I looked in the Modesto Bee, the largest newspaper in Stanislaus County. They did not have an obit.
http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgihttp://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi says he died 30 April 1972. If some kind-hearted person in Oakdale would look for him in the Oakdale "Leader" your wish would be granted. I rarely get that far north.