Alfred Buell

Born: Thu., Mar. 1, 1923
Died: Fri., Nov. 9, 2012

Graveside Service

12:00 PM Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
Location: Hermiston Cemetery

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Alfred (Al) Buell, 89, quietly passed away at the VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, Friday, November 9, 2012. He was born in Lyle, Washington on March 1, 1923 to parents, Otis Hiram & Mary Elizabeth Buell. He was a lifelong resident of Oregon; growing up in Eastern Oregon he was a resident of Hermiston where he later raised his family; later moving to Spray in the John Day valley; and Salem in the Willamette valley. Al was a member of the generation that proudly defended his country. He joined the U.S, Navy and was severely wounded when a Kamikaze plane crashed into his battleship, the U.S.S. New Mexico, during the battle of Okinawa. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After returning home he married Betty Louise Marker on April 7, 1946 in Hermiston and they remained a couple for over fifty years, until her death in 1997. They had three children, Carolyn (Disselbrett)(who died in a plane accident in 2003), Larry and his wife Kathleen Riordan of Nampa ID and Leavenworth KS, and Diana of Salem OR. They had three grandchildren (David Disselbrett and his wife Heather of Anchorage AK, Brandon and his wife Theresa Disselbrett of Salem OR and Aidan Riordan-Buell of Boise ID. They also had two great grandchildren Lilly and Justine Disselbrett. Granddaughter in law, Theresa Disselbrett; sister in law Jean Buell. Al was devoted to his family and worked hard his whole life to assure them a good home and a promising future. He was known to take a sip of whiskey, a chew of Copenhagen and to reminisce once in a while. But most of all Al will be remembered as a devoted family man, a proud American, a proud Oregonian, and a vocal Democrat.

Al was a member of the Masons, & Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Al was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Dixon & Rachel Johnson; Two brothers, Clayton Buell & Herald Buell.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 at 1200 Noon at the Hermiston Cemetery. A celebration of life & reception will follow at the Desert River Inn at 705 Williamette Ave. Umatilla, OR fron 1:00 to 3:00PM

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Jim & Betty Marker
   Posted Mon November 12, 2012
Diana and Larry,

Al was more like a brother, than brother-in-law, we will miss his stories, smiles and laughter but know he''s once again with the love of his life, Betty...

Our deepest condolences to you and the family,

Uncle Jim & Betty

Barbara Maslen
   Posted Tue November 13, 2012
Diane and Larry I sincerely hope that you know the joy and enjoyment My Father experienced whenever Al come to Hermiston and gave him a few hours of Smiles and conversation. There is nothing I can say at this Time except your Father touched everyone's Heart as he gave the only gift that cannot be bought......His precious time and friendship. Thank you from My Family to your Families for the opportunity of knowing the smile, the laughter in his voice and the Love he had for his Famiy and Friends. Our deepest sympathy.
The Maslen Family

James H. Ward
   Posted Tue November 13, 2012
I wish to extend my condolences to the wonderful extended family of a caring father/grandfather, a loyal patriotic American and fine community citizen. I am sorry for your loss, but I recognize your good fortune of having Al Buell as a guiding patriarch during you lifetimes.

Patty Ralston Ellis
   Posted Thu November 15, 2012
Diana and Larry,
It has been so long since I have seen either of you, and I still have fond memories of good times with you both on the farm as we grew up in Hermiston, and of your parents. They were such kind and gentle people; I always felt nurtured in your home. I am so sorry to read of your loss. Deep sympathies to you both.

James (Lonnie) Bennett
   Posted Sat June 14, 2014
Larry and Diana;
Just found your dad's memorial page.
I'm sorry to hear that your dad passed. As noted in other messages, I remember a lot of good times we kids had with your whole family.
my condolences to you