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Virgil W. Brush
A funeral service was held Tuesday at the Colonial Chapel of Franklin and Downs in Modesto for Virgil W. Brush, 82, of Modesto. He died at his home following a brief illness on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Burial was at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Born Oct. 1, 1924, Mr. Brush was a native of Modesto, the youngest of five children of Estelle and Elmer Stanley Brush. The family was the third generation farm family that settled in the Westport community west of Ceres in 1854. He graduated from Ceres High School and enlisted in the Navy serving on the U.S.S. Cummings and U.S.S. Antietam in the Pacific during World War II.

On July 28, 1946 he married Dixie Streeter of Patterson and lived in Monterey County.

He began farming on the west of Modesto in 1957 and remained involved in the family farm all his life. He became a world traveler logging in many frequent flyer miles in his 60s and 70s.

Mr. Brush was known as a hard working, devoted family man who had a wit and sense of humor.

He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Dixie Brush of Modesto; his children, Bill Brush of Modesto, and Ginny Brush of Santa Barbara; two grandchildren, Eric Brush and Natalie Brush; and two great-grandchildren, Dillon Brush and Laney Brush of Modesto.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /September 5, 2007