Ernest Lee Spurgeon died on Feb. 8 at his home in Hines.

He was born on Dec. 17, 1931, in Lowell to Asa Edward and Erma (Tyler) Spurgeon.

Spurgeon attended schools in Lowell, Roseburg, Wilber, Tumalo and Bend. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 until his honorable discharge in 1954.

Spurgeon worked in the lumber industry in Bend and Baker and then settled in Hines, working for Edward Hines Lumber Company until his retirement in the 1990s. He then worked for Sam’s Texaco in Burns.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wordworking, traveling and spending time with his family.

Spurgeon is survived by his wife, Janice (Shepherd) Spurgeon of Hines; children, Johnny Graves and wife LeighAnn of Hines, Lisa Foster and husband Robb of Silvies Valley and Faron Graves and wife Mary Ann of Laramie, Wyo.; grandchildren, Jeffrey Graves of Burns, Cambie Graves of Burns and Bryant Santsaver of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers Gene Spurgeon of Scio and John Spurgeon of Stayton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vernon Spurgeon; and first wife, Cheryl Buxton.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at LaFollette’s Chapel, with committal following in the Burns Cemetery. Contributions in Spurgeon’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Center and/or Harney County Home Health, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


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