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Elwyn Tesche

August 14, 2013 by

Elwyn Tesche, 94, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Elwyn was born in San Francisco, Calif. on July 2, 1919.  He grew up in Sausalito and received his BA in psychology at Cal Berkeley after serving in India and China in the Army Air Corps 1942-46. He received a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary in California.

He met and married Peg Carpenter in 1949 while they were both studying at the seminary. They had two children, son Arthur and daughter Jean.

For almost four years Peg and Elwyn served a parish area in Montana, 10 miles SW of Glacier Park.  They lived in Martin City in a modern log cabin.  With three-four services each Sunday and four church schools they had a very busy time serving a wide variety of people during the building of the Hungry Horse Dam and Power Plant.

In 1955 a call from the Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Eugene filled the next six years. The University of Oregon started four blocks west of the church and about 1960 expanded to the church site scattering the residents and eliminating many members who transferred to closer churches.

In 1961 they received a call from the church in Lakeview in south central Oregon, 5000 feet in altitude.  Lake County is unique with four scholarship programs for college for its high school graduates.

In 1975 they received a call from Bandon on the south Oregon coast and spent six wonderful years there.   In 1981 they retired and moved to Eugene.  Throughout those 31 years they worked as a team with Peg leading the Church schools and women’s groups.  Peg died very suddenly in 1989.

Elwyn is survived by his son Arthur Tesche of Munich, Germany;  daughter Jean Tesche currently in Washington, DC;  grandsons Andreas and Patrick, also in Germany.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Central Presbyterian Church, Eugene,  at 2 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Cascade Health Solutions Hospice, 2650 Suzanne Way, Eugene 97408, a local hospice organization or the American Friends Service Committee.

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