ert (Bobby) John Durkee of Prineville died at his home from a heart related problem on Sun., April 1. He was 53 years old.
   He was born Aug. 25, 1947 to Lloyd and Mary (Gage) Durkee in Prineville. He attended schools in Crook County where he also graduated from high school. He joined the US Navy See Bees as a Heavy Equipment Operator. In 1968 he married Linda Phelps in Prineville. He served two tours in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. After returning from the Navy he attended two years of college at COCC. After college he worked for Les Schwab for approximately five years. He then owned numerous businesses in Prineville and settled into the real estate business expanding to real estate development and contracting.
   He enjoyed fishing (particularly in Alaska), hunting, spending time with family and drinking coffee at Barr's Cafe visiting with friends. He and his wife Linda enjoyed traveling to their winter home in Yuma, Arizona.
   Survivors include his wife Linda of Prineville; parents, Lloyd and Mary Durkee of Prineville; son and daughter-in-law R.J. and Sharon Durkee of Prineville; daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Trent Ough of Prineville; granddaughter, Teagan Ough of Prineville; grandson, Taran Ough of Prineville; sisters, Nancy O'Connor of Bend, Susan Conover of Folsom, Calif., and Maria Dawson of Odessa, Texas; brother, Steve Durkee of Prineville and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Memorial donations may be made in his name to Pioneer Memorial Hospice.
   Funeral services were held April 4. Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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