Ivan J. Strese of Hermiston passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday June 9, 2019 in Hermiston at the age of 89.
He was born June 28, 1929 in Condon to Alfred and Margaret (Hunter) Strese.
Ivan grew up in the communities of Condon and Fossil. At a young age, he began working in sawmills in Condon and Pendleton. In 1964 he moved to Hermiston where he has lived for the past 55 years. He worked for Marlette Homes where he painted and assembled axles for manufactured homes beginning in 1968 and continued until retiring in 2004.
Ivan enjoyed taking photos and traveling with his wife, Ethel, working in his yard and caring for his many cats. He was a longtime member of the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist church where he volunteered for many projects and enjoyed supporting missions.
Ivan married Ethel Cockerham on Dec. 31, 1964 in Coeur d’alene, Idaho. She preceded him in death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Sharon (Dan) Coffey; grandchildren, James, Timothy and Karmen Hauner; five great grandchildren; and two great great granddaughters.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday June 18, 2019 in the Burns Mortuary Chapel (685 W Hermiston Ave., Hermiston). Burial will follow in the Hermiston Cemetery. Family suggest memorial donations be made to the Hermiston Jr. Academy.
To leave an online condolence for the family please go to www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.