Our beloved Uncle, Jesus "Chuy" Molina passed away peacefully on September 16, 2014. He was 96 years old.
Jesus was born on February 23, 1918 in Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States with his family in 1920. They originally lived on Camulos Ranch before moving into the family home in Piru, where Jesus remained living until few months before he passed.
Uncle Chuy worked hard all his life, working on local ranches early on. During WWII he worked for a time at Bermite in Newhall then began his career at Fillmore Piru Citrus Association where he worked until his retirement in 1986.
Chuy was a humble, quiet, shy, man who was always kind and caring. Although Uncle Chuy never married, he was loved by everyone in his family, including his brothers and sisters, cousins, and his many nieces and nephews. Chuy was very independent and was very determined to remain so as long as he possibly could.
He was a fixture around Piru, often seen walking to and from the market with his walking stick in hand. Everyone in town knew Chuy and in his later years he would reluctantly accept help from friends and family carrying his groceries home for him.
After his sister Del and nephew Rick Sr. passed away, his great-nephew Rick Jr. and his wife Cindy began looking after him. We were determined to honor his wishes to remain in his home as long as possible, checking on him daily, preparing his meals and helping him with his household duties. When the time came when the doctors told him he could no longer live on his own, he replied, "Well, what can I do?" We took him into our home and were blessed to have him, getting to know more about him and the family history through his stories and memories. He had great sense of humor and we had many laughs and happy moments during the time he was with us. Chuy really developed a bond with our kids and he considered little Ricky his best friend. He was with family at our home as he passed away.
Chuy was preceeded in death by his parents, Jesus and Adelaide Molina, brothers, Jose(Chepe), Procopio (CoCo), Benjamin, Guadalupe (Mitz), sisters Lucy and Delphina, nephews Rick Cadena Sr. and Roy Molina, and niece Barbara Real. Chuy is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center. We would also like to give a special thanks to the nurses and caregivers at Access TLC Home Health Care for all their help, especially Melissa, Ilya, Penny, and Jessica.
Services for Chuy will be 9:00 AM Friday, September 26, 2014 at San Salvador Mission in Piru, under the direction of Skillin and Carroll Mortuary.
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