Joseph John McBean Jr.

Born: Tue., Oct. 24, 1933
Died: Wed., Oct. 24, 2012


Mon., Oct. 29, 2012
Location: Athena Cemetery

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Mon., Oct. 29, 2012
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Joseph John McBean, Jr.

Oct. 24, 1933 - Oct. 24, 2012

GIBBON - Joseph John McBean Jr., 79, of Gibbon, died Wednesday morning at home, peacefully in his sleep.

Funeral services will be held 10:00AM Monday, October 29th at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton followed by interment in the Athena Cemetery. A dinner will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena.  Memorial contributions may be made to Weston-McEwen Athletic Program through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR, 97801.  Send condolences online

Mr. McBean was born Oct. 24, 1933 at Gibbon to Joseph J. McBean Sr. and Della E. Sayer. He was raised up Meacham Creek and at Gibbon. He went to school at Gibbon and graduated from Weston High School in 1952. He was a member of the National Guard for 8 years. He is an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Joseph married Alice Elaine Smith on Nov. 17, 1961 at Saint Andrews Mission. He worked at Key Technology until his retirement in 1997.

He loved hunting, fishing, camping, picking mushrooms and berries and baking Amish Friendship Cake. The kids loved Halloween at his house. He gave out big candy bars and took their picture. During hunting season he would always make breakfast. He would make pancakes and beans or bacon, ham, or biscuits and gravy. Joseph loved sports and helping the river kids. If anyone needed a ride home from practice he was more than willing to give them a ride from Fred‘s Market. Joseph spent his last days at home making cobbler, helping cut meat and telling stories of hunting and family. He had been ill since early May, but was able to go Huckleberry picking one last time.

Joseph is survived by one brother-in-law, Clifford Smith of Athena, many nieces/nephews, Julie Smith, Ruby Gray, Yvonne Amundson (Jim), Mervin McBean (Dorothy), Joseph McBean III (Cary), Fred Turk of Gibbon, Marilyn Sparks of Athena, William McBean (Julie) of Stanfield, Mary Garcia (Javier), Jim Turk (Robin) of Weston Mountain, Rosa Hays (Chris) of Pilot Rock, Laura Lewis of Weston, Robert McBean Jr. (Jane) of Idaho, Alvin Picard, Diana Picard of Pendleton, Verna Picard of Tacoma, and Dave Turk (Pat) of Reith. He is also survived my numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, twin brother Robert, sisters Della, Angela and Rosie.

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sandra kosey
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
Hello Julie, Mervin, Dot & family: Uncle Joe was so lucky to have you there & able to stay in his home. I am very proud of you all for everything. Uncle Joe will be missed & I do have precious memories in our early childhood days. Dee & I spending time with Grandma Angela, Aunt Elaine & Uncle Joe up river. Fishing trips at Indian Lake, Huckleberry picking (huckleberry pancakes & huckleberry dumplings) & camping. Hunting adventures walking through the brush with all the cousins. Riding snow mobiles in the winter & just enjoying Aunt Elaine & Uncle Joe''s new home (wow, we thought they are really wealthy & lucky to have 2 bathrooms). There home was always warm & welcomed everyone & the best place to "hang-out" never a dull moment with lots of laughter. Love you all very much & if you need anything let me know. Sandra & family

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