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The Press-Enterprise
Riverside, California
March 3, 2004

OBITUARY - ESMOND DEFOREST FERRIS

American Flag.jpg Esmond Deforest FERRIS, 77, died Saturday at his home in Menifee. Born in Diagonal, Iowa, Mr. FERRIS lived in Menifee three months. Prior to that he lived in Palm Desert for five years. He was employed by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hemet.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medic and was also a member of the Soldier Chorus that performed in cathedrals all over Europe. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Menifee; his daughter, Mary ARCHULETA of Riverside; his son, Michael FERRIS of Vista; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hemet. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City. Interment will be in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside [CA].

Memorial contributions: Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd or Ramona Hospice of Hemet [CA].

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, March 18, 2004

OBITUARY ~ ESMOND DEFOREST FERRIS

Esmond DeForest FERRIS, age 77, died February 28, 2004, at his home in Menifee, Califronia. He was born March 6, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to DeForest Ferris and Bessie DUFUR.

He grew up in Diagonal, Iowa where his father was manager of First National Bank. His grandfather, Ezra T. DUFUR, owned the bank in Lorimor, Iowa. Esmond and his family were members of the Methodist Church in Diagonal. He lived there until the death of his father in 1035. Esmond went to Roosevelt High School and Drake University in Des Moines.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe as an Army medic of the 71st division. Following the war he was a member of the Soldier Chorus, performing for military and civilian audiences all over Europ. They sang at the first Salzburg Festival after the war.

He married Joyce BALLARD of Tucson, Arizona in 1957. They had been married 47 years.

He was an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles, California serving churches in South Pasadena, West-minster, Monrovia and Leisure World Seal Beach. In his later years he was a marriage and family counselor.

Esmond FERRIS has been active in genealogy groups and published his family history, "Parallels to the Diagonal" in 2001. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution where he served as registrar for the Coachella Valley Chapater.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; a son, Michael (Cindee) FERRIS of Vista, California; a daughter, Mary (Don) ARCHULETA of Riverside, California; and five grandchildren, Shaun and Justin FERRIS and Tasha, Tyler and Tommy ARCHULETA.

Services celebrating his life were held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Hemet, California with the Reverend Father Gordon SCHEIBLE officiating. He was laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery.

Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City, Califorina, 26770 Murrieta Road handled the services.<>Memorials are sugested to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Esmond Ferris Memorial FUnd, 308 E. Acacia, Hemet, California or the Ramona Hospice, 890 W. Stetson, Hemet.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

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