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Richard August Mondon

1934 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Richard August Mondon Obituary

Richard August Mondon passed away peacefully on December 26, 2017, at the age of 83. Richard was born in Marysville, California September 26, 1934, to Gustav and Bessie (Cook) Mondon.

He had one younger sister, Patricia "Patty" Harvey, with whom he remained very close over the years. They had many fun times together as children at their summer cabin in Challenge and while growing up in school just two years apart.

Richard attended Marysville High School, where he was active in track, band, and theatre. Richard loved building sets and was also in charge of lighting for plays and concerts. After graduating in 1952, he attended Yuba College.

In 2012 at an awards dinner he unexpectedly received the "outstanding alumni" award for his participation as a drummer in the Scottish Bagpipe Band during his college years.

He served in the Army National Guard for several years, stationed at Ft. Ord, California, Louisiana, and later in Yuba City, where he was assigned guard duty at the Armory during the Yuba City flood of 1955.

Richard was a very hard worker, which began at the age of 14, while working at his father's meat market within the old California Market in Marysville. That work ethic continued for 32 years at Del Pero-Mondon Meat Company ("DPM"), where he retired as manager of shipping and receiving. After retirement from DPM, he embarked in various forms of real estate investment, buying and renovating distressed properties. He had a keen eye for detail and architectural design and became a very good landscaper.

Richard's real love was being a firefighter. He volunteered for 25 years with the Yuba City Fire Department, where he was later called the "Old Man" of the department. Notwithstanding being the Old Man, Richard kept himself in top physical condition and outperformed many of the younger men at drills, lifting hoses and climbing ladders.

In 1958, he married Geraldine Shearin (Haskell). They had two sons, Jeffrey Alan and Gregory Joel. The family had especially memorable times together, camping and fishing, where he passed on to his sons a love for the outdoors. He helped his boys as a Boy Scout leader and Little League Baseball coach. He was very active in his boys' lives and supported them in all of their athletic, band, and academic endeavors.

He later married Jo Ann Bowman Pierce in 1977 and became a loving and caring step-father to her two children, Nanette Lisa and Brian Allen Pierce. He built a home for his new family in Yuba City, just around the corner from where his two sons, Jeff and Greg, lived. Richard and his family enjoyed many years swimming in the pool and gathering for family meals and holidays. They vacationed together in the summer at Lake Almanor and in the winter at Lake Tahoe.

Richard and Jo Ann belonged to a Wednesday ski club and he taught her to ski in her 40's. They loved skiing and gardening. They also designed and built three houses together.

Richard and Jo Ann had many special friends with whom they traveled to distant lands and gathered with at every opportunity over the years: Dawn Chappell, Bob and Elva Medearis, Buzz and Donna Colbert, Joan Keluche and Sally Canfield-Coupe. Also, Richard had two very dear friends that he kept in touch with over the years: Conrad Taylor and Mark (and Shirley) Storey. Special thanks is given to all of these individuals for their kindness and friendship.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Jo Ann, by his two sons, Jeff (and Arnold Moreno) and Greg (and Janette), by his two step-children, Nanette and Brian (and Caroleigh), by three grandchildren, Jason, Catherine and Joshua, and by four step-grandchildren, Kaelyn, Megan and Jacob Thayer, and Ty Pierce. He is also survived by his sister Patty, by a nephew, Todd Smith, and by a niece, Adrianne (and Steve) Morris. Lastly, he is survived by Jo Ann's brother and sister-in-law, Clyde (and Ruth) Bowman,

Funeral services will be private. A Memorial service will be scheduled in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to or a . Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brusiefh.com
Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 3, 2018
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