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Andrew Soria Melendrez Sr.


1924 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Andrew Soria Melendrez Sr. Obituary
ANDREW SORIA MELENDREZ, SR. Age 92, passed away on August 29, 2016 at Riverside Community Hospital. He was born on August 22, 1924 in Riverside, CA and had been a life long resident. He was a WWII Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army (1943-1945), Sergeant, 30th Infantry. He was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Battle of the Bulge, Army Presidential Unit Citation. He was a Civil Service Carpenter for 42 years at Norton Air Force Base. He will always be remembered for his bright-eyed smile and infectious laugh. He loved boxing, slapstick comedy, 1940's big band music and singing along to romantic mexican songs. He always enjoyed a delicious dessert to satisfy his sweet tooth. Andrew is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen Leon Melendrez; daughters Viola Marie Contreras of Gardena, CA and Rebecca Nelson of St. Martinville, LA; son Andrew Soria Melendrez Jr. of Riverside, CA; Margie Vallejo of Corona, CA and Vera Villa of Gardena, CA; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Rosary will be on Wednesday, September 7, 10am with Funeral Mass at 10:30am, both at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church. Burial to follow Mass, 12:15pm at Riverside National Cemetery, using Assembly Area #9. PRESTON AND SIMONS MORTUARY, Funeral Directors 951-683-7410
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 4, 2016
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