Judd
WHITCHER, JUDD THOMAS, passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 in Lake Isabella, CA He was born Dec. 24, 1941 in Los Angeles. Judd displayed his deep love for the blues by playing in various bands most of his adult life...having played most recently with the Melvin Eddy Band. His other great love in life was fishing. He is survived by his loving Wife, Gloria Whitcher of San Jacinto, CA, Mother, Eloise Whitcher of Gardena, CA, Daughter, Debra Eglin of Anaheim, CA, Daughter, Wendy Tobar of Fullerton, CA, Sister, Janice Riggo of Mokelumne, CA, Brother, Mike Whitcher of San Clemente, CA, Sister, Nancy Whitcher-Jones of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Brother, David Whitcher of San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Brother, Rod Whitcher of Redondo Beach, CA. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 25, 2003 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at RICE MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Services will be Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 11:00 AM, also at Rice Chapel. Interment will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena.

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  1. Family & friends of Judd- My wife & I graduated from Gardena High in 1958/59 respectively. I remember seeing & talking to Judd at one of the reunions I attended. We talked about our shared love for music, especially “oldies but goodies”. Soon after that reunion, I received two cassette tapes of the BEST oldies he could put together. I still have these tapes. In memory of Judd, I\’m going to take a trip down memory lane and listen to these oldies, which really are goodies. We saw the obituary notice in the Daily Breeze newspaper, and felt compelled to send our heartfelt condolences to all of Judd\’s family & friends. God Bless Gary & Diane

  2. To Judd\’s Family, We were on his route for nearly 30 years. When small, our kids would run out to see him when they heard his mail truck approaching. They idolized Judd because he knew their names & took an interest in them. Every 5 years or so we\’d take a photo of them with him to mark the passage of their childhood. He\’d let them stand inside the doorway of his truck next to him which was a real treat for them. When he sensed we were gone for a couple of days he\’d put our mail in a special place so it wouldn\’t sit out in the box too long. We both enjoyed our mailbox visits with him. We knew Judd as a friend and even have some of his music tapes. Upon hearing of his death our now-grown “kids” were saddened and each expressed a memory of their own of him. One comment was “I hope they play some of his music at the service” and another was “How often do you grow up your whole life knowing your \’mailman\’ as a friend or that he even knows your name”. This was a man who was well-suited to and loved his work. We really missed him when he retired. We\’re happy that he was fishin\’.

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