John J. Sword

Died: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sun., Sep. 24, 2017
Location: Crane High School Gym

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John Joel Sword, age 68, passed away peacefully on August 31th, 2017 after a brave and lengthy fight with cancer.

John was born February 5th, 1949 in Burns, Oregon to Joel and Elfreda (Scheckle) Sword of Drewsey, Oregon. He joined an older sister, Darlene and they were later joined by a younger sister Frances. John was a lifetime resident of Drewsey. He attended Pine Creek Elementary School and Burns High School, graduating in 1966. After graduation, he attended Treasure Valley Community College and then joined the National Guard where he attended boot camp in Fort Ord, California.

The majority of John’s life was spent doing what he truly loved, ranching. He had a tremendous work ethic and rarely sat idle. If he wasn’t in a tractor or taking care of cattle, he was in his shop fixing equipment and preparing for the next day’s work. He also had a love for tractors and classic cars. He could name the year make and model of any car in sight.

What really gave John the sparkle in his eyes was spending time with his family and friends. He loved sharing stories, visiting and laughing.  His quick wit, incredible sense of humor, and fun-loving pranks made him the life of the party.

John was very active in his community, and he had a passion for supporting ranching and agriculture in general. He participated in many groups and organizations over the years. One of his favorite events was helping serve at the Cattlewomen’s Breakfast during the Harney County Fair.

John had a deep faith in God, evidenced by his kind heart and ability to trust his savior through the obstacles he encountered during his life. He was truly kind to anyone who crossed his path. He desired to model the life and faith he had discovered in Jesus Christ.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Sunday, September 24th, 11:00 a.m. at Crane High School Gym in Crane, Oregon.

Contribution in Johnny’s name may be given to Harney County Hospice or Crane Schools Athletic Fund care of The CASE Foundation and can be mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

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Charlie Cagle
   Posted Fri September 22, 2017
John was Best Man at our wedding some 47 years ago and I attended Treasure Valley College at the same time he was there. He has always been a great friend. He will be missed. Charlie & Lorna Cagle

Sandra Clark
   Posted Fri September 22, 2017
To all of John's family,
I was able to become a friend of John and his wife Laura through my daughter and son in law, Lois and Ben Borelli. Seeing them and sharing in a meal became an integral part of our visits from N. Calif. John's dedication to his ranch, family, and friends will be a wonderful memory, one I will cherish till we meet again in the joys of being together, once again, with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will always remember his smile and calm spirit.


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