Graveside service for Ray Alden Pfeiffer, 85, of Exeter will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 27 at Exeter District Cemetery with pastors Michael Franckowiak and Bill Haynes officiating and military rites by the Veterans Honor Program of Fresno. He died on Oct. 22 with his entire family at his bedside.
He was born in Linn, Kan. on Oct. 23, 1918 to Clarence and Margaret Pfeiffer. He graduated from Exeter Union High School in 1937 and attended COS then transferred into a college in Southern California.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in England. He served his country during World War II. In 1943, he met Wanda Mae Kalsow while stationed in Fargo, North Dakota and married his true love in 1945.
After their marriage they moved to California. After establishing their home, Ray began ranching deciduous fruit and later started his own nursery and consulting firm specializing in wine-grape rootstock. During the 59 years of marriage, they had two children who both live in Exeter on the family ranch.
To him, his life-interest was his family. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club and he was also a member of the Porterville Pilot's Association. He honorably served on the board of the Orange Belt Supply for many years, and also was one of the first Ag Advisors for Exeter Union High School's Ag Farm. He was a charter member of the Trinity Lutheran Church established in 1954 where he served as trustee and head usher for many years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Margaret Pfeiffer; a son-in-law, Steven Ward Phillips; and a nephew, Tim Pfeiffer.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda; his daughter, Faye Ann and husband Larry Phillips; son, Galen Ray and wife Linda Pfeiffer; three granddaughters, Rhonda Renee (Phillips) and husband Cameron Haynes, Melissa (Pfeiffer) and husband Dennis Welch of Visalia, and Paula (Pfeiffer) and husband Dan Marvin of Exeter; two great-grandchildren, Allyson Renee Haynes and Steven William Haynes of Visalia; his brother, Eldon Pfeiffer and wife Beverly; a niece and nephew; and a great-niece and great-nephew. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, 420
Sequoia Drive, Exeter, CA 93221. Condolences may be made online at www.smithfamilychapel.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Chapel of