Danny passed away Easter Sunday after a long battle with
pancreatic cancer. He was 72. He was born in Salem and grew up
in West Stayton, where he spent most of his childhood. Danny
graduated from Cascade Union High School in 1965. He joined
the Air Force in 1966 and received an honorable discharge.
Danny married Bertha Harp in November that same year. He
worked for the state forest service for a short period, and
with his father, Clyde, on the family farm where they raised
beans and corn. Danny also worked for Pafco MFG. as a
welder/fitter in the 1970’s and 80’s where he was
instrumental in the construction of the I-205 bridge linking
Oregon and Washington. He served as president of the school
board for West Stayton Elementary.
Danny loved the country
life, fishing, hunting and travel. He coached T-ball and
little league baseball leading to more than one championship.
Danny and his wife Bertha moved to Central Oregon in 1990,
where he built his family a house. He worked in construction
and later managed a horse ranch as well as working on a cattle
ranch until he retired in 2009.
Danny had 7 grandchildren and
10 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother
Alice and brother Doug. Dan is survived by his father Clyde of
Stayton, wife Bertha of Redmond, daughter Annette Winkler of
La Pine, sons Don Hilton of Redmond and Rick Hilton of Madras.
A celebration of
life service will be held on May 18th, at 11AM at the Stayton
Community Center 400 W Virginia St. Stayton, Oregon, with a
Potluck following. Contributions may be made to Partners in
Care, Bend, Oregon.