Melvin Bozarth Passes Away at 86

Melvin Bozarth

Melvin Nathaniel Bozarth of Hermiston passed away in Kennewick, Wash. on March 22, 2020 at the age of 86.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1934 in Muskogee, Okla. to Homer and Lorena Mullins Bozarth.

Melvin lived in Oklahoma throughout his early childhood. He eventually headed west and lived and worked in Arizona and California for several years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era. He moved to Eastern Oregon in 1970, residing in Boardman for a short time before moving to Hermiston in 1974. He worked in farm labor and construction for the Laborers Union #737 throughout his career.

Melvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and gardening. He loved riding his horses, especially in local parades.

Melvin married Patsy Gose in Alpaugh, Calif. on Aug. 6, 1960.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Patsy; son, Homer Bozarth; daughter, Jacqueline Bozarth-Sorrells; granddaughter, Rachael Nicole Sorrells; sisters, Bertha Hill, Margaret McCaskey and Faye Huntington; brothers, Leon, Leroy, George and Ira Bozarth; and many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

A private family service was held, with burial in Hermiston Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial donations in Melvin’s memory be made to Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick, Wash.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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