Lloyd Lawrence Ferschweiler, 95, died October 15. There will be a funeral Mass Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sacred Heart Church in Gervais. The rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the Mass at 11 am.

Mr. Ferschweiler was born May 16, 1925 to Lawrence Gabriel and Marie Cecilia (Rubens) Ferschweiler in a log cabin on the family farm in St. Louis, Oregon. He was the fourth of six children: Sr. Rita Ferschweiler SP, Tom, Rosemary Hammar, Lloyd, Cy, and Doris Davidson all deceased. Lloyd spent his first three years of high school at Mt. Angel Prep. He made life-long friends there and forever after held Mt. Angel Abbey close to his heart. He graduated from Gervais High School due to gas rationing during WWII. He attended St. Louis Catholic Church for 90 years. He loved the whole St. Louis community dearly.

Mr. Ferschweiler married Kathleen Louise Wolf October 7, 1950, in St Paul.

Mr. Ferschweiler was an Army Air Corp C47 radio operator; operated his own trucking service; was Gervais postmaster for 26 years, including the time when the current Gervais post office was built; was Gervais fire chief and on the Woodburn Fire District board of directors; a 70-year member of the Knights of Columbus, a time that included serving as treasurer.

Mr. Ferschweiler enjoyed listening to planes overhead; hunting pheasants; hauling hop bales for the Wolfs; the annual elk hunting trip in Eastern Oregon (“what happened in camp stayed in camp”); anything to do with baseball; and fishing anywhere, especially in his treasured boat. He considered Kokanee salmon the finest eating.

In retirement he was Bizon Nursery’s master pruner and grafter; logged trees and cut wood to sell until he was 89 (his children say, “You should have seen his abs — seriously”); reading; jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, sudoku and word searches.

He was a husband, father of nine, grandfather of 20 and great grandfather of 21.

He is survived by his children, Pat Vachter, Steve, Joan Eichenauer, Judy Foster, Karen Wurdinger, Mary Ann Daley, Carolyn Staab, Angela Pettit and Susan Hjorten.

He was preceded in death by his wife, son-in-law Dan Eichenauer and grandson Michael Staab.

Donations may be made to Sacred Heart School, St. Louis Cemetery and Sacred Heart Food Bank.