Charles Delbert Willey, 83, of Hines, died Sunday, July 2, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
Willey attended school in John Day and graduated from Grant Union High School in 1947.
He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, serving the country as a machine gunner during the Korean War.
Following Willey’s honorable discharge from the Army, he worked various jobs, and eventually retired from the Edward Hines Lumber Company in Hines, where he was a tree faller.
Willey loved his family, friends and his church family. He was a long-time member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns and became an elder in 1988.
As a youth, Willey and his brothers enjoyed life growing up in John Day. They spent many hours in the surrounding hills and on the Trowbridge Ranch, where his father worked. Life was simple, but was filled with lots of love.
Willey enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry, photography, athletics, bowling, fishing and many outdoor activities.
Willey is survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Willey of John Day, one niece and seven nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Dale and Robert (Bob) Willey.
A celebration of life service will be held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns on July 30, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jean Hurst officiating. Internment will be at the Canyon City Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions in Willey’s memory may be made to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington, Burns, OR 97720.