Earl Ellis Tiller

Died: Sun., Apr. 23, 2017


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., May 06, 2017
Location: Harney County Church of the Nazarene


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Earl Ellis Tiller was born August 30, 1925, in Caldwell, Idaho to Pluribus and Tacie (Lundy) Tiller.  He passed from this earth to a family reunion with his parents and 5 siblings, April 23, 2017 at the age of 91.
In November 1925, leaving behind a farming lifestyle, Plurbus and Tacie came to settle in Burns with their three children.  As Earl got older, he helped out in the grocery store owned and operated by his parents.
Earl enjoyed school, played the trombone in the high school band (and later for the Reed Band), played football, basketball and baseball.  He was working for Dr. B F Smith (father of Congressman Robert F. Smith) on his Burns ranch just prior to being drafted.  In November 1943, Earl was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific for 18 months as a radio operator.  In April of 1946, his commission ended in the Norfolk, Virginia ship yards with the return of the USS Pondera and Earl returned to Harney County.
Earl attended school in Burns from first grade through high school graduation with his sweetheart, who waited for him to finish his Navel service – Verda Culp.  They married November 7, 1946.  Their only son, Teddy Joe Tiller, joined the family November 12, 1957.  They lived all their married life in the home that Grandfather Culp built on Highway 205.
On his return to Harney County after WWII ended Earl, his dad Pluribus and his brother, Joe owned and operated 640 acres on Rye Grass Lane, clearing sagebrush, farming, raising chickens and purebred hogs for three years.  Earl ran the local ranch of Congressman Robert F. Smith for 20 years.  He served Harney County on the School Board, the Board of County Commissioners, and scouted for local high school coaches for many years.  He loved the outdoors, hunting and supporting the sports of his grandchildren.  Most of all he loved his family and lived his life “in the arms of Jesus”.
Ear was preceded in death by his parents: Pluribus and Taci Tiller, brothers: Joe, Royce and Donald Tiller.  Sisters and brother-in-law Virginia and Roy Swindlehurst, and Ruth.  He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Verda, son and daughter-in-law Ted and Shellie Tiller.  Grandchildren: Trace, Cade and Lacie Tiller.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Harney County Church of the Nazarene in Hines.  Contributions in Earl’s memory can be made to Hillcrest Church of Christ or the Burns Hilander Booster Club and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

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Patti Wagner
   Posted Mon April 24, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Earl passing. Hugs to the whole family. Lots of fond memories of Earl and Verda.

Kevin Taylor
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
My sincere condolences. Mr.Tiller left a lasting impression upon Harney County and his contributions will be long remembered.

Steve and tamie springston
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss many hugs and prayers to the Tiller family

Kevin and Elsie Mulcare
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Earl was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dan W Gordon
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. I got to know him well when I taught and coached at Burns HS. He was a genuine gentleman and added much to the experience of all who knew him.

Merlena
   Posted Wed April 26, 2017
I'm thankful to have been in Earl's family for 48 years. He was an excellent example of God's hands at work here in Harney County. Tho he will be greatly missed, we know exactly where he is and look forward to the coming reunion.

Lester & Sue McBain
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
Sorry to Hear about the Loss of Your Loved One. Prayers go out to the Family

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