Beryl Ristine, 88 - January 26, 2012Beryl C. Ristine, 88, of California, originally of Cozad and Gothenburg, passed away Jan. 26, 2012, at Santa Maria, CA.
Inurnment will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell. Gothenburg Honor Guard will serve military rites with an Air Force flag presenter and bugler.
Ristine was born July 28, 1924, to Luther C. and Opal (Gibson) Ristine north of Cozad/Gothenburg.
He grew up during the Depression, and when he was about 13 years of age, his father married Thelva Elliott.
Ristine worked for his aunt, Nina Ristine, on her farm during the winter months and rode his bike into Gothenburg to attend high school until his senior year when the family moved to Waco where his father opened a barber shop. He finished his senior year there, though he always attended class reunions at Gothenburg.
He enlisted with the Army and was trained in air/ground radio operations and saw the end of World War II in Germany, where as a member of the occupational forces, he processed prisoners of war.
After a short break in service and some college classes, Ristine then enlisted with the United States Air Force and continued in radio communications, then retraining into the missile field.
Ristine served duties in several U.S. states, France, Germany, Turkey and Kwajalein Atoll. During these assignments, he enjoyed traveling as much as possible, according to family members.
He retired as a master sergeant in 1970 at Vandenburg Air Force Base, and went to New Zealand to work as a photo engraver.
Ristine traveled the islands he served at and Australia extensively, and after two years, returned to the United States via a trip around the world which included a train trip across Siberia.
?Resettling at Santa Maria, he drove school busses for the Santa Maria School District and was employed with administrative work as a civil servant at Vandenburg AFB.
Upon his full retirement, he began traveling again in earnest including bus, air trips and cruises throughout the country and overseas. As a member of the Santa Maria seniors travel club, he was honored with the most active traveler award. He took pride in his travels leaving pictures and journals, said family members.
He was a regular on the golf course at Vandenburg AFB for years, either playing golf or walking the course. He also enjoyed music and liked to be out of doors and active, family said.
Ristine was preceded in death by: his father, Luther; stepmother, Thelva; his mother, Opal; two half-sisters—Nellie and Carol; his sisters—Doris Johnson and Kathleen Ristine; a step-brother, Austin Bates; special cousin, Burton Ristine.
Survivors include: his brother, Archie of Ellensburg, WA; his sister, Helen Voisey of Webster TX; half-sister, Kay Etherton of Cozad; step-sisters—Joan (Gary) Waugh of North Platte, Jeanne (Larry) Brooks of Cozad, Cheryl (Roger) Nespor of Milford and Lois (James) Hughes of Nashport, OH; numerous nieces and nephews.