Obituary: James Ralph Testerman, 82

Surrounded by his loving family, James Ralph Testerman of Orland died on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. He was born in Chico on Aug. 30, 1940.

He graduated from Willows High School in 1958. He then worked for the Finch Ranch and attended Shasta College and Chico State, where he received a BS in Agronomy.

While attending college, he was hired by Bailey Farm Supply as a part-time employee. After graduation, he began full-time work as a pest control advisor.

He saw the same company through many name changes as a loyal employee of 36 years while raising a family and running his own farming and livestock operation. His growers and coworkers were valued friends.

He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Orland. His interests and hobbies included farming, ranching, hunting, fishing, and horse camping.

He could always be found supporting any activity in which his family participated.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara (Reimers); sons Eric (Maite), Keith (Darla) and Todd (Kelly); and grandchildren Wayne, Kate, James, Katharine, Kristyna, Ruby, Olivia, Carter and Reed. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bert and May (Betts) Testerman; brothers Dallas and Richard; and sister-in-law Loretta.

A service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the First Lutheran Church in Orland, followed by a reception at Memorial Hall in Orland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Lutheran Church of Orland, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet-Olsen Family Mortuary of Orland.

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