Bruce Edward Pingle, age 72, died June 16, 2010 at his home in Butte Falls, Oregon. He was born October 13, 1937 in Los Angeles , California, son of Bruce Sr. and Ella Pingle.
As a young child Bruce suffered with pneumonia so at the age of 10 his family decided to get him to the country. The Pingle family purchased Mill Mar Ranch between Butte Falls and Prospect, Oregon and operated it as a dude ranch. He was responsible for the guest tack room, sold worms, took care of the chickens and turkeys and the cattle and horses, with help. Bruce loved to show the guests around, took them fishing and horseback riding. When he wasn’t doing chores or entertaining guests Bruce could always be found on his pony Flicka. This is when Bruce developed his love for ranching.
In 1953 Bruce’s parents purchased the general store in Butte Falls and moved into town. He helped his parents in the store and attended school in Butte Falls where he graduated from Butte Falls High School in 1957. Soon after graduation he joined the Navy and served our country for 4 years as a seaman. He said he really enjoyed it. After the Navy he returned home to Butte Falls where he met his wife Diana McDonald through mutual friends. Bruce and Diana married June 30, 1963. They raised 2 daughters Kimberly and Karla.
Bruce loved life working as a rancher on Mill Mar Ranch and Lyons Ranch. He was also an auto mechanic, logger, and the Maintenance Manager for Butte Falls School District. His other loves were horse packing, he volunteered for the US Forest Service assisting with trail maintenance for which he received recognition from the United States Department of Agriculture and his family enjoyed many fun camping trips, he was a Deacon for his Church. Bruce did beautiful wood and leather work.
He is survived by his wife Diana, daughters Kim and Karla, five grandchildren, mother Ella Pingle and sister Julia Fuller.
Bruce was a pillar member of the community of Butte Falls, he was a kind and gentle man with a wonderful smile and a great sense of humor. He will be missed however wonderful memories of him will live on.
Happy Trails Bruce.
A memorial service will be held July 2 at 5p.m. at Lyon Ranch 6430 Fish Lake Road, Butte Falls. A dinner potluck will follow at Butte Falls Community Bible Church in Butte Falls.