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Fred Elmer
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Fred 'Pete' Elmer, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 4 at his home.

He was born in Hillsboro, WI on Nov. 27, 1932 and was a longtime resident of Linden.

Mr. Elmer was a U.S. Air Force pilot during the Korean War and volunteered in the Saigon evacuation during the Vietnam War. He was also the Chief Pilot for Mobil Oil for 25 years and lived with his family in Tripoli, Libya and Singapore. When he retired from Mobil, he and his wife moved to Linden, where they operated a cattle ranch for 30 years.

"Cowboy Pete" became his nickname, and he was well known for the twinkle in his eye, his never ending smile, and the firm hand on your shoulder letting you know that he was always there as your friend, your confidant, and your mentor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Kathleen Janet Elmer; daughter, Laura Elmer Woods; son-in-law, Roger Woods; and grandchild, Sean Woods.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Stone Corral Community Church in Valley Springs, 9441 Highway 26.

Remembrances may be made in his memory to the Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204.

Park View Cemetery and Funeral Home, Manteca, in charge of arrangements.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Sept. 10, 2008