Gene Thomas Streight
was born on December 13, 1930 in Boneita, Springs South Dakota
to Thomas and De Ell (Morrison) Streight. While in high
school in Oregon City, he met and started dating, LaVona
Jeanne Brogden, who he would go on to marry in Oregon City,
Oregon on June 22, 1954.
college at Oregon State University and during this time was
part of their track team. Gene was very gifted at track and
earned a scholarship for those talents. After college he was
drafted into the United States Army and served as a food
inspection specialist. During this time, Gene lived in
the Seattle area.
In 1957, Gene was
honorably discharged from the Army and the two moved to
Langlois, Oregon where Gene taught vocational Agriculture at
the local high school. He taught there for about 5 years
before he was offered a position at Cascade Union High School
in Turner, Oregon teaching vocational agriculture. He accepted
the position and the family moved to Turner, Oregon.
During this time, he also got involved in the greenhouse
project at the school and helped get it started. In the
late 70ís Gene left Cascade High School to take on a
position at Chemeketa Community College until his retirement.
While at Chemeketa, he would again start up a greenhouse
project that is still going strong today. Gene was well
respected by many of his students, especially those who he
taught agriculture to, as many of as his students became
farmers in the community.
Gene has lived in
the Aumsville and Turner and was a lifelong member of Bethel
Baptist Church. He has also received state and national
recognition from the FFA. Besides his career, Gene enjoyed
landscaping, traveling and spending time with family,
especially with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gene passed away on
December 22, 2018 in Stayton, Oregon. He was preceded in death
by his parents Thomas and De Ell; siblings, Glen, June,
Pauline, Virginia, Ray, LaVerne. He is survived by his
children, Michael and Kathleen; grandchildren, Nathan, Sara
and Terra; siblings, Ruby, Wayne, Gordon and Leslie and
great-grand children Darien, Liam, and Jaxon.
celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 28,
2018 at 2pm in Bethel Baptist Church, Aumsville. Weddle
Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.