– Greg, 69, died December 4 in Clackamas, Oregon after a
lengthy illness. Greg was born in Portland on January 3,
1948, and grew up in the area. He graduated in 1966 from David
Douglas High School. He attended Multnomah Junior College and
Portland State University. Greg married the love of his life,
Ruth Ellen Cole, on December 18, 1970 in Portland. They lived
in Hillsboro, and later settled in Metzger, Oregon where they
raised their two children, Jennifer and Ryan. To Greg,
family was everything. He participated in all of his
children’s school and social activities, and coached their
soccer teams for many years. He was happiest when he was
with his wife and family.
worked as a loan officer, retail manager, and in management
for the Building Material Dealers Association in Portland.
After that, he was a founding partner of Northwest Lien
Service. He later started his own delivery service, ACE
Courier and Errands. After retirement in 2000, Ruth and
Greg moved to the Stayton-Sublimity communities where they
have lived ever since. Greg served on the Stayton Library
Board and Parks Board. He was also a member of Friends of the
Library. In 2009, Greg and Ruth helped create The
Santiam Senior Center in Stayton, where he served as president
of the board for several years. Greg enjoyed road trips,
reading, photography, and was interested in history of every
sort, owning a variety of books. Greg enjoyed sharing stories
about his life experiences.
survived by his wife: Ruth of Sublimity; his beloved
children: Jennifer (Scott) Meyer of Camas, WA and Ryan
(Leslie) McWayne of Lebanon. He adored his five grandchildren,
Kiara, Cole, Aidan, Carson, and Liam. He was preceded in death
by his mother, Esther; father, Robert, and brother, Jack.
Celebration of Life will be held on January 3, 2018 at 2-5:30
pm. Location: Metzger Park - Patricia Whiting Hall, 8400
SW Hemlock, in Portland, located just off Hall Blvd. Please be
prepared to write a short memory you have of an interaction
with Greg. Contributions may be made to the Santiam Senior
Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Rd. Stayton, OR 97385, or The
American Heart Association. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.