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He was born on June 7, 1954, at Mather Air Force base in Sacramento, Calif., to Gerald and Ruth Reponen. He had lived in Germany, England and all around the United States while his father served in the Air Force. As a youth, he was very active with the Boy Scouts and earned the Eagle Scout rank and The Order of the Arrow. He was a long-term resident of Harney County, and lived on his ranch on Wrights Point at the end of Reponen Road, which was named after him.
Greg was a long time BLM firefighter, who started his firefighter career with California Department of Forestry in the late 70s, and was later the Frenchglen Station manager in the 80s until he was injured on the job. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Burns in the 80s. For the past six years he had lived in Crooked River Ranch, where he moved to be closer to medical specialists.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was well known for his bountiful gardens. Many rose bushes around the city had been given to his friends; these were all descendent plants from the rose his great-grandmother had brought to this country from Finland. His heart always remained in Harney County, and he was waiting for the time he could return.
Greg is survived by his parents, Gerald and Ruth Reponen of Crooked River Ranch; and his three brothers, Gerald Jr. of Crooked River Ranch, Jon (Marsha) of Burns, and Charles (Kelly) of Redmond. He is also survived by his nieces, Anna Reponen and Kristy Reponen of Burns.
Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. At his request, there will be a simple graveside ceremony presided over by his long-time friend, retired pastor Gene Luttmann.
Any contributions may be made to the Burns Cemetery Improvement Fund for the purchase of new trees in the cemetery, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR. 97720. You can visit www.lafolletteschapel.com and sign the online guest book.