Oregon - Dave
Stere was born in New Kensington, PA, son of Henry Stere and
Sarah Throne Stere. He had one sister, Nancy. He graduated
from high school in Illinois and received his Bachelor degree
with honors in Forest Management at The University of Idaho in
1962. There he was in the Navy ROTC before entering active
duty upon graduation. He served on the Vesuvius, the Kitty
Hawk and, as Engineering Officer, on the Finch during the Viet
he was hired by the State of Oregon, Department of Forestry,
where he served for 34 years and was much appreciated as a
valuable resource. Dave and Bonnie were married on June 24,
1978 in Sag Harbor, NY and made their home in Stayton, raising
two children, Jeanne Marie and Matthew. Besides traveling,
they also enjoyed raising cows, sheep, a few horses, assorted
fowl, dogs and cats, and much feed for all. Dave was a bit of
an animal magnet as he was a very gentle, dependable, and
consistently caring person.
He was an
active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, the Festival Chorale
Oregon, International Wood Collectors (IWCS), Guild of Oregon
Woodworkers, the Antique Truck club (ATHS), his Navy ROTC
alumni, and Finch Reunion Alumni. Dave had a rich and full
life in his service to his community, his family, his church,
and the Lord. He enjoyed years of retirement creating
woodworking projects and developing his business ‘Good Fir
Yew’ using as many local resources as possible.
survived by his wife Bonnie; children Jeanne and Matt; beloved
granddaughter, Toriann Jane Bohenek; sister Nancy Ribble of
Knoxville, TN; two nephews, Scott and Matthew Ribble; and
godson, Kyle David Griswold.
were August 30 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton.
Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral