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Obituaries for July 26, 2010

‘Bub’ Whiteley
Lloyd Duncan “Bub” Whiteley, 86, a Gold Card Lifetime member of PRCA 2151, died July 21, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a short illness. His daughter, Jerri Kay, and friend, Molly Smith, were by his side.
A memorial service will take place Tuesday, July 27 at 2 p.m. at the Lions Club Hall in Halfway. A friend of the family from Boise, Rodney Taylor Morse, will conduct the service. Marilyn White, also of Boise, will assist. Musical selections will be rendered by Veryl Waldron and Ron Neal, and Chuck Peterson will render personal memories of Bub’s life. Friends are ivited to stay and enjoy sharing of stories and food after the service.

Bub, as he was fondly called by all his friends and relatives, was born on April 25, 1924, in Halfway to Earl Whiteley and Ruby Melhorne-Whiteley. He attended schools in Halfway, graduating in 1941. He worked as a teenager on different ranches, using his expertise at horse wrangling, ranching and helping his Dad with sheep herding.  He worked for the Gover Ranch, Rupt and Erma Miller Ranch, and the big spread of the Campbell Ranch. He showed at an early age that he had a love for the rodeo arena and the activities that made up the shows that took place.  Shortly after graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy.  This was during World War II. He spent most of his duty on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

He came back to Halfway after being discharged. He started dating Berdean Robertson, who he remembered from his school days. They eventually traveled to Las Vegas, looking for work and while there, were married in 1953. During this time Bub was trying his hand at rodeos, mostly at bull riding and bull dogging. They came back to Halfway and Bub semi-retired from the rodeo arena. They became parents to a daughter, Jerri Kay, and a son, Mickey.

Both Bub and Berdean were employed by the Harley-Tucker Rodeo Co., for a time until Bub left for his employment with Morrison-Knudsen Co., which was building the Brownlee and Oxbow dams in this area. Bub still answered his longing for the rodeo sport by participating in the local rodeos and some in close surrounding states. He actually actively participated in rodeos from 1945 through 1962.

After the dam work had finished in the area, Bub went to work for Ellingson Lumber Co. in Baker City. He was there until his retirement.

Bub and Berdean spent most of their spare time in their younger years with their two children, participating in junior rodeos both near and far. Both children loved the sport their parents taught them. Bub also became a mentor to many of the “young” valley youth.  He spent many hours hauling his own children along with other novices to the rodeo events around the Northwest. He would fill up his truck “space” with any kid tough enough for the competition. His love of this never ended, and carried through with his own grandchildren, Macy and Brittney and great-granddaughter, Taylor. He spent many hours in rodeo stands watching his “kids.” His own great treat to himself was always attending the Pendleton Roundup and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. 

In later years of his life, he enjoyed attending any rodeo he could, horse races, trading cattle and attending sporting events. Bub is well remembered for his spin of wild tales about the past. With his colorful language and incredible memory, he could always amuse his audience. Bub and Berdean’s home was always the center of attention during hunting season. They were avid hunters, especially for elk.   They always knew right where to go. Bub conducted many a pack trip into the mountains for friends and relatives. He did a great job of throwing out the non-essentials for these trips but beer was never one of them.

Bub is survived by his daughter, Jerri Kay Whiteley Goodwin of Meridian, Idaho; granddaughters, Macy Hack of Texas and Brittney Goodwin of Spokane; great-granddaughter, Taylor Hack, and many loving “family” of friends and relatives.

Bub was preceded in death by his father and mother; his son, Mick; his wife, Berdean; and his brother, Daryl Whiteley.

Bub had a great respect for education. He got good grades in school himself, and he and Berdean worked hard to see that their own children pursued a post high school education. Because of this, in lieu of flowers, friends are asked to honor Bub’s request for an education fund for his great-grandchildren.   Those wanting to do this can make a donation directly to the U.S. Bank of Halfway. This can only be done at the Halfway branch at P.O. Box 709, Halfway, OR 97834 or are Tuesday’s service.


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