Jack H. Earnest
Jack Earnest of Portland passed away on December 20, 2020 from complications of COVID-19. Jack had a happy and productive life for over 95 years. Jack was born on March 18, 1925 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Harvey and Madge (West) Earnest. He was second born into a family which would eventually total four children. He attended school in Iowa, Georgia, Virginia and Texas as the family followed construction jobs. Jack came to Portland in 1943 to join his older brother Floyd Earnest. He enrolled at Lincoln High School and dropped out of school to join the US Navy. He served as a Machinist Mate from 1943 to 1946 when he was honorably discharged. He met his future wife Lois P "Pat" Dunham in 1943, they corresponded from 1943 until their marriage in November, 1946 and moved to Vanport ,Oregon. Jack began employment at Southern Pacific Railroad as a Brakeman. The oldest son, Bob was born while living in Vanport. Jack, Pat and Bob survived the 1948 Vanport Flood, eventually moving to St John's where Ron was born. The family moved to their newly built home on SE Long Street in 1950 and a third son, David was born. Jack retired after 39 years 9 months as a Conductor with Southern Pacific Railroad.
Jack took the family on camping trips and enjoyed fishing. The family always had an annual beach trip as well as many out of state vacations. In 1971 Jack purchased his first Model T Ford and began restoring the car. He joined Rose City Model T Club in 1972 and remained a member until his homecoming. Over the years Jack and Pat traveled throughout Oregon in the Model T. He added to his collection of cars and at one time had 6 restored cars. Jack volunteered for many years at the Portland Auto Swap Meet at EXPO. Jack helped with the annual Salvation Army Christmas Food Baskets and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 1991 for his dedication to serving others. Jack served on the Board of Directors for the Southern Pacific RR Credit Union before its eventual merger with Advantis Credit Union. Jack was a 60 year member of the Masonic Order, Waverly Lodge.
Jack provided care for his wife Pat for a number of years dealing with her memory care issues and needs before her passing in 2012. Jack is survived by his three sons and two grandsons, Patrick and Andrew. His oldest grandson, Geoff died in 2014. Jack's youngest brother, Bob M. Earnest survives as well as four sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
To the dedicated staff at Cherry Blossom Cottage thank you for providing Jack with home style care and compassion during his three year residency. Jack loved all the personal attention he received.
Jack was laid to rest next to his wife at Skyline Memorial Gardens. No service held due to COVID-19. Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice in his memory.