William "Bruce" Heard
William "Bruce" Heard of Oakland, Oregon died on March 28, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.
He was 70 years old. He was born in Corona, Calif. on July 6, 1943 to Jack and Elnora (Smith) Heard, and was proud of his Cherokee ancestry. He graduated from Lynwood High School in Lynwood, Calif. with the Class of 1960. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War
. He married Linda Lane, and they were together for 48 years.
Bruce was a truck driver, and a commercial vehicle inspector for the California Highway Patrol. He owned a True Value Hardware store, and was also a cabinet maker.
He enjoyed woodworking, riding and showing horses, fishing, crabbing, camping, and spending time outdoors. He was a deacon at the Yoncalla Church of Christ.
He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for the Outstanding Lion of the Year for the Higgins Diggins Lion's Club.
He is survived by his spouse of 48 years, Linda Heard, Oakland, Oregon; stepmother, Rose Nell Heard; son, James & Michelle Flanagan, Oregon; son, Mike & Anna Heard, California; son, Mark Heard, Louisiana; daughter, Michelle & Joe Halleib, California; son, Bill Heard, Jr and girlfriend, Lori Gantz, ; sister,
Jackaline Sheridan, Iowa; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Joseph Flanagan and Robert Kiley Heard.
A Memorial for Bruce will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Yoncalla Church of Christ. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grove Christian Camp in Cottage Grove, or to the Yoncalla Church of Christ in Yoncalla.
Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.