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VETERAN OF THE MONTH
Richard (Rick) Estrada, 92, of Oxnard, CA, passed away peacefully on January 07, 2017
He was born in Houston, Texas on December, 1924 to Jose M. Estrada and Beatriz Enriquez. In 1970, Rick married Arlene Estrada. He worked as a Master Machinist for many years at Mechanical Specialties and other machine shops that requested his expertise in and near Los Angeles. After his retirement he continued to work as an instructor at Center for Employment Training in Oxnard for approximately 14 years.
He was a veteran of WWII and served proudly in the United States Marine Corp. Rick fought courageously in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was awarded The Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in the battle.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Rick was preceded in death by his wife Arlene Estrada, Parents Jose M. Estrada and Beatriz Enriquez, and former wife Harriet Elizondo Estrada.
He is survived by his three children, Rick Estrada (Lupe), Lydia Martinez (David) and John Estrada, six Grandchildren, Rick (Gracie), Ron (Hannah), Michael (Val), Stephanie Iniguez (Ernesto), Cyndi Lemos (Ronnie), and Vanessa Estrada, eleven great Grandchildren, Ricky, Anissah and Jordan Estrada, Kristin Valdez, Ronnie Jr, Nia and Andre Estrada, Mikey Estrada, Isaac Lozano, Easton and Devin Lemos.
He is also survived by four step-children, Helene Lugo (Carlos), Liz Villegas (Greg), George and Victor Hernandez, and Grandchildren & great Grandchildren.
Nominated by: Rick Estrada - Grandson