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Art Tunnell, 93, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home in Halfway, Oregon with his wife at his side. Per Art's request, there will not be a service.
Arthur Roy was born on January 16, 1925 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Louis and Lena (Wise) Tunnell. He was raised in Oklahoma and worked on the family farm. Art joined the Army in 1950. He married his sweetheart Aletta on December 29, 1951 in Arkansas. They started their lives together in Salem, Oregon. Aletta lived with Art's folks for a short time when he went into Active Duty during the Korean War of which he was a Corpsman.
Following an honorable discharge in 1953, Art worked at a mill where they made windows. They lived in Salem and he worked at the mill for 12 years. In May of 1964 they moved to Pine Valley. He worked as a ranch hand starting with Don Martin. He then moved to the Pine Valley Cattle Ranch at the time owned by W.C. McCall. After McCall cut back and put the ranch up for sale he went to work for Howard Barton. After J.B. Torrence bought Pine Valley Cattle he went back to work for P.V. until he retired as a salaried employee. He then began his hourly wage, doing the same things he had always done on the ranch.
Art had a fabulous work ethic. He worked 7 days a week, 9 hours a day, until one day when he was 83, he decided it was time to slow down a bit. Art truly enjoyed ranching, whether it be irrigating, fence building, cows...he loved it all.
Art played music by ear, he played lead guitar. His style was country and western. He enjoyed getting together for jam sessions with his wife Aletta who played steel guitar, friends Joe Omann, Wes Barnhard and others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Glen Tunnell who died while serving with the Marines in 1973.
Art is survived by his wife Aletta, daughter Gail Tunnell of Lincoln City, Oregon; son Jerry and his wife Alice Tunnell of Fernley, Nevada; grandchildren Rose, Levi, Earl, Amber and Louis; and numerous great grandchildren.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Art, may do to ones choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. On line condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com