Obituary:Guy Jeppsen

Guy A. Jeppsen, 88, of Sweet Home died February 3, 2010. He was born in Salmon, Idaho to James Sylvester and Georgina Olena (Andersen) Jeppsen.

Guy married Viola Martille Phillips in June 1945 and they moved into a new home in Holley, Oregon. They lived in the same house until 2008 when they both moved to Wiley Creek Assisted living in Sweet Home. Guy loved his family, music and logging.

Guy played the fiddle guitar, mandolin, steel guitar and could play 3 instruments at once. There is a great video of Guy playing his fiddle, steel guitar and electric piano.

Guy taught all of his children and grandchildren to play music with him. In his younger years playing for dances all around Linn County and in his later years playing at JJ’s Music & having “Jam Sessions” at their home.

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

Never far from the woods Guy helped out other self-employed loggers until he was in his 80’s and loved this kind of work. Guy worked out of his shop repairing equipment for “Gypos’s” and larger logging companies.

His children remember long hours their dad worked to get equipment repaired so other loggers could get back to work. Charging affordable prices to everyone and actually doing “free” jobs to those loggers having “hard times.”

People drove from miles around to have Guy 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.

I love you grandpa and will think of you every day for the rest of my life.

Guy is survived by his wife Viola Martille Jeppsen of Lebanon, son Dale R. Jeppsen of Sweet Home: daughters; Rita K.

Warren of Crawfordsville, Lois J. Godell of Lebanon, Diana M. Jeppsen of Lebanon; brother Jackie Jeppsen of Sweet Home: sisters; Avaho Blanche McCool of Silverton, Carroll Rice of Sweet Home, Carrollyn Saulmon of Redding, California, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sylvester and Georgina Olena Jeppsen; one grandchild, Travis Patrick Godell; four brothers, James Doyle (Jim), Claire Windor (Buzz), Claude Sylvester, and Harvey Delmont (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.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.