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Ralph O. Smither
A funeral service was held Thursday at the Ceres Chapel of Franklin & Downs for Ralph O. Smither, 53, of Ceres. He died March 23, 2008.

Born June 1, 1954, Mr. Smither was a native of Oakdale and grew up in Ceres. He was a graduate of Ceres High School. He was a fan of all sports and loved gardening and eating food from his garden. Mr. Smither was employed for many years at Affordable Legal Aid in Modesto.

He leaves behind his parents, Odell and Leona Smither of Ceres; two sisters, Diane Jones of Tracy and Karen Smither of Modesto; his niece, Tamra Koehn of Modesto; two nephews, Jeff Jones of Minnesota and Eric Jones of Tracy; and a long time personal friend, Tawnya Martin of Modesto.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /April 2, 2008