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Bruce Warner Procknow

April 8, 1930 - Sept. 2, 2020

Bruce Warner Procknow, 90, of Sweet Home passed away Sept. 2, 2020.

He was born on April 8, 1930 in Helena, Mont., the son of George W. and Grace Melissa (Pickens) Procknow. He moved to Sweet Home in 1947.

He was inducted into the United States Navy Oct. 11, 1948 and discharged October 2, 1952. He served aboard the USS Boxer cv21, one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers of the United States Navy, earning the Navy Occupation Korea Service, United Nation, and Good Conduct medals.

Outside the Navy, Bruce worked for Willamette Industries in Sweet Home until retirement.

He was a member of VFW, AmVets, American Legion and Cooties; as well as Shriners and Masons, serving as Master of Masonic Lodge for one year.

Bruce enjoyed big band music, boating and swimming. He has been known to swim across Foster Lake in the past.

He is survived by his wife, Bette (Briggs) Procknow; sons Donald and his wife Vickie Procknow of Sweet Home, Keith and his wife Dawn Procknow of Woodland, Wash., and Steve Howard of Sweet Home; daughters Sandra and her husband Anthony Davis of Edmonds, Wash., and Barbara and her husband Tom Hanten of Lebanon; sisters Deanna of Washington and Gloria of Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and ex-wife Sharon (Norton) Tarabochia (2016), mother of Donald and Keith.

Viewing will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Gilliland Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life, with light lunch, will be at noon on Saturday after the graveside, at the Sweet Home VFW Park.

Memorial contributions can be made in Bruce's name to Shriners or Sweet Home VFW.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.