In memory of
Louis Goncalves September 28, 1920 - February 2, 2017 In Memory of Louis Goncalves In the early 1900's while at port in San Francisco Bay, Louis father Antione didn't return to the whaling ship instead heading for greener pastures in the San Joaquin Valley, later meeting louis mother Amelia marrying and having five children together. Louis born in Fresno, the family moved to Atwater when he was 2 years old, growing up in the valley on his family's sweet potato farm, living through the great depression and the times leading up to the start of WW2. Louis joined the Navy after Peril Harbor. Louis served in the Pacific on Saipan as a radial engine mechanic for heavy bombers. With the end of the war, Louis returned to Merced working as a produce delivery driver meeting Marjorie Latour at her Family's grocery store. They married Sept. 23, 1948 and celebrated being married for 67 years until Marjorie passing in Feb 2016. Early on in his career Louis was hired as a guard for Merced County, transporting prisoners to and from Los Banos for work. Louis transferred to the Merced Country road dept. working up through the ranks to become the supervisor of the paint and sign dept. retiring after 26 years of service in 1983. Louis and Marjorie enjoyed life on their 6 acres of land having Sis's horses and a pet donkey (blossom) to Fred's 4-H/FFA sheep project (40 to 50 sheep) having baby lambs in the house during lambing time (Nov, Dec, Jan.) while raising their 3 children, Michael (Deb) of Wyoming, Carolyn "Sis" Lincoln (Norman) of Idaho, Fred (Cindy) of Merced; 5 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. They both enjoyed traveling in their motor home with their club the Rock Hounds and friends or by themselves to the beach or mountains or with the grandkids. There greatest trip was to New Zealand and Australia. They drove campers across both for 26 days with a large group of motor home enthusiasts. Louis took great time restoring a 1929 model A roadster while a member of the Gateway A's car Club and later a member of Valley Vintage Car Club. They both enjoyed any reason to go on a car outing. Louis owned one of the first Volkswagens in Merced back in the fifties and would run car rallies in it with the sports car club. Louis remained close to the road dept. for years after retiring, going to meetings with colleges who were still working staying in touch with the work he could not just stop doing and thinking about. He would often tell someone that he had been retired (33 years) longer then he worked (26 years) Marjorie is a life time member of the Native Daughters of the Golden west joining with her mother Mildred Latour and later her daughter Carolyn (Sis) Lincoln. We would like to invite all who knew Louis and Marjorie to a celebration of their life together. The ceremony will be for both of them on February 18, 2017 at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B street Merced, services start with visitation at 10:00 am and a celebration of life at 11:00 am with graveside services to follow. Marjorie passed on February 26, 2016. www.cvobituaries.com
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