An informal potluck celebration will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 12-3 p.m. at the Myrtle Point Senior Center for Keith F. Bushnell, 83, of Myrtle Point. He was born February 25, 1930, on Catching Creek, near Myrtle Point, and he died April 4, 2013, in Canyonville. After graduating from Myrtle Point High School in 1947, he worked at the Safeway store until joining the Navy in August 1948. When he was discharged in March 1951, he returned to Myrtle Point and his Safeway store job. Throughout his working life he raised sheep and cattle, was a mill worker, logger, and bartender until retiring in 1995. Keith is survived by eight nieces; and eight nephews. Keith was a descendent of Linus and Lucinda Bushnell, homesteaders in the Ollala area of Douglas County, in the early 1850’s. His grandfather Hamilton Bushnell homesteaded on Catching Creek near Myrtle Point, in 1909 and on that property is where Keith was born and raised. He was the eighth child born of nine to Carl and Vestie Bushnell who had five daughters and four sons. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters; and brothers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Coos County Logging Museum or a charity of your choice.
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