Albert Lee Deiter, 59, was found deceased in his home Oct. 17.
Albert was born Jan. 3, 1958, to Eugene and Elaine (Williams) Deiter. He was raised in Burns until his junior year when the family moved to Lovelock, Nev., where he graduated from high school in 1976. He joined the U.S. Navy, becoming a (EN2) diesel mechanic. Albert was married while serving his country, and in November 1981, he was honorably discharged after rescuing 52 American hostages from Iran.
He returned home to Burns to raise two children, Joshua, born in 1980, and Nicole, born in 1982. Albert became the manager at Leather’s Oil Company in Burns, then worked on the green chain at Snow Mountain Pine. After his divorce, he had a son, Matthew, in 1988. From there, he remarried and had three more children: Leah in 1990, Kinzie in 1995, and Coreena in 1998.
Albert is survived by his six children, Joshua, Nicole, Matthew, Leah, Kenzie and Coreena; sister, Kelly and Ray Gregg of Redmond; brothers, Danny and Lou Ann Deiter of Burns, Michael and Melissa Holmstrom of Kalispell, Mont., Joe Fox of La Grande, Jason Tryon of La Grande, Tracey and Tabitha Deiter of La Grande; sister, Rose Dawn and Calvin Quigley of Vancouver, Wash.; as well as several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He was proceeded in death by his mother, Elaine Holmstrom; father, Eugene Deiter; and the love of his life, Caryn Ellis.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at LaFollette’s Chapel, with burial of cremated remains to follow in the Burns Cemetery.