March 31, 1915-Nov. 29, 2002
MILTON-FREEWATER Harold Maurice "Buck" Templeton died Friday, Nov. 29, at Evergreen Rehabilitation & Care Center in Milton-Freewater at the age of 87.
A Recitation of the Rosary will be at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Burial will follow at the Echo Cemetery in Echo.
He was born on March 31, 1915 at Echo to James Calvin and Blanche Eva (Crayne) Templeton. Buck was raised in Lewiston, Idaho, where he graduated from high school. He worked as a cook for three years in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Heppner. He then moved to Pendleton where he worked for Rachel Kirkpatrick as a farm hand. On Aug. 19, 1939, he married Genevieve Marie "Gen" Murray in Reno, Nev. They moved to Grass Valley, Calif., and Buck completed his carpenter's apprenticeship. They then moved to Boardman, and Buck worked at the Umatilla Army Depot where he helped build the igloos. They moved to Pasco, Wash., in 1942, and Buck worked on the buildlings and on the atomic bomb in Hanford. He also built many homes in the Tri-Cities. In 1957, they moved to Hermiston and Buck worked for the school district as a carpenter from 1958 until retiring in 1975. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union and of the Catholic church. He enjoyed coins, hunting arrowheads and was a master storyteller.
Survivors include his daughters, Donna, and her husband, Ernie Webb, of Hermiston, and Lynne and her husband, Joe Amstadt of Cave Creek, Ariz.; sister, Muriel Park of Yakima, Wash.; cousin, Murietta Curl of Pendleton; four grandchildren, Adam andhis wife, Nikki Webb, Jeff and his wife, Brenda Webb, Bryan Amstadt and his friend, Shirleen Turko, and Robin and her husband, Bob Audet; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Genevieve Templeton in April of this year; and two brothers, Ralph and Robert Templeton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.