Ruel Teague

Died: Sun., Oct. 14, 2018


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Nov. 10, 2018
Location: Harney County Fair Ground Memorial Building


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Ruel Teague passed peacefully in his home surrounded by family on October 14th, 2018.
Ruel blessed his momma arriving on her birthday, Aug 17, 1927. Growing up in the great depression in a tar paper shack, Ruel knew what it was like to struggle for the simplest of daily necessities like food and clothes.  The struggles that he and his brother Nate lived prompted the journey to Oregon in 1946 and it was Nate’s Navy buddy from Burns, Earl Tiller that spurred the move on to Seneca to find a better life for the rest of the family which stayed in Missouri. At 19 the boys worked as loggers in the woods for Edward Hines Lumber Co. or anywhere else they needed to, so they could send money back to their family in AR to make sure they were clothed and fed.
During that time, he had met the love of his life, Margaret, they were married Sept 26, 1947.  They brought 4 beautiful children into the world.  Peggy Ann, Patsy Jean, Paula Sue and Peter Ruel.  Later they were blessed to lovingly add their foster son, John Tyler, to the family.
Ruel never met an obstacle or challenge he couldn’t or wouldn’t overcome.  He saw them as stepping stones and there was nothing in his life that he didn’t accomplish if he set his mind to it.  He was an accomplished logger with Hines Lumber Company and he and Margaret owned H&H Petroleum.  
He started Ruel’s Repair and that led to Ruel Teague Motor Company. Ruel’s love of helping people and cars were a perfect fit. They not only sold new and used cars they had a full-service repair shop, rental car service and 24-hour towing. Ruel never believed in the run around and he went above and beyond to make sure the family had safe transportation. One that Ruel loved and always had a special place in his heart for was Jerry Woodfin. Jerry has proven himself to be a man with amazing drive and work ethics. Ruel was grateful for the effort taken in the relighting, honoring and retiring of the Ruel Teague Motor Company sign and his contributions to the community.
One of he and Margaret’s first loves was flying.  They managed the Burns Municipal Airport for years, they had a flight school at High Desert Aviation, he flew for the BLM every year to count wildlife and he chartered private flights in his personal planes or corporate jets.  He was the first Air Life Flight in Oregon before the service even before it existed. He flew a 207 plane and they would take out the back seats so there was enough room for the nurse and a stretcher and he would fly them to the nearest hospital. He enjoyed flying all over the country taking family and friends on vacations, flying to play music or him and Margaret flying on a whim just because they could.
Ruel was an avid outdoorsman and taught all his family not only to love the outdoors but how to provide for their families. He loved to hunt, fish, hike and camp. Being outdoors was one of his favorite places to unwind and recharge.
Another of Ruel’s loves was music.  He traveled coast to coast playing music.  He not only played any stringed instrument there was, but he wrote music and the taught countless students over the years…young and old. He and Margie started the High Desert Fiddle Contest which was hallowed as the largest contest held on the weekend before the National Fiddle Contest the entire time it was in operation and is still talked about today in the contest world.
He has been the Businessman of the year and the Man of the year for Harney County and he and Margie were also huge supporters of the Harney County 4-H Livestock program. They bought animals every year at the livestock sales and usually multiples of each.  
Through all this his greatest accomplishment was his family.  The family that was his by blood and the “family” he welcomed in for various reasons.  Whether it be someone going through a hard time, someone he connected with through a common like, someone most people would turn their heads and pretend weren’t there, or someone he just decided was one of us.  Ruel always had time for them and made sure they felt special and were taken care of.  To many, he was the Dad they never had.  He loved Jesus and he showed it in the way he lived his live and loved those around him.  He taught his family by example that this life is about more than just us, it’s about something bigger.  His purpose in life was to show love to all he met.  God blessed him with such a wonderful gift.  He helped and loved never expecting anything in return.  His greatest joy in life was to see others succeed.
Ruel is survived by his sister Mae Scott of Ridgedale, MO, Sister-In-Law Mary and husband John Greene of Meridian, ID and many nieces and nephews in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Missouri, Oregon and Utah. His 5 children, Peggy and husband Cliff Asmussen of Burns, Patsy and husband Dan Olson of Hayden, ID., Paula Teague of Burns, Pete and wife Glenda Teague of John Day and John and wife Alyce Tyler of Dexter, OR.  Grandchildren; Deana and husband Matt Gilcrhist of Meridian, ID, Kellie Phillips of Meridian, ID, Alison Freeman of Hayden, ID, Matt Harvey of Logan, UT, Stacey and husband Dwight DeFord of Spring Creek, NV, Montie and wife Amber Reynolds of John Day, Mike and wife Stephanie Teague of Sandy, OR, Marci and husband Jesse Judd of John Day, OR,  Melanie and husband Brandon Smith of John Day, OR,  Michelle Gibson,  Marcus Teague, Malachi Teague and Mindi Teague all of John Day, and Angie Tyler of Portland, 25 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Cliff and Alice Gunderson of Jordan Valley and daughters Mary and Terry and families. He is preceded in death by his Mother Ethel, Father Bill and “mom” Zora, Wife Margaret, Brothers Stanley and Nate and Sister Deloris.
Ruel will be missed by so many, but his greatest wish is to be remembered for his love of family and life.
In lieu of flowers you can donate the Ruel Teague Agricultural and Music Arts Scholarship. The account has been set up at US Bank.

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Robert and Beth (Hoyt) Paramore
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
Our family sends love and prayers to you as you celebrate the life of Ruel. What a great man of strength, talent and true friendship.

Those who knew him and his sweet wife were and are truly blessed.

You are in our hearts and prayers,
Robert and Beth Paramore Family
The (late) Jay and Betty Hoyt kids- Forth, Beth, Jeni and Hayley

Cathy (Baugh) Eldred
   Posted Wed October 31, 2018
May God wrap family and friends in the comfort only He can give.

I remember Ruel Teague as my Sunday school teacher. He challenged us and made us think. I will always be grateful for that.

Another of God's singers has gone home.



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