Gerald Francis Du Paul died at J.C. Fremont Hospital Wed., Jan. 20 after a lengthy illness. He was born to Francis and Altha Du Paul on Oct. 2, 1936 in Minot, North Dakota. In 1947 the family moved to a farm north of Carpio, ND. He attended high school at St. Leo’s and Minot High School, graduating in 1955. He served for 3 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean War.
He moved to California, managing the company store at the New Idria quicksilver mine in the Diablo mountains for 7 years. He married his wife, Edith, in 1971 in Gilroy where they owned and operated the South Santa Clara County Beverage Distributorship. Later, he worked as route manager for ARA Food Services in Salinas. He and his wife moved to Mariposa, CA after retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and Moose Lodge in Gilroy. He enjoyed gardening and traveling, spending winters in Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janice. Surviving family includes his wife, Edith; children, Clifford, Wawona, CA, Lyn, Los Banos, CA, Debra Rivera, Boise, ID, Robert Willis, Hollister, CA, and Gaylene Stevens, Germantown, TN; brother Dale, Forest Lake, MN; 12 grand-children and 3 great-grandsons.
A memorial service was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa, followed by interment at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park in Gilroy.