Henry was born in Brawley, California. In 1941, at the age of nine his family moved to Bakersfield where he lived his entire life. He worked as a truck driver, first in his family's business- Escalera and Sons, then for various trucking companies throughout Bakersfield. In 1952 Henry married Dolores Del Rio-Escalera and they were married for 63 years until his death. Henry was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and would often speak about how proud he was to serve in the military. When Henry became a daddy of four girls he was quite busy teaching life lessons; behave, work hard, "do what your mother tells you to do", have self-respect. He met many beaus through the years and received four men who came to ask for his daughter's hands in marriage.
In 1983, Henry's health declined and he became a kidney transplant recipient. Because of thoughtfulness of an anonymous donor, Henry was alive for another 33 years. At one point we were told by his doctors that he was the oldest kidney transplant patient in California. He was able to see his grandchildren be born and grandpa was the constant standby taxi for all the grandkids; provided they weren't in a hurry to get where they were going. Henry is preceded in death by his parents Jose Sr. and Flora Escalera and all his siblings-Joe Jr., Dora, Amparo, and Lalo. He is survived by this wife, Dolores, his children-Kathleen Haas (Donald), Juliana Uribe, Stephanie Padilla (Joseph), Susan Erberich (Aaron). He also has six grandchildren and three great- grandchildren, various nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him and keep him in their hearts. Our family would like to thank everyone at Evergreen Acute Care for the patience and kindness they showed our dad and our family during his stay. We would also like to thank Dr. Ahmed, Dr. James Saiki, Dr. Kopelman, and Dr. Hector De Jesus for their ongoing care throughout his life.
On August 25th, a viewing will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home (3700 River Blvd) from 4 -8:00pm followed by a rosary at 6:00pm. Henry will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery on August 26th at 10:00 am.
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