Leonard "Sonny" Elwood Rider, 88, of Seneca, Oregon passed away at Cinnabar Adult Foster Care Home on August 11, 2019. A graveside memorial service with Navy Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 2:00 PM at the Canyon City Cemetery.
Sonny was born to Leonard and Doris (Mackie) Rider on August 11th, 1930 in Lakeview, Oregon. He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1949. After high school, he joined the United States Navy, served for three years as a Radio Man Second Class where he was awarded three medals and a star for his service. Sonny returned home where he went to work in the lumber mills as a machine operator, he worked for Ellingson Timber, Hines Lumber and John Day Lumber Co. After his retirement he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, officially retiring in 1992.
Sonny was married four times, one wife he married twice. His love was strong for each of them. He enjoyed the outdoors whether it was hunting, shooting, reloading, or snowmobiling. Sonny was a friend to everyone, he was an excellent marksman, a great father/husband and trusted by all. Sonny enjoyed being a part of Lake Creek Youth Camp and attending Grace Chapel Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister Wanda Leslie, wife Mary Lou Rider; wife Marilyn Rider and his faithful dog “Dingo”.
Survivors include, siblings, Don Rider of Seneca; Bob Rider of Stockton, California; sister, Alice Seabart of Burns, Oregon; sons, Lance Rider of Winthrop, Washington; Sonny Rider of McNary, Oregon; Paul Rider of Hermiston, Oregon; stepdaughter, Francine O’Shaughnessy of Camas, Washington; stepson, Perry Oaks of Vancouver, Washington; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cinnabar Adult Foster Care through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.