OBITUARY

Loren Francis Chase

September 29, 1930June 12, 2021
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Loren Francis Chase, 90, was born in Fairview, Kansas, on September 29, 1930. He died on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Capitol Medical Center, Olympia, WA. Born to Orville and Ola Chase, he had three siblings, an older brother Kenneth Chase, a younger sister Vera Brock (deceased), and a younger brother, Marion Lyle Chase. He was married to Marjorie Alice (Curtis) Chase for 59 years (Aug 1, 1948 – February 13, 2007). He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, his daughter Pamela McCormick, and his sister Vera Brock. He is survived by his three sons and their wives, Randall and Constance Chase, Rodnall and Maria Chase, and Timothy and Gwen Chase, his eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, and his long-term partner Ruth Mercer.

Loren was a devoted family man whose career as a truck driver kept him on the road a lot. But when he was home, he was always trying to do things with the family, working on many projects from building a canoe, woodworking - building clocks and furniture, and making porcelain dolls with Mom to grinding mirrors for a homemade telescope. For vacations: trips to the mountains, camping and fishing. He was a smart and very personable father who made friends wherever he went. Even driving a truck did not stop him from making friends, as he was an advanced ham operator who could send Morse code at 20 words a minute while driving down I-80, all while earning numerous Million Mile safety awards. Loren loved history and devoured books, always learning something new. In retirement, he was constantly getting together with his friends for a good meal and conversation. He touched a lot of people in his life and will be missed dearly.

Services

  • Visitation and Viewing

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Service followed by Reception Gathering

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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CAROLYN WOLTHUSEN

June 16, 2021

Uncle Loren was charming, with his happy outlook and zest for life. My Dad, Ken Chase, would keep me up to date on Loren's projects, like building a telescope. Certainly a very talented, warm guy. We'll miss him and his unforgettable personality.

Marion L Chase

June 15, 2021

One of Lorn’s favorite stories about his youth was when mother sent him out to the yard to shoot a chicken for dinner. He only had 3 shells because they were rationed during the war. Every time Lorn shot the chicken moved . After 3 shoots the chicken was fine and Lorn was out of ammunition. He was so discussed he picked up a hedge apple and threw it at the chicken and killed it. Chicken for dinner .

Pamela Thomas

June 15, 2021

Grandpa Chase made sure that I felt like I truly was one of his grandchildren, even though it was by marriage. He was always so warm and friendly towards me. I remember how he and Grandma loved making porcelain dolls and gave me one for Christmas. I remember playing pool in their basement in Ashland, NE. They taped every episode of Seabert for me because they knew that’s what I would want to watch and then gave me the videos after they were done taping. Such wonderful memories! I love you, Grandpa!

Ben Chase

June 14, 2021

Uncle Loren was always so friendly and welcoming. He was always deep into interesting hobbies and shared stories about his hobbies with such passion and enthusiasm. He was a great storyteller and he will be missed.

Amy Schmuck

June 14, 2021

You are all in my family's thoughts and prayers this week. Great Uncle Loren was a typical Chase: smart, witty, and sweet. May God hold you and keep you close in these coming days.
Amy Schmuck
(Ken Chase's granddaughter)

Peggy Iniguez

June 13, 2021

My deepest sympathy to you all. Your Dad was a kind and friendly person. One thing I liked about him, was that he was a good family man.

Rosa Pascual

June 13, 2021

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Camilo, Rosa & the kids.

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