Stephen D. Cary

Born: Tue., Jun. 10, 1947
Died: Sun., Sep. 30, 2012

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 06, 2012
Location: Pendleton Free Methodist Church

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Stephen D. “Steve” Cary, a lifelong resident of Pendleton, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 in the St. Anthony Hospital.  He was 65 years old.

Memorial funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Pendleton Free Methodist Church.  Memorial contributions may be directed to either: Pendleton High School Band, or Pendleton High School Softball, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.  Leave condolences at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Cary was born June 10, 1947 in Pendleton.  He was the son of Warren E. and M. Merle (Bowman) Cary.  He was raised and educated in Pendleton.  While in school he enjoyed playing sports including football and baseball.  He graduated from Pendleton High School with the class of 1965.  After High School he attended Eastern Oregon University.  He married Beverly Weiss in 1967 in Pendleton.  He graduated from Eastern Oregon University with his Bachelors Degree in 1969.  He then studied and completed his graduate work at Portland State University, where he received his Masters Degree.  He then began teaching 8th Grade American History at Helen McEwen Junior High School, later to become Sunridge Middle School, where he continued teaching for the next 34 years.  He had been active in coaching Pendleton sports. He had coached at the 8th and 9th Grade level and at the High School level for many years.  He retired from teaching in 2002, but continued coaching until June of 2012.  He will be remembered as a man who loved his family as well as the many students that he taught.  “He was always teaching and helping kids” 

He greatly enjoyed reading, coaching, and his family.  He also enjoyed spending time at his grandchildren’s activities.  He had been a past Teacher of the Year for Umatilla County. 

He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Pendleton, OR, step-mother, Bernice Cary of Pendleton, OR, his children: Amy Meyers of Sandy, OR, Tim Cary and Andy Cary, both of Pendleton, OR, one brother, Tom Melton of Pendleton, OR, nine grandchildren: Dug, Kaden, Carsyn, and Parker Meyers all of Sandy, OR, and Caleb, Conner, Carter, Max and Megan Cary, all of Pendleton.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Dan and Dick Cary.

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Brian Schimel
   Posted Fri October 05, 2012
He was a rock. I loved his consistency, passion, and internal strength. I admired his wisdom and determination. A great man with a great family. He was my teacher, a coworker and someone I looked up to. Tim and Andy (and the entire Cary family), I''m sorry for your loss - but I know that you have many happy memories of this fine man ...


Brian R. Schimel

John Penny
   Posted Fri October 05, 2012
In 1997 at the young age of 49 I interned in Steve''s 8th grade classroom while working on my teaching degree from Eastern Oregon University. Steve was an excellent mentor and advisor and was always there with praise when I did well and honest advice and suggestions when things did not go as well as they should. He was unsparing of his time and counseling through my entire internship and gave me the confidence that I needed.

Godspeed Steve Cary.

Wayne Fordice
   Posted Sat October 06, 2012
Bev - I was sorry to hear of Steve''s passing earlier this week. I send my condolences and sincere sympathy.

I have fond memories of and high respect for Steve. It was my priviledge to have known him since our grade school days at Sherwood school in the late 1950''s. We were friends and classmates through high school.

As you grieve and adjust to life without Steve in the days ahead, please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you His peace and comfort.

Sharon Maness
   Posted Sat October 06, 2012
Bev and family, my deepest condolences are with you and your entire family. Glad that you have your family and friends to gather around you at a time like this. RIP Steve.

Tom Doane
   Posted Sun October 07, 2012
Hi, Bev, I'm sorry to hear of Steve's passing. My condolences to you and your family. I think my mother and his mother were in the baby unit at the hosp. at the same time, as I too was born on the 10th. I seem to remember my mom telling me this. My thoughts and prayers are with you. tom

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