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ALBRECHT, CHARLES V. "Chuck" - Great Falls  
Charles "Chuck" V. Albrecht went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 16, 2016, after an 11 month battle recovering from a motorcycle accident on June 6, 2015. Chuck fought the battle to the very end with courage and faith. Chuck was born on June 17, 1946, the middle son of Bill and Harriet Albrecht in Wauconda, IL. He graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 1964, and the Denver Automotive Institute in 1966. On June 24, 1967, Chuck married Midge Adams. He worked as a Mechanic for four years, a Sales Representative for a truck equipment firm for 16 years, and as a Fertilizer Representative for 30 plus years, retiring in January of 2015. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, hunting, fishing, softball, bowling, his family, his church, and CMA. Chuck's greatest asset was his sense of humor and making others laugh. The greatest gift Chuck received was his daughter in 1982, and grandchildren in 2006, and 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Harriet. He is survived by his wife Midge; his daughter, BreeAnn Grond and husband David; granddaughter, Payton Grond; grandson, Noah Grond; two brothers, both of Great Falls, MT, Terry Albrecht and wife Pennee, and Bill Albrecht and wife Frannie; brother-in-law, Mel Adams and wife Debbie of Boise, ID; nieces, Jennifer, Becca, Kelly,Wendy, Heather, and Andee; and nephews, Chris, Will, Weston, and Jared. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Northpark Community Church, 2297 E. Shepherd Ave., Fresno, CA 93720, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian Motorcyclists Association, P.O. Box 9, Hatfield, AR 71945-0009; Hope Now for Youth, P.O. Box 5294, Fresno, CA 93755-5294; or the Northpark Community Church.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 29, 2016
BULLARDKELLEY, BETTY RUTH  
Betty Ruth Bullard- Kelley passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the age of 87. She was born on April 22, 1929, in Modesto, CA, to Raymond and Ruth Fuller. Betty loved life, her family and her friends. She was active in the Presbyterian church most of her life, especially during her later years when she served as Deacon at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno, CA, where she resided for nearly 25 years with her late husband, Gene A. Kelley. She was a Registered Nurse at Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte, CA. She was a thoughtful, caring mother and friend, while at the same time being delightfully spontaneous, playful and rambunctious. Her sense of humor and witty responses are fondly remembered whenever friends and family gather. She will be sorely missed. Betty was preceded in death by her husbands, Norman Bullard, and Gene Kelley; and by her brothers, Maurice and Elden Fuller. Betty is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Turner Stevens Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte Rd., Monrovia, CA 91016, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 29, 2016
BUSCH, WILBERT - Fresno  
Will Busch was born on February 13, 1927, in Sanger, CA. He was a child of Jake and Anna Busch. He graduated in 1945, while serving in the United States Army and proceeded to the paratroopers. He met Lou Busch in 1947, and married her and has been happily married for 69 years. Will served in the military for 20 years where he retired from the National Guard as a Major. He also retired from the City of Fresno after 32 years in the street division as a street foreman. After retirement, he became a grape farmer for many years. Will also played in the senior softball league for 16 years. Will and Lou were members of the Central Valley Campers Club since 1997. Will was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Anna Busch; his brother, Arthur Busch; and his son, Steven Busch. He is survived by his wife, Lou Busch; son, Bruce Busch; brother, Stanley Busch; numerous cousins of the Rebensdorfs; and his grandchildren, Patrick Busch, Glenetta Lee and Nicole Callahan. He had numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Lisle Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 25, 2016
CHIAPPELLI, ANDREW H.  
Drew Chiappelli had such a vivacious soul that he touched so many lives, even indirectly. Drew was always thinking of others and how he could help them. His talent for decorating, gardening, cooking and his non stop imagination touched the lives of everyone he met. Drew was born in Blue Island, IL. He grew up in Port Huron, MI where he graduated from Port Huron Northern High School. He also received his cosmotology degree and was working towards his master gardner degree. He was a beloved son, brother, and uncle. Drew had so many friends that he considered family. He leaves behind his mother, Beverly Otoski; sisters, Gina Verni, Valerie Plaster, and Kim Green; brother, Mario Chiappelli; many nephews and nieces; cousins; aunts; uncles; his best friend, Lee Danker; the Huljer family; Sandy and Jeremy Stohler; and Judi and Bernie Gold. Everyone is devastated by this sudden and tragic loss, but gratful to have made wonderful memories with him. He will be missed greatly. A Memorial Service will be held at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 N. Teilman Ave., Fresno, CA 93706, on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made for a plaque at Storyland, Playland. Please send to Lee Danker, 1857 E. Trenton, Fresno, CA 93720.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 24, 2016
COOPER HUNTER, SUZANNE "Sue"  
Sue was born in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 1931, as an only child to Harold J. and Mabel Cooper. She moved to Northern California for a few years before settling in Fresno, CA. Sue graduated from Fresno High School in 1949, attended UCLA, and joined the sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She married Marshall Amstutz in 1953, and they had two children, Kurt and Karen. She started a career as a travel agent and while visiting her son in Brazil, met Samuel Goncalves and started a 20 year adventure traveling the world. Sue's passion was to play bridge and any game involving a deck of cards with her friends, gardening and spending time with her family. She is survived by her son, Kurt and wife Ailza; daughter, Karen and her husband Cliff. She is also survived by her two grandsons, Austin Hudson and Felip Amstutz; and her beloved cat Colby. A Funeral Service will be held All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 3847 Terracina Dr., Riverside, CA 92506, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. A reception to follow.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 25, 2016
CRITTENDEN, JAMES LEON "Jim"  
Jim Crittenden was born on December 5, 1937, in Dinuba, CA and went home peacefully on April 29, 2016. Jim married his loving wife of 60 years, Joyce G. Koontz, on September 9, 1955. Jim enjoyed many traveling and camping trips with his family and friends. He loved spending time with his growing family. His biggest smiles were a result of being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Michael and is wife, Carol; daughter, Delree and her husband Roy; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Washington Colony Cemetery in Easton, CA on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Stephens & Bean Chapel, 202 North Teilman Avenue, Fresno, California (559)268-9292
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 29, 2016
CULLINS, JOHN MELVIN  
John Melvin Cullins was born in his family's mountain top home in Ojai, CA. John was the second child and first son of seven children born to Ollie and Lee Omia Cullins. A few years after John was born, the family moved to the Caruthers, CA area. John attended schools in Easton, CA and Caruthers, CA and graduated from Washington Union High School in 1955. Shortly after that, John enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. He was trained as a Crypto Operator and was then stationed in Saudi Arabia. After his military time was served, John returned to Fresno, CA with his young family. In 1963, John joined the City of Fresno Fire Department. He served as a Firefighter and Engineer for 33 years. John was a very active person. He enjoyed playing golf and fishing with his friends and family. He kept himself very busy tending to his acreage and vehicles. There wasn't anything that John did not try and take care of himself first, before asking for help. In 1998, John and another fireman actually built the home that John lived in until he left us. His fondest memories were of the times that he spent at Jawbone Canyon and the Mojave Desert riding his dirt bike and camping with all of his firemen brothers. John was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Lee Omia Cullins; sisters, Mary Ray, and Nell Butts; and brother, Jim Cullins. John is survived by his caring wife, Sharon Grabe of Sanger, CA; sons, Mike Cullins of Clovis, CA, and David Cullins and his wife Fay; grandchildren, Corey Cullins, John Cullins and Mandy Barben, all of Newcastle, OK; brothers, Sid Cullins of Alturas, CA, and George Cullins of Madera, CA; sister, Bonnie Brooks of Selma, CA; and his cat that he adored, Zac Brown. Sharon would like to especially thank Dr. Hailu, Sonny and all of the exceptional team at Hinds Hospice for their compassionate care of John. A Celebration of Life will be held for John at his home on Markay in Sanger, CA on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hinds Hospice, 2490 W Shaw #101, Fresno, CA 93711; or to donor's favorite charity in John's memory.
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Published in the Fresno Bee from May 29 to May 30, 2016
DANIEL, ROBERT LEON "Bob"  
Bob Daniel passed away on May 3, 2016, at age 67. He was born on December 4, 1948. He is survived by his wife; children; step-children; grandchildren; family; and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at Clovis First Assembly of God, 1185 Sunnyside Avenue, Clovis, CA 93611, on June 4, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. "Soar with the eagles, we love and miss you."
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 29, 2016
DOUTHIT, LEONA MARIE - Fresno  
Leona Marie Douthit joined our Lord on Thursday, May 12 , 2016. Leona was surrounded by her sons, their families, and her brother and his family. Leona was born on February 3 , 1938, to Vi (Carboni) Davis, and Floyd R. Davis in Sacramento, CA. Leona was raised in a small two bedroom house on Clay Street that her father built, with her sister and three brothers. Leona attended Grant Union High School, and attended a church right across the street from her home. Leona was very active in Sunday school, eventually marrying the son of her Sunday School teacher. Leona graduated in 1956, and married her husband of 50 years, Earl "Ed" Douthit, who passed away in 2007. After high school, she joined her husband in San Diego, CA, until his service with the United States Navy ended. Leona and Ed moved back to Sacramento, and she became a Key Punch operator for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Leona helped create the "Yogi Bear Club" in Sacramento and this was the first of many organizations in which she would participate. Women's Auxiliary of North Highlands Little League; Kohler School PTA; Den Mother for Cub Scouts; Junior and Teen Club leader for Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) were among those organizations. Leona and Ed traveled all over the world with MWA as they were a great team and won many trips to conventions. In 1980, Leona and Ed moved to Fresno, CA to begin a new agency for Central California. Leona was Camp Secretary for this Family Fraternal, and opened junior clubs throughout the valley, as well as the Office Manager. Leona belonged to Fresno Newcomers Auxiliary and was a member for more than 30 years which is where she enjoyed playing Bunco, Mah Jong, Trivial Pursuit, attending luncheons, and was the Sunshine Chairperson. Leona was a member the San Joaquin Fitness Gym and was very faithful about going and enjoyed many friends. Leona also was a charter member and heart felt supporter of the Aquarius Aquarium Institute and supported dinners, fundraisers and information booths at fairs and other events. Leona was the best mother to not only her two sons, but dearly loved her two daughters-in-law and considered them her own. Leona's four grandchildren were the crown jewels of her life, supporting graduations, swimming, soccer, and baseball until they grew into adulthood and tried to spend each Sunday with one of the two familys for dinner each week. Leona liked to travel, and taking off on her own for long trips were not out of the ordinary. This time last year, Leona toured Europe on a river cruise, returned and spent a couple weeks in Alaska. Leona was preceded in death by her husband Ed; parents, Bud and Vi Davis of Sacramento, CA; sister, Jan Williams of Springfield, VA; and brother, Larry Davis of Henderson, NV. Leona is survived by her sons, Edward L. Douthit and his wife Heidi of Fresno, and Ronald C. Douthit and his wife Debra of Clovis. Leona is survived by her grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Haley and Dean. Leona is also survived by her brothers, Floyd Davis Jr. and his wife Kathy of Sacramento, and George Davis and his wife Alta of North Highlands, CA. Leona is survived by her in-laws, Richard and Candy McConnell of Mission Viejo, CA, Mick and Barbara Douthit of Hereford, AZ, Milly Douthit of San Bernardino, CA, Abby Davis of Sacramento, CA, and Gene Williams of Springfield, VA; along with many nieces and nephews in Virginia and California. A Memorial Service will be held at Clovis Hills Community Church, located on Willow Avenue, south of Copper Avenue, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Leona would be extremely honored to send donations to Aquarius Aquarium Institute, 5541 Columbia Drive North, Fresno, CA 93727, 559-490-FISH (3474) http://fresnoaquarium.org/donate/ Stephens & Bean Chapel, 202 North Teilman Avenue, Fresno, California (559)268-9292
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 29, 2016
FLESHMAN, CHARLIE  
Charlie Fleshman passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016, in Santa Maria, CA. Born on November 3, 1925, in Cincinnati, OH, young Charles became an outstanding athlete in high school. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed at Army Air Force Base, Unit 3701 in Indianapolis. Charles received an American Theater Good Conduct Victory Medal in November of 1945, serving as a Second Lt. Aviation Cadet, based at Texas A & M in College Station. He continued competing in sports during his Air Force career and was Honorably Discharged at Baer Field in Fort Wayne, IN. Charles returned to Ohio and civilian life on November 30, 1945, then upon his father's death, young Charles relocated his mother, his sister and himself to Berkeley, CA where his other sister lived. After attending University of California, Berkeley, for a brief period, he moved to Fresno, CA in 1961. Here Charles began his successful 27 year career, first as an agent and ending in 1988 as a Vice-President of California Casualty Management Co. A longtime member of Fresno's San Joaquin Country Club, Charles spent many happy hours golfing with his buddies and with "the love of his life" Sunny Fleshman. Charles son, Stephen, a talented golf course designer, preceded him in death in 2010. Charles is survived by Sunny, his wife of 40 years; and two daughters, Wendy Lee and Stacey Osborne. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The service for Charles will be held in the Chapel at Merrill Gardens, 1350 Suey Rd., Santa Maria, CA on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception for friends and family. Condolences may be mailed to Merrill Gardens, 1350 Suey Rd. #264, Santa Maria, CA 93454.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on May 24, 2016
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