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Edward Everett Gleffe, 73, a resident of Squaw Valley, passed away unexpectedly on February 13, 2022 after a short illness with Covid. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kohlee and Christoper Barbeau; grandchildren, Zane and Griffin Barbeau, and his second mother, Geraldine Gleffe. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester Leland Gleffe and Wanda Laverne (Friesen) Gleffe.
Eddie was born in Oroville, California on January 10, 1949 but grew up in Dinuba, California.. As a teen he was involved in FFA, serving as their president, and the Central Valley Saddle Club where he won a belt buckle he wore his whole life. He graduated from Dinuba High School in 1967. His young family moved to Orosi in 1973. He worked at many occupations over the years. He spent the last 26 years as a bus driver and groundskeeper at Cutler Orosi School District from which he retired in 2010 to his home in Squaw Valley, California.
He was a devoted father and grandfather and was always at every school event and celebration. He helped the family so much by caring for his grandkids when their parents had their illnesses.
He spent much of his retirement devoted to his church, Dunlap Baptist, where he served on committees, helped with food distribution and led Sunday School. His church family was especially dear to him and he was always willing to lend an ear or helping hand to anyone in need. He was a true student of God’s word and studied, taught, and wrote extensively about the Bible. Ed’s love and trust in God comforted him and he was secure in the knowledge God was in control. He was happiest when he was sharing the word of God with others.
He also loved music and was self taught on guitar, banjo, dobro, and more. He enjoyed playing in church bands and had played in a Christian band called Three To Serve that provided entertainment to senior homes throughout the valley. He loved his animals and always had a trusty canine sidekick. He had many collections and hobbies. He always put his whole heart into everything he did. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, generous nature, and love of God.
Graveside services are planned for 10:00 A.M. on February 28 at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon at Dunlap Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Youth Mission Program at Dunlap Baptist Church, P.O. Box 578, Dunlap, CA 93621.
Monday, February 28, 2022
Starts at 10:00am (Pacific time)
Smith Mountain Cemetery
Reception at Dunlap Baptist Church, Dunlap, CA
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