Father Damian Kobus, a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary – U.S.A. Province, died early Thursday morning, Jan. 5, at Laurelhurst Nursing Facility in Portland. He was 94, a friar for 70 years, and a priest for 67 years.
He was born May 18, 1922 in Yorkville, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Helen (Kissel) Kobus and baptized at St. Joseph’s Parish, Tiltonville, Ohio.
Fr. Damian entered the Servite Order at Mount St. Philip, Granville, WI, on September 2, 1941, He professed his first vows there on Sept. 12, 1942, solemn vows on Sept. 22, 1946, and was ordained a priest on June 5, 1949.
His assignments in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon included associate pastor, administrator and pastor at St. Rita Parish, Portland; administrator at St. Helen Parish, Sweet Home; associate pastor at St. Charles Parish, Gold Beach. He also ministered in Ireland, Chicago, Detroit, Carteret, N.J., South Africa, and Yuma, Ariz.
He retired in 2006 at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (The Grotto) in Portland. He continued his retirement at Laurelhurst Village, where he remained until his death.
Father Damian was pre-deceased by his siblings Stanley, Walter, Benjamin, Irene and Marie. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
There was a funeral Mass in the Chapel of Mary, The Grotto, and interment in the Servite Cemetery, The Grotto.