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Wesley E. Browning
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A graveside service was held Feb. 9 at Ceres Memorial Park for Wesley "Dick" Ernest Browning, 94, of Ceres.

Allen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Born on June 3, 1916 to Tom and Lou Browning, as one of 11 children, Dick worked in the Texas Civilian Conservation Corps camps. He served in the military during World War II and when he returned home he married Bernice Lillian Browning. They had 5 children, four boys and a girl. Mr. Browing lived in Porterville during the 1940s, and moved to the Modesto-Ceres area in the 1960s. Wesley was employed as a butcher, as a foreman on a cattle ranch owned by John Wayne, and for over 30 years worked in the fruit producing business.

He leaves behind his son, Wesley L. Browning of Kansas; and 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, children Brenda Lee Browning, Lonnie Thomas Browning, Ronald Edward Browning, and Ricky Dean Browning.

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-Ceres Courier/ February 16, 2011