Joe C. Van Buren
Joe is survived by nine children, 23 grandchildren, 20 great grands and six great-great grandchildren.
Joe was born in Omaha, Neb. but traveled to
Oregon when he was three. He tells the story of
peeing in a Coke Bottle and heating beans on the
radiator as they traveled.
He graduated from Central Catholic, class of
'51. He married Nancy McVitty in 1952. He was
preceded in death by his darling wife in 1971.
Joe worked for the Fire Department on the line
at District 9 and 10 and was Fire Apparatus Super
Attendant until he retired in 1985 from the Portland
Fire Department. He then worked as an EMT for the
dog tracks. He volunteered at Meals on Wheels five
days a week helping with the "old folks" and doing
repairs until he was 86 years young.
He had a fun and productive life and no one was a
stranger to him. He loved to talk to everyone. I am
sure he knows everyone in heaven and is up there
dancing with Mom (Nancy).
A celebration of life open house will be from
1-5p.m., Friday, October 16, 2020 at Gresham
Memorial Chapel 257 SE Roberts Ave. Gresham,
following Covid 19 protocol. In lieu of fl owers the
family suggest contributions in Joe's memory to
Meals on Wheels.