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Wendell R. Davis
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto for Wendell Ralph Davis, 71, of Ceres. He died Feb. 1, 2012 after a 14-year battle with cancer.

Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Born Sept. 9, 1940 in Chestnut Ridge, Mo., to Ralph and Agnes Davis, Wendell moved to Ceres in 1942, and then to south Modesto when he was in the second grade at Shackleford School. He milked cows for Manuel Vierra on McClusky's ranch from 1959 to 1961. Mr. Davis was employed 33 years with Marathon, which later became the American Can Co., and then James River Co. He ended his career as a plate maker. After he retired, he enjoyed meeting friends in the early mornings at the Country Girl Cafe, then the Standard Cafe, then the B&J's Cafe in Ceres, which just turned into Sam's Cafe. Wendell was a member and past board member of the Ceres Senior Citizens Club.

He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Sheila Davis of Ceres, who he met in that second grade class; three children, Terri Coonce, Gayle Martin, and Mike Davis; three sisters, Virginia King of Modesto, Nona Savage of Delhi, and Alta Partlow of Modesto; five grandchildren, Michael Davis, Ryan and Brianne Coonce, Abbie and Steven Martin; and his great-granddaughter, Nicolle Coonce.

Remembrances may be sent to the Ceres Senior Citizens Club, P.O. Box 1832, Ceres, CA 95307; or to Community Hospice, Inc., 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

-Ceres Courier/ February 8, 2012