Bill Harren, 73, was born to Kendall and Eurena Harren in Pacific Grove. He started school in San Francisco but spent most of his school years in Ceres. After graduating from Ceres High School in 1955, he joined the National Guard, and served for six years. On Aug. 2, 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Marie Blaker. Bill and Ann were married for 53 years and had two daughters, Barbara (Bruce) Milgrom and Jennifer (Bill) Meyer. Bill was also grandfather to Kate (Ethan) Baker, Zack Milgrom, Josh Meyer and Lexi Meyer, and great grandfather to Allegra Baker.
After working for 20 years in the concrete business, Bill and Ann purchased Professional Chevron Gas Station in Turlock, which they ran together for several years. He then taught himself to cook and became the cook/owner of Pine Cone Café in Mi-Wuk Village. Bill and Ann operated the café together for 18 years, until he retired and moved back to Turlock to be closer to family.
Bill had many interests throughout his life. He loved to tinker with and restore old clocks, dabbled in photography, spent many hours metal-detecting, and cut wood for Ann’s craft business. He even restored an old MG auto. He was most passionate about collecting guns, however, and even had a gun shop in Mi-Wuk Village for a few years, while he ran the Pine Cone Café. He really enjoyed people and loved to talk to everyone, and he left them laughing with his wit. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be considered for the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. Please leave memories and condolences at www.allenmortuary.com. A private family interment is scheduled.