Duane Bedford Obituary
 
In Memory of

Duane Samuel Bedford

April 1, 1924 - August 28, 2013
Obituary

MY E U L O G Y BY DUANE "SAM" BEDFORD Born 1924 – Passed 2013 Now that my flesh and heart have failed and my mortal life has ceased I look forward to a life of everlasting joy and peace. "Play a stanza of Amazing Grace" I was born of Fred & Hannah Bedford in the morning of April 1st 1924 in the town of Stratford, State of Iowa the last of nine siblings. My childhood was somewhat uneventful but never-the-less satisfying. I attended the Stratford Iowa high school and I was an average student. I played baseball and basketball and I even tried out for the school choir but dropped out when the instructor informed me that I was...
MY E U L O G Y

BY DUANE "SAM" BEDFORD

Born 1924 – Passed 2013

Now that my flesh and heart have failed and my mortal life has ceased I look forward to a life of everlasting joy and peace.

"Play a stanza of Amazing Grace"

I was born of Fred & Hannah Bedford in the morning of April 1st 1924 in the town of Stratford, State of Iowa the last of nine siblings.

My childhood was somewhat uneventful but never-the-less satisfying. I attended the Stratford Iowa high school and I was an average student. I played baseball and basketball and I even tried out for the school choir but dropped out when the instructor informed me that I was much better at sports.

In the early summer of 1941 at the age of 17 I could see the storm clouds of war forming over the Pacific theater. I felt duty bound to be in on it at the beginning so I joined the Navy. I spent my entire time during the war in the Pacific theater and I saw action in many major and minor battles.

My Navy life was illustrious and gratifying and it lasted for 25 years. During this time I was awarded many medals and commendations.

After retiring from the Navy, I made my home in Chula Vista, California and became employed with the Solar manufacturing company building gas turbine engines.

It was during this time that I met, wooed, and married Leona Emerson and it became a marriage made in heaven as no two couples were more compatible or more in love.

After retiring from Solar, Leona and I traveled extensively throughout America and the other four continents. In addition we always saved time for assisting local charities and socializing with our many dear friends. I feel very fortunate to have had such a good and rewarding life.

I've been preceded in death by my grandparents, parents, five brothers, three sisters, and two wives. Survivors include many nephews, great nephews, and great nieces.

I was an active member in the following organizations:

• The American Legion
• The Veterans of Foreign Wars
• The Fleet Reserve Association
• The Marine Memorial Association
• The California Teachers Association (Honorary Member)
• The Bonita Women's Club (Honorary Member)
• The University of Colorado Alumni Association (Honorary Member)
• The Starlight Society
• The San Diego Opera
• The San Diego Zoo (Benefactor's Circle)
• And the San Diego Country Club


PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT I'M RESTING IN PEACE WITH MY DEAREST LEONA AT MY SIDE AGAIN

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