Longtime resident and businessman, L.J. (Bob) McDannel died Sept. 5 at Ashley Manor in Burns.
Bob was born Dec. 3, 1927, in McCook, Neb. to William and Igaina McDannel. He had two brothers, Jerry McDannel of California and Forrest McDannel of Washington and Idaho.
The family moved to Nampa, Idaho where Bob grew up on the OK Ranch. Bob attended school in Nampa, where he met his longtime love, Evelyn Maxine Baltazor. They both graduated from high school in 1946 and were married in 1947.
Bob was an active businessman for Firestone Tire Store in Nampa from 1948-1960 where he worked as a sales manager. During this time, he received numerous awards for sales and management, including the Firestone President Trophy. While in Nampa, he belonged to the Jaycees of Idaho for 12 years and was awarded the Outstanding Jaycee President of the State of Idaho in 1959.
Bob, Evelyn and family moved to Burns in 1960, where he purchased The Union 76 “Burns One Stop Service Station.” He was proprietor of that business for 30 years. Bob was a member of the Burns Lions Club for 32 years. He served as club president and was awarded Outstanding Lion in 1965-1966. He was a member of Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680 from 1951-present.
Bob’s true passion was golf. He shared his love for golf with friends and family at the Valley Golf Club (VGC). Bob served as president and a board member at the VGC for many years. He was instrumental in building the first set of golf sheds and the water system that is present today. He enjoyed organizing and playing in golf tournaments. His other hobbies included playing cards and hunting with family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Evelyn McDannel; daughter Cynda and husband Rick Hensley of Lake Oswego; son R.J. and wife Sonja McDannel of Burns; son Lee and wife Bonita McDannel of Ontario; seven granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Lorraine Purdum and husband Dick; sister-in-law Lucille Baltazor and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents William Bryan and Igaina McDannel; brothers Jerry and Forrest McDannel and brother-in-law Ray Baltazor.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Burns Presbyterian Church.
Contributions in L.J. (Bob) McDannel’s memory can be made to the Valley Golf Club, Burns Presbyterian Church and/or the Burns Lions Club in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488 Burns, OR 97720.