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Obituary: Edward D. Serda

Obituary: Edward D. Serda

Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 13 for Edward D. Serda, 88, of Lindsay who passed away on March 31, 2017. He will be laid to rest at Lindsay Strathmore Public Cemetery. Eddie, as he was known, was born on Feb. 17, 1929 in Upland, Calif. He moved to Lindsay as a young boy where he attended local schools. Eddie was proud of his service in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a workaholic and worked for the same company for over 40 years. Eddie enjoyed drinking and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by one sister Mary Benitez. Eddie is survived by his wife Margaret Serda of Lindsay, son Mike Serda of Visalia, brother Tony Serda of Visalia and sister Sally Servin of Lindsay. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 2-7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Webb Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Edward Lee Willis

Memorial Services for Edward Lee Willis will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Evans Miller Guinn Chapel in Exeter, Calif. and will be followed by food and remembrance at East Meet West banquet room, located at 224 N. Kaweah Ave. in Exeter.

Edward was born on Aug. 14, 1934 in Caney, Okla. Ed was a tough and caring man who loved family and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids. Ed considered Ray Martin and all the Martins part of his family.

Ed grew up working in the fields with his family. He fondly remembered large family gatherings where his mother would play the piano and sing. When Ed was old enough, he joined the Navy. After leaving the Navy, he became one of the best truck drivers in the country. Companies from across the United States tried to recruit him to drive for them. Ed loved driving truck and did so for many years until forced to retire. Ed was a faithful Los Angeles Rams and Anaheim Angels fan. He was very competitive in city league softball and basketball. He had great team members who played to win, and usually did. When Ed was older, he sponsored an “Old Timers” softball tournament, and received a standing ovation for striking out, this was something not many people had seen. Ed enjoyed leather work and was a great craftsman. He had the opportunity to craft items for loved ones as well as Exeter Police Department and Merle Haggard. Ed loved Oklahoma and after retirement made several trips to visit, he will be making his final trip to his childhood home in Oklahoma next week. Ed was preceded in death by his father Charles Willis of Mesquite, Texas; mother Francis Westerman of Farmersville, Calif.; and brother Dooney Willis of Ceres, Calif.

Ed is survived by his wife of many years, Maxine Willis of Exeter, Calif.; two brothers, Billy Roy Willis of Visalia, Calif. and Doyle Wayne McKee of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; three children, Gary Lee Willis of Olympia, Wash., Cheryl Willis of Exeter, Calif., Kay Smith and husband Shawn Smith of Maysville, Okla.; nine grandchildren, Tiffany Willis of Olympia, Wash., Kyrie Willis of Olympia, Wash., Rebecca Vitale of Exeter, Calif., Davina Walton of Tulare, Calif., Andrew Walton of Hanford, Calif., Shane Smith of Norman, Okla., Ashley Smith of Woodlake, Calif., Jonathon Smith of Tulare, Calif. and Makalya Smith of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and his four beloved dogs Cherokee, Keyo, Wendy and Sugar.

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