Vernon Woodrow Surber Sr., 87, of Enterprise, died Aug. 24, 2004, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was born May 17, 1917, in Enterprise at the Halfway Stage Stop to Richard John and Edith Rosalie (Wilson) Surber.
After being raised and schooled in Day Ridge and Enterprise, Surber served in the CCC before joining the Army in 1940 as part of the Army Air Corp, stationed at Shepard Field in Wichita Falls, Tex. While in Texas, he met and married Lavetta Kinsley. After being discharged he worked for the Bates Lumber Mill in Wallowa and as a farm laborer for Greg Weick of Enterprise before going to work for Boise Cascade in La Grande. He retired in 1979. He was a lifelong member of the Enterprise Church of the Nazarene, which gave him a distinguished service award in 2003. He also served on the Enterprise City Council. His favorite pastimes included hunting, mechanical chores, wood cutting, mushroom hunting, huckleberry picking, fishing, and spending time with family.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Vernon and Elaine Surber of Clarkston, Wash., Charles and Anna Surber of Umatilla, Dan and Linda Surber of Hermiston, and David and Shirley Surber of Madras; daughters and sons-in-law Hannah and Paul Beaudoin of Enterprise and Lavetta Maye Surber of Missoula, Mont.; two brothers; two sisters; 37 grandchildren; and 43 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lavetta in 1992, a daughter Nancy Kaye Surber, a grandson James Vernon Surber, a granddaughter Stacie Marie Surber, five brothers and two sisters.
A celebration of life took place Aug. 28 at the Enterprise Church of the Nazarene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise Church of the Nazarene building fund.