Obituary: Guy Jeppsen

Guy A. Jeppsen, 88, of Sweet Home died Feb. 3, 2010.

He was born March 27, 1921 in Salmon, Idaho to James Sylvester and Georgina Olina (Andersen) Jeppsen.

He married Martil Phillips June 1945 and moved into a new home in Holley. They lived in the same house until 2006, when they both moved to Wiley Creek Assisted living in Sweet Home.

Mr. Jeppsen loved his family, music and logging. He played the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, steel guitar and could play three instruments at once.

A video exists of him playing his fiddle, steel guitar and electric piano.

He taught all of his children and grandchildren to play music with him. In his younger years he played for dances all around Linn County. In his later years he enjoyed playing at JJ’s Music and holding “Jam Sessions” at his home.

Mr. Jeppsen owned and operated J&J Logging in the 1950s with his cousin, Duke Johnson. Later the company became Guy Jeppsen Logging, which was in business until the late 1970’s.

Never far from the woods, he helped out other self-employed loggers until he was in his 80s. He loved this kind of work. Mr. Jeppsen worked out of his shop, repairing equipment for “gypos” and larger logging companies. His children remember the long hours their dad worked to get equipment repaired so other loggers could get back to work.

He charged affordable prices to everyone and actually did “free” jobs for loggers having “hard times.” People drove from miles around to have Mr. Jeppsen work on their “rigs.”

His wife and children admired and loved this hard-working family man and will miss him and his great smile and silly jokes he told so often.

Mr. Jeppsen is survived by his wife, Martil V. Jeppsen of Lebanon; son Dale R. Jeppsen of Sweet Home; daughters Rita K.

Warren of Crawfordsville, Lois J. Godell of Lebanon and Diana M. Jeppsen of Lebanon; brother Jack Jeppsen of Sweet Home: sisters Avaho McCool of Silverton, Carol Rice of Sweet Home and Carolyn Saulmon of Eureka, Calif., nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sylvester and Georgina Olina Jeppsen; one grandchild, Travis Patrick Godell: and four brothers, Claude, James Lyle (Jim), Clair W. (Buzz) and Harvey D. (Judd) Jeppsen.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Avamere Twin Oaks of Sweet Home, c/o John Buckley, 950 Nandina Street, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.