Gilbert Wong Jr.

January 21, 1938August 6, 2020

Longtime Kerman resident Gilbert Wong, Jr., 82, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6 in Fresno. Wong was born in 1938 in Fresno to Gilbert Wong, Sr. and Yu Tai Mah.

Wong attended Fresno schools, and graduated from Edison High School in 1957. He first came to Kerman in the mid-1950s when his father ran the former Ace Super Market at Belmont and Madera Avenues.

He attended both Fresno City College and Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno). He was also a member of the California Air National Guard. He was employed for 33 years with the United States Postal Service, with most of his years as a rural route carrier.

After being married to Lilly Deaton, he married Joyce Staats Bledsoe on Jan. 22, 1968 in Las Vegas, a day after his 30th birthday. Gilbert and Joyce were married for 52 years prior to his passing. They enjoyed trips to Oregon, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and camping at places including Cedar Grove.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his son, Thomas Wong. Living to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce; their sons, Donnie Wong of Kerman and Mike Bledsoe (partner Darryl Harvey) of Bakersfield; his sister and brother-in-law, Melane and Rich Partain of Bakersfield; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Peggy and George Hawley of Fresno; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tim and Becky Staats of Aledo, Texas; grandchildren, Aaron and Andres (Andrew) Carrasco-Wong of Selma and McKenzie Bloesinger-Wong of Eugene, Oregon; 13 nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and relatives.

Due to COVID 19, no services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the future.


  • Gilbert Wong Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Yu Tai Mah, Mother (deceased)
  • Joyce Staats Wong, Wife
  • Thomas Wong, Son (deceased)
  • Mike Bledsoe, Son
  • Donnie Wong, Son
  • Aaron Carrasco-Wong, Grandson
  • Andres (Andrew) Carrasco-Wong, Grandson
  • McKenzie Bloesinger-Wong, Granddaughter


Gilbert Wong Jr.

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Melane “Mimi” Wong-Partain

August 14, 2020

Remembering my brother, Jr.
Losing our Mom as infants was tough for both of us and Dad. But he saw to it that we were well taken care of. We survived and have some great childhood memories. I will never forget the time your leg fell through the ceiling at Chinese school. We were rather mischievous,
weren’t we? So glad You didn’t get hurt. As mischevious as we were this made for fond memories together. You lived a good life Jr., but cut too short in my eyes.
Your loving wife Joyce was always by your side and you had 3 wonderful boys that loved you very much.
I’ll forever have you close to my heart ❤️ . You will always be my BIG brother.
Forevermore until we meet again. You are missed. With much love and sadness
Your Sis, Mimi