DEATHS: December 14, 2001

December 14, 2001


Memorial services were Dec. 4 in Valley Bible Church in Sumner, Wash., for Gene Duggins, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Nov. 29

Graveside services were Dec. 4 in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

Mr. Duggins was born on March 22, 1927, in Stroud, Okla.

He resided in the Imperial Valley for many years and was a retired maintenance worker for the city of Milton, Wash., having lived there for 20 years.

Mr. Duggins and his wife resided in Auburn, Wash., for the past 12 years.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Duggins of Auburn, Wash.; brothers, Ray Duggins of Imperial, Junior Duggins of Huntington Beach and Joel Duggins of Fontana; sister, Kathleen Ramsey of Bakersfield; sons, Larry Duggins of Montesano, Wash., and Tom Duggins of Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for John D. Masserini, 86, of Brawley, who died Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. The Rev. David Conrad of First United Methodist Church of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Masserini was born June 23, 1915, in El Centro.

The Masserini family owned a dairy business and farmed at various locations all over the Valley until 1941 when the Masserinis purchased a farm six miles southeast of Holtville, where Mr. Masserini dairy farmed until his retirement in 1979. At that time the Masserini dairy was the next to last in business in Imperial Valley.

Mr. Masserini served during World War II as a second lieutenant in the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion. His service included participation in the Normandy Campaign that liberated France from the Germans. His battalion cleared mines and built various types of bridges and was joined with Patton's renowned 3rd Army.

He was later called into the famous Battle of the Bulge and was discharged on Jan. 6, 1946.

Mr. Masserini's medals included the World War II Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal and the Bronze Star, as well as a Good Conduct Medal which was a source of humor to him as he recalled all the escapades associated with his service career, according to family.

He spent his retirement years at home with his wife, Marjetta, in Brawley He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gardener whose efforts were admired by friends, family and community, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Marjetta Masserini of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Johvannie and Monica Masserini of Holtville; son,  Greg Masserini of Pacific Grove; daughter, Cheryl Von Flue of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Lee Hindman of El Centro; sister, Edith Hunter of Davis Creek; sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Tony Terribilini of El Centro; and seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to Pioneers' Museum, 373 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251.

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