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AMES, BRUCE - Fresno  
Bruce Ames of Fresno, CA, passed away peacefully after an illness on Monday, March 16, 2015. He was 66 years old. He was Viet Nam veteran and worked for many years as a High Speed Telecommunications Senior Engineer. Bruce was an avid reader, traveler, and historian. He received many awards for his work in high speed telecommunications and for his work in the military including recognition from the Secretary of Defense. He will truly be missed. There will not be a funeral or memorial service. To honor his memory, please thank our veterans of all wars and conflicts for their service.
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Published in the Fresno Bee from Mar. 19 to Mar. 22, 2015
BOTTORFF, BILL  
Bill Bottorff was suddenly taken by our Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the age of 81. Bill was a native son of Madera, CA, born on October 1, 1933, and resided in Madera all his life. He graduated from Madera High School in 1952. Right out of High School, he started his 38 year career with Pacific Bell. From 1955 to 1957, he served his country in the United States Army, that included with a tour of duty in Korea. After coming back from his service, he married Elsie Cornaggia, whom he has spent 58 years of married bliss. Together they have raised four children, Jeffrey, Cindy, Annette and Kevin. Along with their spouses, gave Bill 10 beautiful grandchildren to watch grow up, with a great-grandson due in May. Bill was active in many groups and activities over the last 81 and a half years. An active sports participant and enthusiast, he played football and baseball in his high school and military years. He was a Babe Ruth coach for both of his sons playing years. He spent many a night at the 20-30 Service Club, doing many a thing that we are sure he could have gotten in trouble for. He served his community by being appointed to the Madera County Planning Commission for 18 years. Bill was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Madera Elks Club and the Madera Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) and has been a faithful member of the St Joachim's Catholic community. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mildred Bottorff; his sister, Betty Taylor; his in-laws, Ulysses and Mary Cornaggia, whom welcomed him to join them with our Heavenly Father. Bill is survived by his loving wife Elsie; his children, Jeffrey Bottorff and his wife Karen, and their son Aronne, Cindy Nikssarian and her husband Richard, and their three children, Adam, Eric, and Lisa, Annette Klein and her husband Bill, their two daughters, Cara Redding and her husband Blake, and Sara Klein; and great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kameron Redding, Kevin Bottorff and his wife Stephanie, and their four children, Tyler, Taylor, Hannah and Garrett. He was looking forward to the arrival of one more great-grandchild in May. Bill will also be missed by his surviving sibling, Walter Bottorff. Visitation will be held at Jay Chapel, on Monday, March 23, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed with a Recitation of the Holy Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a Graveside Service at Calvary Cemetery, in Madera, CA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Bill's name to St. Joachim Catholic Church, 401 West 5th Street, Madera, CA 93637; Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) scholarship fund, in care of 18778 Shore Dr. Madera, CA 93638; or to the donor' s favorite charity. Jay Chapel, 1121 Roberts Avenue, Madera, California (559)674-8814
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 22, 2015
BOYD, JOSEPH - KERMAN  
Joseph Haig Boyd, age 98, a prominent resident of Kerman, CA, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Kerman, CA. He was born on March 6, 1917 in Fowler, CA, on the family farm to the late Hagop and Martha Boyajian. Upon graduating from Selma High School, he moved to San Francisco, CA, and eventually opened his own grocery store. He married his sweetie, Florence Elma Dennis. They purchased the Kerman movie theatre and moved to Kerman, CA, in 1950. Some of his contributions were President and Founder of J. H. Boyd Ent. Inc. He served for 13 years on the board of directors and was past president of Kerman Chamber of Commerce, Charter member and past president of the Kerman Rotary Club, he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a Trustee on the Kerman School Board. Joseph is preceded in death by his wife, Forence Elma Boyd; and his son Joseph Boyd. Joseph Haig Boyd's greatest contribution was serving faithfully as a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children, Kenneth Boyd and his wife Susan, Louise Autenrieb and her husband Frederick, Martha Marsh and her husband Robert; daughter-in-law, Lizbeth Boyd; 16 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren. A Viewing will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15500 West Kearney Blvd, Kerman, CA, on Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kerman, CA, on Monday, March 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Jay Chapel, 1121 Roberts Avenue, Madera, California (559)674-8814
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 27, 2015
BRUNEER, JUNE - Fresno  
June Bruneer, aged 87, was called to God following a brief illness. June was born to Elmer and Lillie Dalen in Kingsburg, CA. She attended Kern County Union High School, Class of 1944, followed by Gustavus Adolphus College until 1946. She married John Bruneer in 1947. Following Rev. Bruneer's ordination, they served Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda, CA, and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, CA. While Rev. Bruneer served as Assistant to the Bishop of the Pacific Southwest Synod of the LCA/ELCA from 1963 to 1979, June worked as bookkeeper in the Synod office. In 1979, the Bruneers relocated to Fresno, CA where John served Trinity Lutheran Church and June worked as a travel agent. This allowed them to frequently travel the world. Following John's death, she remained active in Women of ELCA and traveling with friends and family. June is survived by her children, Kathleen, Michael, and Kristine; and grandson, Britton Victor. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3973 N Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93726 on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Agnes Hospice, 6729 N Willow Ave, Suite 103, Fresno 93710; Good News Circle, WELCA, c/o Trinity Lutheran Church, 3973 N Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93726; or ELCA Good Gifts Animal Program at www.elca.org/goodgifts. Stephens & Bean Chapel, 202 North Teilman Avenue, Fresno, California (559)268-9292
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 22, 2015
CHAMBERS, PAUL TIMM  
Paul Timm Chambers passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Fresno CA. He was born on January 17, 1945, in Glendale, CA. He was an Attorney. Paul, a life well lived. He worked hard and played harder. He enjoyed his family especially his six grandchildren. Paul was a man of many talents. Known as an exceptional and well-respected attorney, woodworker, and a real do it yourself man. Taught both his daughters to be independent women who can hang sheet rock, work on cars and camp. He was a mentor to many and generous to a fault, but with no resentment in his heart and always with love. As many close fiends have described he was a good man, a true capital man. Paul was well known as a person who helped others with the gifts and blessings that the good Lord had given him. Never one to be the center of attention he wanted to be known for his actions. He had confidence in his beliefs knew where he was going in the end and made dam sure that everyone around him, especially his wife would be ok. His undying love and devotion for his wife remained with him until the end. As expected he fought his battle with verve and tenacity. Paul held on to hope and was at peace, and with his family in his home as he wished. As hospice had said, Paul did it the Frank Sinatra way, his way. He will be truly missed. He was involved in many community involvement, clubs, and organizations. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. He was involved in many community outreach activities in downtown Fresno, and Mexico. Paul was a former member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and member of the State and Fresno County Bar Association. Paul received his Bachelors Degree in Economics, from Fresno State University, Fresno, in 1966, and Juris Doctorate (JD), from University of California, Davis in 1969. A Private Family Only Service will be held at a later date. Paul is survived by his wife, Karon Chambers; daughters, Nicole Chambers Cotton, and Dena Chambers Harris; grandchildren, Tyler Cotton, Lauren Cotton, Nathaniel Harris, Noah Harris, Isabella Harris, and Addison Harris; sons-in-law, David Cotton, and Kenneth Harris; siblings, Lia Gillette, Dan Chambers, and David Chambers. Remembrances may be made to the Rescue Mission; Evangel Home; or Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF).
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 24, 2015
CHAPPELL, JACK R.  
Jack Richard Chappell was born on January 9, 1930, in Fresno, CA, at the old Sample Sanitarium, to Fresno pioneers Walter Lee Chappell and Belle Chambers Chappell. He passed away in Fresno after a short illness on Thursday, March 19, 2015. He was a 1953 graduate of Fresno State College, and received his vocational education credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He taught vocational agriculture at Fowler High School, and was adjunct professor of ag education at California State University, Fresno, and Cal Poly. In addition to teaching, he was a vineyard farmer all his adult life. He was a regional and statewide officer of the California Ag Teachers Association, board member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, and served as a committeeman and advisor to a number of organizations supporting vocational education. For his contributions to vocational agriculture, he was awarded the honorary American Farmer degree by the Future Farmers of America. He was also inducted into the ag teacher hall of fame by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is survived by Ann, his wife of 63 years; son, Michael James Chappell and his partner Keith Mc- Cullar; daughter, Karen Ann Tremper and her husband Mark; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Wallin's Fowler Funeral Home on Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Fowler Presbyterian Church, 408 E. Merced Street, Fowler, CA, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the Jack Chappell Scholarship for Ag Education, in care of the Ag One Foundation, 2910 E. Barstow, Fresno, CA 93740. Wallin's Fowler Funeral Home, 302 East Merced Street, Fowler, California (559)834-2531
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 25, 2015
CHRISTISON, DR. CHESTER EARL  
Dr. Chester Earl Christison was born on October 2, 1926, in Rochester, MN, and passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Dr. Christison "Doc" was a professor at California State University, Fresno, Industrial Technology from 1970 to 1991. He served as a medic in the United States Army. Doc is survived by his wife Thelma; their five children, Terri, Jeen, Dayle, Lynn, and Jaini; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Medora Brown. An informal gathering will be held on March 28. Please inquire with the Neptune Society at 559-222-7764 for location and time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Fresno State, Department of Agriculture.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 22, 2015
DAMANT, JAMES  
James Henry DaMant was born on May 3, 1922, the seventh of eight children, to James Archibald Da- Mant and Melinda (nee Trimble/Jones) in Tivy Valley, and passed on February 26, 2015, at age 92. Jim met his wife Alice (nee Dill) while working in Yosemite and married in 1942. He served in the United States Army in Germany at the end of WWII. Jim was a carpenter and built many homes in Sanger with his Dad. He was employed by the Sanger Fire Department for 30 years. Upon retirement, Jim and Alice traveled around the USA full-time for nearly ten years. Jim and Joan (formerly Brasier) were married in December 1995, and lived in Trinidad in Humboldt County. In addition to traveling, they enjoyed attending get-togethers and hosting parties for friends and families at their home in the redwoods, one mile from the ocean. He was preceded in death by first wife, Alice; and son David James DaMant Jim is survived by wife Joan; daughter, Connie DaMant (Rick Frazee); step children Jim Brasier (Alice), Renee Jones (Rick), and Ken Caney; grandchildren Hayden DaMant and Harrison James DaMant, and many other grandchildren; and great grandchildren by marriage.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 22, 2015
DANILOFF, PATRICIA ANN - West Hills  
Beautiful Patricia Ann Daniloff passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the age of 80, after a heroic battle of several years with cancer. Pat was born in Oakland, CA, the youngest child of four children of Frank and Alma Mouchou. She graduated from Fremont High in Oakland, CA, and had four children with her first husband, Louis Burke. She was a customer service supervisor for many years at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA, and was happily married for over 40 years to her second husband, Nicholas Daniloff. Pat leaves many close friends and family in all the places she lived including Martinez, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, Fairfield, CA, Coarsegold, CA, and Los Angeles, CA, as well as friends internationally. She was a generous spirit with a passion for fun and worldwide travel, a great sense of humor and a love of family, friends, good food and life. She was bright, patient and kind to all and a warm and gracious hostess in her home. Her resilience and strong will made her able to win at most games and saw her through her difficult illness. She is survived by her loving husband Nicholas; her four adoring children and their families, Jeff, Patrick and his wife Robin, Erin, and Tim and his wife Jackie; three devoted step-children and their families, Beatrice, Douglas and Joanne and her husband Dan; as well as her three dear siblings, Noel and his wife Marilyn, Evon and her husband Bill, and Joan; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She loved her eleven grandchildren, and step-great-granddaughter, and happily made her goal of holding her firstborn great-grandson this February. Pat was truly beloved for all her sweet ways and will be deeply missed. A Service is being planned in the Bay Area.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 25, 2015
ELLIOTT, DON  
20 years! To GOWHN from your Darlin' Beth
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 27, 2015
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