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Kenneth B. Triebel


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.