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Bruce McEldowney of South Poe Valley was called home to Heaven early Saturday morning, Nov. 9.
Everyone who knew him will miss him deeply.
He is survived by Pam (P.J. as Bruce called her), his devoted wife of 42 years; his daughter Alycia; son Jason; four grandchildren Sean, Brooke, Michael and Kayla; and his mother-in-law Lou.
Bruce was born on Aug. 30, 1951. He and his high school sweetheart Pam were married in 1971 and raised their family in Klamath Falls, Ore. He spent 35 years in the woods, loading and trucking logs and driving under his own well-respected name.
It has been said that if, in a lifetime, you can fill up all of the fingers on one hand with good, true, sincere, honorable friends, you're pretty lucky. Bruce McEldowney was one of those special people. Remember the old adage about "A job that was worth doing in the first place was worth doing well" and "if you did a thing right the first time, you didn't have to do it over again?" That was Bruce. He never shirked from a job and wasn't happy until it was done well.
Bruce was devoted to his family and as loyal as ever anyone was to his friends and neighbors. He always chose the best way to do something, even if it was not the easiest way. Bruce was dedicated to looking for the RIGHT way! Bruce truly lived a life that you could "Hang Your Hat On."
He loved his everyday life, taking care of the cattle, horses, sheep, and the fields he and Pam farmed for years. More than once he and his tractor helped clear snow from neighbors' driveways in the cold of winter or cleared debris from a fallen tree, etc. He shared his talents with anyone who asked. He loved his work, his friends, his animals and his family, and the good nature that he had about any meal prepared for him made him an ideal dinner guest. Conversation never lagged with Bruce around and he never once had a mean word to say about anyone.
Bruce enjoyed trips into Klamath Falls, poking around looking at tools and gadgets to see what new uses he could put them to. He savored the countryside during the drive in from the valley. He waved at friends and smiled at strangers. Simple things made Bruce happy, but cars and tractors and all things mechanical were his passion.
Bruce had endured many years of diabetes and had toughed it through numerous complications that finally forced him to retire. He struggled to recover from two surgeries that left him unable to walk without special shoes and a cane. Last week, a heart attack sent him to Medford, where he made it through two stints and a bypass. He was able to return to his beloved South Poe Valley ranch home, his devoted wife Pam, and the dogs he cared for (and snuck dog biscuits to despite the extra calories), especially that big yellow Labrador, Siri, who unfailingly sat at his feet or slept curled next to him. Sadly, he had only a short two days with his beloved family and ranch before God called him home.
Eternal Hills Funeral Home is serving the McEldowney family. Per Bruce's wishes, no services are planned.
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Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Published in Herald And News on Nov. 12, 2013