Eugene G. “Terribly” Oeder left peacefully in his sleep to be with his Beloved Maker.
Eugene was born 10 minutes of midnight in Mill City, Oregon to Albert and Grace (Lincoln) Oeder. He grew up in the hills and woods of Oregon, never losing his passion for hiking. He graduated from Philomath High School in 1936 and worked in the lumber industry with his father and brothers Bert, Lincoln, and James. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WW II in the Pacific Theatre as a machinist and was honorably discharged. When Gene came home, he married his sister-in-law’s favorite niece, Betty Jean Kutsch on Sept. 22, 1946. They moved to Peoria, IL where he went to Bradley University and graduated with a degree in horology with an emphasis on watchmaking and repair. They moved back to Albany where he worked for French’s Jewelers and then Georgia Pacific. It was here that they raised three children.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the VFW. He enjoyed playing pool at the Albany Senior Center, fishing, duck hunting, duck calling, and roller skating. He was also the most aged and teased member of Fitness Experience.
He was particularly fond of his red 1968 Chevy Sports van which he showed at numerous car shows around the local area. When people asked him how he was doing, he always replied “Terribly" (which was a reference to terribly good!) He made many friends with his smile and mischievous manner.
He is survived by daughter Terri L. Agee (Steve); son Gary A. Oeder (Nedra); grandchildren Aurora Agee, Logan Agee Hamilton (Reid), Chase Agee (Ayla), Samantha Casteel, Sharlee Oeder-Booyer (Brian); great-grandchildren Devin Casteel, Luke Cuveas, Ryze A. Hamilton and West S. Hamilton; and niece Trudy Voegler and many other cousins and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven R. Oeder and his wife, Betty Jean (Kutsch) Oeder.
A visitation will be held at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home on February 19 from 9 AM until 12:00 PM with burial to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens at 1:00 PM. A memorial service will take place at 4:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albany with a reception to follow.
AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements (www.aasum-dufour.com).