Richard Lester Jeffries

1917 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Richard Lester Jeffries Obituary

Dick Jeffries was born May 30, 1917 to Lester Blood Jeffries and May Bloom Jeffries, in Portland, Oregon. He died February 19, 2016 in Bakersfield, California with family by his side in the comfort of his home...he was 98 years old.

Dick attended Bakersfield Collage (1936) and played football as a running back under Coach Jack Frost on the Renegade team. He then served his country during World War II as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp, flying B-24 Bombers. The war ended before he was to fly his first combat mission. After the war he returned to the petroleum business in which he had worked, Standard Oil of California. In 1946, he and his brother Howard B. Jeffries purchased a petroleum distributorship in Buttonwillow, California, (Bank Line Petroleum) with a $10,000 dollar loan from Lester Houchin and started Jeffries Brothers Petroleum. Dick and Howard's success over the next 40 years was based on hard work and exceptional service along with the dedicated service of loyal employees and dependable customers in the farming communities of Buttonwillow, Wasco, Shafter, Lost Hills, McFarland, Delano, Taft and Bakersfield. Without these, Jeffries Bros., Inc. would not have enjoyed the success that it has had for the past two generations. Many of these acquaintances have remained close friends because Dick highly valued those relationships. Jeffries Bros., Inc. is now in its 70th year; Dick's son, Don Jeffries is the second-generation owner/operator and the third generation is right behind.

Beyond being a wonderful father who led by example, Dick was an avid hunter, fly fisherman and private pilot. He flew many hours with his friend Larry Myers. He also loved the out doors and hard physical labor. His closest friends were cattle ranchers like Tilton Tracy of Buttonwillow Land and Cattle, Sterling Grant of LA Grant and Sons. When it was time for gathering cattle or branding calves he was always there ready to help. For 30 years some of his most memorable times were hunting trips to Kern Flats on the Kern River with friends from Wasco along with deer hunting trips to Nevada, Arizona and elk hunting in Idaho. When he was 70 he and his wife Dolores move to Thayne, Wyoming and built a home where they spent most of the year, returning to Bakersfield for the winters. He loved life in Wyoming where he could fish and hunt to his heart's delight. He made many friends there and regularly hunted with his dear friend Herb Urbaniik. Just a few years ago at age 90, he decided that it was time to sell his horses and take it a bit easier.

Many friends have commented "they don't make them like that anymore". He was one of a kind, a man's man...a quiet man who did not mince words but said what he thought. His faith in God matched the man...he held a quiet confidence in Jesus as His Lord and Savior.

Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dolores O Jeffries on October 29, 2010; father, Lester Blood Jeffries; mother, May Bloom Jeffries; brother, Howard B. Jeffries and his wife Kathryn Jeffries; nephew, Wayne P. Jeffries; niece, Patti Jeffries; grandson, Chad A Jeffries; sister, Margret Roberts and her husband Doyle Roberts and their son, Kirk Roberts, nephew.

Dick is survived by his son, Steve Jeffries; son, Tom Jeffries and his wife Laura Jeffries; son, Donald Jeffries and his wife Donna Jeffries; daughter, Christine Rodarte and her husband, Roger Rodarte; 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

In of lieu flowers the family is requesting you make contributions to the in Dick's name. The family has also requested a private graveside service on Monday, February 29, 2016.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 26, 2016
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