Harry Schuening

Born: Sun., Nov. 10, 1929
Died: Wed., Mar. 26, 2014


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Wed., Apr. 02, 2014
Location: Helix Gymnasium


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Harry John Schuening was born November 10, 1929, in Helix, Oregon, to William and Christine Schuening. He passed away on March 26, 2014, in Richland, Washington. Helix was Harry’s home for his entire life. He attended Helix Elementary and graduated from Griswold High School in 1947. Harry eloped with his sweetheart and love of his life, Phyllis Richardson, on September 25, 1947. They enjoyed 65 years together.

Harry was a farmer all his life and truly loved his profession. Even during his last days he asked to know what the current wheat price was so he could get as much out of his last bushels as possible. This love carried over from the rolling wheat fields to his yard at home where he spent countless hours in his garden and flower beds. From early spring to late fall his yard would be radiant with the bright colors he loved.

Harry loved everything about Helix and was a great supporter of the schools and community. He was a fixture for many years at all functions, most importantly basketball games. He was an avid collector of farm antiques, dishes, or anything having to do with local history. Days spent attending auctions provided Harry with some of his most prized times with friends as well as antique “treasures.” He spent many happy hours at the Helix Market and with the local coffee group telling stories and reminiscing. He also enjoyed making sauerkraut and even won the Frontier Tavern’s Annual Sauerkraut Contest several times.

Harry’s family was very important to him. He loved when the family would get together for holidays and trips to the Oregon Coast. He also spent time in the outdoors at “Coyote Cabin,” along Desolation Creek, hunting, fishing, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Harry was a lifetime member of BPOE #288, the Antique Collectors Club, Helix City Councilman and Mayor, Helix School Board, Farmers Mutual Warehouse, Helix Cemetery Board, Juniper Canyon Club, HELP Committee, Helix Booster Club and the Helix Chamber of Commerce.

Harry is survived by his wife, Phyllis, at their home; his daughters Leslie Walborn (Dave), Arlington, Ore., Terrie Rickman (Jess), Molalla, Ore., Kim Ayala (George), Gilroy, Cal., and Tammie Parker (Larry), Helix, Ore.; six grandchildren: Michael Walborn, Pendleton, Ore., Michele Ashbeck (Andy), Echo, Ore., Christopher Rickman (Keli), Molalla, Ore., Brian Rickman (Robyn), Portland, Ore., Nick Parker (Breanne), Helix, Ore., and Jeremy Parker (Danielle), Pendleton, Ore.; seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Christine Schuening; brothers William, Bob and Carl; and sister Mary Trullinger.

A viewing will be held at Burns Mortuary on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Helix High School gymnasium. A gathering at the Pendleton Elks Lodge will be held immediately following the celebration of life.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Helix Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Helix Booster Club, PO Box 398, Helix, OR 97835.

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kim ayala
   Posted Fri April 04, 2014
I will miss you dad and you will forever live on in our hearts!
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