Harold Wallace (Bud) Hoobler Jr. was born in
Willows, California on September 16, 1929 to Harold
and Hazel (Halterman) Hoobler. He died on
November 14, 2022 at the age of 93 in Chico.
Bud attended Willows schools and at age 12 moved
to Chico in 1941 and graduated from Chico High
School in 1947, where he was active in Block “C” and
Basketball and had some courses at Chico State.
He enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in
Barbers Point, Hawaii from 1948 to 1952. His last
assignment was on board ship to Japan before
On leave from Hawaii, Bud met Marilyn Frances
Moody who moved with her parents next door to
Bud’s parents on East Sacramento Avenue. Bud
corresponded with Marilyn and he married the girl
next door on April 25, 1953 in Reno, Nevada.
Their son William (Bill) was born in 1953 and their
twin daughters, Janet and Janice were born in 1955.
They lived in their home on Wayne Lane for 61
He worked for Hoobler & Schroeder Insurance
before working with his Dad at Hoobler Warehouse
on W. 8th Avenue. He then worked for Tri-Co and
Tenneco West as a Field Representative supporting
the nut industry. He retired in 1984.
He became a Master Mason of Chico-Leland
Stanford Masonic Lodge No.111 in 1953. He was a
lifetime member of Josephine Chico Chapter No. 104,
Order of Eastern Star. Bud and Marilyn served as
Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron in 1965.
Bud and Marilyn traveled to all 50 states. They
celebrated their 64 year anniversary in April 2017.
Marilyn died on June 15, 2017.
He will be remembered for his stories, his cooking
fried potatoes and onions in Philbrook, quotes,
taking pictures of barns and leaves on their trips to
the 50 states. Bud enjoyed playing golf and going to
Bing Crosby ProAm Golf Tournament for many years
with his son and brother-in-law Jack Moody.
Our family weekend rides had surprise destinations
traveling anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. Family
vacations were spent in Philbrook, Trinidad, Boise,
Idaho and the Oregon Coast.
His favorite quotes were “It’ll feel better when it
quits hurting”, “Wait and see and you’ll know more
about it”, “Faster than a herd of turtles and a cloud
of heifer dust” and “Take your time going and hurry
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife,
Marilyn, two sisters, Jeanne Rice and Claire Hoobler
and son-in-law, Andrew Bertagna. He is survived by
son, Bill (Marilyn) and daughters, Janet Bertagna
and Ja’nice Hoobler; four grandchildren, Theresa
Schneider (TJ), Lauren Sai (Michael), Clayton
Hoobler (Jaclyn) and Jenny Holtermann (Tim); seven
great grandchildren, Emma Schneider, Holly
Schneider, Henry Holtermann, Hazel Holtermann,
William Sai, Edward Sai and Raef Hoobler. And
nieces, Lynn and Margie Rice and Carolyn Yelick
and nephew Thomas Moody.
Gravesite services will be held at Chico Cemetery
on Thursday, December 1st at 11:00 am conducted
by Chico-Leland Stanford Masonic Lodge No.111.
A gift in his memory may be made to Shriners
Hospital in Sacramento or a charity of your choice
through Brusie Funeral Home. The family also wishes
to thank Windchime of Chico and Enloe Hospice for
their loving care of Bud.