Howard Gable, 95, Mount Vernon, Ore., died Monday, July 30, 2012, at his home.
Memorials in his name may be made to Plum Grove School, Laclede, John Day Elks Club, or John Day Hospice.
Howard was born April 22, 1917, in Laclede, son of Edith (Harter) and Claude Gable. He married his wife, Wanda, in 1953.
Howard left Missouri in the 1930s to move to Southern California and lived with his brothers and sisters. He served in the Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Kahuku, Hawaii, and New Mexico. He was involved in dairy farming during the 1950s. He 1961, they moved to Kimberly, Ore., and ran a W-4 cattle and farming ranch. Then in 1980, moved to John Day Valley, Mt. Vernon. He was involved with the County Sheriff and Rescue, County Conservation/Land Management, Wildlife Habitat, Rural Fire and Forest Fire Service. He had won many awards for horse and cattle farming and soil conservation, Central Oregon District Fire Budget Committee. He helped with the preservation of Plum Grove School, Laclede, and was given an award in 1998 by the Missouri Alliance for Historical Preservation. He had also received awards in the 1990s for Ranch Real Estate.
Survivors include his life friend and partner, Donna Guthrie and family; two sisters, Evelyn (Skeet) Bates, Montrose, Calif., and Marilyn Holloway, Brookfield; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eunice (Sis) VanDyke, and Velma (Jackie) Watson; and a brother, M.F. (Bud) Gable.