Peter Haupt, Jr. passed away at the age of 96 on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the home of his loving daughter, Cheryl Johnson and her husband. He had a stroke. He was surrounded by his immediate family and loved ones, which included his other loving daughter, Karen Matthews. Peter was born in Fresno, CA on May 12, 1917, to Peter and Margaret (Marie) Haupt. He was a first generation American. His parents immigrated from a small village in Russia called Yost in 1907. Pete grew up in Fresno. He attended Edison High School and Fresno City College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on November 23, 1940. He served at many locations in the U.S.A. and later was stationed in central Europe until the completion of the war. Pete achieved the rank of First Sergeant and was a sharpshooter. He received the American Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal. He was discharged from the army on October 5, 1945. While he was stationed at Ft. Douglas, Utah he met the love of his life Norma Kay of Salt Lake City at a dance at the famous Coconut Grove. They were married in Preston, Idaho on October 11, 1941. After the end of the war they moved to Kerman, CA. and later to Fresno. On July 26, 1947, Peter graduated from Barber school. He worked for several people and eventually opened his own barber shop on Shaw Aveue at Highway City. He retired at the age of 62 after 40 years of being a barber. He loved to play golf, fish and eat chicken fried steak. His passion was baseball and football. His favorite teams were the 49ners and the Giants. One of the great events of his life was, when he went back to Germany on a trip with his daughter Cheryl and her husband. Pete got to visit many of the places he had been, while serving in the army. Peter was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He lived a long and healthy life. He was generous to everyone he knew including family and friends. He was a caretaker, who spent years of his life taking care of his mother, sister, youngest brother and Norma his wife, who had Parkinson's disease. He was loved by all. Everyone who knew him considered him a great and accomplished man. Peter is survived by his two daughters, and their husbands Larry Matthews and Edward Johnson all of Fresno; and his grandchildren, Cheryl Jacobs and her husband John of Fresno, Tracy Edwards and her husband Chris of Denver, Eric Johnson and his wife Summer of Fresno and Christy Johnson of Fresno. Peter has six great-grandchildren, Parker Jacobs, William Jacobs, Sammie Edwards, Robbie Edwards, Audra Johnson and Troy Johnson. A private remembrance will held on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The family would like to thank St. Agnes Hospice for their help, which made it possible for us to bring him home.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Apr. 6, 2014