Roy Russell Gessele

Born: Wed., Aug. 1, 1928
Died: Fri., Apr. 2, 2010

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Roy Russell Gessele - a resident of Pendleton, passed away Friday, April 2, 2010 at a local care facility. He was 81 years old. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Sign the register at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Roy Russell Gessele was born on August 1, 1928 in Missoula, Montana. His father Christian C. Gessele and his mother Johanna Gessele, immigrated from Germany to Missoula, MT when Roy was born. They eventually moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where they built a small house on South East Byers Avenue. Roy worked his early years at Harris Pine Mill and at the Ordnance Army Depot in Umatilla. He later was hired on at the Union Pacific Railroad, where he worked until he was injured on the job and had to take an early retirement. Roy is survived by seven children: Beverly Marten of St. Jacob, IL, Mary Lou Oldhom of Benton City, WA, Mike Gessele of Pendleton, OR, Debra Ngyuen of Pendleton, OR, Sherry Doherty of Pendleton, OR, Diane Mahaffey of Pendleton, OR, Gary Gessele of Missoula, MT, as well as 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a beloved son Larry Christian Gessele, who was laid in God's hands in 1960.

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Tracy
   Posted Tue April 06, 2010
Grandpa i love you and will miss you.

Rindy Clark
   Posted Tue April 06, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. You'll be in my prayers.

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