Orval Joseph Patnode was born January 24, 1929, in Moxee City, Washington, to parents Mose and Dorilla Plante Patnode. He died on September 6, 2014, at his home in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 85 years.
He was raised in the Yakima Valley in Washington. Orval was united in marriage to Sylvia Kayser on November 11, 1949, in Grandview, Washington. They lived in Washington and Oregon, settling in Arlington, Oregon, in 1974. They ranched in Arlington until 1994 when they moved to Hermiston, Oregon, where they have lived since.
Orval continued working and breaking horses right up to the time of his passing. He competed at many rodeos in the Northwest over the years in bareback, bull riding and bulldogging. Orval was one of the last great cowboys.
He was a member of the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Eagles lodge, and a member in good standing American Quarter Horse Association. Orval was a founding father of the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Association, past president of the Gilliam County Cattlemans, co-grand marshal of the Gilliam County Fair with his wife Sylvia, and a 20+ year Sherman County 4-H leader. He enjoyed horses, horse racing, sports, and cherished time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Orval always fought for the underdog.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sylvia Patnode, Hermiston, Ore.; sons Pete Patnode and wife Suzi, Selah, Wash., and Joe Patnode and wife Cris, Mikkalo, Ore.; daughters Paulette Wolfe, Cle Elum, Wash., Peggy Gray and husband Robert L., George, Wash., Penny Krebs and husband Skye, Ione, Ore., and April Aamodt and husband Darrell, Arlington, Ore.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one aunt; and many nieces and nephews.
Orval was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Devin.
A private family rosary and funeral mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church with private burial to follow at the Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Oregon.
A public celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Arlington Grade School, Arlington, Oregon.
Contributions in Orvals memory may be made to the Arlington Booster Club or the Cayuse Junior Rodeo Association.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.