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Oscar Chapa Sr (83) Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 June 2017 22:08
Oscar Chapa Sr (83), of Madera, CA, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at a Fresno hospital.  Oscar was born in Laredo, TX, but lived in Madera for the last 70 years. He was a retired clerk for Safeway working in Madera and Fresno for 41 years. Oscar was a member of St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera and he served in the National Guard.

Oscar is survived by his wife of 61 years, Olivia Chapa of Madera, 4 children: Oscar Chapa Jr. of Madera; Elsa Razo of Madera; Bobby Chapa of Morro Bay, CA and Fred Chapa of Fresno, CA,   1 brother: Eddie Chapa of Madera and 3 sisters: Mary Chavira of Madera; Yolanda Chavira of Fresno and Irma Gaither of Merced, CA.  He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
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Former Big Top & Sub Shop Owner Passes: Jack Johnson at 85 Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 June 2017 17:38
Jack Johnson (85), beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend passed away on June 4, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born on February 21, 1932 in Mississippi to Eloise and Lemmie Johnson.
Jack is survived by his wife, Gay, daughter and son-in-law, Nanette and Jack Bigus and son, Greg Johnson. Jack is preceded in death by his parents and eight of his siblings and is survived by his brother, Johnnie Johnson.
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Ronald Leon Koop (79) Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 June 2017 07:37
Ronald Leon Koop (79) was born on February 14, 1938 in Enid Oklahoma; he passed away on June 7, 2017 in Fresno, California at the age of 79. Born to Abraham and Anna Koop, Abraham was also known as A.P. Koop.  Ron was the youngest of five children who have predeceased him. 

A.P. Koop worked for Union Equity as a grain elevator operator, and on weekends, he developed his evangelistic ministry. Ron and his brother, Marvin, moved with their parents to Fresno for a year, and then the family moved to Winton.  Ron gave his life to the Lord and was baptized in Winton, where his Dad was a minister.
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Thomas Eugene Goodwin (77) Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 May 2017 14:18
Thomas Eugene Goodwin (77) was born on August 6, 1939 to Vivian Franklin and Laura Lee Goodwin in East Prairie, Missouri. He passed away peacefully in Fresno, CA on May 24, 2017 at the age of 77. Thomas was known as Gene to his family and friends.

Gene married the love of his life, Gwen, in 1957. They welcomed their daughter, Kathy, in 1960 and their son, Alan, in 1963. They moved from Upland, CA to Firebaugh, CA in 1969 where Gene farmed for Gwen’s father.
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Joe D. Coelho (80) Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 May 2017 09:32
Joe D. Coelho (80) passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017, surrounded by his family at home, at the age of 80. Joe was born in Riverdale, CA, to Joe C. Coelho and Ida Coelho, who were both Portuguese Americans. As a child, Joe D. and his parents worked at various dairies throughout the Central Valley. Joe D., at the age of 15, left his Hanford, CA school and began working full time milking cows, and working on neighboring farms to help support himself, and his family.

In October of 1953, Joe D. met his future wife, Virginia DeBrum, when she was queen of the Portuguese celebration in Fresno, CA. They were married on September 2, 1956. During this time Joe D. continued to relief milk cows, and began working on his father-in-law's small dairy and farm. Soon, Joe D. was able to rent and then purchase some farmland of his own, and began to grow cotton to supplement his income.
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