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Virindar Singh Kuckreja

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Born in Mardan, a village near Peshawar, India (now Pakistan). In 1948 during partition this Sikh family, Virindar's parents, two brothers and a little sister fled Peshawar on a train to India. The family lived in Jullundur, Amritsar, Bombay and New Delhi.

1955 Virindar received an assistantship to study at the University of Oregon, Corvallis. He taught cartography, while completing a Master's Degree in Natural Resources. He moved to California to pursue a teaching career. While substitute teaching, home schooling and tutoring to live, he completed his California teaching credentials at California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, California. In an educational statistics class, he met Karen Hobbs, high school teacher in Modesto, California, who was also completing her credential requirements. Virindar was hired at Taft Union High school in 1964 where he taught Geography, Psychology, US History and Political Science from 1964-1990. Karen was hired at Taft College in 1965-1997. December 19, 1965 they were married in Pomona, California and lived in Taft for 25 years. He became a naturalized citizen in 1967. Upon retirement in 1990, Virindar and Karen moved to Bakersfield, California where he resided until his passing.

Virindar is survived by his wife, Karen of 50 years and two daughters, Indira Rani Kuckreja, Santa Rosa, California and Geeta Rani Kuckreja Glasser , two grandchildren Claire McKinzie Glasser and Benjamin Edward Glasser, Tualatin Oregon. In India, Virindar is survived by his sister Varsha Mann Singh, five nieces, three nephews and three grand nephews, and five grandnieces.

"I am grateful for the good life that I have had", was a comment often heard from Virindar. He was a gentleman, loving, gracious, and a private person. He had a great sense of humor, loved to travel, enjoyed reading newspapers of the world on his IPAD, garden and listen to a good story or joke.

A celebration of his life will be held April 21, 2016 at 1:30p.m. in his garden, his favorite place to be. In lieu of flowers please donate to West Kern Oil museum, Taft CA 93268 or in his memory.

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2016
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