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Hayden Muskrat

Hayden Muskrat

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Obituary

Long time resident and local auto mechanic, Hayden Lee Muskrat, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, June 7th surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 11, 1928 to Steve and Delilah Muskrat. A native of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, Hayden settled in the Central Valley with his parents in 1942 along with two sisters; Mildred Bass & Nadine Morton, and two brothers; Bill & Hubert Muskrat.
After proudly serving in the Marine Corps, during the Korean War, Hayden returned to the states where he completed his training to become a Drill Sergeant. Upon being honorably discharged from the Corps, he returned home to assist the family; soon thereafter, he married Elaine Red on January 22, 1956. Hayden worked the remainder of his adult life as an auto mechanic where he developed a reputation as one of the premier Chevy mechanics in the Central Valley. He was the ‘go to’ guy for all your automotive needs; not to mention, his expertise of all things hunting and fishing. From pitching a tent to baiting a hook, Hayden created a legacy of wilderness enthusiasts amongst his adored family members. Hayden was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending most of his down time deer hunting and fishing around the Wishon Reservoir.
Hayden is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine Muskrat, of 64 years; his brother, Hubert Muskrat (Evelyn); three sons, Stephen Muskrat (Iona), Dennis Muskrat, and Mark Muskrat (Marylou); 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; Steve and Delilah Muskrat, sisters; Mildred Bass and Nadine Morton, and his brother; Bill Muskrat.
Services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM in the Phipps Dale Funeral Chapel (420 W. D Street, Lemoore, CA). Due to Covid 19, all participants will be required to wear a mask.
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    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 | 9:00am
    When
    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 9:00am
    Location
    Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel
    Address
    420 West D Street
    LEMOORE, CA 93245
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Jamie

Posted at 03:36am
Unga has a nickname for all of us. Mine is “Mama Bear.” I don’t know why he picked that for me at such a young age, but I’m pretty sure he knew what he was taking about. I am a mama bear to my core and will protect my family at all cost. My grandpa was a man of few words, but when he spoke you listened. Mostly because you’d be in shock of what he’d say and just start cracking up, but also because he knew what he was talking about. He saw me as a little girl for who I was and helped me to embrace my strengths. My heart is broken knowing that my grandpa is no longer on earth with us. I now have to rely on my memories and photographs when I want to see or hear from him. I’d like to share a few with you Unga, you have made quite the impact.
My fondest memories of you are from camping. Camping and fishing at Wishon Lake my entire life will be forever treasured. So much that Josh and I will continue your legacy by bringing our children and grandchildren camping there as well. You taught us about patience(little girls holding a fishing pole need that), love for the wilderness and creating lasting memories. Some of those memories include going to the big rock, fishing in the metal boat, and watching you bait Grammy fishing pole every time. My heart fills with such joy when I think of that memory. I think that was your way of saying “I love you” to her. Actions speak louder than words and that action will always remind me of that lesson.
I also remember as a little girl coming to your house during the summer. You’d go to the shop with my dad, come home for lunch and sit in your chair to watch In the Heat of the Night. Then you two would head back to work. Sometimes I’d come down to “help.” I will also remember the smell of grease and saw dust. Once the shop closed for the day, you’d come home, sit in front of the fireplace, take off your boots and slide your socks down just off your heals. Then the dog would come over, get some love and lick your feet. I still crack up and think eww all at the same time when that memory comes to mind.
Finally, I will always treasure the love you have given to my husband and my children. I loved watching you and Josh share military stories. He has so much respect for you. My children do as well. Hayden, Dakota, Noah, and Reagan will always remember fishing with Unga, and your love for animals. I promise to always share these stories so you can live on in their memories as well.
Lastly, Unga, I want just want to say thank you for raising my dad and uncles. They all look up to you and think of you like their very own super hero. Who wouldn’t, you were a decorated Marine, a mighty fisherman, and a loving husband, father, Unga, and so much more.
I know we are all hurting right now because we miss you so much, but knowing you are just a prayer away helps to ease the pain. I hope you come to visit me in my dreams.
Until we meet again, Unga, I love you I love you. I will forever be your Mama Bear.
Love, Jamie
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Twyla Muskrat

Posted at 05:22pm
Dad, Brother, Hayden, Unga, Friend you was a Man with many titles. Simply b/c everyone that met ya loved you. My 1st trip to Wishon was with You n Elaine n family. No matter anyone's failures,you never gave up helpn them. We love you n will miss ya. I won't say Goodbye b/c I will see ya later. Thankx for all the love n guidance you have shown my Daughter(casey) n Son(wal-mart) n I. We will never forget you n stop loving you. Til we meet again love n hugs!
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