Richard L. McKenzie
- Pamplin Media
- Central Oregonian - News
hard L. McKenzie of Prineville died Fri., March 16, 2001 at his home. He was 88 years old.
He was born Oct. 28, 1912 in Grizzly to Ernest R. and Carrie (Hamilton) McKenzie. He grew up and attended school in Prineville, graduating from Crook County High in 1932. He then attended one term at Oregon State University, transferring to Southern Oregon Normal School in Ashland. He met Ruth Elam in Ashland and they later married in 1936 in Prineville. The couple moved to Sisters where he went to work for the State Highway Dept. followed by Barclay Logging Co. They moved back to Prineville where he worked for the Crook County Road Dept., retiring in 1974. He bought and restored the historic Colombus Johnson Ranch House.
He enjoyed playing pinochle and spending time with family. He was a past member of the Prineville Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife Ruth McKenzie of Prineville; sons, Thomas McKenzie of Madras, Richard McKenzie of Oregon City and William McKenzie of Prineville; daughter, Ruth McKenzie of Prineville; brother, Cecil "Bus" McKenzie of Turner; sisters, Maxine Brummer of Prineville and Ernestine Moor of Seattle, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and two siblings.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. McKenzie's memory to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 N. Elm, Prineville.
Private family services will be held. Cremation will be held at the Prineville Heritage Crematory under the direction of the Prineville Funeral Home.