John Arthur McElroy

Born: Sun., Jun. 11, 1944
Died: Wed., Mar. 31, 2021


Family to do services at later date


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John Arthur McElroy passed away March 31, 2021, at his home in Pendleton, Oregon.  He was born June 11, 1944, in Moscow, Idaho to Donald McElroy and Julia Maston McElroy.

John graduated from Moscow High School in 1963, and thereafter enlisted in the Navy where he received a National Defense Service Medal and a Viet Nam Service medal.  In 1967 he was honorably discharged from the Navy in Long Beach, California, and he spent several years in California before moving to Pendleton, Oregon in 1978 when he bought Shea’s Lockers and Quality Meats.  He enjoyed outdoor life and was an avid camper, hunter and especially a fisherman.  He was a member of the Eagles, Elks and Camper Club. He was a volunteer for the Pendleton Round-Up for 32 years and Happy Canyon for 9 years and was awarded with a lifetime pass to the Pendleton Round-Up.  He also enjoyed gardening, traveling and he loved animals.  His cat, Fuzz, will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Patricia McElroy Wolfe, and daughter Julie McElroy.  

John is survived by his wife, Kathi Purchase McElroy of Pendleton; son Mike McElroy; step-children Shannon Van Dorn and Todd Van Dorn; brother Denny (Marianne) McElroy, Sheridan, Oregon; and three nephews.   John was fun loving and a celebration of life is being planned at a later date.

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