Frank Schatz 1943 – 2012

Posted on December 5th in Obituaries

Frank Schatz, 69, died at his home Friday, Nov. 23.

Frank Schatz was born in Glidden, Wisc., on Jan. 4, 1943, to Henry Schatz and Francis Hall Schatz. In the 1940s, the family moved to Seneca, as did many families, to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company.

Frank attended grade school in Seneca and high school at Grant Union High School in John Day.

In 1960, he enlisted in the Army, and spent two years in Germany. Upon returning home, he went to work for Edward Hines. He married Dorothy Kaneaster, and they made their home in Seneca before moving to rural Burns. Frank continued to work in logging for Edward Hines, Harney County Gypsum and L.T. & L.

In 1985, Frank moved into Burns where he started his own business, which he ran for several years before selling out and retiring.

Frank and his beloved dog, Charlie, could be found either at home, up at the casino or out at the truck stop having coffee with others, and all trying to solve the world’s problems.

Frank loved the outdoors, fishing, camping and riding four-wheelers with his friends. Frank was a hard worker and always a good provider. He was a great dad and a good friend to many.

Frank is survived by his son, Rich Schatz and wife Doris; daughter, Honey Schatz; brother, Keith Schatz and wife Margaret; sister, Rhea Rider and husband Don; grandchildren, Karmen and Richelle Schatz, Charla Lowry, Ashley Bailey and J.J. Bailey; six great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Francis; brother, Dale; sisters, Diane and Dorna; and granddaughter, Savannah Bailey.

Graveside services were held Dec. 1 at the Burns Cemetery.

A condolence book can be signed online at:

LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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