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Zane D. Church

July 17, 2013 by

Zane D. Church, 93, left us peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 7, 2013.
Shortly before his death, he said he was going to the river. Zane was born in his grandfather’s house, overlooking the Salmon River in Otis on July 31, 1920.
He met Barbara, his future wife, at a community dance in Rose Lodge when she was 15 and he was 17. They were married June 6, 1940, at the ages of 17 and 19. Two years later they started their family. Zane and Barbara had six children together. They were married for 71 years before Barbara’s death in September of 2011.
During his lifetime he lived mainly in Oregon and Alaska and had several different occupations, but farming was his love. In 1976, Zane and Barbara moved from Otis to Christmas Valley where they started a ranch raising alfalfa and cattle. He was a hard worker, at times facing many difficulties, but never giving up. He was a small man of unwavering determination and strength. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines, and loved his country. In his last year of life he returned in his mind to where he began, along the Salmon River. He enjoyed every opportunity to visit the Oregon Coast and point out landmarks he remembered fondly from his youth. He loved the outdoors and as a younger man hunted and fished. In later years, he enjoyed time on the golf course, especially with his cousin and lifelong friend, Sherman Knight. Zane’s passing has left a huge hole in many hearts, but his example of determination and strength will live on.
He was also preceded in death by his wife Barbara; brothers Ivan and Eldon; sister Alfa.
Zane is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Buckley and Kay, Fredrick and De, Gary and Michelle; daughters and sons-in-law Debra and Kenneth Jensen, Cindy and Charles Harper and Marilyn and Al Luthe;15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren.
In his honor he will be laid to rest at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. His service was held, Monday, July 15, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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