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James "Loren" Fleet

May 19, 1924 — June 4, 2013

James "Loren" Fleet was born May 19th, 1924 in Flora, Oregon to Eva Botts and James Fleet. His brother, Duane (9 years older) was the greatest inspiration in Loren's life. Loren was a long time Grande Ronde Valley farmer and rancher. His favorite activities were farming, fishing, hunting and reading. He collected large equipment and books on health. He loved camping with the Good Sam Club and Cascades GMC Club. Loren was always ready for a good game of pinochle. His favorite place was home.


Loren's favorite memories: the day he got out of the army and the night he was awarded the 2000 Natural Resource Co-operator at the annual Farmer-Merchant Banquet. His favorite song was "You Are My Sunshine", favorite flower was the red rose and his favorite color was green. His pets were Cream Puff, the cat, and Heidi his miniature dachshund.

Loren served in the U.S.Army from April 26, 1945 to November 14, 1946. His rank was Technician Fifth Grade, serving in Okinawa. On April 15, 1943 Loren and Mary Candice Murphy were united in marriage. She passed away November 11, 1986. Two children were born to this union: Carole Rae and Jimmie Dee. They have 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


On February 24, 1989 Loren and Rebecca Carlock were married. He inherited 3 stepdaughters, 5 more grandchildren, with 2 great grandchildren arriving in the past year. He and Rebecca later divorced, but remained together.

Loren entered Wynwood Assisted Living Home in Gresham in October, 2011. He enjoyed exercise classes, pinochle, walking on the grounds and the fellowship of other residents. He was always cheerful and enjoyed whatever came his way. Loren should be remembered for his fair play.


His 89th birthday was May 19, the next day he entered Legacy Mt. Hood hospital. After 5 days, he returned to Wynwood where he passed away from cancer in the early hours of June 4th.


Loren will receive Military Honors from his fellow members of The High Valley VFW Post #4060 at the Island City Cemetery on June 8th at 11:00 a.m. In Loren's honor, donations may be given to the Blue Mountain Humane Society, NRA, American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.


He was proceeded in death by first wife Mary, brother Duane, and his parents.

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