Obituaries: Sept. 7, 2023
By Mid Valley Times Staff
10:46 pm,
September 6, 2023
Richard Bagdasarian

Richard Bagdasarian of Fowler, died on Aug. 27, 2023. He was 78 years old. Visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 at 9 a.m. and a Chapel service will follow at 10 a.m. at Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rigoberto Cepeda

Rigoberto Cepeda of Parlier, died on Aug. 26, 2023. He was 67 years old. A Rosary will be said on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Susan Carolyn Defoe-Urbach
Susan Carolyn Defoe-Urbach

Susan Carolyn Defoe-Urbach, aged 79, passed away on Aug. 21, 2023 after a several-year battle with cancer and kidney failure. Susan was born in San Francisco on May 30, 1944 to Edward C. and Barbara A. Defoe. Susan was the eldest of five daughters. Susan had a lifelong love for music, and excelled as a multi-instrumentalist. As a teenager, she participated as a cellist in the Fresno County Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a classically trained pianist. She also played organ, banjo, guitar, and autoharp. One of her greatest joys was playing the pipe organ, which she did for several years as pianist/organist at First Presbyterian Church in Sanger, California. In 1964, Susan met George Henry Urbach while they were both enrolled at the University of Minnesota. They were married on December 16, 1967 at the Grace University Lutheran Church on campus. In 1968, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library Science and studied pre-law. She gave birth to a son (Robert) in 1971, and four years later had a daughter (Caroline) in 1975. The family moved frequently for George’s work, but in 1980 settled in Sanger. In 1982, Susan started work as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide at Centerville School in the Sanger Unified School District. It was clear to her that she had found her calling, and she pursued and earned a Teaching Credential in Special Education. In 1984, she was hired to a full-time position as a Resource Specialist with SUSD, where she remained until her retirement in 2009. Susan is survived by her husband of 55 years, George, her sisters Sherryn, Leslie, Sandra and Laurel, her children Robert and Caroline, and her grandchildren Delia, Avery and Waylon.

Lillian Dueck
Lillian Dueck

Lillian Dueck, 89 of Reedley, Calif., passed away quietly July 1, 2023 in Buhler, Kansas.

She was a resident of Reedley for 60 years and worked as a nurse at Sierra View Hospital. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband Herman Dueck and is survived by her children Martin Dueck, Fresno and Barbara Casey, Hutchinson, Kansas.

A celebration of life will be held at Reedley First Mennonite Church fellowship hall Sept. 9, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

James Harold Hill

James Harold Hill of Kingsburg, died on Aug. 27, 2023. He was 77 years old. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023 at 9 a.m. followed by a chapel service at 10 a.m. at Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roy Theodore Rose

Roy Theodore Rose of Fowler, died on Aug. 30, 2023. He was 87 years old. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tex Roy Shehan
Tex Roy Shehan

Husband, father, and grandfather Tex Roy Shehan, 75, of Reedley, California, entered into the full presence of his Lord Jesus on Aug. 29, 2023. He was born on Sept. 28, 1947, in Chicota, Texas. Surviving is his wife of 21 years, Carola, and daughters Marcie Thiessen and Nicole Redstone.

After his military service, Tex embarked on a successful career that spanned several cities. He began his professional journey in the city of Dinuba and continued to make significant contributions in the City of Exeter, City of Tehachapi, and retired from the City of Reedley. Tex specialized in wastewater and water departments, utilizing his expertise to ensure the efficient management of vital resources.

Tex will be remembered for his dedication to his work, his deep love for his family, the twinkle in his eyes, and his smile. His great delight was grandkids. His legacy of kindness will continue to inspire all those who knew him.

A service to honor Tex’s life will be held at Redeemer’s Church, Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. Friends and family are invited to celebrate the remarkable life of Tex Roy Shehan.

Helen Wong

Helen Wong of Fowler, died on Aug. 25, 2023. She was 82 years old. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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