Chase O. Burkhart

January 30, 1989 ~ October 10, 2018 (age 29)

Chase Oren Burkhart was born Jan. 30, 1989, in Prineville to parents Gary and Sheila Burkart. He went home to the Lord Oct. 10, 2018, in Prineville at age 29.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at Prineville Funeral Home.

Chase was a happy child, strong and full of energy. Chase attended school in Crook County and later received his GED. He played baseball and wrestled when he was young, but Chase had a passion for fishing.

In 2011, Chase began working for the family business JLM Steel. He worked there for more than six years, traveling all over Oregon and Washington. He started out as an ironworker but quickly moved up to a job foreman. He was in charge of his own crews and running his own jobs. He believed in working very hard and took a lot of pride in his work.

Chase had many hobbies. He loved being outdoors. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, trapping, running hound dogs and hiking. He also liked to cut firewood. He always stayed super busy. He was a Raider football fan. Chase was very competitive and liked playing Texas Hold ’em.

Chase struggled many years with addiction, but one of his greatest life accomplishments was staying clean for many years. In that time, he managed to buy a nice home in Madras, own many nice things, and live pretty comfortably.

In 2013, Chase became a father to a beautiful baby girl. He was so proud. He was a wonderful father. She was his pride and joy. Chase devoted himself to his family and his job. He was always there to help his family. Nothing made him happier than spending time with family. He developed a special bond with his grandpas. He would go fishing with Papa at Sherars Bridge. He would run dogs and snowmobile with Pop. Family was the most important thing in life!

Chase is survived by his parents, Gary and Sheila (Williams) Burkhart; a brother, Clayton Burkhart; a daughter, Peyton Burkhart; his girlfriend, Shelly Wickman; grandmothers Sherry Williams and Glenda Burkhart; grandparents Charles and Kim Burkhart, of Madras; a niece, Lakota Burkhart; a nephew Conner Burkhart; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Billy “Pop” Williams; and great-grandparents, Pete and Ruth Williams, Bud and Clara Green, Oren and Talina Burkhard, Ed and Dottie Elliot, and Glenwood Husted.

Memorial contributions may be made to AA or NA of Crook County.

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