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Plutarco Pete Chaves
Army Air Force veteran
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Plutarco “Pete” Chaves, 81, entered into rest on Thursday, December 17, in Manteca. He was born on June 28, 1928 in New Mexico to the late Mr. and Mrs. Felix and Josephine Chaves. He joins his parents in heaven as well as his siblings; Lola Duran and Bonnie Chaves.

Mr. Chaves is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Carmen Chaves. His children are; Naida Cadwallader  and husband Joe of Marina Del Rey, Jo Armstrong and her husband Daniel of Manteca, and Ruben Chaves and his wife Trena of Manteca. He was blessed by 4 grandchildren, Jody and his wife Mimi Crandall of Kentucky, Mickey Crandall of Los Angeles, Jeremy Crandall of Las Vegas and Quinlan and his wife Amanda Chaves and 3 great-grandchildren. In addition Mr. Chaves is survived by 3 siblings; S.T. Chaves of Los Cruces New Mexico, Dee Juarez of San Bernardino and Felix Chaves of Las Vegas.

Pete proudly served his country from 1945-1946 in the Army Air Force. He was a member of Calvary Community Church. He loved his community; every Christmas Pete would cook breakfast for the local Police Department and Fire Department. He enjoyed visiting the local rest homes bringing the residents donuts on any given weekend. He enjoyed fishing, cooking and just helping others. Gardening for Pete was a way to relax; he loved tending to his fish pond with his “famous Koi Fish.” Pete’s love for his family was unconditional; he had a special place in his heart for each and every family member. His giving and loving character will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Chaves’ services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A private graveside will be held at Parkview Cemetery. To send a special message or words of condolences, please visit Pete Chaves’ on-line guest book at

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Calvary Community Church memorial fund 815 Lathrop Rd. Manteca, CA 95336.

A memorial service to celebrate Pete’s life will be held in mid-January. An additional obituary will run for an announcement on times, dates, and location.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009