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Nephier Patrick Valandra

Posted 2010-07-06 by Sharla
The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona ~ 09/08/2006

Nephier Patrick Valandra died Sept. 2, 2006.

He was born June 7, 1930 in Rosebud, South Dakota to Blanche and Louis Valandra. They moved to Fort Yates, North Dakota where he grew up as a child. He graduated from college in Aberdeen, S.D. He was a corporal in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a great educator and wonderful coach at Stewart, Nevada and Riverside, Calif. before coming to Fort Apache. He retired as Superintendent of Education in 1984 in Whiteriver.

He is survived by wife, Sarah Valandra; daughters, Linda Lentini, Katherine Vigneux; sons, Patrick Valandra, J.C. Valandra and Allen Valandra; and nine-greatchildren; sister, Louise Valandra.

He was preceded in death by son, C.J. Valandra.

Funeral services will be held St. Anthony's Catholic Church in McNary at 11 a.m. Sept. 12.

Lakeshore Mortuary in Mesa handled arrangements.

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