Susan Cragin; mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann McClelland of Missouri; one brother, Wallace King of Missouri, three sisters, Helen Hampton of Lancaster, Mabel King and Eva Hess of Missouri. The services were under the direction of Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors.

KING, Juanita

Bakersfield Californian, March 20, 1997

Juanita lone King
Services: Fri.. Mar. 14
Graveside services were held Friday, March 14, 1997 for Juanita lone King, 52, of Wasco. CA .who passed away March 11, 1997. Rev. Floyd Naten, Pentecostal Church of God. McFarland, CA officiated and Interment was held In North Kern Cemetery, Delano, CA. Mrs. King was born January 7, 1945. She .was a homemaker and resided in Wasco for 26 years. She is survived by her husband, L.C. Smith, Wasco; daughters, Wynona Braudrick, McFarland; Mary King, Wasco, Lorenne Munoz of Oklahoma, Teresa Mayall of Maricopa, CA. and Kimala Apperson, Wasco; sons, Billy Braudrick of Missouri. Johnny Braudrick of Susanville, CA. Larry King of Wasco, CA. Teddy King of Porterville, CA. and Terry King of McFarland, CA. and 22 grandchildren. Parkview Mortuary, Delano, CA.


From the CA Death Index:

B:01/10/1904 AL
Died:15 (Kern) 03/03/1980 age: 76

Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, March 5, 1980

Kinnaird, Leah O. - Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, Thursday at 1:30 for Leah O. Kinnaird, 76, 1833 Lincoln Street, who died March 3 in Bakersfield. The Rev. J. R. Armstrong will officiate. Interment will be in the Delano Cemetery. Mrs. Kinnaird was a native of Alabama and had resided in Kern County for 37 years. She had been a nurses aid for 26 years for Kern General Hospital. She was a member of the Niles Street Assembly of God church and had received her 25 year service award (indecipherable ink splotch), County of Kern. Survivors include her nephews, Jo--y R. Traffanstedt of Bakersfield and John O., Roscoe L., and Odis B. Traffanstedt of Calistoga. Greenlawn Mortuary.

KINSEY, Raymond

Bakersfield Californian, Monday, February 5, 1968

Kinsey, Raymond C. - Graveside services were conducted today in the Hillcrest Memorial Park for Raymond C. Kinsey, 84, of 1924 Niles St., Bakersfield who died in a Bakersfield hospital February 1. Mr. Kinsey was formerly associated with DiGiorgio Ranches. Born in Newton, Kansas, he had resided in Kern County 25 years. Dr. B. C. Barrett, pastor of the Town & Country Baptist church officiated at the graveside services. Survivors include the widow, Emma; a son, William of Nevada; a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Eagan of Tucson, Ariz.; a step-son, Frank Calvin of Bakersfield; a brother Francis Kinsey of Indiana, 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Hillcrest Mortuary


Bakersfield Californian, Monday, February 29, 1988

Kirchner, Darlene Frances - Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., for Darlene F. Kirchner, 89, who passed away Feb. 27 in Bakersfield. Rev. Bud Frye will officiate. Darlene was born in Wymore, Neb., Jan 24, 1899, and had been a resident of Bakersfield since 1926. She was a member of AARP and a member of the Nazarene Church. She was preceded in death by her husband F. M. Kirchner, daughter Becky and sons Toy E. and Punt. Survivors include her son Jack Kirchner and wife Edie of Pittsburg, Calif.; daughters-in-law Phyllis and Lorene Kirchner of Bakersfield; sister Grace Montgomery of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Priscilla and David Frye, Melinda and Johnny Adams, Jack and Cheri Kirchner, Roy and Luisa Kirchner, all of Bakersfield, Sandra Mayville of Benton, Calif., and Michelle Low of Park City, Utah; and 11 great-grandchildren. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors, A Golden Rule Funeral Home.


DOB: 05/25/1888 M CALIFORNIA
DOD: 02/25/1973 84 yrs KERN
SS# 548-26-3693

Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1973

Kitching, Roy Earl - Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, in the Chapel of Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Mortuary for Roy Earl Kitching, 84, 3705 Cardinal Ave, who died Feb. 25 at home. The Rev. Henry F. Brown will officiate with cremation following. Mr. Kitching, a native of San Luis Rey, had resided in Bakersfield 24 years. He was reared and educated in San Diego County and was a mining promoter for many years with headquarters in Bakersfield and Bishop. He is survived by the widow, Sue E. Kitching.

KLASSEN, William

KLASSEN WILLIAM MICHAEL 03/03/1958 (no obit in Bak. Californian)
male; born in CA
From: Bruce or Phyllis Osterhout

Here's the death certificate transcription:

Kern County Deaths Book: 77 page: 40

William Michael Klassen
date and place of birth: March 3, 1958; Ridgecrest Hospital, Ridgecrest, CA
date and place of death:; March 3, 1958, 11:30 a.m.; Ridgecrest Hospital, 1111 No. China Lake Blvd. Kern County, Ridgecrest CA
Age: 19 minutes
Name and birthplace of father: Pete A. Klassen; Russia
Name and birthplace of mother: Georgia Lee Gerow; CA
Informant: Pete A. Klassen - father, 232 Alvord, Ridgecrest, CA
Cause of death: Pulmonary Atelectasis - Anoxia
Autopsy performed? yes
disposition: burial March 5, 1958; Rand-District Cemetery; Turner Funeral Home
Signed: Burnett Cole, MD


Bakersfield Californian, June 28, 1926
Mrs. Klingenberg is Called by Reaper

Mrs. Anna Klingenberg, wife of A. Klingenberg, 1111 Inyo St. and resident of Bakersfield for 16 years died Saturday night at her home. Mr. Klingenberg is a local cement contractor. The body is at Hopson Mortuary pending arrangements. The deceased is survived by her husband and 8 children, four of whom live in this city. They are Mrs. P.C. Neufeld, Mrs. J. E. Wiens, Mrs. Louise Gressen and Peter Klingenberg.

Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, July 1, 1926:

Klingenberg - Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Klingenberg were conducted this afternoon at the Mennonite Brethern Church. Burial was in Union Cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of Hopson Mortuary.


Bakersfield Californian; Saturday, June 8, 1929:

Retired Contractor is Called By Death

August Klingenberg, 71, retired contractor and resident of this vicinity for more than two decades died at his home at 1111 Inyo St. last night. A native of Germany, Mr. Klingenberg came to this country more than 20 years ago working as a contractor and builder. He is survived by four sons and four daughters, H.A. of Long Beach, C. A. of Sand Springs, Montana, A. A. and P. A. Klingenberg both of Bakersfield. His daughters are Mrs. John E. Wiens and Mrs. Peter Nauseld (spelled as written) of Bakersfield, Mrs. Henry Wahl of Cheyanne, Wyo., and Mrs. Roy Gieson of Los Angeles. He is survived also by a sister, Mrs. George Koop of this city. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. The body is at the Hopson Mortuary.

Bakersfield Californian; Monday, June 10, 1929:

Plan Funeral Rites for A. Klingenberg

Funeral services for August Klingenberg, 71, retired contractor and resident of Kern Co. for 20 years will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mennonite Brethern Church. Mr. Klingenberg is survived by four sons and four daughters and one sister, Mrs. George Koop of this city. The body is at the Hopson Chapel. Services will be conducted by the Rev. J. B. Srlesen of the Mennonite Church.


Kern County Deaths Book: 3 Page: 386 District: 1501
C. R. Klingenberg
age: 64
date and place of birth: not stated; Germany
date and place of death: Sept. 19, 1912; not stated
Name and birthplace of father: John Klingenberg; Germany
Name and birthplace of mother: Unknown
Occupation: Car Repairer
Years in Kern Co: 2 years 6 months In CA: 3 years
Informant: Lizzie Klingenberg, Bakersfield
disposition: Burial, Sept. 22, 1912; Union Cemetery, Bakersfield
Cause of death: Crushed under the wheels of a water car in the yards of the IPRRC in East Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, Sept 19, 1912
Car Repairer Loses Both Legs In Kern and Will Probably Die

Cornelius Klingenberg, and aged car repairer employed for many years by the Southern Pacific, was badly mangled this afternoon when a car he was repairing ran over him. The worker did not have the car placed on the repair track, nor did he protect himself with a flaflg as the road requires and a switching crew picked up the car. The wheels passed over his body and legs, crushing abdomen, back and legs and injuring him beyond chance of recovery. The accident occurred at 1:40 this afternoon and the victim was immediately taken to the Southern Pacific hospital. The physician in charge says that his death is only a matter of hours. The unfortunate man resides in Monterey Street with his wife and several children, most of whom have grown up.

Bakersfield Californian, Friday, Sept. 20, 1912
Car Repairer Dead of Injuries Received

Cornelius Klingenberg, the Southern pacific car repairer who was run over yesterday afternoon while at work under a car, died yesterday afternoon in the emergency hospital as a result of his injuries. The company physician attended him. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Chapel of Templeton and Co.
The deceased was a native of Germany, but came to this country in 1875 locating in Kansas. He spent four years in Colorado and the last 2 years in this state. He had been employed by the Southern Pacific for nearly 2 years. He had been married twice and leaves 8 mature children by his first wife and 5 children by his second wife who survives him. The home is at 1127 Monterey Street, East Bakersfield.
(transcribed as written, including spelling errors and typos)

KNOBLOCK, Fredrick

From the CA Death Index:

DOB: 08/07/1890; Kansas
DOD: 05/15/1955;(Kern)

Bakersfield Californian. Tuesday, May 17, 1955

KNOBLOCK, Frederick Otto (Knobby) - Funeral services will be conducted in Greenlawn Chapel tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. for Frederick Otto (Knobby) KNOBLOCK, 64, who died in his home 2816 Arroyita Drive on May 15. Dr. Charles Russell Prewitt of the First Methodist church will officiate in conjunction with the Meudell Lodge 695 F and AM with Frank C. King as Worshipful Master. Mr. KNOBLOCK was a native of Marion, Kansas and had resided in Bakersfield for 19 years. He started to work for Baash-Ross Co. in Long Beach and was transferred to Houston, Texas where he worked as shop foreman before he came to Taft as superintendent for 3 years. He moved to Bakersfield in 1936 and had been with the Baash-Ross Co. as shop foreman ever since. He was a member of the Elks Club for 35 years and the Gates City Order of Eastern Star 212 in San Bernardino, the Newton Lodge 142 AF and AM and the Arkansas Valley Chapter 27 R.A.M. He is survived by his wife, Alice H. KNOBLOCK, Bakersfield; two daughters, Jayne A. HARRAH, Willits and Betty ASHE, Bakersfield; a sister, Mrs. Ida MARSHALL and a brother, Oscar KNOBLOCK, both of Los Angeles; and 4 grandchildren. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Pall bearers will be O. G. (Butch) EVANS, Ronald SMITH, Fred CHABOT, Bert STODDARD, Luther STAFFORD and Pete ROSS

KOEHN, Abraham

Bakersfield Californian, Sunday, September 17, 1972

Koehn, Abraham - services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Agee Family Funeral Home, Shafter for Abraham David Koehn, 95, 30174 W. Tulare Ave, Shafter, who died Sept. 15 at home. The Rev. Dan E. Friesen, pastor of the Shafter Mennonite Brethren church will officiate and burial will follow in the family plot at Shafter Memorial Park. Mr. Koehn was born Nov. 10, 1876 in Russia. He was married to the former Helena Siebert in Russia on June 7, 1905. Four of their children were born there and they came to the United States and settled in Fairmead in 1913. He purchased a farm in Shafter and they moved there in 1917, and have resided on the same farm since. Mr. Koehn was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church since a child and was active in his younger years in the Shafter Church. The survivors include the widow, Helena, of the home address; two sons, Abraham of Shafter and Pete of Lompoc; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Neufeld of Dinuba, Mrs. Margaret Balzer of Mountain View and Miss Agnes Koehn of Shafter; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The Agee Family Funeral Home, Shafter


Bakersfield Californian, Feb 26, 1993
Betty Eleanor Koeninger
Services: Sat., Feb. 27, 10:30 A.M.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 A.M. at Wesley Methodist Church, 3030 Niles St. for Betty E. Koeninger, 65, who died Monday at her home. Pastor David Atkins will officiate.
Betty was a native of Texas and had lived in Bakersfield since 1946. She was a credentialed teacher and last worked as a curriculum specialist for the Bakersfield City School District. She held a B. Ed. Degree from California State University, Fresno and a M.A. degree in Spanish from the University of Arizona. She also studied in Spain and Mexico and was fluent in the Spanish language. She taught Spanish courses for Bakersfield College and California State University, Bakersfield. She was also an expert in the use of computers and held workshops for the Bakersfield City School Teachers. After retiring she did volunteer work at Fremont School, Juvenile Hall and the Holloway-Gonzales Library.
Betty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, R. Kent and Chloe Koeninger of St. Paul, Minnesota; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and James W. Sullivan and grandchildren, J. Christopher and Janina E. Sullivan of Cottekill New York; brother and sister-in-law, John and Helen Graham of Long Beach; brother, Robert Graham of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister and' brother-in-law, Jayne and Charles Sullivan of Bakersfield and nieces and nephews. No visitation is scheduled. GREENLAWN MORTUARY Funeral Directors



Robert Leland "Bob" Kroeker
Services: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
A memorial service will be, held at 515 Oildale Dr. for Robert Leland "Bob" Kroeker who passed away on Feb. 21, 2000 at home in Bakersfield with his sister Margie after a long struggle with Parkinsons and other related illness.
Officiating will be Reverend Jim Williams. Bob at-tended North High and was a resident of Kern County for 60 years. He was last employed by Oildale Tire.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Mary Kroeker; sister Ginger Dine and son, Teddy "Kroeker" Williams: nephews, Danny Schmidt and Michael Kroeker. Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Lee Roy Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Ruth Kroeker; son, Bobby "Kroeker" Williams: numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
There will be no visitation. Cremation will preceded the memorial services on Sunday. In loving memory "Bob" you were loved and will be missed by all.
Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors