Bert Maxwell Rozema

Oct. 3, 1914-April 13, 2003

HERMISTON — Bert M. Rozema, 88, died Sunday, April 13, at his home in Hermiston.

He was born on Oct. 3, 1914, in Slater, Wyo., to Dick and Bertha Comstock Rozema. He was one of seven children. He graduated from high school in Wheatland, Wyo., at the age of 15. As a young man, he ventured West, finally settling in Stanfield, taking a job as a helper in Ernest Sires beekeeping business.

He joined the Army and served as a buck sergeant during World War II overseas in England, Fance and Germany. After teh war, he returned to Stanfield to his old love of beekeeping. Soon he met the new love of his life — Linis. They married on June 15, 1947 in Stanfield. They moved to Hermiston in 1949, where they have resided since.

Bert was a beekeeper and worked as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad for 27 years until retiring in 1978. He cut wood stakes for his sons' business for many years. He had a great passion to learn and would read anything he could get his hands on.

He was a member of the Hermiston Eagles Lodge No. 2909, where he was recently honored with Golden Eagle Status, signifying 30-plus years of membership.

Bert enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and dancing, music, playing pinochle, woodworking, beekeeping, sharing stories and memories, and loved spending time on the Umatilla River. He will be truly missed by many.

Survivors include hsi wife, Linis Rozema of Hermiston; sons, Morris Rozema of Welches, Terry Rozema of Hermiston, and Brad Rozema of Gresham; daughters, Helen McAfee of Hermiston, and Mavis Fletcher of Spokane, Wash.; brothers, Harry Rozema of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ted Rozema of South America; sister, Emily Dalrymple of Lake Stevens, Wash.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nices and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Rozema; two sisters, Frances Hooper and Margaret Sjoval; and one great-granddaughter.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Socity in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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