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Kenneth Tuttle
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Kenneth William Tuttle, 104, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 30 surrounded by his loving family at Alexander Cohen Hospice House, Hughson.

He was born in Kahoka, Arkansas on March 11, 1908. He grew up in the Ozark area of Arkansas, and also East Texas. He shared many stories of his childhood with the family.

He married Blanche in 1942 in Green Forest, Ark. They moved to California and settled in Watsonville before he was called to serve in the Army during World War II. Mr. Tuttle served in the Pacific Theater in Leyte, Okinawa and the Philippines as a member of the 96th Infantry Division, the 361st Field Artillery.

He and his wife lived in Watsonville, Campbell, and San Jose. He lost his eyesight and had to retire from his station - Ken's Exxon, in Cupertino in 1977. They moved to Riverbank in 1996.

He continued to write gospel songs and poetry, he began painting, camping and fishing, and enjoyed more time with his family. In recent years, after moving to Riverbank, he took great pride in fellowship and the many new friends at Big Valley Grace Community Church of Modesto, and the VIP Bible Study group.

He was loved by many, so his life story will live on. He often said, "Whatever you do in life, be sure they know you were there. Bye kids!"

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Blanche; son, Dale (Georgia) Tuttle; daughter, Brenda (Wayne) Quetano; sister, Marilee Williams; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and treasured friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and great-grandson, baby Joey Tuttle.

Visitation/viewing was held Oct. 7 at the Riverbank Memorial Chapel and the funeral was held Oct. 8 at Big Valley Grace Community Church, Modesto. A graveside service was Oct. 9 at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356 or to Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

Oct. 10, 2012