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Claude Friend

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Claude Friend Obituary

Claude Friend, 92, of Halsey, Oregon passed away peacefully February
12, 2015. He was born October 19, 1922 in De Nova, Colorado to Orval
"Dick" and Anna (Hayes) Friend.
Claude joined the Civilian Conservation Corp at 14, then enlisted in
the US Army at 17. From 1939-45 through WWII he served in the Second
Engineering Battalion. Wounded in action, he was awarded a Bronze
Star and Purple Heart.
After the war, Claude returned to Akron, Colorado where he met and
married the love of his life, Frances Margaret Peck in 1946, together
they had four daughters. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife
in 1998.
They bought a small store in Colorado Springs in the 40s, Ajax
Furniture and Appliances grew and prospered until 1973 when they
retired and moved to Elkton, Oregon. Claude commercial fished out of
Winchester Bay and they bought and operated the Manor Motel in Eugene.
During his lifetime, some of his favorite activities included civic
and community involvement, teaching men's classes, serving as deacon,
but especially his cross ministry. Claude created crosses out of
horse shoe nails and gave them to individuals as he felt led; he made
and gave away over 500 in recent years. His favorite service was
cutting firewood for those who needed it. He loved outdoor activities
including hunting, fishing and gold prospecting with Frances.
Claude is survived by his daughters and their families, Patty Friend
of Birchwood, Alaska; Karen Neighbors of Hermiston, Oregon; Elaine
Sorensen of Halsey, Oregon; Janet Bushman of Redding, California;
sister Betty Friend Morris and brother Clay Friend, both of Eagle
Idaho; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren and their many
nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service was held at the Scottsburg
"He Left the wood pile a little higher than he found it."
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Apr. 1, 2015
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