Bruce Farster

Born: Fri., Feb. 8, 1924
Died: Fri., Jun. 23, 2017


Memorial Service

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017
Location: Burns Cemetery


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Bruce Farster died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Harney District Hospital. A Memorial Service will be held on July 17, 2017 at the Burns Cemetery by the American Flag at 11:00 a.m.

Bruce moved to Harney County in 1928 and  stayed in the area, except when he was in the Pacific Theater in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.  Bruce was born in Burlington, Colorado on February 8, 1924 to Ord and Belva Farster, the youngest of five children.  The Farster family moved from Colorado to help build the Edward Hines Lumber Company sawmill in Hines.  His father and oldest brother, Burdette, helped construct the mill and worked in it after it was constructed.  

Bruce attended Hines Grade School and Burns Union High School graduating in 1941.

After Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S Marines and served in The Pacific with several combat landings to include Tarawa.

Upon returning from WWII, he came home to Hines and went to work at the mill pulling the Green Chain and advanced to be a Master Grader and the Head Grader for the Hines Mill.  In 1946 he met, fell in love and married Mary L. Bushman on February 3, 1947.  They lived in Burns in an apartment, where they met their life long friends Louis and Doris Yriarte. They moved to their first house in Hines in 1948 and then to their long time residence just below the Hines School. Since late February 2017, Bruce and Mary have resided at The Aspens.

Bruce and Mary celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2017.

Bruce served the community in many ways, he joined the Hines Volunteer Fire Department in 1947 and in 1981 became the Hines Fire Chief until he retired until in 1991.  He also was a long time member the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Elks Club and a lifetime member of the VFW.  He also served as the financial secretary of AFL-CIO Lumber & Carpenters Union Local 2902 for many years.

Bruce loved to hunt, fish and generally be in the outdoors, especially with his family and longtime hunting partners Dwight Gunther and Chuck Davis. Bruce and Mary spent a lot of time driving and camping around the hills and valleys of Harney County and the surrounding area. They have travelled to New Zealand, Europe, Mexico and many cruises, including going through the Panama Canal.  Bruce and Mary attended numerous 2nd Marine Division reunions abroad and in the United States.

Bruce is survived by his wife Mary, son Daniel Farster and wife Pauline Price, daughter, Pamela Farster and husband, David Clark.; four grandchildren Meredith Farster (Kevin Johnson and two great granddaughters , Amelia and Natalie Johnson), Nathaniel Clark, Benjamin Farster (Sarah Farster and two great grandsons, Owen and Samuel); Justin Clark; plus numerous nieces and nephews, sisters in-law, brothers in-law.  Bruce had no surviving parents or siblings.



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