Kenneth B. Triebel, 90, died Friday, May 3.
He was born in Edna, Kansas and was a resident of Oakdale since 1967.
Mr. Triebel was a machinist for 70 years and an incredibly creative man. His insight into the construction of Tri Valley 7 was instrumental in the expansion of it becoming the world’s largest cannery. He invented a concrete pump which was used in construction of Disneyland and many bridges and buildings.
He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, World War II. He was a survivor of the 20th armored division at the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944.
He was a consummate storyteller and a politics and history buff. He was a wonderful man who will live forever in the hearts of those who loved him.
He is survived by his children, Bill and Gail Triebel; six grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; and daughter, Jere Johnson.
A funeral service was held May 20 at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella.