Milford Burton Dreblow

06/15/1923 - 04/29/2014 Obituary
Milford Burton Dreblow Obituary
Milford Burton Dreblow "Milt", 90 of Bakersfield passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 29,2014. Milt was born in Medicine Lake, Montana on June 15, 1923 to Dewey and Myrtle Dreblow. The family moved to California early in Milt's childhood. They lived first in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. but then settled in Santa Ana where Milt and his sisters Dorothy and Arlene attended local schools. Milt was always quite the athlete and truly excelled in any sport he played but his true love was definitely football. Milt attended Santa Ana High School where he was not only a hardworking student but an outstanding football player as well. Milt was never afraid of work and would make extra money doing many odd jobs but one of his jobs as a golf caddy at the local golf course is probably where he developed his early love for the game of golf. Milt also loved his sisters Dorothy and Arlene and he cherished the memories of growing up with them.After high school, as most young men were doing at that time, Milt proudly enlisted in the service and served our country in the United States Navy until May 1946 when he was honorably discharged. It was at this time thanks to his service and the GI Bill Milt was able to realize a life long dream of pursuing a college degree. He was accepted to USC where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. While Milt was at USC he went out for the football team where he was noted as an outstanding player. Milt loved to talk about all of the football games he played in but probably by far his two favorite games were the Rose Bowl games he was fortunate enough to play in. If you were to have asked Milt whether he played offense or defense he would tell you, "BOTH"! After college Milt was approached by the Washington Redskins to play for them. After much consideration Milt being ever practical declined the offer and told them that he had a better job offer that would pay $50 more a month. Milt would always chuckle about that when telling the story over the years but would also add that $50 really meant something back then. Milt remained a life long supporter of anything USC and held a Life-Pass to all home games. Even when Milt was in his mid 80's he would try to see at least one game a season.After college Milt married his first wife RitaFaye Earp and they had their only son Mark Dreblow. In the 1950's Milt moved his family to Kern County and settled in Bakersfield. He put is Engineering degree and knowledge to work and had a long career in the local oil industry. After many years Milt retired as Assistant Drilling Superintendent for Bectel. Milt remained active in a variety of local oil related groups.In April of 1975 Milt married the love of his life June Bradford. Milt and June enjoyed 38 wonderful years together. The shared many interests but their passion was definitely golf. Together with their love for travel and that passion for golf they were able to take many wonderful trips and play many different courses. Milt was a wonderful golfer and won a number of tournaments including a Pro-Am. He was most proud of the few hole-in-ones he had and could tell you not only the date they happened but where they happened and the events leading up to it happening. He was equally excited to tell you about June's golf accomplishments as well as how accomplished she was in her career. Near the end of June's life Milt took such good care of her and truly made her his sole job. In May of 2013 Milt lost his beloved June and to say this left a hole in his heart is an understatement. Milt was truly lost without her.Milt is survived by his stepson Wes Bradford and wife Tracey, his grandchildren; Natalie Kronfeldt and husband Lee, Nick Bradford and wife Carrie, Brendon Bradford ,Wes Bradford, Jr. and Zachary Barnard and wife Haley. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law Judy Hodges and husband Bob, brother-in-law Bob Borden and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife June, his son Mark, sister Dorothy Doughty and her husband Fulton and sister Arlene Borden.Visitation will be held on Monday, May 5th between 4 and 7p.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 6th at 10a.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd.In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Milt's name to the Clifford and Bradford Athletic Foundation, 1515 20th Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93301
Published in Bakersfield Californian from May 3 to May 5, 2014
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