Obituaries – 10-20-2010

Robert L. Baldwin
Robert L. Baldwin, 85, of Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 10. He was born on Sept. 30, 1925, in Manawa, Wis.

Mr. Baldwin served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a nose gunner. He flew on a B-24 for 18 missions during World War II. On April 22, 1950, he married Claire Ostertag of New Jersey. He worked

for Oscar J. Boldt Construction for 25 years, then retired to Florida. He loved the Packers, fishing, hunting and his family.

A memorial service was held Oct. 16 at the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post in Bradenton.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Claire; children Susan Ritchie of Bradenton Beach, Carol Baldwin and husband Tony Roman of Tennessee, Robert Jr. and wife Donna of Indiana, Dorothy and Steve Van Dinter of Wisconsin; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, sisters Muriel Blink of Wisconsin, Marian Kroll of Wisconsin, Ruthie Ross of Wisconsin and Faye Emnott of Wisconsin; nieces; nephews; and other family members.

Ralph M. Fulford
Ralph M. Fulford, 82, of Cortez, died Oct. 12.

Mr. Fulford was born April 4, 1928, in Cortez and lived most of his life there. He was a lifelong resident of Manatee County.

He was the son of Walton and Edith Wilson Fulford and grandson of Captain Billy and Sally Adams Fulford, who were among the original settlers of Cortez 120 years ago.

He was owner/operator of Fulford Fish Co., owner of Fulford Palms, a member of the Organized Fishermen of Florida, a charter member of the Cortez Volunteer Fire Department and a former Anna Maria Island Fire District commissioner. He was a charter member and former president of the Cortez Village Historical Society, member and former elder of the Cortez Church of Christ.

Visitation was Oct. 15 and services were held Oct. 16 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Online condolences to

Mr. Fulford is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois (Guthrie) of Bradenton; son Ralph W. “Rusty” and wife Pat Fulford of Scottsville, Va.; daughters Hazel and husband Steve Petree of Cortez and Sylvia and husband Tony Bailey of Bradenton; six grandchildren, Robert Wayne and wife Jessica Fulford, Christal Fulford of Scottsville, Va., Jordan and Ivan Petree of Cortez, Troy and wife Joanna Bailey of Bradenton and Jenee and husband Jason Carrigan of Kissimmee; and seven great-grandchildren. He also is survived by four sisters, Mary Green of Cortez, Belinda Porterfield of Montgomery, Ala., Irene Taylor of Mt. Arie, N.C., Anna Dean Riddick of Mt. Arie, N.C.; and two brothers, Wayne Fulford and Gary Fulford, both of Bradenton.

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