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Buck Harloe Stiffler
A graveside service was held Tuesday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Buck Harloe Stiffler, 96, of Modesto. He died in Modesto.

Born Feb. 6, 1915 in Okemah, Okla., Buck was raised on a farm with his parents, Joe and Pearl and two brothers and one sister. He joined the Army in 1941 and trained at Fort Ord in the horse-drawn Field Artillery patrol. He was sent to Germany and fought in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He returned home in December, 1945 with honors and married May Lee Henderson in 1947. Mr. Stiffler made concrete blocks for a living and moved to California in 1951 and lived and worked in Ceres, Manteca, Escalon until settling in Riverbank. Mr. Stiffler worked at Ralston Purina and then Norris Industries until retirement in 1980. Mr. Stiffler enjoyed gardening and old time fiddling. He lost his wife, May, in 2000, and Buck moved to Standiford Place in 2007.

He leaves behind his children, Shirley Stiffler and Richard Stiffler; two grandchildren, Jessica Stiffler and Joshua Stiffler; and his brother, Chester Stiffler of Tulare. He was preceded in death by brother Earl Stiffler, daughter Patsy Fern and sister Leota Burleson.

Remembrances may be sent to Stanislaus County Animal Services, 2846 Finch Road, Modesto, CA 95354.

-Ceres Courier/ June 15, 2011