Richard Michael Jelmini was born on June 9, 1958 to John and Dalma Jelmini in Bakersfield, California. Richard was the fifth of six children.
Richard attended Greeley School, Rio Bravo-Greeley School where he was in the first graduating class, Bakersfield High School, and California State University, Bakersfield. He was incredibly passionate about farming and about family. In the summer of 1976, he met the love of his life Michele. The two dated throughout high school and college and were married in the summer of 1983. In 1987, their first daughter Cecilia Ann was born, in 1990, Anastasia (Anna) Dalma was born and in 1992, Paige Michele was born. Richard loved having three daughters. He did everything with them that he would have done with sons. When Richard was younger, he was a very talented athlete and was on the BHS Cross Country and Track teams for four years. He was also a proud member of the Driller Band. His favorite past time was to attend his daughters' extra curricular activities and sporting events and to farm with his dad, his best friend. He was often mistaken as a coach at his daughters' events because he was dressed head to toe in team attire. He was the girls' biggest cheerleader and loved bragging about them to everyone he met. He had a true passion for farming and loved seeing crops from their germination to their harvest. Richard often used crop cycles and farming as an analogy for life. He was a big talker and was incredibly proud of his Italian Heritage.
Richard was involved with the Kern County Farm Bureau for many years and served as President from 2005 until 2007. His passion for farming and this agricultural community drove his efforts as board president. When Richard and Michele were newly married, they were active with Young Farmers and Ranchers where they met their best friends who have become family, the Romanini Family. Richard's latest passion was being an usher at St. Francis Church. He was incredibly proud of sporting his green jacket as an usher at the 10:30 mass. Richard was the most stylish farmer around and everyone who knew him referred to him as a "clothes horse".
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Claudia Duncan (Gary). Richard is survived in death by his loving wife Michele, daughters Cecilia Ann, Anastasia Dalma, and Paige Michele, mother in law Ann Epperson, brother in law Clay Epperson (Kate), brother in law Timothy Epperson, sister Cindy Richina (Phil), brother Randy (Linda), brother David (Stacy), and sister Marie Batey (Bryan). He was the proud uncle to Debbie Hodge (David), Denise Smith (Geoff), Kevin Duncan, Angela Devin (Jimmy), Tony Richina, Vickie Trudel (Aaron), Michael Jelmini, Diana Ciappina (Nino), Steven Jelmini (Ashley), Alyssa Bartlett (Scott), Erin Jelmini, Justin Batey, James Batey (Lauren), John Batey, Theresa Epperson, and Elise Epperson. He was also the great uncle to nine and had countless cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Church Charities. The Rosary will be recited Monday, August 1st at 6PM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 2nd at 9AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, graveside to follow at Historic Union Cemetery.
DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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