James Anthony Madruga Transportation Supervisor James (Jim) Madruga, of Visalia, California born on June 15, 1922 in Hanford, California passed away on May 2, 2012 at the age of 89 in his home with his family by his side. He served in the United States Army Hellcats 12th Armored Division becoming a WWII Veteran. Upon returning from the Army he returned to work for Knudsen Dairy Products as a milk hauler, later becoming a transportation forman. After 44 years never missing a day of work he retired in 1984. He was also a member of Teamsters Union 517. His family and friends were very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with them. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather with a great sense of humor. He is survived by Barbara Madruga his wife of 63 years. He is also survived by his three children, Daughter Patty Castro (Terry Wray) of Visalia, son Virgil Madruga (Vivian Madruga) of Visalia, son James Madruga Jr. (Wendy Madruga) of Tucson, Arizona. He is survived by nine grandchildren Chris (Sara), Michael (Sheri), Matt (Melissa), and Kenneth Castro, Shelby Saldivar, Zachary Madruga, and Jessica Madruga also of Visalia, Matthew Madruga of Arizona, and Jacquelyn Madruga of Utah. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren Owen, Ayva, Miranda, Michael, Justin, Hailey, Malarie, and Kadyn all of Visalia. He is preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Theresa Madruga, seven brothers Louie, Andrew, John, Clarence, Giles, Manuel, and Ernie, four sisters Philomena, Mary, Cecelia, and Theresa. He is survived by one brother Leonard Madruga of Hanford and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend visitation from 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2012 followed by recitation of the rosary at 6 p.m. at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Visalia District Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta on May 9, 2012