Obituary: Loren Burrell

Loren Richard Burrell, 86, of Sweet Home died Dec. 13, 2009.

He was born July 13, 1923 in Lebanon to Lin and Velma (Rose) Burrell.

Mr. Burrell was raised in Sweet Home. After high school he joined the Army and served in World War II in Italy. After the war, he worked in the timber industry and lived in various places along the west coast.

In 1963, he settled in Petersburg, Alaska, where he and his wife raised their four children. He returned to live in Sweet Home in 2004.

After his retirement in 1985 he spent the summer months fishing and spending time with family and friends in Alaska. When the geese began flying south he packed his bags and followed them, spending his winters catching up with friends and family along the West Coast. He enjoyed playing slot machines and watching sports.

Wherever he hung his hat he considered it home.

Mr. Burrell is survived by his children, Linda and son-in-law Jim Reid of Ketchikan, Alaska, Richard and daughter-in-law Luba Burrell of Petersburg, Alaska, Sharon and son-in-law Richard Bennett of Lancaster, Calif., and Steve and daughter-in-law Desiree Burrell of Petersburg, Alaska; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris; and brothers Jack and Warren Burrell.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Point Restaurant, 6305 Main St., Sweet Home.

Sweet Home Funeral is handling the arrangements.