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Teddy Lee McDiffett February 20, 1938 - January 31, 2021

Teddy Lee McDiffett

February 20, 1938 ~ January 31, 2021_x000D_
Teddy McDiffett, 82 of Denair, CA, passed away on January 31, 2021 at Emanuel Medical Center. He was born and raised in Kansas and came to California 55 years ago. Ted worked for Turlock Irrigation District where he fulfilled a 30-year long career. He was a past member of Denair Lions Club, a Cub Scout Leader and enjoyed playing golf, softball, and basketball. Ted was well known by all for his huge smile, friendly wave, and big bear hugs. He never met a stranger and would lend a hand to anyone in need, usually doing cement work, roofing or putting up fences. Ted will be missed by so many.

Ted is survived by his wife of 61 years Edith McDiffett; four children, Chris (late wife Pam) McDifffett of Denair, Debbie (Rick) Nutcher of Denair, Brian McDiffett of Alta Vista, Kansas, and Vonda (Mario) Holguin of Turlock; six granddaughters and eight great grandchildren with one on the way. Ted is preceded in death by his father Paul and mother Christina McDiffett, brothers Stan, Max, Kent and Keith McDiffett, and his sisters Marvene Carlton, Peggy Koepp and Verlene Buchman.

A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 12 to 3 pm at Nutcher Farms located at 5213 W Grayson Rd, Modesto CA.

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  2. Missy Lathrop says

    It was always a treat when Ted come to visit in the summer’s. He was like a celebrity making his rounds talking with everyone, not finding one stranger. Brian’s yard would be full every evening of people just sitting around talking to Ted. I’m glad I got the chance to know him. He was definitely one of a kind.

  3. Rebecca Vieyra says

    Ted, your smile will surely be missed. You were a great friend to many and a neighbor to the entire community. Your enthusiasm was infectious and I’m saddened by your loss. Rest In Peace my friend! I will miss you dearly and forever grateful for all our laughs together ❣️

  4. Connie & Albert Dutra says

    Ted had a heart of gold! He will be missed so much. Our hearts go out to the family. The Dutra family send our condolences. We cherish the memories of an amazing friend. God Bless ❤

  5. Kathy & Alan Smith says

    Our deepest sympathy to the McDiffett family. Ted was always a wonderful happy go lucky guy. I don’t think he every had a bad day.
    Edith you and your family are in our prayers.
    Cherish all your wonderful memories.

  6. Terri Souza says

    Always a big smile and an even bigger Teddy Bear Hug..
    prayers and love to all his family.. ❤️

  7. Bev Smith Jones says

    I have so many wonderful memories of Ted. He will be greatly missed. Jerry was born and raised in Kansas and Jerry and Ted would always talk about living in Kansas.
    My love and prayers are with the entire McDiffeth family.
    Our love to all of you ❤️
    Bev and Jerry Jones

  8. Henry Jackson says

    I really don’t know where to start He was and is one of the best men I know as a young kid who lived down the road and getting asked to shoot hoops why walking to or from school. Playing softball with him as an adult. Or helping him with a project that was helping others. There was always a teaching moment. Sportsmanship and talks. Hard work giving to others. He is what these young men still need today. In my book Denair lost a Roll model. Rip Teddy Bear and thank you for all the lessons learned. Hammering Hank

  9. Brent Sanders says

    So many great great memories we had together Teddy. Working hard drinking beer and sharing stories. You won’t be forgotten. I still use some of your one liners and get laughs. Miss you buddy!
    Love Brent

  10. Patrick McDiffett says

    Uncle Ted, Your humor and smile and friendly demeanor will never be forgotten! You truely were the funniest uncle in the world!!! Much love, thoughts and prayers to my Aunt Edith and all my cousin’s at this time…Love you all….R.I.P.

  11. Cheryl and Fred Zumstein says

    All true. We will truly miss that wonderful smile and honary sense of humor. Hugs and love to all in his wonderful family.

  12. Bart Sargenti says

    Rest In Peace Ted! I worked with Ted at TID and all there is to say about him is he was one of the “Good Ones”!

  13. Joyce McDiffett says

    Ted,you will be remembered for your nutty sense of humor. You kept me in stitches. You called every woman Hon and got reprimanded at work for sexual harrassment but it was so natural it just slipped out. We did not take offense because it was just you. You and Keith had the best times when you were together. You were two of a kind. I will truly miss you and your great smile.

  14. Saundra Johnson says

    Rest in peace and free of pain Ted. You were the perfect brother-in-law and a great friend. You will truly be missed by everyone that ever had the good fortune of knowing you.
    You were really loved more than you realized .

  15. Saundra Johnson says

    Rest in peace and free of pain Ted. You were the perfect brother-in-law and a great friend. You will truly be missed by everyone that ever had the good fortune of knowing you.
    You were really loved a lot.

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