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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
February colder than normal
Amos Arthur Cardwell
Feb. 19, 1931 - Feb. 15, 2018
Blue Mountain Eagle
Temperatures in John Day
averaged much colder than
normal during the month of
February, according to pre-
liminary data received by
NOAA’s National Weather
Service in Pendleton.
The average temperature
was 30.8 degrees, which was
5.4 degrees below normal.
High temperatures averaged
41 degrees, which was 6.4
degrees below normal. The
highest was 61 degrees on
Feb. 9. Low temperatures
averaged 20.5 degrees,
which was 4.3 degrees be-
low normal. The lowest was
4 degrees, on Feb. 20.
There were 25 days with
the low temperature below
32 degrees. There were sev-
en days when the high tem-
perature stayed below 32
0.44 inches during Febru-
ary, which was 0.31 inches
Temperatures in John Day were much colder than normal in February.
below normal. Measurable
precipitation was received
on six days, with the heavi-
est, 0.15 inches, reported on
Feb. 26. Precipitation this
year has reached 0.92 inch-
es, which is 0.81 inches be-
low normal. Since October,
the water year precipitation
in John Day has been 3.92
inches, which is 1.39 inches
H OODENPYL GRADUATES
M ARINE BOOT CAMP
Snowfall totaled 4.7
inches with at least 1 inch of
snow reported on two days.
The heaviest snowfall was
2.5 inches reported on Feb.
21. The greatest depth of
snow on the ground was 3
inches on Feb. 21.
The highest wind gust
was 46 mph, which occurred
on Feb. 17.
The outlook for March
from NOAA’s Climate Pre-
diction Center calls for be-
and above-normal precipita-
tion. Normal highs for John
Day rise from 51 degrees at
the start of March to 57 de-
grees at the end of March.
Normal lows rise from 27
degrees to 31 degrees. The
30-year normal precipitation
is 1.27 inches.
R USSELL ’ S C USTOM M EATS
CELEBRATES 10 TH ANNIVERSARY
Amos Arthur Cardwell, 87, died
Thursday, Feb. 15, in Beaverton. A
graveside service will be held at 11
a.m. April 7 at the Prairie City Ceme-
Cardwell was born Feb. 19, 1931,
in Prairie City, and considered Grant
County his hometown. Cardwell’s for-
mative years were spent playing team
sports, learning how to build cars and
furniture and playing the drums in the
Grant Union High School band. He married the crowned band
sweetheart and best dance partner, Helen Elizabeth VanCleave,
from the rival high school (Prairie City) Jan. 1, 1953, in Pend-
He attended the University of Oregon before enlisting in the
U.S. Navy in which he proudly served in the Korean War as a
He and his wife lived in Portland, raised a family, enjoyed
family camping trips, endless weekend “honey-do” projects, at-
tending Bethel Congregational Church and together singing in
the choir. Cardwell worked for over three decades for Volkswa-
gen Porsche Audi as the Northwest District service manager,
Suzuki of America and Damerow Ford before retiring and mov-
ing back to where it all began, Prairie City. In 2015, for health
care reasons, the couple moved to Beaverton.
Cardwell was preceded in death by his brother Sidney
Franklin Cardwell; sister-in-law Dina (Semon) Cardwell; and
sister-in-law Janice (Buhmann) VanCleave.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; children Linda (Darrell),
Rodney (Dana) and Kay (Kevin); seven grandchildren; two
step-grandchildren; brother Leonard Cardwell; sister-in-law
Anita (Horrell) Cardwell; brother-in-law Frederick VanCleave;
and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends from church,
Elks Lodge and American Legion.
Thomas L. Sheets
Aug. 22, 1941 - Feb. 25, 2018
Jesse Daniel Hoodenpyl graduated Marine Corps
boot camp and became a United States Marine Dec.
21. He is currently attending flight school. He is the
son of Dean and Liz Hoodenpyl of Kimberly.
Dennis Flippence, left, and Janel Parker celebrate the
10th anniversary of Russell’s Custom Meats & Deli
Margaret “Peggy” Bartley
August 10, 1928 to February 3, 2018
Margaret “Peggy” Ethel Bartley was born August 10, 1928 as the only child to Clifford
Howell, born in Prairie City, Oregon in 1888 and Estella (Ford) Howell, born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1892. Peggy passed away in her sleep, at her home in
Prairie City, Oregon, February 3, 2018. A graveside service will be held on March 10,
2018 at the Prairie City Cemetery, starting at 1:00 PM, with a reception to follow at
Prairie Baptist Church, in Prairie City.
Peggy’s parents were married in Philadelphia, PA, in 1921, then Clifford brought
Estella (a secretary) to Prairie City, his hometown, where he did ranch work on the
Kent Ranch and a few others, until Estella became pregnant, at which time they traveled back to
Philadelphia, where Peggy was born. She was raised in Philadelphia prior to moving to Prairie City in 1938.
Her primary residences since coming to Prairie City as a child have been Prairie City for most of her life as
well as Bates, Oregon for 12 years.
During her adult life, Peggy was married to Wilbert L. Sullens and had two children, son Jim and daughter
Gloria, who was born with cerebral palsy and passed away in 1967; Darrell William (Bill) Hammack with
whom she had two children, Ginger and Cindi; and finally, in 1976, to the love of her life, Chuck “Charles S.”
Bartley, who passed away in 2003.
Peggy was a mother and a housewife, worked in retail, and spent over 30 years working as a bank clerk in the
Prairie City Bank, which was at various times the Grant County Bank, First Interstate Bank, First National
Bank, Well’s Fargo, and Bank of Eastern Oregon. She, and her husband Chuck, owned and operated Chuck’s
Service Station and Chuck’s Mini Mart in Prairie City until their retirement.
Each of her husbands were veterans, as well as her oldest son: Wilbert, Army Air Corps-WWII; Bill,
combat-Army-Korea; Chuck, combat- Navy-WWII; and son, Jim, combat-Army-Vietnam.
Peggy loved to visit, work on her genealogy, loved her pets, liked puzzles and taking care of her home. In the
earlier years, she loved creek-fishing local streams in the area and she rarely missed the TV show “Blue
Bloods” and paid close attention to the news. She was a fiercely independent person.
She cared very much for her family, and her grandson, Brady Sullens, was very special to her. Their special
relationship was like Grandmother and best friend…like Morgan Freeman’s “Hoke Colburn” in Driving Miss
Peggy is survived by daughter Ginger and husband Mike Lassiter of Cottage Grove, Oregon, daughter Cindi
and husband Rus Peterson of Corvallis, Oregon and son Jim Sullens and wife Lynette of Prairie City, Oregon;
as well as seven grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; one new greatgranddaughter since she passed and
two more greatgrandchildren on the way this summer.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a contribution be made to Hope4Paws for pet care in and around
Grant County, or Prairie City Oregon Cemetery District for maintenance to go towards improvements and a
new well. Contributions can be made through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd, John Day,
Oregon. To light a candle in Peggy’s memory or to offer condolences to her family, please visit
Paid for by the family of Peggy Bartley.
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Thomas L. Sheets passed away
Feb. 25 with his family by his side at
his son Daniel “Boone” Sheets’ home
in Chehalis, Washington. A celebra-
tion of life will be held in John Day
at a later date.
He was born Aug. 22, 1941, in
Aikin, Minnesota, to Art and Marge
(Foster) Sheets. He and his family
moved to Oregon in 1942. He gradu-
ated from Grant Union High School in
1959. After high school, he began attending Chicago Institute
of Fine Arts in Chicago, Illinois. Sheets was a gifted artist
with a love for pen and ink drawings. His talent was shared
with his family along with stories of his experience, far from
home, in a new culture and city. His memories were fond of
the time he spent in Chicago, including attending games at
Wrigley Field. Due to his father’s health and a strong desire
to serve his family, he returned after 18 months. Once back in
Oregon, he began a lifelong career in the logging industry. In
1968, he met his match in Penny (Cope) Waggoner. They wed
in 1969, joining their families. The couple raised their sons,
Ronald and Dennis Waggoner and Boone Sheets, at their fam-
ily home in John Day. He established Sheets’ Logging Com-
pany in 1977. His work ethic was unparalleled and fueled by
his love for the woods. He was happiest surrounded by nature
with efficient and productive logging in his purview. His ded-
ication and passion for providing for those he held dear fos-
tered countless hours in the woods with his sons growing their
own knowledge of the ins and outs of the timber industry.
Sheets is survived by his brother, Jerry Sheets; wife, Pen-
ny Sheets; sons, Ronald (Carol) Waggoner, Dennis (Christy)
Waggoner and Boone (Jennifer Goble) Sheets; eight grand-
children; seven great-grandchildren; two nephews; and one
A story published Feb. 28
stated the cost for John Day
police services was about $1
million. The total cost for pub-
lic safety services, including
police, dispatch and fire, was
about $1 million. The Grant
County Fire Defense Board
was also referred to as the Ru-
ral Fire Defense Board. The
Eagle regrets the errors.
A story published Feb. 28
about state regulators seeking
to beef up marijuana enforce-
ment misstated the purpose of
the 13 regulatory specialists
the Oregon Liquor Control
Commission wants to hire. The
specialists will be inspecting
medical marijuana licensees
who have elected to join the
OLCC’s Cannabis Tracking
System. The EO/Pamplin Cap-
ital Bureau regrets the error.
O ur hearts are full of gratitude
when we say many thanks to family
members, friends and neighbors for
all acts of kindness and sympathy: food,
flowers, donations to the Church of the
Nazarene Camp Scholarship Fund, cards,
visits and kind words spoken to our family
regarding the recent passing of a
wonderful husband, dad, pappy,
brother, cousin, and friend.
The Family of Greg Bremner
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