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Theodore Marion Ferrell Sr.


1934 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Theodore Marion Ferrell Sr. Obituary
Theodore Marion Ferrell, Sr. 1934 - 2013 On March 22, 1934, Marion and Nancy Ferrell brought home a second son to their cabin in the beautiful woods of Pocola, Oklahoma. Theodore had come home to be with his mom, dad and brother Ray to grow up on the family farm. Living the country life during the Great Depression forced the family to become independent, learning to live off of the land, and trust in each other. Though only attending formal school through the ninth grade, Ted held education and hard work in high esteem. At the age of 15, Ted bought a used car and drove out to California to reconnect with his mother, his new stepdad Herman Bybee, and his brother. As an older brother, Ray had always been Ted's mentor as well as tormentor. In 1952, during the Korean Conflict, Ted became a member of the United States Navy stationed in San Diego, CA. He was assigned to the Color Guard at the San Bruno National Military Cemetery to help honor those who had given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. His last assignment before returning to civilian life was as a top hand on the deck of the mine sweeper, the USS Embattle, cruising the Pacific Ocean out of Long Beach. Prior to discharge, he returned to Visalia, CA, where in March 1955, he married the love of his life, Anna Ruth Criswell. Ann had three children Rick, Carolyn and Mike from a previous marriage and they added to the happy brood by bringing home Theodore Marion Ferrell, Junior in late 1955. In 1957 a brother-in-law introduced Ted to the construction trades, in which he excelled until his retirement in 1993, as a proud member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers. Achieving Master Craftsmen status in his profession, he was assigned jobs all over the western United States. After a successful 36-year career, he retired to his small ranch in Walker Basin, CA to raise cattle. Unfortunately, illness dictated he and Ann move to Bakersfield, after a brief residence in Lake Isabella, to be closer to doctors. His many interests included improving his home, building things, gardening, and watching NASCAR. He also loved going to the coast, camping on the beach and running his dune buggy in the sand. His greatest joy was his family who would come to the house for frequent barbeques and dinners. He passed away peacefully at home on June 18th surrounded by family members. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Ferrell of Bakersfield, CA; sons, Theodore M. Ferrell Jr. (Ellen) of Bakersfield, CA, Richard D. Hughes (Laural) of Dickson, TN, Michael D. Hughes (Susan) of Lake Isabella, CA; and daughter, Carolyn Lopes (Douglas) of Centerville, TN. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ray E. Ferrell, and granddaughter, Ashley Lauren Hughes. Services will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 10 a.m.; with Visitation on Monday, June 24th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 25th, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 23, 2013
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