Valley Voice editor passes away

The most fearless editor in Tulare and Kings Counties, Joseph Oldenbourg, passed away suddenly early this morning from an aneurysm. The Valley Voice team is deeply grieving the loss of a true and loyal friend, a passionate warrior, an old soul, and one of the biggest hearts we will ever know. And he could turn a phrase either leaving his readers cheering or screaming.

He was just a great guy.

Joseph will be laid to rest next to his son, Alex, at the Exeter Cemetery next week. Services will be private.

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  1. His spirit will ride the wire forever. He was a good man and a good friend. I will miss him dearly.

  2. Had it not been for Joseph and the Valley Voice the true picture of what was being done to the Tulare hospital by HCCA would never have come to the attention of most people. His passion for the truth was an inspiration. My deepest condolence to Josephs family and friends. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. First and foremost my deepest condolences to Joseph’s most beloved and cherished wife and boss Catherine, and family members. I also send my condolences to Dave Adalian of the Valley Voice. Joseph, Catherine, and Dave…. The Three Amigos, The Three Musketeers, The Three Valley Voices and in my humble opinion Tulare County’s most trusted and valued news reporters. Having never met Joseph personally I came to know him through being one of the many people who enter acted with him regularly through reading his articles and opinion pieces on almost a daily basis. I was privileged to share occasional posted comments with him from time to time over these many years and it is truly hard to fathom no longer being able to do so in the future. Joseph Oldenbourg, Editor of the Valley Voice, one of Tulare County’s finest, a man who made a difference, a man who shared his wit, wisdom and intellect with his many readers through his prolific writings. He will be missed but not forgotten as his writings can thankfully be revisited over and over again by visiting the archives section of the Valley Voice.

    • I would be amiss if I failed to send condolences to Tony Maldonado as well, truly a respected and cherished long time Valley Voice staff member as well.

  4. Very sad news. My condolences to his wife, family and friends. His contributions to the V.V. and Tulare County will be deeply missed.

  5. A sad day for honest journalism in Tulare County. A good man, a smart guy, a good citizen providing a needed service. He will be missed.

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