Calvin G. Springer

Born: Sat., Jun. 27, 1925
Died: Sat., Sep. 25, 2010

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Calvin Gordon Springer - a resident of Pendleton, OR, died Saturday, September 25, 2010 in a local care facility. He was 85 years old. The viewing will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 1, 2010. A graveside service for family and friends will be held on Friday at 4:00 PM, at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton, with a memorial service the next day, October 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM, at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church. Donations in memory of Calvin may be sent to 3ABN. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook or send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com. Cal was born June 27, 1925 in Naper, Nebraska to Orvil and Rita Springer. He was the 4th of 6 children. The family moved to Laurelwood, Oregon in 1935; this area being Calvin's home until 1956. Upon completion of school he was inducted into the United States Army in 1944. After training at Fort Lewis he was stationed in the Philippines where he worked in a hospital for the duration of the war. Upon the completion of his tour of duty and the end of the war, he returned to Oregon and became involved in the timber industry. He started his life-long career as an owner-operator by purchasing his own truck, and hauling lumber to town from his brother Vernon's mill. He continued hauling throughout eastern Oregon until his retirement in the late 1990's. He married Bettye Beail on November 12, 1948, and they made their home in Laurelwood, Enterprise, and finally settled in Pendleton, where he lived for 45 years. Bettye passed away in April 2000. He married Doris Thomas of Pendleton on November 18, 2003. Doris preceded him in death earlier this month. He is survived by his older sister Merle Reiswig and brother Vernon Springer, his younger sister June Hunter and his brother Walt Springer. Surviving children are sons; Dennis Springer of Salem, Neil Springer of Portland, and daughter Lynne Selman of Pendleton. He leaves 7 grandchildren: Jess Springer, Andy Springer and Jade Craig of Hillsboro; Mackenzie Brogoitti of Salem; and Nick Selman, Daphne Kuppenbender and Kristie Selman, all of Pendleton. In addition, he has 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ilene Clausen.

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Terry & Sue Hunter
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
Uncle Calvin was a special person and a big part of my life. I looked up to him and was always intrested in his opinions and ways of doing thing. He helped shape my life in ways he never knew. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with him a few weeks ago. We talked of many things, sometime tears welling in the eye. He was caring. He was loved. He will be greatly missed. He will not be forgotten! --Terry Gordon Hunter

Sandy Dappen
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
I have many fond memories of Cal. Even as a youngster when he was dating my aunt Bettye, he would come and take my sister and I for rides on his motorcycle, and in his convertible. He loved to tease us and we appreciated his good humor. Even though I didn't get to see him as often in recent years, I always enjoyed it when we did get together. He will be greatly missed.

Richard Janel Springer
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
A very special uncle !!

don moore
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
I will miss talking to cal over coffee at the saddle

Hilde Family
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
All of the Hilde Family are thinking of you in your time of loss. God bless and keep you all.

Frank Sargeant
   Posted Tue September 28, 2010
We have happy memories of flying our beloved Piper Comanches to fly-ins with Calvin. He was always so cheerful and full of optimism. The world will be a poorer place without him. We wish his family well in this time of sorrow for their loss.

Karen Colvin
   Posted Wed September 29, 2010
I remember Cal taking a bunch of us kids swimming and I think there was a swinging vine and some inner tubes involved. It was fun - and that is what I will remember about Cal - he did love to have fun - the twinkle in his eye when he was pulling a joke on us - he will be very much missed.

Cassandra Reiswig Rooke
   Posted Thu September 30, 2010
I remember Uncle Cal as always being Sunshine and happy. He always had a nice memory to share with me from when I was young. My family will miss him.

Shirley Nelson
   Posted Thu September 30, 2010
Cal was a very productive member of the International Comanche Society and the NW Comanche Tribe for many years. He spent a lot of time in his Comanche Airplane. Our hearfelt wishes for his family during this sad time. We know you have many wonderful memories of Cal. Our best wishes from all the people who knew him. Special prayers to Dennis & Toni from all of us.

Donn Reiswig
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
Calvin was a Great uncle, he took me on my first plane ride, gave me good advice and lots of laughs. Will miss him and his sage advice.

Marian Mills
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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