Howard C. Rambo, 86, of Milton-Freewater, died at home July 8, 2003. He was born March 18, 1917, in Umapine to Leonard and Myrtle (Dryden) Rambo.

Mr. Rambo was raised by his grandparents, Tom and Mary Dryden. He attended Pleasant View School, graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1936 and married Lois Couch in Wallowa in 1942. Prior to WWII he worked in the Portland shipyards, served in the Navy during the war and returned to Milton-Freewater after the war where he owned and operated Rambo Welding for 24 years. After selling his business he continued to work for Frontier Machinery in Walla Walla, Wash., for 13 years. He enjoyed salmon fishing in the ocean and made several trips to Alaska to fish and was an avid fan of his grandchildren's activities, especially sports.

Survivors include his wife Lois at home; sons Rick Rambo of Milton-Freewater and Greg Rambo of Spokane, Wash.; daughters Carol Winn of La Grande and Linda Bannister of Omaha, Neb.; half-sister Nadine Hiatt of El Paso, Tex.; half brother Merle Rambo of La Grande and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Bray; and two brothers, Fred and Ray Rambo.

Memorial services were held July 14 followed by private interment at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Frazier Farmstead Museum or to the Christian Aid Center through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

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