Jan. 21, 1921 - Oct. 16, 2010
A viewing for Evelyn Andrina Bucher, 89, of North Bend, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 followed by a chapel funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Ave. in Coos Bay with pastor Bob Moore officiating. Private entombment will be held Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. A celebration of Evelyn’s life reception will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Celebration Center Church at the west entrance of Pony Village Mall. Following the celebration the family will receive friends at Tinys Tavern, 1971 Union Ave. in North Bend.
Evelyn was born Jan. 21, 1921, to Emma and Adolph Barsness. She died Oct. 16, 2010, in Bridge.
The oldest of three children, she quit school in the eighth grade to help her parents on the farm which was located outside the small community of Badger, Minn. She often talked about her childhood on the farm and how much fun they would have when the whole family would go to the dances in town every Saturday night. She loved to dance and she loved music. She could hear a song and go to their old pump organ and teach herself to play it. She never had a lesson.
In 1945, she joined her sister in Tacoma, Wash. There she met Jim Bucher who was stationed at Fort Lewis. They married in 1947 and after Jim’s discharge from the U.S. Army, then they moved to Coos Bay. She worked at several jobs including dental receptionist, insurance adjuster, bartender and hat check girl.
In 1956, being the independent, storng-willed person that Evelyn was, and against her husband’s wishes, she bought Tinys Tavern. Jim told her it was all hers, he was keeping his job. She continued to run Tinys until her health declined in 2009. Instead of retiring at age 65, and against her daughter’s wishes, she decided to enlarge the tavern and add a Laundromat. Outside of her family the tavern was her main focus. She put in many long and hard hours making sure her customers came first and they were happy, comfortable and well fed. She also took great pride in knowing she had served more than three generations of customers and her deep friend chicken had a state-wide reputation. Over the years, she sponsored many bowling, baseball and pool teams. She loved to attend and show support at the games and at the end of their seasons she would hold a party in her home for the team as a thank you. She never wanted any thanks or recognition. In fact, when her birthday would come she would leave town for the night to make sure there were no “surprise” parties planned.
In 1967, Jim joined the Coos County Sheriff’s Posses and Evelyn joined the Ladies Auxiliary. Together they traveled around the state riding in parades. It was not unusual to find Evelyn out at the horse barn by 4 a.m. the day of a parade, washing and grooming the horses they would be riding that day.
Evelyn and Jim were avid outdoorsmen. Every year they spent two weeks in Eastern Oregon deer hunting with Evelyn usually getting her deer. She also hunted elk and even took a trip to Alaska moose hunting. It was planned for two weeks, but turned into six because she was having so much fun. She also loved to fish and dig clams. One of her fishing buddies always said he loved to take her fishing because she was the only person he knew who could stay in the boat all day and not have to go to shore once. Plus, she always made sure they ate well on those trips. After Jim died she continued to go hunting with her two sons-in-law, Jim and Stan, and many friends.
Another hobby Evelyn loved was canning. It was nothing for her to can 1,000 to 1,500 jars of fruit, vegetables, pickles and tuna every year. She also loved to sew, teaching her daughters as well. Her other hobbies included making quilts, crocheting, knitting and cooking. She always laughed about the A she got when she took a Japanese cooking class at the college because she had not finished the eighth grade. Having a well manicured and colorful yard was another one of her joys in life. She loved working out in her yard and every spring she would plant new flowers and say she was “just adding a little color.”
Evelyn was very active in the Emblem Club and served as president from 1980 to 1981. She enjoyed traveling and meeting new people in and out of the state.
Another enjoyment of hers was when she and a friend would travel to the veterans hospital in Roseburg and bring baked “goodies” to the vets. After reading an article in the paper, she started making quilts for the veterans. In October 2009, she donated 69 handmade quilts. She took great pride in being able to give and she never wanted any recognition for it.
Evelyn spend the last year of her life on her daughter and son’s-in-law ranch in Bridge. She loved to look outside hoping to see the deer or elk that would come out and graze in the fields. Many mornings she would get up and ask, “See any wild critters out there this morning?” She also loved to watch the new calves play in the field and go for quad rides. She would always say, “That was fun, but you didn’t go fast enough.” She also was a great fan of NASCAR racing. She would watch it all day and could keep up with the winners from week to week.
Another great joy was playing pinchole. Even if she was loosing she would stay til the last person left the table.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Carole Lee and husband, Norman of International Falls, Minn.; grandchildren, Deanna, Sturat and Tony; great-grandchild, Matt; daughter, Linda Waterman and husband, Stan of Myrtle Point; granddaughter, Lexa Donnelly and husband, Alex; great-granddaughter, Leah; daughter, Jackie Rich and husband, Jim of North Bend; grandchildren, Megan Rich and Greg Wilson and Brady Rich and wife, Jenny; great-granddaughter, Charlie Rich; sister, Addie Bartley and husband, Wayne of Mesa, Ariz.; and brother, Allen Barsness and wife, Lila of Scoby, Mont.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Bucher in 1972; and grandson, Andy H. Waterman in 2002.
The family suggests memorial contributions to South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.
Arrangements are under the direction North Bend Chapel and Coos Bay Chapel, 541, 267-3131.