Roddy Duane Presley

Born: Fri., May 12, 1944
Died: Thu., Dec. 25, 2014

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 03, 2015
Location: Faith Baptist Church

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Roddy Duane Presley, 70, passed away December 25 at his home in Burns.

   Roddy, or Rod, as he was best known, was born May 12, 1944 in Ontario, Oregon to Eldon (Cyc) and Juanita Presley.  He grew up and lived all his life in Burns, except for a few years in Washington State.

   He married his high-school sweetheart, Gayla Houston Hebener, in May 1966 in Winnemucca, Nevada.  To this union two sons were born, Robby Morgan and Anthony Martin Presley.  After Gayla passed away in April 2010, Roddy married Terri Swearengin Holt of Burns in July 2012 in a garden ceremony at their home in Burns.

   Rod attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls after graduation from Burns High School in 1962.  He then went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company most of his working career rising to the job of electrician.  With the prospect of the Hines mill closing, he then moved to the Snohomish, Washington area as an electrician for their lumber mill for the next five years.   Upon retirement he and Gayla returned to their home of many years in Burns.  Throughout his entire working life, he was known as a dependable and loyal employee who rarely used a sick day.

    Saying Rod was a dedicated soldier in the Oregon National Guard for 22 years is putting it mildly; he loved talking about his career and experiences as a tank commander and 1st sergeant, especially around a camp fire; it was a big part of his life.  He was a long-time member of the Oregon Hunters Association.  Rod was also a member of The American Legion Harney County Post #63, and on Sunday, December 21, seven members of the local Post presented Rod with an Officer Award in recognition and appreciation of his devoted service as a Commander, Vice Commander, Chaplain and Membership Chairman for the American Legion Post.  

   Besides being a loving husband to Gayla and Terri, and a father to two boys and two step-daughters, he was an avid outdoorsman, being introduced to the wide open spaces of Harney County at an early age by his parents.  Throughout his entire life, he took every opportunity to be out camping, hunting, 4-wheeling, rock-hounding, exploring and just enjoying the great outdoors he adored.  

   Many of the local folks can tell you that Rod was the kind of man who was always available to help out others.  Whether it was lending a hand or fixing things, he “had your back”.   He will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched.

   Rod was preceded in death by his older baby brother Ronald Presley, his son Robby Presley, his wife Gayla Presley, and his parents Eldon and Juanita Presley.

   He is survived by his wife Terri of the home; son Anthony of Seattle, Washington; brother Denny Presley and his wife Judy of Burns; sisters Sharon Showers of Elko, Nevada and Linda Schmidt and husband Charles of Hines, Oregon; grand-children Lodi Presley of Burns; Jarryd Presley of Nellis AFB, Nevada; Chance Presley and Robby Colton Presley of Prineville, Oregon and Elizabeth Merritt of Seattle, Washington; and great granddaughters Haily Lohf and Ashton Runnels of Burns; step-daughters Jesica and husband Jake Berry of Burns and Chelsi Ferris of Phoenix, Arizona; step-granddaughters Bobby Jo and Jordynn Berry of Burns; step-grandsons Tye Rookstool and wife Jenny of John Day; Zane Rookstool and wife Heather of John Day; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the Faith Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m., followed by a committal service in the Burns Cemetery.  Fellowship and potluck will be held afterwards at the Harney County Community Center.

   Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Legion Harney County Post #63 in care of LaFollette’s Chapel P.O. Box 488, Burns, Oregon 97720.

Charitable donations may be made in Roddy's memory to the following organization:

The American Legion Harney County Post #63

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Kathy Presley Huffman
   Posted Tue December 30, 2014
Rod was truly an angel in disguise. He will be so missed, but always loved. I am so honored to have called him my Cousin. Love you Rod.

Renee Tiller
   Posted Wed December 31, 2014
It was a honor to know Rod and his family. He will be very much missed.

Linda Schmidt
   Posted Wed December 31, 2014

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Andria Kalina family and the Cori Romeo family .

With deepest sympathy. We will carry memories of Uncle Rod in our hearts forever.

Chuck and Lois
   Posted Wed December 31, 2014
A great guy and one of the best story tellers ever. We will miss him so much.

   Posted Sat January 03, 2015
My Best hunting buddy and friend and I will miss him dearly

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