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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/09/2020 12:15 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/09/2020 12:15 PM
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Local Grocery Pioneer William Robert Cheney Passes Away at 85

Murphys, CA...William Robert Cheney, age 85, of Murphys, CA passed away peacefully on March 29, 2020, surrounded by family. William “Bill” leaves his loving wife of 66 years, Marilyn (Thomas) Cheney, his son Dennis Cheney (wife Sharon) and daughter Pam Cheney Bowman (husband Pat). Bill was a loving and devoted Grampy to Cassie Miller (Theron), Mark Franz (Taryn), Alyssa Turner (Forrest), Robert Peterson (Brooke) and Karlee Short (Caleb), and 12 great-grandchildren who he adored.




Bill was born in Stockton, CA to parents William M. and Myrtle A. Cheney, and leaves a sister Joan Self, brother Jack Cheney and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Derek Cheney.

Bill was born the son of a butcher, and he continued that trade throughout his life. He began working at a slaughter house in Stockton, CA, moved on to be a butcher for a meat company and eventually a State Meat Inspector. He and his family, along with his sister Joan and her family moved to Calaveras County in 1972 where together they purchased the Avery Food Market. Bill will always be remembered as “Butcher Bill”, and leaves a legacy of kindness and giving throughout his continued career at Applewood Market, and Big Trees Market. His love of community, his gift of gab, and his never ending jokes will live on through the stories told and memories shared.

He and Marilyn retired in the early 90s and enjoyed travelling to a second home in AZ for the following 17 years. He loved boating, fishing, the Oakland Raiders, family and friends.

Bill Cheney and Carl Self of the Avery Food Market started the tradition of lighting the famous Avery Christmas Tree 50 years ago. In honor of them, and to ensure that the tradition continues, the family requests that donations be made in Bills name to: The Avery Christmas Tree Foundation or ACTF to PO BOX 55 Avery, CA 95224

At this time no services are planned due to the unprecedented circumstances we are facing. The family asks that you remember Bill fondly, and hold them up in your thoughts and prayers.



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Thank you for all you did for our community!
Posted on: 2020-04-09 12:31:50   By: Anonymous
 
The residents of our area will always be grateful to him, and the Self's for developing the quaint, excellent Avery Market (no longer here) and our wonderful Big Trees Market (formerly Applewood Market). Shining stars of our community.

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    Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
    Posted on: 2020-04-09 12:41:25   By: Anonymous
     
    /\/\ I really miss the Avery Market from way back. I believe it's a bar now?

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      Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
      Posted on: 2020-04-09 13:01:09   By: Anonymous
       
      It is JC Power Equipment. The bar was an extension and it is totally closed now.and was closed well before the virus.

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        Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!/\/\ Now JC Power Equipment...
        Posted on: 2020-04-09 13:23:22   By: Anonymous
         
        That's even better-more productive and a better contribution to the community than that bar. That bar was "trouble" anyway!

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    Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
    Posted on: 2020-04-09 13:10:57   By: Anonymous
     
    What about the market that was located 2 buildings down from Kwik Serv in Arnold.

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      Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
      Posted on: 2020-04-09 13:21:56   By: Anonymous
       
      That was Sierra Market. Different owner.

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        Re: /\/\ Different owner...
        Posted on: 2020-04-09 15:24:24   By: Anonymous
         
        When I lived in Arnold in the early 80's that was the Old Big Trees Market owned by Dan Huff and a few others. Kwik Serve then was the old Exxon station.

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          Re: /\/\ Different owner...
          Posted on: 2020-04-10 04:32:48   By: Anonymous
           
          No Dan Huff didnt own that. I work there and it was Sierra Market. It was owned why a guy named Carl. (Not Self) Dan Huff brought in the produce

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            Re: /\/\ Different owner...
            Posted on: 2020-04-10 07:44:29   By: Anonymous
             
            Carl Clark and a brother Gary Clark

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      Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
      Posted on: 2020-04-09 14:39:22   By: Anonymous
       
      Gawd, I totally have forgotten and now fondly remember both those old, long gone markets in Arnold and Avery. Wow.
      So glad the Cheneys have continued their family business. It is essential for us up the hill!


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        Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
        Posted on: 2020-04-09 16:14:21   By: Anonymous
         
        Go back a few years anyone remember where the miniature golf was in Arnold ?

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          Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
          Posted on: 2020-04-09 18:11:53   By: Anonymous
           
          Miniature golf was where the office of EPG is now located.

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            Re: Thank you for all you did for our community!
            Posted on: 2020-04-09 19:43:09   By: Anonymous
             
            ^^ YUP

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-04-09 13:17:53   By: Anonymous
 
Thanks for all the hot dogs you gave me when l was a kid and for sponsoring my bicycle racing 42 years ago!

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Bill & The Raiders
Posted on: 2020-04-10 08:28:23   By: Anonymous
 
You could always tell when the Raiders lost a game as Bill would have his thumb on the meat scale the following week to cover his losses. 😉

RIP, Bill, you were a great guy. And thanks for the Avery Food Market, it was a great little store.

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Such a beautiful family
Posted on: 2020-04-10 14:04:18   By: Anonymous
 
It all started with 2 people in Love 🥰 , we will miss your stories of Life.
Bill Loved Marilyn, Family, Friends, and his community, and Country .
Such a Gentle Giant
Love & Blessings to the family
Jorge & Paula Gonzalez

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