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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Lezlie Perkins
   Posted Sun April 04, 2021
I can't help but think you and all you are going through. I consider myself very fortunate to have you send so many wonderful pictures of your trips over the years. I hope your memories carry you through this time, and then one day your heart will be smiling again. Please know how much you and your Family has always meant to me through out the years. I adored your Dad and someday will be a time for wonderful funny stories to share. God Bless 🌹🌹🌹

Dave Webb
   Posted Mon April 05, 2021
Cathy I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing he was a great guy

Sheryl Smith
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
John was such a great guy! He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

Tony and Peggy Norris
   Posted Thu April 08, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts/prayers go out to you and your family. Please take care of yourself and let us know if we can help or provide support in any way. Your travel companions.

Dennis R Sr and Patsy Moffit
   Posted Sat April 10, 2021

Sorry for your loss - he was a great fellow. Had a lot more smiles than frowns in his lifetime! Most of our encounters occurred at Shea's Lockers where he always worked his butt off!! Hang in there!

Patti Clark (Duby)
   Posted Mon April 12, 2021
Dear Kathi, Mike, Shannon, and Todd,
I was saddened to hear of John's passing. He seemed like a very caring person and my heart goes out to all as I know you will miss him so much. I felt I had an idea what John was like through Mike whom I greatly enjoyed as a student at SMS. Kathi, you and John made a great team. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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