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Rufus Si Drury, Sr.

Entrepreneur, U. S. Navy & Coast Guard veteran

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POSTED January 24, 2009 1:29 a.m.
Rufus Si Drury Sr., 90, entered into rest on Jan. 16, 2009 in Hughson, Calif. He was born on May 15, 1918 to Mr. and Mrs. Roberdeau and Emma Drury in Flomaton, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Edwin Drury, Francis Harris, and Mary Sulya, and one step-son Roy R. Bourassa.

Mr. Drury is survived by his wife of 31 years, Della Drury; son, Rufus S. Drury Jr. and wife Valerie of Mountain View; step-children Debra Bourassa of Manteca, Joseph H. Bourassa Jr. of Tracy, and Maurice M. Bourassa of Stockton; and one brother, William Drury of Georgia. He was also blessed by 2 grandchildren, Eric Drury and Emma Drury, both of Mountain View and step-grandchildren Danny, Bryan, Amber, Michael, Joey, Brandon, Kenny, Chris, Nathan, Tyler, and Matthew Bourassa.

Si was a resident of Manteca for 19 years. He was previously from Fremont where he was an entrepreneur. He owned many businesses throughout the Bay area such as Della’s Dry Cleaning, High Hat Cleaners, and Della’s Family Cleaners, just to name a few. Before owning several businesses,

Si made is career of 22 years with the United States Navy and Coast Guard. While in the military, Si was a football player with the Cost Guard and a boxer under the referee of Jack Dempsey. Si also received 6 years of education with Spring Hill College and finally graduating with the Coast Guard Academy. After moving to Manteca, Si enjoyed going to the Manteca Golf Course. He was very passionate about the game of golf. Some say his life revolved around “his game.” He made great friends at the Golf Course and worked as a Marshall for many years. Throughout the years, Si enjoyed a good game of college football and was an avid 49er fan. He found the game of chess to be very challenging and enjoyed playing with family and friends. Si was a people pleaser who always gave of himself. He will be remembered as a true gentleman, a beloved husband, wonderful father and devoted friend.

Services for Mr. Drury are under the direction of the Manteca P.L. Fry & Son staff. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Rd. Manteca. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at a later date at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to any Jr. Golf Association for Children.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009
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