Obituaries - P


PARADEE, Eugene 10/28/1926-10/21/1966

Bakersfield Californian; Saturday Oct. 22, 1966



The body of a man, his head submerged in watery oil, was found today in the grease pit of Art Scott's Associated Truck Station at 9895 Union Ave. in Greenfield. The Sheriff's department treating the case as one of homicide rather than accident or of a natural cause, was photographing and otherwise processing the scene before moving the body to establish its identity.

Bakersfield Californian, Oct 25, 1966

Dead Man in Gas Station Pit Believed Trucker

The man found dead Saturday in the grease pit of a Greenfield service station has been identified as a Modesto truck driver, Gene Edwin Paradee, 39, the Sheriff's office reported today. Sheriff's Detective Harmon Cooper said the identity was established by contents in his billfold, found at the bottom of the oily water in which the body was almost entirely submerged. Cooper indicated authorities are positive Paradee fell in the pit and drowned instead of a victim of foul play. He noted there were no marks on the body other than a leg abrasion. He said it was learned the victim had been drinking Friday night and had offered a druggist in the area $4 to help him find his truck. The druggist declined the offer, Cooper said, and the $4 - plus an extra $1 bill - were found on the man's person. The body was first tentatively identified as that of a truck driver named Joe Lewis on the basis of information provided by person in the area. Deputy Coroner Ed Christie said an inquest will be held as soon as the investigation is completed. Persons believed to be the victim's next of kin have been notified, Christie said.

Bakersfield Californian, Friday Oct. 28, 1966

Paradee, Gene E - Remains of Gene E. Paradee, 39, have been returned to Modesto for services and interment by the H.R. Borgsdorf Mortuary. Mr. Paradee was born in Kansas and had lived in CA for the past 7 years. He was a truck driver and died on Oct. 22 in Greenfield. Survivors include his widow Louwena; and two daughters Carol and Clea Jean and a son, Gene Jr.; Parents Mr. and Mrs. Harold Paradee and a brother, Earl, all of Modesto.


Bakersfield Californian, July 16, 1983
PARKER, D. F. "Frank"  Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. Monday at 10:00 a.m. for D.F. �Frank� Parker, 70 of Lamont who passed away July 15 in a Bakersfield hospital. The Rev. Paul Winter will officiate and Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mr. Parker, a native of Lavaca, Arkansas had resided in Kern County for 35 years. Before retiring he had been a self-employed Mechanic for 46 years. Survivors include his wife, Lena of Lamont; daughters, Virginia Frazier of Lamont, Lavon Cook of Birmingham, Michigan; son, Allen Parker of Bakersfield; sisters, Mamie Larrew of McFarland, Olena Tailor of Search, Arkansas, Dorothy Weaver of Arlington, Texas, Mary Tyner of Cleveland, Oklahoma; brothers, David Parker of Maywood, Pat Parker of Salma; and eight grandchildren. Casketbearers will be Leland Luttrell, Chet Johns, Ed Ledford, Donald McCoy, Bethel Watson and Earl Shelton. Greenlawn Mortuary.

PAYNE, Mattie


Pioneer Citizen, 79, to Be Buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie [Cook] Payne, 79-year-old pioneer Bakersfield resident and active club worker who died at her home, 2311 Nineteenth Street, yesterday [Nov. 12, 1941], will be held Saturday at 11 a. m. Place of the services had not been announced today. Mrs. Payne, who had resided in Bakersfield since 1902, was born in Cook county, Ill., in 1862, coming to California in 1887. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late J. C. Payne, who died in 1938. Among fraternal and civic organizations in which Mrs. Payne was active are the Bakersfield Rebekah Lodge, Bakersfield Chapter No. 125, Order of Eastern Star; Infants' Friend League, Woman's Club, W. C. T. U., Lydia Circle of the Christian Church and the First Christian Church. She is survived by a son, J. Bruce Payne, Bakersfield; three grandchildren, James Bruce Payne, New York, Fred M. Payne, Bakersfield, and Mrs. Evelyn Payne Agee, Bakersfield, and several nieces in southern California.
The Reverend B. B. Baird will officiate at the services, with Florence Bayless at the organ and Richard Skinner and Pauline Willis as soloists. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park beside her late husband.


from the Bakersfield Californian, Sat., Jan. 28, 1922:

Phillips - Funeral of Houston Phillips, 75, who died at his home on Caliente Creek, Friday, will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Payne-O'Meara Chapel. Burial at Union Cemetery.

Names are spelled as they appear on the death certificate:
Book 5; page 361; local reg# 16
Kern Co. Death Records

Huston Philips
date & place of birth: June 28, 1846; Arkansas
date & place of death: Jan. 27, 1922, 3 a.m.; District 1551, Caliente Creek
age: 75yrs, 6mo, 29 days
name & birthplace of father: Rubin Philips; VA
name & birthplace of mother: no record
Occupation: Ranvher (I think this should be: rancher, probably a typo)
Years in Kern Co.: 20yrs In CA: 52yrs
Informant: Eldon Phillips, Caliente
Cause of death: Cirrlosis of Liver
Disposition: burial, Bakersfield, CA; Payne-O'Meara Co.
Physician signing: Fred J. Crease, MD

PIERCE, William

From the Death Index:
DOB: 03/03/1907 1CA15 (male; born in CA; died in Kern Co.)
DOD: 01/30/1976
SS# 551033730
Age: 68

Bakersfield Californian, Sunday, Feb. 1, 1976
Pierce, William Ernest - Services will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel Monday at 3 PM for William Price, 68, who died Jan. 30. The Rev. Jack Harney of the Eastside Christian Church will officiate. Mr. Pierce, born in Zamora, had resided in Kern County the past 30 years. He was a member of the Eastside Christian Church. Survivors include the widow Maxine; six sons, Ernest William of Rhode Island; Richard of Bakersfield; Thomas of Michigan; Roy of New Jersey; Curtis McDonald of Colorado and John Pierce of Ventura; a daughter, Barbara Pierce of Bakersfield; two sisters, Verda Trout of Ventura and Ruby McLaughlin of San Luis Obispo; and a brother, Charles Pierce of San Luis Obispo and 10 grandchildren. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Hillcrest Mortuary.


Kern County Deaths Book: 205 Page: 374
Fon Alonzo Pippenger
75 years
Spouse: Marjorie Mallory
Military Service: 1944 to 1946
date and place of birth: June 18, 1912; Canada
date and place of death: Aug. 30, 1987, 1652hrs; Tehachapi hospital
Name and birthplace of father: Ralph Pippenger - IA
Name and birthplace of mother: Bertha Davis - NB
Occupation: Sec.-Treas. x 20 years
Last place of occupation: Church of the Nazarene
SS# 553-07-3483
Usual address: 1900 Alta Court, Oakdale, Stanislaus Co., CA
Informant: Marjorie Pippenger - wife; same address
Disposition: Burial, Sept. 4, 1987; Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, CA
funeral Dir: Oakdale Memorial Chapel
Cause of death: Occlusive Coronary Artery Disease x minutes
Due to: Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular disease x years
Autopsy: Yes
Physician: Helen Bruce Frankel, coronor

PLEHN, Richard

Bakersfield Californian, Friday, May 9, 1986

Plehn, Richard  Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel for Richard Plehn, 79, who passed away May 7 in Bakersfield. He was born June 6, 1906 in Downey, CA, and later moved to Bakersfield in 1934. Richard was the former owner of Bakersfield Frame and Axle for many years. He started working in automotive repairs at the age of 12 and was will respected by his associates of the Independent Garage Owners Association. He was preceded in death by his wife Laura, in 1981. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn and E.B. Woody Harris of Bakersfield; grandsons, Richard Harris of Redondo Beach and Gregory Harris of Fullerton; great-grandchildren, Laura and Allyson Harris of Oklahoma, Christina, Jeffery and Aaron Harris of Fullerton; nephews, Gary Plehn, Bill Plehn, Roger Hicks, Raymond Hicks, all of California. Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary. Hillcrest Mortuary Funeral Directors.


Bakersfield, Californian Saturday, Jan. 27, 1951

Pruellage, Mary - funeral services for Mary Pruellage, 83, Box 572 Standard Oil Lease, will be held Monday in Oakland with interment following there. Mrs. Pruellage, a native of Germany, died Friday at her home. She lived here 3 months. Surviving are sons, Raymond and Frank of Oakland; daughter Elizabeth Keay of Bakersfield; 4 grandchildren. Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.