Ralph Dean Studebaker, 76, of Pleasanton died unexpectedly in his sleep at his home on July 18.
He was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Perry, Okla., to Ralph Ernest and Goldie Studebaker. He graduated from Perry High School in Oklahoma in 1952, where he earned All-State honors in both football and track and field. He honorably served in the Marines from 1953 to 1956. He went on to complete his education at Washington State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Restaurant/Hotel Management. Mr. Studebaker was a highly creative culinary artist who loved his work and took great pride in producing innovative fare at the restaurants he owned over the years. For the past 22 years he owned and operated the Railroad Cafe in Livermore with his wife Jo. Although never receiving official acclaim, he could arguably be credited for introducing California Cuisine decades before it became popular. He served on the Diablo Valley College Culinary Board of Directors for several years. He also loved to garden with his cocker spaniel Sadie, and follow Sooner football and the Oakland A's.
Mr. Studebaker was predeceased by his sister Peggy and his brother Ken. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Jo; children Stacy and her husband Glenn, Kendon and his wife Robin, and Dean of Pleasanton; grandchildren Kaydon and Wyatt; his sister Pat and her husband Ward, and his brother Donald and his wife Ginny. Donations may be sent to VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Volunteer Services, Attention William Ball PAD 135, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto 94304. Make the check out to VAPAHCS Volunteer Services: Homeless Veterans, and note it's in memory of Ralph Studebaker.
Cletus Paul Briere
Cletus Paul (Pete) Briere, 83, died at home on July 17 after a brief illness.
He was born in Danielson, Conn., on Sept. 18, 1927. He moved with his wife and three children to Long Beach in February 1962. He worked as a machinist in the tool and die industry for over 40 years. After retiring in 1992 he moved to Pleasanton and resided here until his death. He enjoyed working in the garage, helping his neighbors at Harvest Square Townhouse complex, and spent much of his retirement building furniture
Mr. Briere is survived by his wife Norma Carolyn Briere; daughter Kathryn (Roy) Schamanski of Tacoma, Wash., son Michael (Jamie) Briere of Lakewood, and daughter Sheri (Mike) Baldwin of Pleasanton; and six grandchildren.
Per his request no services were held. Remembrances may be sent to Hope Hospice in Dublin or to the charity of your choice in his name.