Pat Wheelhouse Passes Away at 87

Pat Wheelhouse

Patricia Jeanne “Pat” Gray Wheelhouse of Hermiston passed away on March 21, 2024 in Hermiston at the age of 87 with her daughter, Cindy and granddaughter, Jennifer at her side.

She was born on May 25, 1936 at home in La Grande, delivered by her Grandma Rosella Nice and neighbor Jeanne Ball.

Pat worked for the city of Hermiston for over 35 years. She started as a part-time typist and worked her way up to executive secretary when she retired.

When Pat was 5, she started tap dancing lessons and later in life taught tap dancing. Pat loved music and reading. After retirement, Pete and Pat enjoyed going on many cruises and community events.

Pat was very proud to have been a founding member of Altrusa International of Hermiston.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Bousquet; sister, Cindy Thompson (Dan); son, Russell Wheelhouse (Joyce); stepchildren, Narita Vanderlinden (Brian), Bill Wheelhouse and Richard Wheelhouse; grandchildren, Jennifer Krogh (John), Jason Thompson (Nina), Kaytlin Perri and Tyler Hoyt; great-grandchildren, Emily and Hailey Krogh, Ashley and Andrew Sherman, Kaleb Perri and Annabelle Quick; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Edna Gray; husband, Pete Wheelhouse; son, Michael Wheelhouse; and daughter-in-law, Jackie Wheelhouse.

Services were held on Monday, March 25, 2024.

Contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to the Altrusa scholarship fund of Vange John Memorial Hospice Education Fund.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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