Gary Tiller

Died: Thu., Jun. 1, 2017


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Gary Lee Tiller 1944-2017
Gary Lee Tiller, 73, passed away June 1, 2017.
Gary was born March 10, 1944, in Burns Oregon to JC and Erma (Hobbs) Tiller, the youngest of 4;
William (Bill), Leland, and Ardis.
Gary attended school in Hines from first to eighth grade then graduated from Burns Union High School
in 1962. He participated in high school football and track, and worked at Tillers Market after school and
weekends. His first car was a green 1953 Ford. Upon graduation Gary joined the National Guard and
completed his basic training in Fort Bliss Texas in 1963.
Gary returned home from Texas to his high school sweetheart Dona Fones. He married Dona September
22, 1963. Making their home in Burns, Gary returned to work at Tillers Market. Eventually moving on to
Dalton’s Distributing, then Edward Hines Lumber Company. In 1974 Gary went to work for Les Schwab
Tires. He loved working with and serving the public. In 1977 he transferred to the Nyssa Les Schwab to
take on an assistant management role. But Burns was calling him back home and in late 1980 he and
Dona moved their family back to Burns. In 1982 Gary branched out on his own and started up Harney
Valley Wholesale, a coffee, food and beverage distributing company serving local restaurants and stores.
In 1984 Gary began working for the Harney County Road Department where after 22 years he retired in
2006.
He and Dona had 4 children; Sandy, Kent, Paul and Leslie. They spent countless hours/ years
volunteering and attending many of their children’s and grandchildren’s activities as well he loved
coaching Pop Warner football. Gary enjoyed everything outdoors with his family and friends; camping,
fishing, hunting, boating, mining, snowmobiling, and traveling. He also enjoyed many hours of
storytelling at the “Bull Table”.
Gary is survived by his loving wife Dona of 54 years, daughters Sandy Clark and Leslie Tiller, sons Kent
Tiller and Paul (Audra) Tiller, 8 grandchildren; Lindsay (Ben) Wheatley, Ashlea Clark (Andy), Stacy Clark,
Tyson Whitney, Kamron (Sara) Tiller, Mason, Korbin, and Rylee Tiller. 4 great-grandchildren; Wilma &
Robbie Wheatley and Remington & Rosslyn Tiller. Gary is also survived by his brother Leland (Gayle)
Tiller and his beloved Shih Tzu Wilson.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents JC & Erma Tiller, brother Bill Tiller, sister Ardis Straw, and
son-in-law Brett Clark.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday June 24 at the Hines Park. The service will begin at 12noon
with a potluck BBQ to follow (potluck optional) where memories and laughter are welcome.
Contributions in Gary’s memory can be made to the Harney County Senior Center, 17 South Alder,
Burns, OR 97720.

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Elaine Lambert
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of the Tiller family. There's such a sense of helplessness when someone we love dies. I'd like to share some scriptural thoughts that really helps me. Prayer is so valuable at this time but it's not that prayer simply makes us feel better. 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, "... power beyond what is normal ", to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. The reason we recover is because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28, "...all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out". Jesus was referring to the resurrection, this is our amazing hope that helps us recover and gives us power to go on. 2 Cor.1:3,4 describes our Creator as, "... the God of all comfort ". One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort (Ps.83:18) be your comfort now during this time of sorrow.

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