William “Bill” Hartnell, 68, of Tangent, Oregon, passed away May 15, 2019, in Albany.
Bill was born April 26, 1951, in Aurora, adopted by Garl and Irene (Kuhlmann) Hartnell. He grew up in North Platte. After high school, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in rangeland management at the University of Wyoming, where he also rode bareback and saddle bronc horses on the collegiate rodeo team.
He married Paulette Hepler on May 26, 1973, in North Platte.
Bill received the Nebraska Young Farmer Rancher award in 1982. During that time, he farmed corn, soybeans and sunflowers, and raised polled hereford cattle. The couple later moved to Lebanon in 1991, where Bill operated his business, LE&J Cattle Service. Bill and Paulette lived in Redmond until Paulette passed away in 2017. Bill most recently resided in Tangent, Oregon, where he farmed with his son Jeb.
Bill enjoyed showing cattle with his friends and family. He raised shorthorn cattle but was also one of the longest members of the Miniature Hereford Breeders Association.
He was preceded in death by son Shawn; wife, Paulette; mother, Irene and father, Garl.
Bill is survived by his son Lance and wife, Kyanna Hartnell, of Lebanon, Oregon; daughter Erin and husband, Eric Eldridge, of Bruneau, Idaho; son Jeb and wife, Kate Hartnell, of Tangent, Oregon; grandchildren Abby, Emma and Cade Eldridge, Lane Hartnell and Sage Hartnell.
Family suggests that memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund benefiting Lebanon FFA in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the residence of Jeb and Kate Hartnell. Inurnment will be later this year at a private ceremony. Huston-Jost Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.