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Armando Lopez Corella


01/09/1921 - 02/28/2014 Obituary
Armando Lopez Corella Obituary
Armando went home to be with his Lord on February 28, 2014. He passed away surrounded by his family. Armando was born on January 9,1921 to Ygnacio and Julia Corella in Good Year, Arizona. Armando at age 17, September 6, 1938 Labor Day in Phoenix, Arizona, ran the 12th Annual Arizona Republic Rialto Marathon Theater Race in Riverside Park. He won the 2 mile race in 10 minutes 20.4 seconds. Armando graduated from Phoenix Union High School in June 1940.
Armando was a most patriotic youth. He enlisted in the 13th Army Air Corp 2 months after his 20th birthday. Serving four years in WW2 as a Tail Gunner on "Rod Rowdies B-24 Bomber" in the South Pacific. His 307th Bombardment group became known as " The Long Rangers". The longest most stressful bombing run lasted 18 hours. He completed 51 missions and was awarded 9 distinguished medals. With a honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Bakersfield after the war and went to work as a mechanic at the Minter Field working on P-51's and B-17's. In 1945 he found special satisfaction donating his military combat papers and medals to Minter Field. There after he married his late wife Mary Witt. Armando soon joined the U.S. Postal Service in September 1947. Armando was awarded many special achievements working 40 years before retiring in January 1986.
Armando continued his efforts to help achieve the standards of excellence with the community while continuing to serve others. Armando enjoyed pitching horse shoes winning in 1939 his special trophy. He enjoyed trout fishing in Bishop, his loving dog "Lucky", and the Condor's Ice Hockey. He also participated in the Veteran's Parades for 4 years. One of Armando's highlights in his later years was being able to travel to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight of Kern County. He loved watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in sports.
God gave us a special gift when he created our Dad. He was kind, had a giving heart, and was sensitive to all of us. No one will ever take your place in our lives. "Amazing" is one of the many words that describe his special place in our hearts. Daddy leaves behind 3 daughters: Sandra Caye Christensen, Judee Jones and Janet Cooper and two son in laws Richard Jones and the late Oscar Christensen, 7 adult grandchildren , 11 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on Armando's behalf to Honor Flight of Kern County and the Wounded Warriors Fund.
Doughty- Calhoun-O'Meara
Funeral Directors
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 4, 2014
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