April 1922 ~ October 2011
Ernest C. Burroughs, 89, was born in 1922 at his family home in Knightsen, California. After graduating from Liberty High School in Brentwood, CA and two years at University of California, Berkeley, he joined the family dairy business in 1942. He was a lifetime dairyman, partner first with his brother, Oscar in Contra Costa County for thirty years and then with his sons, Bruce and Ward in Merced County for another 30 years. He served on many boards including the Oakley School District Board, he was a director for California Gold Dairy Cooperative and Eastside Water District. He served as president of the Farm Bureau Federation in Contra Costa County. He was a member of the Atwater United Methodist Church and served on their Board of Trustees. He was an avid horseman and especially enjoyed horse and mule pack trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Ernest is survived by his sister Cynthia Hummal; five children Bruce (Barbara), Ward (Rosie), Mary, Robert (Ginny) and Katherine (Rob) Treat; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary “Loo” to whom he was married for 57 years; his brothers Rennie, Oscar, Phil; granddaughter Bethany.
Arrangements are entrusted to Allen Mortuary. A memorial service will be at Atwater United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 22nd at 10:30am. Memorial contributions may be made to Atwater United Methodist Church, 2550 Linden St., Atwater, CA 95301 or Heifer International, 1 World Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202 www.heifer.org.