Obituaries: March 13, 2024

Richard Frank Bayard

Richard “Dick” Frank Bayard died on Feb. 29, 2024, at his residence at Quail Park on Cypress, Visalia, at the age of 97 years. Dick was born on April 12, 1926, in Monongahela, Penn., to Thomas and Mary Bayard, the youngest of their three sons. The family relocated to Southern California and he graduated from Excelsior Union High School, Norwalk, Calif., in 1944 and immediately enlisted in an officer’s training program for the U.S. Navy, discharged in 1946. Dick graduated from USC in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and immediately began his teaching career in Kingsburg, Calif., where he met and married a fellow teacher Luetta Fae Hayden and began their family.

Dick then taught band and orchestra in Fresno for two years before landing the band and orchestra job at Mt. Whitney High School in 1955, teaching there for 14 years. He worked seven more years for the Visalia Unified School District in various capacities, while working on a master’s degree in divinity from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno. Dick was ordained by the United Methodist Church in 1983 and served the Armona and Laton Methodist churches for 13 years before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 years and returned to Visalia. He worked eight more years as a part-time pastor for the Visalia United Methodist Church, ultimately retiring in 2004.

Dick’s beloved wife Luetta preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 2001, six months after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Dick is survived by his three daughters: Karen (Don) Campbell, Seneca, S.C. Eilene (James) Stephens, Rock Island, Ill. and Paula Bayard, Visalia, Calif.: three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be held March 20, 2024, at Visalia United Methodist Church at 1 p.m.

Jeannie Shaw-Germaine

Jeannie Shaw-Germaine
1940–2024

Jeannie Shaw-Germaine Born on March 15, 1940 in Denver, Co. Daughter of an decorated Army Tank Commander in WWII, Jeannie went to elementary school in Germany before coming back to the United States for high school. After high school she attended nursing school in Nashville, Tenn. She completed her registered nurse (RN) internship at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif. There she met her husband of 60 years, Mike Germaine. They started a family in San Jose before moving to Visalia in 1976. There she raised two children, Michelle and Gary Germaine. She spent most of her career as a Tulare County Public Health Nurse, from where she retired in 2003.

She moved to Exeter in 1998 to spend time with her grandchildren and do some hobby ranching. She was also very active in the Exeter community where she had many friends. She is survived by her husband Mike Germaine; her daughter Michelle and her son-in-law Jay Haas; her son Gary and her daughter-in-law Amanda Germaine; and her grandchildren Ty, Rachel, Donny, Grace and Clayton. She also is survived by an extended family through her sister Shirley Jorgensen and her brother Butch Shaw. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences may be sent to the family through smithfamilychapel.com.

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