Gordon Evan "Gordie" Stroebel

June 5, 1937 ~ June 9, 2014

Gordon Evan 'Gordie' StroebelLong time Prineville resident Gordon Evan “Gordie” Stroebel died June 9, 2014 in a farming accident.

Gordie was born June 5, 1937 in The Dalles, Ore. to Sterling and Eva Stroebel. They lived in Kinzua, Ore. at the time but moved to Prineville in 1939. From an early age he showed his independent nature as he wandered about town making friends. His mother often resorted to tying him to her clothesline to keep him home. He grew up on the family farm on McKay Road and was driving to town in the farm truck by age nine.

Gordie’s love of flying was evident from early childhood. Around the age of eight he made his first “home built” plane which he even managed to get airborne for a short time.

After high school, he became a medical technologist and by age 35 had become a medical laboratory director. He loved working with his patients, especially the elderly. After a few years away from home he returned to Prineville where he spent the remainder of his years.

The two major passions in Gordie’s life were aviation and horses. For many years he and his wife Lenette raised a herd of rare Tarpan horses which were known around the world. He had been a member of the Prineville Ridge Riders and loved trail riding. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, car racing and helping out at his daughter and son-in-laws business, High Desert RV & Auto Repair. Gordie loved spending time with family and especially liked family barbecues. He had a great sense of humor and was known as a bit of a prankster. He would go out of his way to help others and gave a home to many stray animals.

Gordie was an avid pilot for many years and particularly enjoyed air shows. He attended the Reno Air Races in 2012. Over the past few years he loved to fly with his daughter and son-in-law and was always eager to go out for the Sunday morning “$100 hamburger” and a visit with other pilots.

Gordie is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lenette; sons, Steve and Scott; daughters, Jennifer, Jill, Shanna, and Nikayla; brothers, Milo, Curt, Roger and Dan; sister Deanna, and many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Sterling, mother Eva, step-dad Les Clauson, brother Douglas and his son Douglas.

Gordie touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Eastside Church in Prineville.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 185 N.E. Fourth Street, Prineville, OR. 97754. 541-416-9733.