Dec. 20, 1935 — Oct. 1, 2013
Former Corvallis resident John “Jack” Calvin Uhden passed away on Oct. 1, 2013, at home in Redmond.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1935, in Hendricks, Minn., to John and Frances (Martens) Uhden. He lived on the family farm until the family moved to Corvallis in 1950. Upon graduation from Corvallis High School in 1954, he traveled to Seward, Alaska, where he worked as a longshoreman for the summer.
After returning to the states (Alaska was not one), he enlisted in the U.S. Army, received military police training and, much to his delight, was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska.
In 1959, Jack married Janet Weaver. They lived in Corvallis, where Jack began a 25-year career as a patrolman and detective for the Corvallis Police Department. During the early 1970s, Jack was working full time, attending college to achieve an associate’s degree in law enforcement, and building a home west of Corvallis for his family of five. He was a member of Oakville Presbyterian Church, where he met many lifelong friends.
Jack retired in 1988, after which he and Jan enjoyed many travel trips in 48 of the 50 states, as well as several other countries. The 1993 move to Redmond brought a major change of climate and meeting many new friends. May of 2013 brought the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer to an otherwise healthy guy.
Jack’s ideal lifestyle was a simple, live-off-the-land existence, yet he also enjoyed helping others. Volunteer work included Habitat for Humanity; cleanup and rebuilding in New Orleans, La., after Hurricane Katrina; Meals on Wheels; the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; projects and committees at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond; Redmond American Legion Post 44; and wherever he saw a need.
Hobbies and interests were family gatherings, hunting, fishing, reading, gardening, music and attending bluegrass festivals. His desire to help others, his quick sense of humor and his appreciation for life will be greatly missed.
Survivors include wife Jan of Redmond; children Sheryl (Steve) Gray of LaPine, John (Zelda) Uhden of Lebanon and Vonda (Rob) Brillon of Albany; grandchildren Collin, Daniel and Kory Aschoff, Cassandra Allen, Shalyn and Shelby Uhden, and Chad Brillon; great-granddaughter Avery Brillon; brother Robert (Rose) Uhden of Donnelly, Minn.; sister Eunice Allan of Lake Stevens, Wash.; brother George (Darlene) Uhden of Maupin; brother-in-law Prince Schaeffer of Marysville, Wash.; and sister-in-law Sue Uhden of Everett, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Marian Schaeffer; and brother David Uhden.
A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St. in Redmond.
Memorial gifts can be sent to Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701; or Community Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., Redmond, OR 97756. The family is forever grateful to both for their care and support.
Arrangements are under the direction of Twin Oaks Funeral Home.
Jack Calvin Uhden – Corvallis Gazette Times