August 7, 2013

Obituaries

LeRoy Earl McKinney, of Redmond
Nov. 19, 1927 - July 28, 2013
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond (541-504-9485)
Services: Sat., Aug. 10, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.  A gathering of family & friends will take place at the home of Christine & Lenard Farnsworth.
Contributions may be made to: Wilderness Lakes Retreat, PO Box 436, Redmond, OR 97756
 
Winifred Lorraine Usher, of Redmond
April 13, 1925 - July 31, 2013
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756.
 
Pamela Lee Sloan, of Redmond
June 27, 1951 - July 28, 2013
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Graveside was held at 1:00pm, Tues., Aug. 6, 2013 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, 3545 S. Canal Blvd., Redmond, OR.
 
Billie "Bill" Rea Atteberry, of Redmond
May 4, 1951 - July 30, 2013
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel 541-548-3219  
Services: Service information is pending.
 
Doris Elizabeth Ringgenberg, of Powell Butte
Jan. 5, 1944 - July 29, 2013
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services will be held.
 
Judith "Judy" H. Sawtell, of Redmond
Mar. 17, 1941 - July 27, 2013
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Services will be held at a later date.
 
John Earl  Hammack
May 6, 1955 - August 1, 2013
John was born and raised in Sisters, Oregon.  He was considered to be one of the best Bareback Riders in the Pacific Northwest.  He won the All Around at Sisters Rodeo in 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1984.  He was a very successful Bareback Rider and Bulldogger and won rodeos all over the country, including the Champion Bareback Riding title at the "The World's Toughest Rodeo" at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  
He made his living Rodeoing and Logging. He loved the outdoors. He was a hard workingman and always took the time to teach and to ensure that he and his partners were safe while logging in the woods.  He was a man of his word and reverently respected.  He was also a man of God and his religion and spirituality guided him in this life.  Believing was not enough for John; he had to act on his strong beliefs and "do".  
He raised his children in Sisters and they followed in his footsteps, both becoming Rodeo Professionals themselves; his son Johnny, a saddle Bronc Rider, and his daughter, Kelli Jo, a Barrel Racer.  All of his grandchildren are also continuing his legacy in the port of      Rodeo. ‘Big’ John was larger and tougher than life and he touched everyone that he encountered.  It was important to him to make his own way in life and his dreams easily became reality. 
John and his wife, Maura built their ranch from the ground up, sawing every board in their mill and implementing solar power so that it was completely self-sufficient.  
Later in life, John got his greatest joy from helping kids and coaching them in the sport of rodeo and horsemanship, passing on his wisdom and experience to his children, grandchildren and countless others that came in to his life.  
He is preceded in death by his father, Milton Wesley Hammack; brothers, Dick and Lyle Hammack; and younger sister, Becky Hammack.  He is survived by his mother, Dona Hammack; his wife, Maura Hammack; son, John Tyler Hammack; daughter, Kelli Jo Hammack; grandchildren, Taylie, Taitem, T.C., Taelor and Hazey; brothers, Jack and Jim; sisters, Patty and Denise; and numerous nieces and nephews.  
There will be a Celebration of Life on August 13, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.  In order to accommodate those anticipated to attend, the original venue has been changed to a building at the Redmond Fairgrounds.  There will be a potluck dinner for all.  
In lieu of flowers, there is a John Hammack Memorial Fund set up at Wells Fargo Bank.  Please sign our online guestbook www.redmondmemorial.com.

 
 
 
 

 
 

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