Location: Coos Bay, Oregon, United States

Born in 1915,in North Bend, Oregon. I will be 93 years old on Aug 8, 2008. I graduated in 1940 from Colorado School of Mines as a Geologist. My first job out of college was working for an oil cdompany in the swamps out of Morgan City, Louisiana. In December 1940, I was drafted into the U.S. Army as a buck private. My year was almost up, when Pearl Harbor hit. They sent me to Officer Candidate School, where I became an officer at Ft. Belvoir in the Army Engineers., 4 years later, I left the service as a Captain. I then worked for HYumble Oil (Now Exxon-Mibil) in the Houson, Tx. office as a specialist in the study of underground oil and gas reserrves. In 1947 I returned to Coos Bay, Or. spent 19 years in the restaurant business, built a bowling alley, owned 3 service stations and 17 years in the real estate business. I retired at age 65 in 1980. I then got involved with the mining business in gold silver and zinc. Like the old saying, "what goes around, comes around." I started with mining and end up with mining. My wife, Kay and I celebrated our 65th Wedding Anniv. We have 3 fine kids, One girl and two boys.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

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There are 470 families registered in Holy Redeemer Parish. Our parish is about the same size as St. Monica in Coos Bay, OR. The copper clad steeple, high above the altar is 72' tall with a 5' stainless steel Cross on top. Light for the Sanctuary comes in thru the 14' horizontal Rose Window. The Cruciform style church was dedicated in Dec. 9, 1976. The building is 48' x 140' or 6,720 sq. ft. and contains 17 pews on each side which will seat 340 people. For large events, chairs on both aisles and the center will hold another 70. A half basement beneath, serves as a Youth Center. It was built under the leadership of Fr. Deis at a cost of $400,000. Pews, organ, priceless stained glass windows artifacts and other fixtures, give it a current value of nearly one million dollars. The adjoining parish hall, built in 1981, cost $300,000. Today, Holy Redeemer parish is free of all indebtedness. Posted by Picasa


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