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Leon Everett Ethridge


1927 - 2012 In Memoriam Condolences
Leon Everett Ethridge In Memoriam
In Loving Memory of Leon Everett Ethridge June 25, 1927 - May 28, 2012 Leon Ethridge passed away at his home in Bakersfield on Memorial Day with his family at his side. He was born in Electra, Texas and raised in Avenal, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 15 years of age. He served on the USS Gilmore in World War II after the invasion of Pearl Harbor. After the war he found work in the oil business where he made a name for himself, and worked all over the world in such countries as Libya, Iran, Mozambique and Brunei. As a Superintendent for Reading and Bates Off-Shore Drilling Co. he set a record for drilling two years without a lost time accident on his rig the IJ Pierce. He was also a consultant for Texaco, Shell and Brittish Petroleum. He retired in Portugal and after a few years made his way back to the United States. He was a beautiful, proud man, a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his devoted wife, Otilia; his daughters, Michelle, Carla, Christina and Tura; his sons, Mike, Pat and Zachary; his grandchildren, Caitlyn, Emma, Madison Gage and baby Ava; his sons-in-law, Randy and Anthony; his brother, Roy and his wife Shirley; sister, Jo-Ann and aunt Dorothy. Thank you to his caring neighbors Jerry and Shannen Adams and their children, and a special thank you to Optimal Hospice, Sheri, Charla and Andrea who took such good care of dad. Also a special thank you to Mission Funeral Home who made things a bit easier. We Love You Daddy, You Will Be Missed www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 17, 2012
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