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Richard Berberian was born on June 16, 1937 to Zovig and Mihran Berberian in Fresno, California. He, along with his older brother Michael, and younger sister Barbara Rose, grew up in the Fresno High area. He began his education at Daily Elementary school, and later attended Hamilton Junior High. Football became a sport he played while at Fresno High School, but as a student at Fresno State, his focus turned to viticulture. He also became interested in California history, taking every course Wally Smith, a favorite professor, offered on the subject! After graduating with his Bachelor of Science Degree, he joined the Coast Guard Reserve for a six year stint in 1959. After leaving the Reserve, he went to work in the family owned Berberian Brothers Distributorship. The company was started in the 1920's by his father and uncles. After the distributorship was sold in 1987, Berberian Brothers continued as an investment company, but Richard decided to direct his energies on the family's farming operations. Eventually, turning the ranches over to growing only citrus, including oranges, mandarins, lemons, and grapefruit. Richard, along with his brother, Michael, bought into a citrus packing house in Fowler called Bee Sweet Citrus. That partnership with Jim Marderosian continues to this day. Outside his true love of farming, Richard enjoyed and participated in many interests and hobbies over the years. They included handball at the YMCA, cars, boats, hunting anything from doves and pheasants to elk and deer. He would travel as far as Canada pursuing game. In later life, though, he gave up hunting birds and animals and began nurturing them instead. For instance, Richard could be seen carrying bags of bird seed needed to fill a variety of bird feeders in his backyard. Another joy in his life was gardening. He had a gift for growing just about anything from roses to succulents and cactus. He was tireless when it came to maintaining his yard which never seemed to have a stray leaf or budding weed. Richard also had a gift of cultivating friendships with his engaging personality, wit, and humor. There was also a sensitive side along with a probing nature that pursued a deepening faith in the Lord through God's Word. He recently read and highlighted in one of his daily devotionals that..."God's Word, when digested, nourishes our minds, our emotions, and our will." Richard is predeceased by his son, John Berberian. He is survived by his loving family which includes his wife, Barbara A. Berberian; daughter, Erin Gleason and her husband, Michael; son, Joseph Berberian and his wife, Robin; grandchildren, John and Rebecca Berberian; his brother, Michael Berberian and his wife Barbara; his sister, Barbara Vartan and her husband, Robert; brother-in-law, Robert Markarian and his wife, Joyce; and many loving nephews and nieces. A Memorial Service will be held at Peoples Church, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Fresno Rescue Mission, 310 'G' Street, Fresno, Ca 93706; Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, Ca 93720; and Childrens Hospital Central California, 9300 Valley Childrens Place, Madera, Ca 93638. Yost & Webb Funeral Home, 1002 T Street, Fresno, California (559)237-4147
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Published in the Fresno Bee from June 16 to June 17, 2013
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