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1921 - 2011

Born John Earl Pillsbury, he always preferred to be called Earl. Our Husband and Father died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at Shasta Regional Medical Center.

Earl was the youngest of seven siblings, and was born in Nord, CA to Melville Paul and Alpha Dell Pillsbury.

Earl served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he met and married his wife of 66 years, Mary C. Pillsbury. For many years he served as Post Commander for Post 1555 for the VFW in Chico, California.

He was preceded in death by all 6 siblings; his mother and father, as well as his only son, John Earl Pillsbury Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Susan A. Metz (Marc) and Mary Dell Lobeski (Louie); 10 grandchildren, Ben, Matthew, Jonathon, Peter, Stacy, Anna, Haley, Melissa, Daniel and Amy, and eight great-grandchildren, Braden, Ethan, Eden, Nolan, Makenna, Silas, Mya, and Maizy.

Earl was an insurance salesman, grain broker and entrepreneur. During Earl's life he built multiple family homes, including a vacation home in Ft. Bragg, CA, and several income properties. He built two ocean going trimarans (3 hulled ships) on which he and Mary spent many happy days sailing.

Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home in Chico, CA.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 26, 2011
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