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J. Dale Buxton died February 2, 2018 with his wife of 68 years by his side at Bee hive homes. A Graveside Service will be held at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland, Oregon at a later date.
Dale was born to Sam and Hazel Buxton, January 15, 1922 in New Bridge, Oregon. While growing up, he was very active in all school sports and worked in the hay fields. Many times, he would take his team of horses to Halfway to help with haying. He started school at age 5 to keep his sister Margie company in walking to school. He graduated from Eagle Valley High in 1939. He then went to Portland and attended telegraph school. After school he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator in Arlington OR.
He joined the army in August 1942. He trained to be a pilot, but washed out due to vertigo and he said he was tired of washing out trainer planes (because flying made him sick to his stomach) He transferred to the signal corp. While in route to Saipan, the war ended, and he went to Hawaii. He was assigned to the 30th Bomb group at Wheeler Field where he drove truck. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Richland to work on his father’s farm and drove cattle truck for Tiny Jones.
In 1948 he went to a dance in New Bridge where he met his High School Sweetheart Marjorie Bowman from Vale, Oregon. 9 years had passed since they had seen each other and their romance started all over again. They were married on December 8, 1949 and moved to their new home in Richland that he help build. He worked on his farm and drove a logging truck for Melvin Hess.
Dale and Marjorie had two children, Glen Dale and Judie Bernice. Dale started a milk hauling route from Richland, Halfway and Baker Valley’s to Caldwell, Idaho and later to Payette, Idaho. He served as a scout master in Richland. In 1968, he moved his family to Baker, where he hauled grain to the Morrow County grain growers. After retiring from hauling grain, he worked part time for Robbins Farm Equipment.
Dale was very active in the Methodist Church in Baker and was usually running the kitchen dishwasher after church dinners.
He is proceeded in death by his parents; Sam and Hazel; sister Margie and daughter Judie.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie; son Glen and his wife Peggy Buxton, son in law Robert Schock; grandchildren, Rick (Samantha) Buxton, Travis Buxton, Brian Buxton, Dondi Schock, Christopher (Chelsea) Schock; great grandchildren, Caleb Buxton, Bailey and Sydnee Buxton, and Rylee Oak; nieces Rini Beeman and Sharrell (Maury) Mooers and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Dale the family suggests the Baker Methodist Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97814. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com