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James Phillip Cyr

September 27, 1937 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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James Cyr Obituary

James Phillip Cyr passed away on December 26, 2023, at the age of 86 in Lakeview, Oregon. 

Jim was born on September 27, 1937, in Westwood, California to Oscar John Cyr and Mary Louise (Stromeyer) Cyr. Jim was one of ten children.  He graduated from Westwood High School in 1955.  

In 1956 Jim joined the U.S. Air Force.  He was stationed at George Air Force Base in Victorville, California as a weapons specialist on the F-100 Super Sabre.  During his enlistment, he completed two tours in Spain at Moron Air Force Base in the 34th Fighter Squadron of the 413th Wing. In 1960 he was discharged as an Airman First Class where he went to work for Standard Oil in Redding, California. 

In 1960, Jim married his first wife Catherine Julia Porterfield. They moved to Lakeview, Oregon in 1965, where he owned several businesses including the Chevron Service Station, The Movie House, and a cattle ranch. Together they had seven children. April 23, 1999, Julie passed away from a lengthy illness. 

On December 8, 2007, he married his second wife Judy Breshears.  

Outside of his profound love for his family and friends, Jim had two passions in life: one being his cattle ranch, and the other his gun collection.  

Jim loved every day he spent on the ranch he owned with his partner Jere Barry south of Lakeview.  It didn’t matter if he was on a horse working cows or running the swather or fixing fence.  He could be found there from dawn to dusk. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Jim spent his entire life becoming an expert in Winchester historical firearms. It was his life’s work and he enjoyed nothing more than “playing guns” as he often referred to it. So much time and work went into this “hobby” of his. He would research, purchase, restore and clean every piece, before finally cataloging each one. He had a vast knowledge of each gun and would spend hours showing and teaching anyone that had a desire to see and learn about these historical pieces.  He and his wife Judy spent years traveling to gun shows all over the Western United States buying, selling, and often trading guns. These were some of the best years of their lives, making many wonderful memories and dear friends along the way.  

Jim was a soft spoken, kind, gentle man who never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a proud man, honest, hardworking, and steadfast in his beliefs and faith. He loved God and this country and wholeheartedly believed in honor and integrity. I don’t think there was ever a time when he didn’t tear up during the National Anthem. Jim also had a great sense of humor and was quick to crack a joke, always leaving a smile on your face. He was probably most well-known for his loving heart, compassion, and willingness to lend a helping hand. He never turned anyone away and always did what he could to help those in need. Countless people have come forward with personal testimonies to this, offering their sincere condolences and gratitude for the love and help they received from him over the years. This has brought immense pride and comfort to his loved ones, and we would like to thank each and every person that has reached out. He truly was one of the good ones and will be deeply missed by many.  

Jim is survived by his wife, Judy (Breshears) Cyr; his daughters and sons-in-law, Danelle and Dave Markham and Deborah and Greg Provost; his sons, Jim Cyr and John Cyr, Jr.; his sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Telly Cyr and Jeff and Staci Cyr; his stepchildren and spouses, Shane and Jodi Breshears and Shelly and Jacob Juhl; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Julia (Porterfield) Cyr; his daughter, Julie Hardt; his siblings, Helen Peltier, Irene McCollum, Robert Cyr, Richard Cyr, John (Jack) Cyr, Mary Martinez, Peter Cyr, Ann Patton, and Tommy Cyr. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Jim to the Cancer Support Fund, Lake District Hospital, 700 S. J St., Lakeview, Oregon 97630, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

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