Eldon Larue Barry
April 24, 1928 – March 17, 2020
Our much loved Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, Eldon L. Barry passed away peacefully March 17, 2020. He was 91 years old. He was born in Crook Colorado and lived for a time in Ovid Colorado with his Father and Mother, Don and Lena Wilson, along with his Brother and two Sisters who preceded him in death. His family eventually migrated to Hillsboro Oregon where he graduated from Hillsboro High in 1945. He never missed a class reunion with his beloved wife Roberta (deceased October 30, 2000). He much enjoyed keeping up with his classmates, and even attended the last two reunions with his Granddaughters. It was fun to see how much joy it brought him. He was always the best addition to each event.
He had so many stories that he shared with us growing up about fishing and getting into mischief on the farm.
Dad had a love of fishing and many fishing buddies throughout the years. Camping outdoors "old School" and various other outside activities including golf and bowling were top on his list after fishing. It seemed like he may have fished most of the streams in Oregon, but nothing compared to watching NASCAR with his Grandchildren rooting on his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon or cheering alongside them (who he converted to fans also) and watching his loved San Francisco 49er's.
Some of the best memories were spent with Grandma and Grandpa who were always together, either gardening or spending time with us in the pool. We will never forget having fake birthday parties where he insisted we sing happy birthday or teaching us how to dive. Diving into the pool was the one thing he looked forward to after a long day at work.
Dad worked for years in the sheet metal trades eventually retiring from Brod and McClung-Pace Company. He also worked a bit of part time real estate in his spare time. After retirement Mom and Dad's dream to live in Lincoln City very near the banks of the Devil's Lake became a reality. They remained in Lincoln City for a few Years, then moved to a community in Sheridan, Oregon. They did not stay in Sheridan long as the pull to be near daughters and grandchildren became too great. They settled back in Gresham where they were closer to family.
Eldon loved a good joke and was know to say very off the wall things to anyone he encountered.... sometimes very colorful language ensued. We are talking cringe worthy reactions. But that was Eldon if you knew him.
He could fix anything and came to the rescue countless times for many of us. You could call for advice anytime and he would figure things out. Both Mom and Dad would do anything for their family and they taught us to respect others, have manners, tell the truth and above all work hard, which they instilled in all of us.
Dad truly loved mom's cooking and he really missed it when she passed away in 2000. She was a legendary pie maker and she could always answer your questions regarding cooking.
The last couple of ears he lived in a care home that he really enjoyed with Daniel and Daniella who treated him like family and took such good care of him.
Mom and Dad truly loved to be around their grandchildren and great grandchildren and spent as much time as possible with them.
Now they are together and will truly be missed by all of us.
Daughters: Linda Thompson and JoAnne Gordy
Grandchildren: Scott Thompson (Letty), Amy O'Gara, Jennifer Thompson (Kyle Osborn), Cristine Smith (Tristan), Karen Thompson (Thomas Majesky).
Great Grandchildren: Ally Luna (JJ), Cassady Gruelle, Sara Majesky, Riley Marcum, Katherine O'Gara, Madison Marcum and Thomas O'Gara, Jacob Osborn, Christian, Corey and Mikey.