2017-12-07 / Obituaries

Joseph Fielding

Joseph Edmund Fielding was born Dec. 12, 1925 in Stockton, Calif., to Patrick Joseph and Edith Mae Fielding,

Ed fought his final battle with Parkinson’s and died on Nov. 21, 2017. He is now at peace and we are thankful he is free of that unforgiving disease.

Ed joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from Stockton High School and trained as a radar man. Serving on the USS Arneb ( AKA-56) during World War II, he was in every major battle in the Pacific including the liberation of the Philippines.

After the war in 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Fayette Jones. Under the GI bill he attended Utah State University and received his BS in Forestry. In 1952 he received his MS and teaching credentials from UC Berkley and then moved his family to Rio Vista where “Joe” taught high school science for 31-plus years. He loved teaching and his students immensely.

After retiring, he moved to Coulterville where he and Pat raised cattle on Pat’s historic family ranch, known by old timers as the “Murphy Ranch.” (Polly Roberts and John Murphy). In honor of Ed, the cattle operation is currently marketed under “The J.E. Fielding Ranch.” Ed was involved in the Coulterville Odd Fellows, Northern Mariposa County History Center and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Ed is survived by his three daughters and their husbands: Kathleen and Reynaldo Briseno, Karin Fielding and Louis Bickford, and Kimberly and Fred Korff. He is also survived by his grandson, Sean Baratone and his wife, Julie; greatgrandchildren Breyden and Rylee; and granddaughters Valerie and Courtney Korff.

A memorial celebration will be held in Ed’s honor on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Coulterville IOOF Hall. We wish all who knew him to share this event with us.

In lieu of flowers, we hope you will contribute in Ed’s name to the IOOF Lodge #104, Coulterville, CA 95311 or to Parkinson’s research.

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