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Edward L. Pifer
Services were held Tuesday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Edward L. Pifer, 78, of Ceres. He died April 20, 2011 with family members at his bedside.

Born Jan. 4, 1933 in Fowler to Marie Odell and Nay Arthur Pifer, Edward was raised in San Francisco, and in 1951 graduated from Mission High School where he was on the track team. He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1955 aboard the USS Princeton during the Korean War. Mr. Pifer earned his associate degree from Modesto Junior College in 1963. He was employed by the Modesto Bee, McClatchy Newspapers, from 1965 to 1992, retiring as a print shop coordinator. Ed was past president of the Ceres High School Booster Club and announced Friday night football games. He participated the Navy Baseball League, men's fast-pitch softball, was a player/manager for Ceres Merchants, enjoyed fishing and golfing. Ed was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, and 49ers, The Warriors and the PGA.

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Iwannah Jean Blalock Pifer of Ceres; three children, Mark Steven Pifer, Michelle Ann Lee and Eric Edward Pifer; his sister, Shirley J. Johnston; eight grandchildren, Mark Mason Pifer, Ross Pifer, Jordan Pifer, Colton Pifer, Brian Lee, Erin Higby, Chad Lee and Alyssa Pifer; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Arthur Pifer and sister Ruth Davis.

Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

-Ceres Courier/ April 27, 2011