Joseph Bento Rocha, 88, of Newman passed away Monday, Jan. 11 at his residence.
Mr. Rocha was born in Ripon and was a resident of Newman for 74 years.
He was a 1950 graduate of Orestimba High School.
Mr. Rocha coached Little League baseball and was an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed playing cards.
He was a grocery store butcher for 44 years.
Mr. Rocha is survived by his wife, Helen Rocha of Newman; two sons, Ed Rocha of Turlock and Dan Rocha of Gustine; a daughter, Kathy Strandwold of Newman; a brother, Clifford Rocha of Livermore; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Rocha.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman.
Hillview Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.