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Empty Saddles - Obituaries


Reed Welch, 35, of Oakdale, Calif., passed away on September 1, 2013.

The memorial service was held Sept. 7th at The Reata in Oakdale. Reverend John Roberts of St. Matthias Church officiated.

Reed was born in Oakdale, California on August 22, 1978. He graduated from Oakdale High School and after graduation he continued to follow the Welch family legacy with raising cattle.

Charlie Rodriguez passed away July 22, 2013 with his loving children at his side.

Charlie was born in Fort Davis, Texas, on Feb. 9, 1929 and discovered his passion for ranching at the age of six, when he started working at the Kokernot 06 Ranch to help support his family. Charlie’s first experience handling livestock began at the age of seven; roping and riding small calves and lambs. 

John Quintana, the 1972 world champion bull rider and a six-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, died March 25 in a plane crash near Roma in western Queensland, Australia. He was 64.

Nancy Sue Lopez died Feb. 20 in an automobile accident. Nancy dedicated her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. She was a very patient, creative, and selfless wife, mother and friend.

Manuel Fialho entered into rest Dec. 13, 2012, at the age of 87.

Manuel was born in Stevinson, Calif., and resided the last 40 years in Turlock.