John Harry Manoogian
John Harry Manoogian
  • October 25, 1922 - January 7, 2018
  • Fresno, California

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Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, John Manoogian passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018. John was born on October 25, 1922, in Fresno, CA, to Hampartzoom and Victoria Manoogian, of Moosh, Armenia. John graduated from Fresno Technical High School in 1940. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. His tour of duty included two campaigns in Northern Burma, and Southern China. Upon his honorable discharge, John returned to Fresno and joined his father in a family business repairing creamery and dairy equipment. In 1944, John married the love of his life, Rubye DerGarabedian. They were blessed with three children, Dick, and twins, Harry and Arlyne. John and Rubye traveled the world and loved entertaining with friends and family. In 1961, John joined First California Company as a Stock Broker. After retiring from the stock brokerage business after 30 years of managing two offices, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon as Metro Chairman of the National Alliance of Businessmen. John took active leadership roles in service organizations throughout his life. He was awarded an honorary 33rd degree member of Scottish Rite, Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge #366; 1976 President of Western Shrine; 1976 Potentate of Tehran Shrine Temple; Board Member and Head Trader of the Fresno Trade Club; Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce ; Fresno Grand Juror for two terms; and Fresno County Planning Commissioner. In his church, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church. John was preceded in death by his parents; and wife Rubye. John is survived by his sons, Dick and his wife Jennifer, and Harry; daughter, Arlyne Sahatdjian and her husband Victor; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Aram Manoogian and his wife Peggy. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 2226 Ventura Avenue, Fresno, CA, on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 2226 Ventura, Fresno, CA 93721; Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic, 1455 L Street, Fresno, CA 93721; or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns and Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048