J. Eugene Popma
Dec. 14, 1922 - June 11, 2020
J. Eugene Popma passed away June 11, 2020, at the age of 97 years.
He was born in Port Jervis, N.Y., Dec. 14, 1922.
He grew up during the Great Depression which had a lasting impact on his life and inspired him to dream big. He later achieved both personal and professional successes.
He married his loving wife, Lorraine Rosemary Bettendorf, in 1943.
Lorraine took the train from Portland to Chanute Field Illinois Army Air Corps Base where dad was stationed. They were married the next day and a few months later he was shipped off to England and then to Germany to join the other brave soldiers in WWII.
They were married for 67 years and he would often say they had a 67 year love affair.
They did most everything together. They were avid skiers at Mt. Bachelor, they traveled around the world, they enjoyed hiking, tennis, and playing Bridge with close friends.
They loved dancing to Big Band classics such as "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)"
He would often sing to his wife. His favorite tune was the Nat King Cole song "Sweet Lorraine (with the blue blue eyes)"
Gene began his professional career as a CPA in the Portland area. His greatest successes came as real estate developer in building apartments and condominiums throughout the Metro area.
He was a loving husband to Lorraine and a good father to his four children Mark, Chris, Brant and Diana.
You will be missed dad and we'll always think of you and mom with a smile on our face and a song in our hearts. Thank you for always being there for us.
There will be no funeral service scheduled at this time due to current health precautions.
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