ALVY EDWIN MORGADO (1918 - 2013)

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ALVY EDWIN MORGADO Alvy Edwin Morgado passed away on the 21st day of January, 2013, at the age of 94. Alvy was the born on September 15, 1918 to Julio and Joaquina Morgado in Chico, CA, the youngest of five children. He attended local elementary schools and Chico High School. In 1938, he began working for the Chico Creamery as an ice cream maker. In 1941, Alvy joined the U.S. Army as a Ranger with the 17th Infantry. Once WWII began, he served in the Pacific Theater. As a Ranger, his platoons' duty was to secure the landing before the oncoming Marines. Major battles were Attu and Kiska Islands of the Aleutians, and Leyte Gulf Philippines. He was the proud recipient of several military honors including two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Marksmanship Medal. While he did not care to speak of his war time experience, he would laughingly say that his proudest medal was his Good Conduct medal. We were quite lucky to have had Alvy for all of these years; out of his entire platoon, he was one of only four men to have returned home from the war. Upon his return home, Alvy drove a truck for Carnation as a milk hauler. After several years with Carnation, he went to work as a freight truck driver for Valley Motors. He retired in 1976 from Systems 99 after 25 years with the Teamsters Union. He was also a farmer. He had an almond orchard, which he farmed with his wife and children. After his retirement from truck driving, he continued farming, but changed from almonds to walnuts. He continued actively farming to the very end; only allowing help the last few years of his life. Even then, he gave words of wisdom. In 1948, it was thought that Alvy was a confirmed bachelor until Marie A. Lourenco walked into the Chico Portuguese Hall for a local dance. Two months later they married at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chico. Their marriage lasted 55 years until Marie passed away in 2003. While they were married, Alvy was active with St. John's Catholic Church, Chico Portuguese Holy Ghost and Fatima Club, SIRS, Chico Eagles Club, and UPPEC. After Marie passed away, Alvy became a regular at the Dorothy Johnson Senior Luncheon Center. Alvy is preceded in death by is wife, Marie; his son-in-law, James Paidl; his sister, Julia Silva; and his three brothers, Manuel, Bill and Tony Morgado. He is survived and loved by his four children, Edwin Morgado (Judy) Auburn, CA, Claudia Paidl, Ord Bend, Trudy Phillips (Bill) Chico, Donna Morgado, Chico. Alvy also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Amber Oden, Ericka Evans, Traci Paidl, Erin Morgado, Emily Morgado, Jeanine Morgado-Larson and Alexander Morgado, and nine great-grandchildren, all of whom adored their Grandpa and will miss him forever. In lieu of flowers, Catholic masses may be requested through St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Chico. Rosary service will be held at Bruisie Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2013. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2013. Services will be handled through Brusie's Funeral Home.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 23, 2013
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