Errol W. Ohlde
Longtime farmer and resident of Jefferson County, Errol Wayne Ohlde (age 80) passed away on July 29, 2020, after a three year battle with myasthenia gravis.
Errol was born in Snohomish, Washington, on May 11, 1940, to parents Arnold and Dorothy. He moved to Jefferson County in 1950, graduating from Culver High School in 1958, and gaining the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. He then served in the US Air Force as an ordinance loader and jet mechanic.
He married his first wife, Shirley VanEpps, in 1962, returning to Jefferson County upon discharge from the USAF. After returning to Jefferson County, Errol worked as plumber's helper (1962-63), timekeeper for Utah construction, building the Round Butte Dam -- consequently forming Lake Billy Chinook (1963-64).
In 1965, Errol began working for PG&E, subsequently working for Deschutes Valley Farms in 1969. In the 1970's Errol Ohlde began several business ventures. First Read, Ohlde, & Hanson Hay hauling. He and Pete Read started Read and Ohlde Farms in the winter of 1972. He worked under multiple business names (Roy Distillers, Dry Canyon Farms, TX Farms, Errol Ohlde Farms).
Errol was involved in numerous civic and agricultural organizations. His passions included enjoying time with family and friends, hunting deer and elk, and traveling. Errol had a work hard, play hard outlook on life.
Errol passed at home, surrounded by family, love, and faith, preceded in death by stepson, Tom Green. He is survived by his sister, Nicole Alderman and family; two sons, Marvin, Robert (daughter in-law Cindy, grandchildren Brendon and Brandi), and daughter, Dianna (grandchildren Anthony and Kelsey); his current wife of thirty years, Jean Green (nee. Hulburd); step-children, Mike Green, Patti Green-Kent; 16 stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In memory of Errol Ohlde and his battle with myasthenia gravis, please consider donations to the St. Charles Foundation 2500 NE Neff Rd., Bend, Or. 97701 for food and supplies at the infusion center. Please note: if you wish to donate to the St. Charles Foundation, please specify it is in memory of Errol Ohlde, to ensure that funds go to the infusion center.