The Curry Coastal Pilot

Burdeen Peter Mebust, 97, of Brookings, passed away Saturday, May 12, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, after a very brief illness.

A 38-year resident of Brookings, Burdeen is preceded in death by Viola Berg Mebust, his wife of 60 years; his youngest son Owen Mebust, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who was killed in the 1968 Vietnam Tet offensive; and six brothers and sisters.

Burdeen is survived by his son Larry and wife Janet of Murrieta, Calif.; grandchildren Scott Mebust and Wendy Mebust Bray and their spouses Michelle and Earl. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. His wife of six years, Lorna Lee Mebust, survives him and has relocated to California.

Burdeen was the son of immigrants Andrew and Karen Mebust from Selbu, Norway. He was one of eight children and is remembered by many relatives in the Seattle area, as well as numerous extended family members in the Nye River valley of Norway.

Burd was born in Madison, Minn. in 1914, and grew up on the Mebust family farm in Revillo, S.D.

After graduation from Revillo High School he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on a gunboat during the Boxer Rebellion in China, and on tankers in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters during World War II.

After retiring at the rank of Chief with 20 years of service in the Navy, Burd entered the rendering industry first with Baker Commodities as chief engineer, then with Peterson Manufacturing as chief engineer, retiring as plant manager from the Oakland, Calif., facility.

Burd and Viola found Brookings during their many motorhome travels and established their retirement home here after raising their family in San Diego and Long Beach, Calif., and later relocating to Oakland after his Navy career.

Fishing was Burd's passion. He joined the Northwest Steelheaders where he volunteered hundreds of hours installing hatch boxes in tributary streams in the Brookings area. He spent hundreds of hours fishing for 'his babies. He also obtained a salmon trolling license and operated his own commercial boat for several years.

Burd's ashes will be scattered off the Oregon coast as per his wishes. No memorial is planned.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Association of Northwest Steelheaders at P.O. Box 22065 Milwaukie, OR 97269 or online at

Condolences for the family may be sent to Larry Mebust and family, 38664 Bears Paw Drive, Murrieta, CA 92562.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.

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Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.