Donald Schwartz, 82, of Durkee, Oregon passed away at his residence on July 13, 2107. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents Harry Worth Schwartz and Leutitia Abbott Schwartz Wheeler, his wife Anna Lane Schwartz, and his brother Kenneth Schwartz.
We are currently seeking family members for Donald, if you are a family member or know of any, please give us a call at 541-523-3677.
Update July 27, 2017: We have yet to find anyone that knows if Donald has any family members left; we heard he may have lived in Boise, Idaho at one time. He is believed to be a veteran but we are unable to search the government archives for his discharge papers without permission from his next of kin. It is important to us to locate someone in his family so he has a place to return to. If you have any information please contact us.
Update: August 1, 2017 - The search continues for Donald's family with no luck. We received a lead from one of our local banks that a Kenneth Schwartz from Redding, California may be his next of kin. However after calling the number given and doing an internet search it appears Kenneth may have passed away in 2013 (It does look like Kenneth had an amazing bottle collection though, search for Kenneth Schwartz in Redding, California to view it). Donald may have been married at one time to an Anna Schwartz, but it also appears Anna may have also passed away. We are still searching but are running out of ideas. If anyone has any information please let us know!
Update: August 8, 2017 - I have been in contact with the woman who owns the property Donald lived on and she was able to enter his house and find some leads for us. One lead was a reference to a funeral home in Ontario, Oregon, after making a phone call to the funeral director I learned that Lienkaemper's Funeral Chapel had handled the arrangements for Donald's wife when she passed and they had talked about making arrangements for Donald. Unfortunately they never heard from Donald again and they also did not get any information on him that would be helpful in our search.
The second lead was a copy of his honorable discharge certificate from the United States Air Force. I faxed this certificate over to Rick Gloria (Baker County Veterans Service Officer) who may be able to use the certificate along with the copy of the death certificate to find his discharge papers. If Rick can locate his discharge papers he may be able to arrange through a gentleman in Union County to assist with burying Donald's cremains in the National Cemetery. This process takes quite a bit of time and in the meantime, I am still searching for someone to claim him. If I am unable to locate anyone, we will proceed with the process to have him buried and his grave marked with a Veteran's headstone.
Rick Gloria has also been in contact with some of the longtime residents of Durkee who all knew Donald, but didn't really know much about him.
Donald really is a mystery and if we can take anything away from this it would be to document important information.
Update November 2, 2017: I realize it has been awhile since I have updated but I wanted to pop in and let everyone know what we are working on. We have still not had any luck contacting his next of kin, but we have located the grave of his late wife Anna in the Fairview Cemetery near Ontario, Oregon. I believe it would be nice to lay him to rest with Anna, however I am now having trouble locating the caretaker of the cemetery. The numbers I have found online and have been given from our funeral friends in the Ontario area have come back disconnected.
So now I am asking if anyone knows how to reach the Fairview Cemetery caretaker in Ontario? I believe her name is Marleen Vertner and the number I have been given is 541-262-3485 (disconnected). Please contact me if you have any info on the cemetery, I surely would appreciate it!