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Joe Guevara, Jr.June 8, 1924 ~ March 6, 2017 (age 92)
Joe Guevara Jr.
Resident of Concord, CA
June 8, 1924—March 6, 2017
Joe Guevara Jr. passed to l’Otro Lado, the Other Side, after a long and loving life, devoted to his family and to his God.
Joe was born in Antioch, California, graduated from Antioch High School and was a veteran of WWll, serving in the US Army in the Asian Pacific Theater. After returning home he married the Love of his life, Joyce Faye Keller in 1948. He was taught the electrical trade by his father, Jose Guevara Sr., and worked at Columbia (later U.S.) Steel Mill in Pittsburg, California for 39 years. After surviving a heart attack at age 48, and a triple bypass 7 years later, he retired from the mill and began transporting cars and funds for many car dealerships through-out the Bay Area.
His many interests over the years included ham and cb radios, darkroom photography, obtaining his pilot’s license and flying small aircraft, and, for four decades, rebuilding antique V8 Fords. He was a long-standing member of the Early Ford V8 Club of America and received the Dearborn Award for Excellence in Ford restoration four times for his 1936 Sedan.
He has a history of helping whenever and wherever he could: in his early years by volunteering with the Christian missionary, Manuel Arenas to bring supplies and literature to the Totonac Indians; another time by assisting local government with his cb radios during a severe flood and power outage; ardently ready to help his neighbors and fellow car club members in their various projects, and always, without hesitation, devoted to helping his family.
Though he lived with vascular dementia for over 10 years, he never lost his ability to recognize his family. His gentle eyes looked straight at us and knew us: his wife, his daughters, his son-in-law and his grand-daughter. Dementia could not steal his gentle life-affirming personality or his relentless gratitude for being alive. He lived life con ganas!
He is remembered and loved by his wife, Joyce Keller Guevara, his two daughters, Susan Guevara and Louellen Bigot, his son-in-law, Jim Bigot, his granddaughter, Rebecca Sorensen and her husband, Scott Sorensen, and his three great-grandchildren, Bryson, Taylor and Bode.
A celebration of Joe’s life for friends and family will take place at the family home in Concord, California on Sunday, May 7. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In Joe’s words, “Vaya con Dios”.