Obituary : Armand R. Flores
Armand R. Flores, age 86, passed away
on February 2, 2011 in Merced, CA, where he lived with his wife of 58 years,
Regina Flores. Armand was called home peacefully by his heavenly Father,
surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born in Sonora, Mexico on May 12,
1924 to Facundo Flores and Mariana Ramirez. He graduated from Salinas High
school in 1942. He served in the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant for 6 years
receiving an honorable discharge. During his enlistment, he met his loving wife
and lifetime partner, Regina Kokosko in Washington, DC. They married in 1952 in
Salinas, CA, where they lived for 1 year starting a family, before moving to
Santa Barbara, CA where his first business venture began as a co-owner of the
Mission Theater. His business' in the Mexican Theater industry continued with
the Strand Theater in Merced, CA, the Circle H Theater in Calistoga, CA and
lastly, the Grove Theater in Lindsay, CA until semi-retiring in the 1990's.
Armand resided in Lindsay, CA from 1969-2009. He was a devoted, loving and
generous man, helping others in need throughout his life. Catholic by faith,
Armand was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Lindsay, CA and in the past
belonged to the Knight's of Columbus. He also was a member of the Lindsay Lion's
Armand is survived by his loving wife Regina Flores, Merced, CA,
his daughters; Barbara Coffelt, Merced, CA, and Mary Celine Smith (Jon,
son-in-law), West Lake Village, CA and his son Albert Flores (Kimberly,
daughter-in-law), Merced, CA. Grandchildren; Gary Masengale, Regina Musquiz,
Amanda Coffelt, Armand Smith, Cameron Smith, Jacob Flores, Jon Anthony Smith,
Mariana Smith, and Abigail Flores. Great grandchildren; Alyssa Halpin, Marquette
Masengale, Caleb Musquiz, Gavin Musquiz, Amaris Musquiz, Zell Masengale, and
Zoey Masengale. Great-great grandchildren; Karma and Kaylee Hairston.
Armand is preceded in death by his parents and 5 siblings; 3 brothers;
Ernest Flores, Robert Flores, and Michael Flores and 2 sisters; Beatrice
Friedrich and Anna Martinez.
Funeral services will be held under the
direction of Webb-Sanders Funeral Home, 163 South Mirage Ave, Lindsay, CA 93247,
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011
from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm at the funeral home, followed by the Holy Rosary promptly
at 6:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 217 Lindero Ave, Lindsay, CA 93247 on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 9:00
am. The Reverend Kenneth Bozzo will officiate followed by interment at the
Following the Funeral Service, please join the family
in a celebration of Armand's life at China's Alley Restaurant, 170 N. Sweetbriar
Ave, Lindsay, CA.
You can only have one father, patient, kind, and true.
No other friend in all the world, will be the same to you. When other friends
forsake you, to father you will return, for all his loving kindness, he asks
nothing in return. As we look upon his picture, sweet memories we recall, of a
face so full of sunshine, and a smile for one and all. Sweet Jesus take this
message, to our dear father up above, tell him how we miss him, and give him all
our love. You will be greatly missed, my husband, father, grand-father, friend,
confidante, and mentor.
Acknowledgement and gratitude to Emeritus
Assisted Living, UCLA Medical Center and Anberry Rehabilitation Center for
their kindness and support during his lengthy illness