Alvin "Al" L SatherJune 19, 1935 ~ July 15, 2017 (age 82)
Retired 1st Sgt United States Army Alvin L. “Al” Sather, 82 of Hermiston, OR, passed away peacefully at Lourdes Medical Center on July 15, 2017 with his family by his side. Al was born on June 19, 1935 in Malta, Montana to parents, Alvin O. and Juanita Tatman Sather. He was young when his family moved to Echo, Oregon where he was raised and attended school. Al was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 18. He met Joan Adkison, who was also in the Army and stationed in Japan. They were united in marriage on March 30, 1956 at Camp Zama, Japan. Al and Joan had 5 children and lived all over the United States and Portugal during his 20 years in the Army. Al was deployed to Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and worked at the Pentagon during his military career. He loved spending time with his family. Al was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed camping in the mountains and being in the outdoors. He also enjoyed carpentry. He loved hunting trips with his son, son-in-laws, and grandsons as well as John and Charlie Smith who he considered family. Al spent a lot of time yard selling, and loved to get a good deal. He met many friends through the years and was always the highlight of the party, making everyone laugh. Al was a member of many organizations, life member of the NRA, Moose, Elks, American Legion, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, Disabled American Veterans, and the Vietnam Veterans Association.
Al was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and was a mentor to many. We will miss you and are very blessed to have had this life with you. LOVE YOU FOREVER.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years: Joan Sather; daughters: Jodi Desjardins (Robert), Kristi Bartley (Russ), Lauri Stubenrauch (Fritz), & Shari Humphrey (Alan); son: William Sather (Lori); sisters: Joyce Jones & Melinda Buwalda; grandchildren: Ryan (Angela), Matthew (Angela), Curtis (Narci), Jessica (AJ), Brooke (Travis), Mariah (Nick), Alan & Amanda; 9 great grandchildren: Cayden, Alexia, Gavin, Aysa, Addison, Macie, Camdyn, Cohen & Cleo; numerous nieces and nephews.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements