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Willard Ralph Bristow
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A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church for Willard "Bud" Bristow, 84, of Turlock. He recently died at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock afte his long battle with leukemia.

A private burial is planned at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Born August 1927 in Little Rock, Texas, to Marvin and Velma Bristow, Bud and his family settled in Hughson, where he graduated from Hughson High School. Bud lettered in four sports while in high school: basketball, track, baseball, and football. After high school he joined the Navy and served in the medical corps in Hawaii. Upon his return he married his high school sweetheart, Thelma Riggs. They were married 52 years before her death in 2000. Bud worked in a shipyard, owned a soda fountain in Hughson, owned a market, worked at Gallo Winery, and farmed in Hughson for 10 years before his retirement a few years ago. In 2002 Bud married Bette Whitfield. He was a member and honorary deacon in the Ceres Seventh day Adventist Church.

He leaves behind his wife, Bette Whitfield-Bristow of Turlock; his daughters, Cheryl Baade of Modesto, and Margaret Bristow of Arlington, Texas; his step-sons, Dennis Whitfield of Modesto, DouglasWhitfield of Ceres, and Mark Whitfield of Ripon; his step-daughter, Kimberlee Newton of Butenville, Wash.; his sister, Dolly Bristow of Ripon; his brother, Ron Bristow of Ripon; three grandchildren, Scott Ramirez, Robert John Frobose, and Randee Harcrow; three great-grandchildren, Sean Harcrow, Seth Harcrow and Robert Michael Frobose; eight step grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Thelma, grandson Mark Ramirez, and step-grandson Jonathan Whitfield.

Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Emanuel or the Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 Central Avenue, Ceres CA 95307.

-Ceres Courier/ December 21, 2011