Richard and Lorraine Field|
Dec. 20, 1918 - Mar. 15, 2013 Mar. 23, 1919 - May 27, 2009
After suffering a brief bout of Pneumonia, Richard joined his late wife of over 66 years, Lorraine who preceded him 3 years earlier. They are survived by daughter Janet Ogdahl of Salem, son Jim of Portland, and son Ken of Huson, Montana.
Born in Portland to George and Delena Field, Richard was the last member of the "Field Family of Five" orchestra which owned and operated the Field Country Club on S.E. 104th & Powell in the 1940's and 50's. Lorraine and Richard worked together at the club, a family grocery store on 105th & Division and Kaiser's Oregon Shipbuilding in Saint Johns during WWII where Lorraine actually launched the Victory Ship, Belgium Victory.
Richard and Lorraine worked side by side in "data processing" long before computers were in wide use. Richard worked for Meier and Frank, United Grocers, Pacific Power & Light, Howard Cooper and White Stag. Lorraine performed what is today called data entry for Jantzen Apparel and Portland Key Punch.
Richard was a 32nd degree Mason like his father and a professional musician. Proficient with the saxophone, clarinet, drums, piano and vibraphone. His most cherished musical instrument was a 1928 Deagan Marimba given to him by Aaron Frank in the 20's when Meier & Frank had a musical instrument department and sponsored the radio talent show, "Journal Juniors" where Richard was part of the house band for many years starting at age 8.
Lorraine and Dick raised their three children in the Cherry Park area and enjoyed taking their grandchildren, Toby, Katy and Nick on holiday.
Lorraine was a 30 year breast cancer survivor but finally lost her long battle in May, 2009. Her final loving act was making certain Richard was cared for in his final years without her. She selected the wonderful Redwood Heights assisted living facility in Salem to support Richard in his final years without her.
Surviving is the extended Salem family of Janet and Wally Ogdahl, Toby and Elisha Ogdahl, Richard's great grandchild Jagger James Ogdahl, Katy and Kelly Naff and Richard's great grandchild, Orion Naff as well as the Huson, Montana family of Ken & Tenley Field and Richard's grandson, Nick Field. Jim Field continues to live in Portland.
The entire extended family is grateful to the staff, management and residents of Redwood Heights for the increasing level of care and concern extended to Lorraine and Richard as they became increasingly dependent for aid in their daily routine. In his final days, Richard often called for his long departed brother, Donald.
Richard and Lorraine are now again reunited, together in perpetuity at Lincoln Memorial cemetery on a view plot they chose many years ago to share forever. Now, all of the "Field Family of Five" orchestra rest nearby, together again for eternity.
Arrangements are by City View Funeral Home.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 20, 2013