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Thursday, Nov 21 2013 04:32 PM

William Joseph Jucha, 1946 — 2013

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William Joseph Jucha, 1946 — 2013

William Joseph Jucha
Sept. 21, 1946 — Nov. 16, 2013

Bill Jucha, 67, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Nov.16.  He was an amazing man, a true gentleman, a wonderful husband, and my very best friend.

A true competitor, he approached life and everything he did with tenacity and fierce determination. Bill’s first love was motorsports and he competed for 45 years, racing and winning in sports cars, ATVs, go-karts, motorcycles, and historic NASCAR. We were fortunate to travel across the country competing in various events. He was also an endurance athlete who enjoyed running, triathlons, mountain bike racing, cyclocross racing, and road cycling. Modest and humble about his accomplishments, he loved to win but was quick to congratulate those who beat him. He continued to compete until the cancer made it impossible.

Bill loved the Sierra Nevada mountains and spent time hiking (he climbed Mt. Whiney to celebrate his 60th birthday), road cycling (he rode to the top of Horseshoe Meadow in Lone Pine less than one year ago), and mountain bike racing (he started racing mountain bikes at age 65). Per his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes scattered from the top of Horseshoe Meadow.

He was proud to serve his country as a Marine and received The Purple Heart and many other medals for his service in Vietnam.

Bill was born in Pittsburgh, but lived most of his adult life in Southern California, the last 13 years in Bear Valley Springs. He made his career in banking, mostly with California Federal Bank, and retired in 2001. He leaves behind his wife, Patti; three brothers, Rich and his wife, Kathy, and George and his wife, Toni, all from Pittsburgh, and Joe and his significant other, Patty, from Washington; father-in-law, Paul and wife, Sue; brothers-in-law, Bart and his wife, Merry, all from New Hampshire; and Tod and his wife, Nancy; as well as seven nephews and a niece.

If you wish to do something in Bill’s memory, please consider making a donation in his name to Optimal Hospice, whose staff was a great source of comfort and support to both of us during his final months.

Optimal Hospice Foundation
1315 Boughton Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308

The world has lost an amazing person, and I have lost my world. Till I see you again, Love.

Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.

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