Longtime Madras and The Dalles area resident Bion Stacy Whitehouse died peacefully in his sleep November 12, 2015 at the Evergreen Hospice Center in Albany, Ore.
Stacy was born June 22, 1925, in Auburn, Wash., to parents Bion Stacy Whitehouse, Sr. and Francis Faye Hutchins. He grew up and attended school in San Diego, Calif., before moving to the Battleground, Wash., area to work in the woods, logging with his Dad and uncles. In 1943, Stacy joined the Army. He served as a PFC providing medic services in various Army hospitals. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to the Culver, Ore., area to work on a ranch with his father. His medic training was put to good use serving on the ambulance crew and as a volunteer fire fighter for the Madras Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
On October 8, 1950, he married Marjean Freeman in Culver, and they moved to Madras, Ore. He worked several jobs in the Madras area before training to become a cartographer and worked for Jefferson County in that capacity for over 20 years, retiring from there in 1993. For over 18 years Stacy worked as a professional drummer, playing country and western music with the Troy Fowler Band at various sites throughout Central Oregon. Playing music was one of his greatest pleasures and he enjoyed listening to music into his later years.
Stacy was a founding and lifetime member of the Madras Elks Lodge 2017. He also served on the Jefferson County Planning Commission and was active in Madras Rotary.
His wife Marjean preceded him in death on March 19, 2005. Stacy is survived by his sons, Dennis Whitehouse of The Dalles, and Randy Whitehouse of Albany; four grandchildren, Jonathan Whitehouse of Kapolei, Hawaii, Shannon Johnson of St. Helens, Meghan Kendall of Albany and Karla Badeau of Portland; five great-grandchildren, Colby, Madelynn and Whitney of Kapolei, Hawaii, Jenika Johnson of St. Helens and Dexter Kendall of Albany; and sibling, Jean Griffith of Springfield, Mo.
A memorial service will be held on December 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Madras Elks Lodge, 262 SW 2nd St., Madras, Ore. Memorial contributions are suggested to Albany Mennonite Home-Village Foundation Inc., 5353 Columbus St. SE, Albany, OR 97322.
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