March 21, 1919- March 30, 2005
HERMISTON - The funeral for Frank Page Furrer will begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2005 in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with burial to follow in the Hermiston Cemetery.
Mr. Furrer, 86, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash.,
He was born March 21, 1919, near Hermiston, to Swiss immigrants Fred and Anna Furrer. He grew up on the family farm on East Highland and attended school in Hermiston, graduating from Hermiston High School in 1938.
He worked for a time in the logging industry at Forest Grove.
He married his high school sweetheart, Susan Knox, June 12, 1941.
Mr. Furrer joined the Navy in November 1943, during World War II and served aboard the USS Shenandoah. After his discharge in December 1945 he began working with the Umatilla Army Depot Fire Department while at the same time carrying on the Swiss tradition of keeping several milk cows and, although the profit margin was slim to non-existent, there was always fresh milk, whipped cream and homemade butter on the table. He retired from the Umatilla Army Depot in 1973 and became a full-time farmer raising sheep and alfalfa hay.
He was one of the founding members of the Umatilla County Sheep Growers Association and enjoyed participating in their lamb sales and annual barbecues as well as providing practice rides for promising "mutton busters."
Mr. Furrer enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He made sure that each of them got a ride on the old blue tractor.
He enjoyed Swiss music and county music, talking with his farming neighbors and lending a helping hand when necessary. He also participated in several horseshoe tournaments in Hermiston and other locations in Oregon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Furrer; by a son, Daniel Furrer; by his parents, Fred and Anna Furrer; by sisters, Anna Dober and Eda Golda, and by brothers Joe Furrer and Tony Furrer,
Survivors include his daughter, Elaine "Muffin" Maine and her husband, Jim, of Hermiston; sons, Ron Furrer and his wife, Betty, of Hermiston, and Dick Furrer and his wife, Suzie, of Oregon City; sisters, Loretta Harpster of Prosser, Wash., and Frany Cooper of Hermiston; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.