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Joe Plez Gwartney

September 26, 1927August 2, 2018

Joe Plez Gwartney was born September 26, 1927 in Boatman, Oklahoma to Juanita J. Gwartney and Cecil F. Gwartney.

Joe was a long time resident of Chowchilla, California. Joe passed away Thursday August 2, 2018 at the age 90 in Merced California.

Joe was a retired professional truck driver and when he was not on the road driving you could find him at the river or lake with a rod and reel in hand as he was an avid fisherman. Joe also loved camping and being outdoors. Joe was also known for his mechanical skills and all around handyman skills, if it needed to be fixed you know Joe would be the man for the job.

Joe is survived by longtime companion Paula McAdam-Gwartney; his sons Roger Gwartney and Truman Gwartney and sister Louise Ballentine. Joe also has a legacy that he leaves behind to cherish his memory 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, and many more family members and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Cecil F. Gwartney and Juanita J. Gwartney; his sister Fenneta Chastain and his beloved daughter Joann Morgan.

A visitation for Joe will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Palm Memorial Worden Chapel, 140 South 6th Street, Chowchilla, California 93610. Private burial will be held at a later date at Chowchilla District Cemetery.


  • Cecil F. Gwartney, Father
  • Juanita J. Gwartney, Mother
  • Paula McAdam-Gwartney, Companion
  • Roger Gwartney, Son
  • Joann Morgan, Daughter
  • Truman Gwartney, Son
  • Louise Ballentine, Sister
  • Fenneta Chastain, Sister
  • Joe also leaves behind 7 grandchildren; 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many family members and friends.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Joe Plez Gwartney

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Royal and Pat Goodman

August 6, 2018

I remember back in February 2016, Roger and Ella drove down and all of us including Buck and Paula went fishing. Buck couldn’t wait to get his line in the water. After he cast his line, he had this calm look on his face. It was like true nirvana. He did not want to take his line out. He did love fishing. Anyway, Pat and I will miss him. Until we meet again....

Steve Ballentine

August 6, 2018

The last time I got to see my Uncle Buck was in 2013. My wife Mary and myself were traveling with one of our bucking bulls to a PBR event and were able to stop and have breakfast with Uncle Buck and Aunt Paula. Then had a nice visit for just a couple of hours. It was always a great time when he was around. When I was a kid I remember how excited my brother and I would be everytime Uncle Buck stopped in for a visit. Never a dull moment. I Love you Uncle Buck. I will keep taking good care of your sister, My Grandma Louise, until y'all are together again. She loves you so much and misses you terribly. RIP Sir.

Ella Gwartney

August 6, 2018

My memory of my father-in-law was the last time we was up there we'd all went fishing the Lakes was pretty dried up but pop said I'll catch a fish I will catch the only fish and he did what a great day he was a very very good man l will miss you deeply your daughter-in-law Ella

Nikki Rivera

August 6, 2018

So happy we got to share some time camping with our Great Grandpa Buck.