A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Stephen B. Putnam, 72.  Mr. Putnam was born in Long Beach on March 26, 1942 and passed away on May 16, 2014 in Bakersfield.  His mother, Charlene, passed away when he was only three months old.  Mr. Putnam attended elementary school in Belridge and was a graduate of Taft Union High School in 1960.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Putnam married Maxine Gee in 1964.  He was an avid hunter.  Mr. Putnam was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Putnam; a son and a daughter; his wife, Maxine Putnam and his  daughter, Charlene Mason.  His survivors include his son, Michael Putnam of Taft; his grandchildren, Michelle Ayala and her husband, Ralph, of Taft,  Austin, Gena and Wyatt Putnam of Taft, and William Mason of Taft; his two great-grandchildren, Ralph, Jr. and Kaylee;  his sister and her husband, Joan and Jack Gill of Taft; his step-brother, Dennis Jensen of Bellflower; his brother, Donald Beeson of Watsonville; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.  To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com