Dec. 14, 1949 – Feb. 3, 2020
Guy Edward Backus, 70, died on the afternoon of Feb. 3, 2020 at his home in Sweet Home after an illness of several months.
He was born Dec. 14, 1949 at the U.S. Navy Dispensary, Naval Station Tongue Point, Astoria.
Being from a Navy family, while growing up Mr. Backus lived in Japan and at several locations in California before permanently moving to Seaside in 1965. He lived in Salem for many years prior to moving to Sweet Home.
He graduated from Seaside Union High School in the Class of 1968. He was a 12-year veteran of the U. S. Army and served in the Vietnam conflict, at Fort Wainwright in Alaska, Wiesbaden Army Base in Germany, Fort Campbell, Ky. and Fort Bragg, N.C.
Mr. Backus loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed watching classic movies and professional wrestling.
He is survived by his wife, Joy Farley Backus; his father, Gouverneur C. Backus of Seaside; brother Charles S. Backus of Seaside; sister Tara B. and brother-in-law Dennis, Ruth of Corvallis; daughter Becky L. Hagan and son Charles E. Backus, both of Weiser, Idaho; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; stepchildren James Bradford of Lebanon, Jesse Rincon of Willamina, and Maria Rincon of McMinnville; uncle John C. Riley of Oregon City; three nieces, two great-nieces, two great-nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Aline Riley Backus, in June 2016.
A memorial marker will be placed at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, with private family services.
Weddle Funeral Service in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.