Forrest “Bud” L. Hemeon – Obituary

Obit-Hemeon-webForrest “Bud”  L.  Hemeon

January 1, 1919- February 26, 2015

Bud Hemeon died peacefully at home with his family around him, on February 26th 2015 in Mist, Oregon at the age of 96.

Bud is survived by his wife, Jeri; his sons Steve and Larry Hemeon; and his daughter Vicki Weller and husband John; his grandchildren Josh Hemeon and wife Julie, Veronica Skerjanec and husband Chance, Alex Funderburg and husband Shawn, Stephanie Hemeon, Tyler Hemeon, Leslie Woodward and husband Nathan, Ashley Clark and husband Danny, Casey Fields and husband Travis, Katie Hawley and fiancé Jon Mulleda.  Also surviving are his great-grandchildren; Hayden, Jakey, Emory, Isabella, Sam, Lilly, Lola, Jonathan and Harper.

Bud was born January 1, 1919 in Somerville Massachusetts, to Forrest C. and Rhoda Hemeon.  Bud had to quit school in the 11th grade due to his father’s illness.  He then helped with the running of Hemeon Trucking with his sister, Rhoda.  At the age of 19, he moved to Hollywood, California where he began work as a Western Union Boy delivering telegrams.  During this time, Bud enjoyed collecting hundreds of autographs from the stars of that era.

Bud was 20 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He was a Boatman’s Mate, on the U.S.S. Los Angeles, a heavy cruiser.  During WW2 he traveled to North Africa & Europe.  He was honorably discharged in September of 1945.

Bud met and married his wife of 65 years, Jeri on July 14, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.  They lived in San Diego, California, Salmon, Idaho, and then settled at their current ranch in Mist, Oregon in 1962 with their three children. Bud started driving truck for Allied JH, and then later for Crown Zellerbach where he retired.  He then bought a dump truck and started up  “Hemeon Trucking.”

In his retirement, Bud enjoyed farming, ranching, and especially tending his cows.  He loved spending time with his family, and traveling with Jeri and friends.  He was an avid cribbage player, who also enjoyed an occasional “Old Forester.”

The funeral is scheduled for March 7th at 1:00 PM at the Mist School Gymnasium, with a potluck to follow.  Pastor Tim Teele will officiate the ceremony. The family will be having a graveside service at a later date. All are welcome to come and celebrate Bud’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Mist-Birkenfeld Helping Circle.  Condolences, prayers and memories can be sent to the Hemeon family at 14090 Wallace Road, Mist, OR 97016.