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John D. Luna
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thusday at the Colonial Chapel of Franklin & Downs Home Home for John Diaz Luna, 92, of Ceres. He died Feb. 9, 2008. A rosary will be held at 6 p.m.

The funeral service will be eld at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto.

Burial will take place at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery.

Born March 4, 1915, Mr. Luna was a native of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, to Maria Concepcion Diaz and Victor Luna. He was raised in Kansas before moving to California where he worked in the fields. Mr. Luna served in the Army and fought in Normandy and Omaha Beach in France and the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He earned the Purple Heart medal and other awards.

Mr. Luna eventually moved to Modesto where he met his wife, Ruth Heredia. They were married 55 years before her death. Mr. Luna lived in Salida for 61 years before moving to Ceres. He worked for Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop for 35 years.

He belonged to Chapter 79 the Purple Heart Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and was a former member and officer of El Comite Mexicano de Beneficienca.

He leaves behind his daughters, Mary Flores, Theresa Munoz and RoseAnna Belaski; and 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Remembrances may be sent to the Purple Heart Association, the American Legion, or the Disabled American Veterans of America.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /February 13, 2008