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Joel George Gochenour was born on March 2, 1925 in Birmingham, Alabama and passed away in Chico, California on August 26, 2009.

"Ukulele Joel" was best known in Chico for entertaining the residents of local care facilities with song and readings. Joel was a graduate of the University of Alabama and Harvard Business School. He worked in the private sector until taking a job at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. Joel left SRI to travel the world, living in twelve countries, serving as an economic development specialist for the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development.

He is survived by his wife; Jean Gochenour, his son; Bill Gochenour, and his daughter; Susan Gochenour Hatch.

A memorial service will be held for Joel at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2009 in the Bidwell Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity of your choice.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 1, 2009
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