On August 31, Stephen Puckett was lovingly surrounded by family in his home as he walked into the arms of God. Born to Edsel Woodrow "Bud" Puckett and Mary Katherine (Stiles) Puckett on October 17, 1945, he was a native to Prineville. Steve attended Ochoco Elementary, Crook County Middle School and graduated from Crook County High School in 1964.
Steve married Delores Inez Hopper on February 11, 1967. They were married for 48 years and had two children: daughter, Tralina Inez, and son, Stephen Peter. They managed and ran the chicken farm out McKay for approximately four years, while Steve worked at the Texaco that he and his brother, Sam, had opened across from the courthouse in Prineville. Steve then took a job at, what was then, Coin Mills and worked his way up through a variety of positions, including glue-press operator, lead-man and purchasing agent. He retired from American Pine Products as superintendent in his early 60s. Together, they enjoyed cruises with family and friends, camping at the lake, caring for their home, playing cards, driving their '57 Chevy Bel Air and being involved in the community.
In his early years, Steve loved bowling and was a member of Coin's bowling team as a pro-amateur bowler, winning numerous trophies and awards. Growing up on a farm, he developed an interest in horses, which lead him to become a jockey during his teen years and then pursue Roman-style horse riding and chariot racing in his early 20s. He rode and performed at many events here in Prineville, as well as surrounding areas. Steve had a passion for wrestling and started the Cowboy Mat Club in 1982 with his brother Woody Puckett and Bill Quant and coached for more than 20 years. As his children grew, he helped them raise swine and became an active member of the local 4-H program, including volunteering on the sales committee. Together, with his brother, Nathan, they began the Prineville Swine Club.
After Dee's passing, he met Josephine Barber. They earned their certificates in square dancing and were members of the Sagebrush Shufflers. They also joined the local Elk's Club, Eagles and Veterans' Club. Steve had many interests, including boating, camping, golfing, time with family, helping his grandchildren with 4-H, playing cards, taking pride and care of his yard, negotiating prices and finger painting. He was a long-time member and attendee of the Prineville Nazarene Church.
Steve is survived by a very large family, including his daughter and son-in-law, Tralina and Rod Fulton of Prineville; and his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Kelly Puckett of Powell Butte. He leaves behind his seven grandchildren; Brodie Fulton and his wife Lauren of Prineville, TaNeesha Valenzuela and her husband Cody of Lindale, Texas, Channele Moe and her husband Austin of Culver, Jaycie Puckett of Powell Butte, Macey Puckett of Prineville, Cameron Carr of Prineville, and Zachary Gonzalez of Prineville. He is also survived by his nine great-grandchildren, Piper, Summer and Jackson Fulton, SuKii, Rousey, Bexlie and Oaklee Valenzuela and Hesstin and Blaine Moe. He also leaves his companion of seven years, Josephine Barber of Prineville; and his 13 brothers and sisters and their spouses, Neil and Mickey Puckett of Salem, Carolynn Chandler or Prineville, Dan and Penny Puckett of Nampa, Idaho, Sarah Miller of Culver, Dave and Bonnie Puckett of Prineville, Sam and Cleta Puckett of Prineville, Ed Puckett of Prineville, Woody and Carolynn Puckett of Prineville, Mary and Leroy Hanes of Prineville, Dianne and Donnie Marvin of Portland, Ester Niemela of Prineville, Nathan Puckett of Prineville, and John Puckett of Prineville. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Brenda Laustrap of Newport, and his brother-in-law, Danny Hopper of Prineville. There are also a large number of nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins, as well as dear and loving friends.
Steve was proceeded in death by his mother, Mary; his father, "Bud;" his wife, Dee; one brother; and twin sisters.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Prineville Funeral Home. The funeral will be held on Friday, September 9 at 11 a.m., at Prineville Nazarene Church on East First Street. He will be laid to rest beside his wife, Dee, at Juniper Haven Cemetery. Any memorial donations will be donated to the Cowboy Mat Club.