Lloyd Lawrence Ferschweiler, husband, father of nine, grandfather of twenty and great grandfather of twenty-one passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 95.
Lloyd was born May 16, 1925 to Lawrence Gabriel and Marie Cecilia (Rubens) Ferschweiler in a log cabin on the family farm in St. Louis, Oregon. He was the fourth of six children: Sr. Rita Ferschweiler SP, Tom, Rosemary Hammar, Lloyd, Cy, and Doris Davidson all deceased. Lloyd spent his first three years of high school at Mt. Angel Prep. He made life-long friends there and forever after held Mt. Angel Abbey close to his heart. He graduated from Gervais High School due to gas rationing during WWII. He attended St. Louis Catholic Church for 90 years. He loved the whole St. Louis community dearly.
Lloyd married Kathleen Louise Wolf on October 7, 1950 in St Paul, Oregon. Their children are Pat Vachter, Steve, Joan Eichenauer, Judy Foster, Karen Wurdinger (Tony), Mary Ann Daley (Tim), Carolyn Staab (Doug), Angela Pettit and Susan Hjorten (David). He was preceded in death by his wife, son-inlaw Dan Eichenauer and grandson Michael Staab.
Accomplishments: Army Air Corp C47 radio operator; self-employed trucking service; Gervais Postmaster for 26 years including construction of current Gervais Post Office building; Gervais Fire Chief and Woodburn Fire District Board of Directors; Knights of Columbus Treasurer and 70-year member.
Pleasures: Watching his Dad play baseball; playing baseball himself, coaching kids' baseball and softball teams, watching baseball, anything baseball. He discovered women's softball in later years. He enjoyed their playing, because they didn't need to adjust their batting gloves after each pitch, but could just play ball. Listening to planes overhead; hunting pheasants locally; hauling hop bales for the Wolfs; The Annual Elk Hunting Trip in Eastern Oregon ("what happened in camp stayed in camp"); and fishing anywhere, especially in his treasured boat, all 14 ft of it. He considered Kokanee salmon the finest eating.
Retirement: Bizon Nursery master pruner and grafter; logging trees and cutting wood to sell until he was 89 (you should have seen his abs—seriously); picking fruit (after he was too old to be on ladders) from his fruit trees for the food bank; reading; jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, sudoku, word searches.
Rosary was 10:30, Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Sacred Heart Church, Gervais, OR. It was followed by the funeral service at 11:00. Burial was immediately after at St. Louis Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Sacred Heart School, St. Louis Cemetery and Sacred Heart Food Bank.