2014-02-27 / Obituaries

Luis Arnold Cordero

Luis Arnold Cordero, aged

65, passed away on Feb. 16,

2014 from complications of a massive heart attack.

Cordero was born in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, and at the age of four he moved to the United States. He settled in Palo Alto in 1961 and graduated from Gun High School, where he met his high-school sweetheart and soon-to-be wife of 43 years, Nancy.

He was then drafted in 1968 and soon headed to Vietnam. Upon his return to American soil in 1971, he and Nancy were married. For the next 20 years he owned and operated numerous service stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1991, he sold his Exxon service station in San Jose and moved to Cathey’s Valley. He then began working for Merced County and was quickly promoted to Fleet Supervisor, where he eventually retired.

Cordero lived his dream of owning a ranch and raising cattle in a community where honesty and loyalty could get you all you need. He loved Cathey’s Valley for its beauty and weather—but most of all for its people.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Lou, Jr., granddaughter Emilee, brother Jose and sister Anna.

A community celebration for Cordero will take place at 4896 Schoolhouse Rd. in Cathey’s Valley on Sunday, March 9 at noon. The event is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, a funeral and ranch expense fund will be open for contributions at the celebration.

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Our Dear Friends, Lou was

Our Dear Friends, Lou was like a brother to me, a great friend and one heck of a mechanic we will miss him. Love, Mario & Tammy

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