Donald G. Beebe

Sept, 17, 1917 – Dec, 20, 2006

Donald G. Beebe, 89, of Sweet Home, died on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006.

He was born in Gering, Neb., the son of Walter G. and Amy (Capper) Beebe. He attended schools in the Gering-Scottsbluff area.

He married Gretchen Wallace on November 13, 1937. In 1941, they moved together with other family members to Whittier, Calif.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific.

After the war, the Beebes, along with Mr. Beebe’s twin brother, Douglas, and his wife, Edna, and Mrs. Beebe’s sister, moved to Oregon.

They moved as a family with both couples’ children and their parents, Walter and Amy Beebe. They settled on a farm on Mountain Home Drive where the extended family lived and worked for the next 50 years.

Mr. Beebe was also employed as a car salesman in the Sweet Home-Lebanon area. His last job before retirement was with Linn Gear in Brownsville.

After leaving the farm in 1994, the Beebes moved into Sweet Home, spending the last two years of their life together at the Wiley Creek Retirement Community.

Mrs. Beebe died in July 2006. Since her death, Mr. Beebe had been living at the Osprey Court Memory Care Residence in McMinnville.

Perhaps the strongest part of Mr. Beebe’s personality was his deep and abiding love for Mrs. Beebe. The family takes great comfort in knowing they are now together again.

Mr. Beebe is survived by his twin brother Douglas of Sweet Home; his children, Michael Beebe of San Anselmo, Calif., and Tamara West of Portland; sister-in-law, Betty Burry of Portland; nieces, Teryl Putnam of Netarts and Tonia Beebe of McMinnville, and six other nieces; two grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Vade; his sister-in-law, Edna; and his wife, Gretchen.

A private burial service was held Dec. 22, led by Rev. April Hall Cutting.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the United Methodist Church of Sweet Home, where Mr. Beebe was a long-time member.

Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.