HERMISTON Harry L. Rueber, a resident of Hermiston, and former resident of Stanfield, died Saturday, March 1 at the Good Shepherd Hospital. He was 88.
Harry was born Oct. 28, 1919 in Maynard, Iowa. He was the son of Albert J. and Clara L. (Zilmer) Rueber. As a boy, he moved to the Stanfield area where the family bought a farm. Harry attended Stanfield schools and helped on the family farm. After his schooling, he served his country in the United States Army in both the European and Pacific Theatres of operation. He was a member of the 354th Base HQ and Air Base Squadron. He had won the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the American Theater service Medal, the Victory Medal and European African Meddle Eastern medal. He was discharged and later married Joyce McLaughlin. Three children were born to that marriage and it later ended.
Harry then married Lucille Smith on Oct. 14, 1967. He had lived in the Pendleton area and had worked at the Pendleton Community Hospital, C&B Livestock and for the Pendleton Flower Mill. After his retirement he moved back to the Stanfield area and lived and farmed on his uncle Jacob Rueber's farm.
He had been a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton and had been a past member of the VFW and the Pendleton Elks Lodge. Harry greatly enjoyed horses and taking his dog for walks as well as flowers and flower gardening.
He is survived by his sons, Larry and wife Deloris Rueber of Hermiston, Harry Rueber Jr. of Pendleton and daughter and son-in-law, Carol Ann and Wes Locke of Hermiston; two sisters, Irene Zeppenfield of Caldwell Idaho and Betty Jean Holt of Pendleton, Oregon; five grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, one niece and 3 nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, his parents, a brother, Willis Rueber and a sister, Alice Caldwell and a grandson Kenney Rueber.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. in the Burns Mortuary Chapel, Pendleton. Burial will follow in the Skyview Cemetery, Pendleton. Memorials in his memory may be directed to the Peace Lutheran Church, Pendleton, and may be sent care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.