> Jack M. Bushong, a Prineville resident, passed away Friday, May 4, in Yuma, Arizona of complications following a stroke while hospitalized for congestive heart failure and pneumonia. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Bushong was born on January 15, 1918, in Hillsboro, Oregon, the son of Charles A. (C.A.) and Lila (Wood) Bushong. Mr. Bushong graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1936. He attended Linfield College where he met Virginia Gunn. The couple married on December 24, 1937 in Marshfield, Oregon.
Mr. Bushong worked as a highlead logger for most of his life, logging in Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. He was the original logger of the old Tillamook Burn in the 1940s.
Mr. Bushong lived in Tillamook from 1944 through 1954 moving to Prineville in 1972. While in Prineville he worked as a gypo logger for Hudspeth Mill and also the John Day operations. He retired in 1985 and after retirement, the couple spent their winters in Yuma, Arizona.
Mr. Bushong was a 50+ year member of the Tillamook Masonic Lodge, Al Kader Shrine and the Lions Club. He loved hunting, fishing, sports of all kinds and as a young man he played softball, football and basketball.
In retirement he enjoyed watching football and basketball and playing shuffleboard. He also volunteered and assisted his son at the Crook County High School track meets.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bushong, of Prineville; two sons, Fred Bushong, Prineville and Charles Bushong, Forest Grove, Oregon, and one daughter, Jacquie Bushong, Powell Butte; one brother, Dale Bushong of Salem, Oregon and two sisters, Dorothy Schultz of Eugene, Oregon and Barbara Bushong, Portland, Oregon; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Gary Bushong, and a brother, Wilbur Bushong.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in the Juniper Haven Cemetery. A memorial service will follow on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel of the Prineville Funeral Home. Dick Hoppes of the Prineville Masonic Lodge # 76 A.F.& A.M. will officiate.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Prineville Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Scholarship Fund, Prineville Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 306, Prineville, Oregon.