Lorne W. Pleger, age 73, succumbed to cancer at his home on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 with his family by his side.
He was born September 12, 1944 in La Grande, Oregon to Rudolph “Rudy” and Nina (Hazelton) Pleger. He graduated La Grande High School in 1962, and married his high school sweetheart, Lois Denning in 1963. He attended Eastern Oregon College and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in June, 1971; he became a licensed Architect in State of Oregon in February, 1974.
He was employed during and after college at several firms including Balzhiser Engineering; Schaudt, Stemm and Walter, Inc;. and Ken Nagao, Architect. In June of 1975 he was hired by the City of Springfield, Building Department and became the Plans Examiner for Residential and Commercial Construction. He enjoyed working with the public and took pride in the commercial developments which included the Gateway Mall, Wal Mart, Symantec, and Mountain Gate Development projects. After serving Springfield for 25 years, he retired in 2001 to Waldport; following retirement he was employed by the City of Eugene on a part-time basis to perform building inspections.
Lorne was a loving family man; he had deep family values, honesty and integrity which he practiced daily. He was active in Boy Scouts as den master with his son in the 1970’s, and he aided his daughter with costume and set design for grade school theatre. He assisted his grandson with building and home remodel projects, and was honored to be the officiant at his granddaughter’s wedding in 2011.
Lorne had a love of community and always assumed a leadership role. He enjoyed square dancing with his wife as members of Danebo Circle 8’s and was instrumental in procuring the building that became the Square Dance Hall at 2095 Yolanda in Springfield. He volunteered his knowledge and time in designing the Yachats Medical Clinic remodel and supervised the construction with Job Corps youth. He loved theatre and volunteered with set design and construction at Newport Performing Arts Center where his daughter is a member of Porthole Players. He also assisted with the layout and design for one of the Yachats Community Gardens, and provided architectural and plot plans for Seal Rock Garden Club. His other hobbies included downhill skiing, fishing, classic cars (he and his son restored a 1962 VW European Touring Bus), and he was an active member of the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild. He loved traveling with his family both abroad and in the U.S.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Lois; son Terry (Shelley) Pleger; daughter Wendy (Brett) Gnau; granddaughter Jenny (Dustin) Lukas, and grandson Bryan Pleger. Lorne was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lee, and sister Areta.
The Pleger family would like to extend their gratitude to Samaritan Pacific Hospice for the assistance and knowledge they provided us with his care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Melanoma Research Foundation’s (MRF) Mucosal Melanoma Fundraising Campaign at: