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OBITUARY

Ralph D. Pina

October 24, 1923September 13, 2020
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Ralph Duran Pina of San Jose California passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the age of 96. Ralph died peacefully at his home with his beloved family by his side.

Ralph is survived by his daughter, Liz Valadez, son Rudy Pina, daughter Linda Aguirre and son-in-law Angel Aguirre, loving companion Marylou Aranda grandchildren, Andres Valadez, Mateo Valadez, Jerry Valadez Jr, Estefan Valadez, Mickaela Mejia, Ralph Pina, Rudy Pina Jr., Virginia Rodriguez, Angel Aguirre, Michael Aguirre and 23 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Ralph was a loving father, grandfather, companion and friend to everyone.

Ralph was born October 24, 1923 in Phoenix Arizona to parents George Rodriguez Pina and Anita Duran Pina. He is the 4th eldest child amongst 5 brothers and 1 sister.

His mother died when he was 11 years old and shortly after, his family moved to California and eventually settled in Visalia.

Ralph along with 3 of his brothers joined the military to serve in World War II. He was 19 years old and entered the branch of the Army on March 7, 1943. As a Merrill’s Marauder he was sent to the China India Burma Campaign where he fought in the jungles of Burma against the Japanese invaders. Not until later in life did he speak of his service in Burma. He once stated when their tour was over, his regiment entered relief camps, their clothes were tattered, soiled, they were unshaven, and worn from long battles, the observant troops cried as they walked though camp. Ralph has told many stories of his military experience to his children and grandchildren reflecting the perils of war. For his service he was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in Burma on July 28, 1944. Private First Class, Ralph D. Pina was Honorably Discharged on December 30, 1945.

He returned to civilian life in Visalia California where he met and married Virginia Rodriguez on April 4, 1948. They had 2 children Liz and Rudy in Visalia and moved to San Jose in 1953 and had their 3rd child Linda. After 42 years of marriage Virginia became ill and died in 1990 at age 62.

As many individuals during his time, he did not have an extensive education, but was hired as a laborer for Challenge Construction Company in the bay area, where he learned the trade of Carpenter. Through his job, he and his wife saved enough money to buy property in the East San Jose foothills on Ruby Avenue. And with the skills of a carpentry and help from friends he built his home that he lived in for almost 60 years.

Ralph enjoyed many things in life, fishing-even though he didn’t like to eat fish, camping, going to flea markets and yard sales-getting that bargain, and especially sports. As a young Ralph in San Jose he played baseball with the San Jose Merchants. He became actively involved with his son and grandson’s baseball teams training as a coach, active participant and fan. He was also an avid body builder, he was the father with all the muscles. As many people know, he never smoke or drank alcohol, he saw the results from people around him who did, especially family. He was a San Francisco Giant and San Francisco 49er faithful fan. He loved watching them on TV, and even more watching them with family. He was very fortunate to be able to attend some 49er games and a winning World Series in San Francisco. There is a paver at the new 49er stadium with his name and dedication-make sure you look for it when you visit.

Several years after my mothers passing Ralph developed a relationship with Marylou Aranda. They were together for 23 years. During those years she joined Ralph and his passions in life and provided a warm and loving companionship.

The biggest joy of Ralph’s life was his family. Attending those birthday parties, family reunions, weddings, baptisms, camping trips at Calaveras or Huntington Lake, family trips to Arizona, Grand Canyon, Washington DC, Guadalajada. Believe it or not his favorite trips were to Fresno where most of his children and grandchildren lived. Ralph love to talk, give advice and give help to them all. He always seemed the happiest when he was with his family. He greatly enjoyed his grandkids who he was able to see go into adulthood.

Ralph will be laid to rest on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara. Gravesite services will be conducted with limited attendance. (Attendance is set-Due to Covid19)

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Ralph D. Pina

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Gtegorio Barnizs

September 18, 2020

My friend Ralph,
I have another hairline crack in my heart. Many of my brothers have fallen. We share stories of our adventures in our journey in the service to our country. Enjoyed our time together. Though we serviced in different campaigns I could see “between the lines “ of the experience you encountered. Connie and I will keep you close in our hearts, Please rest assure that your family is mine. That they will be within a beaconing call for your love will be witness to them. Go for your journey has been long. Our love to your family,
greg and Connie.

Tina Skinner

September 17, 2020

My Uncle Ralph and Tia Virgie we’re married on the day I was born ( I didn’t know that) from now on I can celebrate that day with them. One of my favorite memories is Tom and I and our sons Curt and Craig would go camping with my Uncle and Tia and all of Tio Mingo’s family to Pinecrest . I enjoyed the early morning getting up before the kids and fixing breakfast on this huge grill . They would talk about the past and their younger years and life (that was the best).
My Uncles both loved to pick on Tom, they loved him and Tom loved them. Curt and Craig to his day remember my Tia with her soft hands as she cupped theirs faces and kissed them AND my Uncle with the buffed body and low voice. Tom felt so honored when Uncle Ralph and Marylou came to our 40th wedding anniversary . Thank you Uncle for the memories❤️

Sophia Aguirre

September 17, 2020

My Tio Ralph will always be very special place in my heart . Tio taught me how to play baseball , he bought me my first glove that was purchased at his favorite place the flea-market . Tio never missed any of my games and was always there to practice with me whenever I needed help .

Love you Tio Ralph

Albert Garcia

September 16, 2020

Our deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family of your loving father’s passing. He was a wonderful and caring man. May the lord be with during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Albert, Liz & Victoria García

Richard Escobar

September 16, 2020

He is what I would say. A good father husband. I remember him as this person who when I seen Him. Was always friendly I know my cousins miss him already But just Like my parents will always be Him looking down from heaven with that big smile of his.

Tim Torres

September 16, 2020

I have few memories of Mr. Pena, but the times I did visit or had the pleasure to be at the same party’s or gathering with him, he was always very nice to my wife and me.
I could see how he loved his family and how much his family loved him.
We also thank him for his courageous service.
He will be greatly missed.
Deepest condolences. We say a prayer for your father, grandfather and the best friend anyone could possibly ask for.
Tim and Camille Torres
San Jose ca.

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Liz and Linda with Dad

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Liz and Linda with Dad

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Grandson Rudy with Dad

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Grandchildren Mateo, Virginia, Andres, Michael, Jerry and Angel

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Grandson Andres with Dad

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Marylou and Dad

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Ralph with sister Marian and brother in law Alfred Chavez

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