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Robert Douglas Silicz Obituary
Robert Douglas Silicz (Doug) May 26, 1926 - May 4 2012 Robert Douglas Silicz, aged 85 years, of Sheridan, CA passed away at his home on May 4, 2012 after a brief illness. "Doug" was born May 26, 1926 in Kernville, CA, the sixth and last child of Alex and Dora Neill Silicz. He made his home on a small ranch in Sheridan with his loving wife, Carol. They were married May 3, 1986, and had just celebrated their 26thwedding anniversary. Doug attended grammar schools in Isabella and Weldon, California and Bakersfield High where he boarded during the week, returning home on the weekends to the ranch in Isabella. Doug was denied enlistment in WWII, due to a birth defect, so continued to help his mother on the Isabella ranch and cowboy the mountain and valley ranches. As a young man, he was a mule packer for John McNally, packing hunters and fishermen into the High Sierras. He and lifelong friend, Raymond Pascoe, also a mule packer, spent many great times exploring the high mountains. He also tried rodeo, hauled hay and was a buckaroo for Tony Arajo at the Tejon Ranch. While working for the Charles West Ranches near Bakersfield, he was proud to be asked to drive a team for the Rancheros Visitadores Ride. He was ranch Forman for Monroe Browne of Browne Cattle Company in Northern California helping to expand his cattle operation. For over 20 years he ran thousands of cattle as well as maintained a fine stable of running and performance Quarter Horses for Browne. In 1977, Doug was seriously injured in a car accident ending his active cowboy working years. In 1985 he began a new career as a Brand Inspector for the State of California, retiring in 1997. His wife, Carol Ohlin Silicz, his stepchildren Katie Aunan and Rob MacDonald, nieces Nancy Moore, Joan Etcheverry, Judy Jacobs, Myrna Sweeney and 7 grandchildren survive Doug. His daughter, Helen Silicz, 2 brothers and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Doug will be missed by all for his twinkling eyes and the ability to tell engaging stories to his friends and family about his days gone by. A Celebration of Life and Cowboy BBQ will be held in his honor on May 26th at Noon at the Mt. Pleasant Farm Bureau Hall, 3333 Mt Pleasant Rd., Lincoln. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 13, 2012
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