Joseph J. Churchill

Born: Wed., Jun. 19, 1940
Died: Tue., Dec. 30, 2014

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 10, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Joseph J. Churchill

June 19, 1940 – December 30, 2014


Joseph J. Churchill – a Pendleton resident passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington.  He was 74 years old.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11:00 AM, at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Disposition was by cremation, he will be inurned at Olney Cemetery next to his longtime girlfriend Betty Hollin.  Contributions in memory of Joe Churchill may be made to CAPECO Food Bank and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Arlyn James Churchill on June 19, 1940 to Otho & Hazel Churchill in Elgin, Oregon.  He graduated from Elgin High School in 1959. 

Joe was a lifelong Volkswagen Mechanic who began his career in Texarkana, Arkansas.  He moved to Salem, Oregon, where he worked at Everly’s for seven years.  He then moved his family to Union County where he worked in La Grande, finally retiring from Obie’s in Pendleton.  He loved his work and his customers.  Joe worked hard to provide a comfortable life for his family.  He was a member of the Elks lodge and the NRA.  He was a Portland Trail Blazers fan and enjoyed the games.  He looked forward every year to the Pendleton Round-Up.

He liked camping, fishing and sightseeing on vacations.

He was preceded in death by his parents Otho & Hazel Churchill and longtime girlfriend Betty Hollin. 

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jesse & Tonya Chandler of Elgin, OR, two sisters Linda Rake and De Houston both of Carlton, OR, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 


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