Oct. 26, 1924-March 10, 2003
PORTLAND William Lee "Boone" Able died Monday, March 10, 2003, at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 78.
Boone was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Echo to Thomas Nathan and Urania Pamela (Coombs) Able. He had been a lifelong resident of the Echo, Stanfield and Hermiston area. He attended schools in Echo and left school to join the service.
He served in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division during World War II in the Pacific Theater and earned his GED. After the service, Boone went to work as a carpenter working on the dams on the Columbia River. He then went to work for the timber company for 25 years. He also worked for the Hermiston School District for a few years before retiring.
Boone married Ruth Dahl on Aug. 2, 1947, in Elko, Nev. She died in 1992.
He then married Violet Hornsby on Dec. 15, 1992, in Yuma, Ariz.
He was an elder in the Faith Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Elks Lodge, V.F.W. Post No. 4750 and the carpenter's union. He was a snow bird wintering in Arizona.
He enjoyed traveling. His family knew joy in his life and sorrow in his passing. Our memories are happy ones.
He is survived by his wife, Violet "Vi" Able of Hermiston; sons, Donald Lee Able of Boise, Idaho, and Robert Ross Able of Canby; brother, Tom Able Sr. of Hermiston; stepdaughter, Jacqueline Mann of Tualatin; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many, many wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his late wife, Ruth Dahl Able; son, William D. Able; parents, Thomas and Urania Able; sisters, June Stevens and Veda Hansen; and brother, Joseph Robert "Pete" Able.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 15, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetary in Stanfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.