Harold `Lee' Maker
- Pamplin Media
- Central Oregonian - Sports
old `Lee' Maker, member of an early central Oregon Pioneer family, died Thurs., June 7 of congestive heart failure. He was 80 years old.
He was born in Prineville March 19, 1921 to Harold L. Maker, Sr. and Melvina Bassett. They were pioneers from Cape Cod, Mass. who homesteaded on Little Bear Creek, above Prineville. He moved with his family to a location south of Bend when he was 2 years old.
He attended high school in La Pine where he was very active in basketball and track. He worked as a fire lookout for the Forest Service when he was 16 years old.
He later worked for the Great Northern Railway, changing ties on the tracks. He served with the Signal Corps out of England during WWII. The Signal Corps went on patrol with the Belgium underground looking for German impostors when they moved to Conde, France where Mr. Maker operated a supply depot.
He married Suzanne Fleulerai after the war in 1947. They lived in Bend for 54 years.
He worked for Trailways Bus System, retiring after 34 years.
He was a member of the Bend Elks, Masons, Shriners, past member of Sons of Norway, past president of the Pioneer's Assoc. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife Suzy Maker of Bend; sister Lois Gumpert; brother, William Maker and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held Wed., June 13 at 10 a.m. at Niswonger, Reynolds and Tabor Funeral Home, immediately followed by graveside services at Deschutes Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Maker's name to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 Sam Jackson Dr., Portland, Ore. 97201 or to Hospice of Bend-La Pine, 1303 NW Galveston, Bend 97701.