Harold Armogeda

 

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Harold Armogeda.

Hal passed on May 8, 2018, after a long illness. Hal was born on July 3, 1930, to James Vincent Armogeda and Lillian Dentice in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Hal moved with his family to Ventura, Calif., in 1943, where he attended and graduated from Ventura High School.

He married Carol McGouirk in 1951 and shortly thereafter served in the Korean War. Hal and Carol soon became the parents of four, including twins: Lorissa Saunders Jack, of Mount Shasta, Calif.; Robert Armogeda of Costa Mesa, Calif.; Theresa Armogeda (Dayne) of Maple Valley, Wash.; and Tina Marsali, of Lathrop, Calif.

Hal was ahead of his time when it came to parenting by taking on all aspects of caring for his kids: diapers, bathing, cleaning, cooking and laundry. He won the heart of his mother-in-law by helping, day and night, in the care of fragile, premature twins.

 

 

Hal worked in the oil fields for the majority of his working life, starting out as a roughneck on oil rigs and ending his career after 35 years with Shell Oil Company in charge of purchasing and inventory control for the pipe yards in Ventura, Mich., Houston and Bakersfield.

In 1975 he married Nancy Endicott and acquired two more daughters, Sue Heist (Dave) and Jacki Lee. Hal and Nancy spent their retirement years in Mariposa on their 11 acres.

Never one to sit still for long, Hal worked part time in the Lush Meadows Store and also kept busy cutting firewood all over Mariposa, many times donating wood to needy families and the elderly. Hal and Nancy also volunteered at the senior center on Fridays, serving lunch. Family members have fond memories of the family gatherings that lasted an entire weekend with many coming from great distances.

Hal was preceded in death by his sister, Theresa Noon, and step-brother, Don Armogeda.

He is survived by his devoted wife Nancy of 42 years, brother Robert James Armogeda, six children, 25 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Hal had a grateful heart and when recounting all of his blessings never failed to acknowledge the hand of God at work in his life.

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