LOUIE A. (L.A.) BACHUS, JR. 1920-2013) A family graveside service with military honors was held on December 14, 2013, in Chico, CA for Louie (L.A.) Bachus. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on December 10, 2013. L.A. was born in Marshall, Texas, on September 18, 1920. On March 21, 1942, he married Leona Tymel in Wharton, Texas. They celebrated their seventy-second wedding anniversary last March. L.A. enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 15 in 1935 and served for three years. He was then recalled into service in 1941 at the beginning of World War II. He served in the South Pacific until he was discharged in 1944. L.A. and Leona made their home in Woodside, CA. He was employed by United Airlines and retired after a career of 32 years. His last assignment was as a Boeing 747 pilot. In 1985, L.A. and Leona moved to Chico to join four of their children who had moved there to attend Chico State and stayed on as permanent residents. His survivors include his wife, Leona Bachus, five children and their spouses: Louie A. Bachus III (Mary Ann), Robert A. Bachus (Delia), Thomas J. Bachus, Carolyn Ballard (Tim), and Rhonda L. Hutchinson. L.A. had five grandchildren; Jennifer Morgan Beamer (Jordan), Taylor Bachus Heath (Ryan), Ryan Bachus, Heather and Kelsey Ballard, and last, but not least, his only great-grandchild, Hayley B. Heath.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 8, 2014