Timothy Allen Lister died in Keizer Wednesday evening, May 2, after a fight against cancer that started in 2008.
Tim was born in Corvallis on May 18, 1955, to Robert Myrl and Clara Bell Lister. One of nine siblings, he grew up in the Corvallis, Halsey, Oakville and Albany areas and graduated from West Albany High School. In the years following graduation, Tim worked for floor covering firms in Corvallis and Albany doing a variety of flooring and carpet installations and remodeling jobs.
Growing up, Tim was outgoing, mischievous and fun-loving, a typical teenager driving his parents crazy. With siblings Mike and Dan plus their friends they were well known in the area for their antics.
Around 1988, lured by the lifestyle he loved and possible employment in Juntura, Tim moved to that town, 55 miles east of Burns, and spent the next 24 years creating a legend that will live on. Every family in the valleys and hills between Drewsey and Juntura has been touched by his helping hand in building and remodeling projects. He gave selflessly to whatever problems arose among the residents of that area. He “adopted” sons and daughters of the many ranch families, teaching them various skills and tricks in fishing, hunting and trapping, and, by example, teaching lessons of fairness, right and wrong.
Tim’s love for life was all about the outdoors: fishing, hunting, trapping and sharing those skills, during the seasons, with all his great friends from the valley. He never lost his connection with his youth and the friends that he grew up with. He supported himself by working for the school districts of Drewsey and Juntura doing landscaping, maintenance, repairs and construction.
Tim was able to make a final trip home prior to his death, to say a personal “goodbye” to his host of friends.
Tim is survived by brothers Dale Lister, Mike Lister, and Dan Lister and sisters Virginia Groshong, Gloria Norton, Diannah Holter, Anita Lister and Rebecca Crose.
On May 19 Tim will be returned to Drewsey, where he had previously chosen his final resting place in the hills that he loved. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Drewsey Community Hall starting at 11 a.m. A potluck dinner will follow.
Gifts in memory of Tim may be made to the American Cancer Society, at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/R