Kenneth “Duane” Fiorini, 81, was born to Larry and Marie Fiorini in La Jolla, CA. He went home to be with the Lord on Sunday. His parents and his brother, Marvin Fiorini, preceded him in death.
Duane grew up in Sonora and graduated from Mountain View High School, where he was student body president. He later graduated from San Jose State University.
As a young man he developed his love for flying and eventually earned his private pilots rating, including IFR, multi-engine flight instructor.
He served in the U. S. Navy from 1955 to 1957 where he was assigned to the USS St. Paul, the flagship of the 7th fleet. After his discharge he met Judith Anne Nicholson, and they were married in May 1958 in Delhi.
Duane worked on his parents’ family farm raising peaches, almonds and grapes, and in 1981 he started Agribusiness Insurance Agency, a crop insurance agency in Turlock. It later became known as Fiorini & Squires Insurance Agency.
Duane loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He’s survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy Fiorini, daughter Linda (Martin) Squires, and sons Russell (Vicki) Fiorini, Victor (Janet) Fiorini, and Curtis (Gina) Fiorini. He also leaves brother-in law Gary (Margaret) Nicholson, sisters-in-law Doris Fiorini and Yvonne Fiorini, step-sister Pat (Darrell) Robinson, step-brother Bob (Irene) Bergenske, 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 aunts, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. today at Turlock Covenant Church, with private interment at Turlock Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Turlock Covenant Church, 316 Laurel St., Turlock, CA 95380 or Covenant Care Hospice, 1850 Colorado Ave., Turlock, CA 95382.