Obituary for June 10, 2013

By Baker City Herald June 10, 2013 09:48 am

Les Corning

Richland, 1950-2013

Les Corning, 62, died quietly at his home in Richland, Oregon on June 6, 2013.

A celebration of Les’ life, and a potluck, will be announced and held at a later date.

Leslie Eldon Corning was born on Aug. 2, 1950, at Baker City to Jack Medford and Mary Margaret (Densley) Corning. He grew up on the family ranch in Richland, whereupon he graduated from Pine-Eagle High in 1968.

In 1969 Les volunteered for the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic in Vietnam through 1970.

After his military service ended, he returned to ranching. He then married Toni Lynn Donaldson in 1973.   During their marriage Les started working in construction as a heavy equipment operator. While married they had three children: Jake (Jacob) William, Jesse Eldon and Chanel Lynn. Les and Toni later divorced.

Les then married Stacy Marie (Paul) Faulk in 1988.  During their marriage they bought and ran the Shorthorn Cafe/Bar in Richland. They later divorced.

On Feb. 8, 2000, Sherril Lynn Crain and Les were married in Halfway, and they made their home in Richland. Les retired from construction in July of 2012.

Les was a “man’s man” who loved to hunt, ride, fish and spend time in the high country of the Eagle Cap Mountains. He was never afraid to “color outside the lines” of life. He always enjoyed “riding for the brand” with his friends. He was a natural at whatever he put his hand to; and did his work with pride and perfection.  Time spent with family and friends was precious to him; and he to them. He had a smile bigger than life and when you saw that mischievous grin you often knew he was up to something! This tall, handsome cowboy touched so many people, and he is greatly loved and losing him has left a tremendous void in all our lives.

Survivors include his wife, Sherril of Richland; his son, Jesse, of Richland (currently in Utah); his daughter, Chanel of Tri-Cities, Wash.; his mother, Margaret (Densley) Corning; his father, Jack, and his wife, Caroline Corning of Richland; his brother, Marty Corning, also of Richland; his sister, Elaine, and her husband, Les Loftis of Pendleton; along with numerous nieces, nephews and many very special friends.

Les was preceded in death by his infant son, Jake, and his infant brother, Rodney.

For those who would like to make memorial donations, the family suggests the Eagle Valley Ambulance Fund or the Richland EMTs Training Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

The family would love to have your written remembrances and stories of Les so that they can be shared at his celebration of life.

“Ride easy, cowboy!” the family said.