James Naphy died Aug. 22. He was 92.
Naphy was born in Woodbury, New Jersey on Oct. 1, 1929, to James and Florence (Winters) Naphy. He grew up and went to school in National Park, New Jersey. Upon graduating from high school in 1947 he joined the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 1968 after 21 years of service and returned to Alameda County and settled in Union City. In 1972 he went to work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and retired on Dec. 31, 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kay; stepchildren, Kelly, Scott, Wynn and Bill (Lisa); grandchildren, Frankie, Colin (Taylor), Jason, Brian, Shannon, Sarah (Ryan) and Melissa; sons-in-law, Rod and Harry. He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy; daughters, Cindy and Beth; father, mother and sister, Betty.
A private burial will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16 at The Gathering Covenant Church, Patterson.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Gathering CC, 435 W Las Palmas Avenue, Patterson, California, 95363 or any charity of your choice.