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 Loren Ellis Herbert

Loren Ellis Herbert

Elmira, Lane County, Oregon, USA
Death 1 Jan 2007 (aged 87)
Oregon, USA
Burial Albany, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 17301898 · View Source
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Loren Ellis Herbert
May 23, 1919 — Jan. 1, 2007

In 1845, Joshua and Elizabeth Herbert headed west from Independence, Mo., over the Oregon Trail and homesteaded on a section of land near Bellfountain and Greenberry roads in Benton County. Seventy-four years later, their great-grandson, Loren, was born in Elmira to Mark and Frona (Wilson) Herbert. His father engineered both steam donkies and locomotives, delivering logs from the hills of Lane County.

Loren grew up in logging communities and held a passion for the woods and trains his entire life. He graduated from Oakridge Grade School and Elmira High School. He was as learned as many college professors in U.S. and world history.

Moving on with his life he worked in road construction for the likes of Roy Houck and E.C. Hall on jobs from the Siskyous to the Columbia River. In 1939 he worked on the Pacific Boulevard project in Albany, moving fill dirt from what is now Waverly Lake to the overpass of the railroad.

During this time, he met the love of his life, Irene Schrock, whom he married a year later. In the early 1940s, Loren worked on the construction of the Corvallis Airport. David Evans and Associates of Corvallis, who engineered the recent runway overlay at the airport, made his day by inviting him to their office to share his experiences and history of the facility.

He continued in construction until 1945 when he and Irene bought a 400-acre farm at the confluence of Muddy Creek and Marys River, south of Corvallis. It was here they settled down to raise their family. Loren farmed for 15 years and then started his own small construction business. He bought a D8 Cat and 15 yard carryall. He excavated streets in Corvallis and built many roads, ponds, school sites and sports fields around Benton County.

When asked how he could carry grade, he would reply, "it's in the seat of your pants, you just have to feel it and have a good eye." Common sense was one of his many virtues. He also had a gift of making friends and conversation in a kind and gentle manner. Visiting people was a requirement, anywhere he went.

Loren enjoyed retired life. He and Irene spent the winters at their home in Yuma, Ariz., where they were surrounded by more friends. Traveling was in his blood from his early years. Whether it was hitching a ride on the train from Noti to Mapleton, Oakridge to Odell Lake as a boy, or loading up the remaining family to drive to Pennsylvania to see his recently married daughter.

Loren enjoyed attending services at First Christian Church in Corvallis where he was a longtime member. Country drives after church were a must.

His kids learned more about the history of Oregon from Dad than any book would ever teach them.

Loren was preceded in death by his mother and father, baby sister Delores and half-sisters Shirley and Gail.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; half-brother Dale Herbert of Eugene; daughters Delores Oliver of Corvallis; Markie Shields and husband Dale of Junction City; Lorene Smith and husband Bill of Monroe; son Don and wife Connie of Corvallis; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, all of whom knew they were his favorite.

A celebration of life will be Friday at First Christian Church with Dr. John Evans officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the church in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 N.W. Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330.

Albany Democrat Herald January 3, 2007

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