Alfred Ralph PegueroDecember 15, 1924 ~ June 13, 2017 (age 92)
Alfred Ralph Peguero, 92 of Merced, California passed away peacefully on Tuesday June 13, 2017. He was born in Merced to Miguel and Luz Peguero and attended local schools. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1943 and served on the USS Reno, a light cruiser during World War II. His ship operated in the South Pacific and saw combat in several major campaigns. Later, after repairs from kamikaze and torpedo attacks the USS Reno transported American GI’s home from Europe at the end of the war. Upon his discharge from the Navy he returned to Merced and did various jobs until beginning his lifelong career of farming. During his early farming years, he worked long hours in the field growing peppers, tomatoes and other crops, Alfred would then drive his produce to the Bay Area for early morning deliveries to markets and restaurants. During the agricultural off season he worked in the building trades. He was a construction laborer, skilled roofer and even worked on the runway light installation at Castle Airforce Base in Atwater. Over time he focused his farming efforts in tomatoes and was a partner in the Central California Tomato Growers Association located in Merced.
He married his love Aurora in 1946 and was married 67 years before she passed away in 2013. Alfred and his wife had a true partnership from working in their farming business of tomatoes that later expanded into almonds and pistachios to raising four children in Merced. Eventually the family extended to grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Alfred and Aurora enjoyed family vacations that would take them to Mexico or other parts of the country, but the most treasured yearly trips were to Alpine Lake and Cayucos where the entire family gathered for a week. This 44 year tradition always included a complicated jigsaw puzzle with “Papa Peguero” at the helm, fishing, BBQs, funny stories and lots of good food and drink. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with friends that would take him to Colorado, Idaho or Wyoming for deer or elk, and Morro Bay for Albacore. In his younger days, he would spend many a fall morning hunting pheasants with one of his favorite dogs, Poncho. In recent years he made many new friends at Park Merced and appreciated the care and support staff provided to all. Alfred was patriotic and took great pride in serving his country. He was honored as Grand Marshall in a recent Merced Veteran’s Day parade. Alfred was a life member of the Elks Lodge #1240, Club Mercedes, American Legion and the Saint Patrick Catholic Parish.
He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Clipper (Mike), Michelle Pecchenino (Garth), son Alfred A. Peguero (Jonna) and daughter-in-law Audrey Peguero. He is preceded in death by his wife Aurora, by his son Richard, grandson William and granddaughter Gabriella. He is also survived by nine grandchildren Darren and Paul Peguero, Heather, Joseph and Abigail Peguero, Marguerite Clipper Charles (Michael), and Michael Clipper, Dante and Dominic Pecchenino and two great-grandsons Jacob Charles and Zachary Charles. Molly Cervantes is his only surviving sibling, he was also preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Mike and Nash Peguero, sisters Madeline Soto and Rose Romo.
Visitation will be held at Ivers &Alcorn Funeral Home 901 W. Main Street, Merced on Thursday June 22nd beginning at 4:00 PM. A recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00PM. Mass of a Christian Burial will take place Friday June 23rd at St. Patrick’s Church 671 East Yosemite Ave. Merced at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden Valley High School Peguero Family Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 2188 Merced 95344. Arrangements are under the direction of Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home.