Orville John Elijah Carper, 89, of Lostine died at Blue Horizon in Enterprise.

He was born to Walter Ashley and Lula Mae (Burton) Carper in the Grossman area near Maxville and Promise. He went to several schools in the area and left home at 13 years old to find work as a ranch hand. He later joined the military, serving in Germany, France and England during World War II. He received an honorable discharge and was decorated for his service at Normandy and Omaha Beach.

Upon returning home he worked in the timber industry until retirement.

He married Lena Mae Reeves of Louisiana on Dec. 31, 1949, in Lake Charles, La. The couple had three sons in Wallowa County where Orville was working as a log scaler and line runner for Dixon and Bennett Logging Company of Wallowa.

He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion and is recalled by family and friends as a prayerful Christian and honorable man.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and family get-togethers.

He is survived by his wife, Lena M. Carper; sons, Timothy W. Carper and his wife Robyn of Elgin and Ashley E. Carper and his wife Anita of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter-in-law, Debbie Carper of Bend; sisters, Leona Collins of Milton-Freewater and Shirley Doud of Lostine; brother, Robert Carper and his wife Jean of Joseph; two-step-children by a previous marriage, Maxine Haines of Pendleton and Tom Rucker of Arizona; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronald James Carper; sisters, Edna Kenworthy, Mary Prince, Sadie Lyon, Bertie Prince and Elsie Strooper; brothers, James Russell Lowell Carper and Joseph Thomas Edison Carper; granddaughter, Wendy Sue Carper and great-granddaughter Sabrina Renee Akins.

A graveside memorial services was held at Lostine Cemetery on May 8.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Blue Horizon, 103 Silver Street, Enterprise, OR 97828.

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