Paul James Carnahan
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March 6, 1919 - October 7, 2013
Paul James Carnahan, 94, of Ripon, passed away in his home on Monday, October 7, 2013. Paul was born in Willcox, Arizona. He served in the Navy in World War II in the Pacific. He worked in the engine room on the LST 268 (Landing Ship Tanks) running generators and as a diesel mechanic.
Paul came to Ripon in 1948 and bought 40 acres in 1952. He farmed alfalfa, watermelons, pumpkins, black-eyed peas, and almonds. He built much of his own machinery as well as equipment for other farmers in the area. In addition to farming almonds, Paul grew a bountiful garden, walnuts, and fruit trees that still produce from May until October. He always shared the fruits of his labors with others.
Paul loved to hunt and fish with friends and family. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by his son, Michael and wife Evelyn, daughter Gloria and husband Gilbert, granddaughter Ramona, and great-grandson Christian. The family is grateful to his caregivers and to Community Hospice for helping make his last days peaceful. Paul was able to spend many hours sitting outside in the sun these quiet autumn days.
There will be an Open House at Paul's home on Saturday, October 19, from 2:00 to 4:00.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Oct. 11, 2013