John Papen (1929 - 2012)

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John J. Papen

February 23, 1929 - December 6, 2012

SALEM - John passed away on Dec 6, 2012 at Brookstone Alzheimer Special Care Center.

John was born in Tacoma Washington, the second of fourteen children born to Joe and Victoria Papen. He attended Bellerman High School in Tacoma and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1947.

John served in the US Army from 1949-1951.

He married Rose Mary Ruff on September 18, 1950. They resided in Sheridan where John worked in the plywood industry for 32 years.

John was an avid Notre Dame fan and will have the best seat in the house for the Championship game. John was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Sheridan Oregon, Knights of Columbus and McMinnville Elks Lodge. He enjoyed snow birding in Arizona and all sports.

He was proceeded in death by his wife of 50 years in 2001, his son Danny in 2004, and his grandson Derrick in 2007.

He is survived by his Children: Margie Meyers (Ross) of Lebanon Oregon, Tim Papen (GeneAnn) of Clarkston Washington, Terry Papen (Cari) of Crooked River Ranch, Oregon, Chris Papen (Julia) of Grand Ronde Oregon and Daughter in law Cindy Papen of Tigard Oregon. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. 11 of his siblings survive him.

Donations in his name may be made to Pregnancy Alternative Center 136 West Vine St, Lebanon OR 97355.

The family would like to give special thanks to Brookstone for the awesome care they took of John for five years.

A memorial mass will be held on February 23, 2013 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Sheridan Oregon, with burial following at Greencrest Memorial Park.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 11, 2012
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