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Remembering a Great Man, Alan Ehry

Even the honey bees will miss their longtime friend, Alan Ehry.

Alan and Marjorie Ehry
Alan and Marjorie Ehry, summer 2012

(DUNDEE, OR) - Oregon said goodbye to a longtime bee keeper and auctioneer who our Publisher Bonnie King called Dad.

Alan Ehry, my father-in-law, died in a tractor accident on his property. The man was incredible, he was larger than life and faithful to his values to the core. He loved many but was loved by more.

He loved Oregon, he loved his family property, where for so many years he ran bees all over the western half of this nation, never fearful, always curious, and jovial as any man who ever lived.

He was always the life of the party. Alan had these funny ways of saying things and he loved to tell jokes and share funny stories and make people laugh. He was also a mechanical genius, like my dad, who he thought a great deal of. It is hard to imagine that they are both gone now, completely unimaginable.

Alan recently had major surgery, his prostate was removed, and that procedure had renewed him once again. Bonnie, his second eldest daughter, was just telling me how he was so full of energy and bounding around like a kid, that was Alan.

He was taken by things that others missed, he loved details, he could tell you the most minute details about mechanical items, and in his lifetime he created many useful machines and products. I'll never forget his forklift, it was a WWII military jeep that was sort of cut in half and facing backward, with a fork lift attached to it, and it worked super well.

Christmas 2012: Bonnie King, Marjorie Ehry, Peggy DenHoed,
Alan J. Ehry, Chris Ehry and Marjorie Ehry Lovell

I remember his Mercedes Benz phase, Alan loved to buy cars and vans and work on them and fix them up. He knew cars like very few people, and he could work on anything.

Alan and his wife Marjie have dedicated their lives to taking care of their family members, their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren all have been able to return to their old Victorian house from the turn of the 20th Century, that sits on dozens of lush Oregon farmland.

That place was his life, Alan was a happy man and he found ways to always keep learning new things, developing ideas, he had a mind that never quit.

Alan was a U.S. Navy Veteran and part of a group known as the 'Blue Water Navy' which was largely tied to the run up to the war in Vietnam. Alan was honorably discharged before the military action began, fortunately. His son Chris followed his father's footsteps, also serving in the U.S. Navy.

Alan played the guitar and when he was in high school in the late 1950's, he wore his hair in a ducktail, was in a rock and roll band, and received a bit of hassle for being a somewhat rebellious youth. He lived in an interesting time and had a full lifetime of experiences.

Alan was very supportive on a personal level when I went to cover the war in Afghanistan and he always was interested in our media projects and adventures.

Clockwise from top left, Alan and his brother Wayne, a 2010 photo of Alan with his wife and children, Alan with his
granddaughters and Alan sitting in his minivan

Alan was a beekeeper, an auctioneer, a father, grandfather, brother, and great-grandfather... and believe me the list keeps going. People loved him. He never lost his enthusiasm for life and lived it to the fullest in his own unique way.

He will be wildly missed but I think people will learn to accept and adjust and we will always smile when we think of the tender love that he never failed to show, he loved his family and was a man's man but he loved babies and he loved his daughters Margie, Bonnie and Peggy and his son Chris who personifies so many of his dad's good qualities.

Things were not meant to be this way but they are now and it is very sad, but we will not let it take us apart, we will live with wonderful memories of him and I know from the loss of both of my parents, that time really does allow one to refocus away from the pain.

As for services, the immediate family is making these decisions right now and I can say that the service will not be held for several days, it isn't written in stone but it looks like it will be a week from Saturday. Those who are wondering can write to me at and I will pass along any updates. Please remember that this information is tentative and more will follow. I know that Bonnie and her family will have an obituary published in local papers and we will certainly publish more about Alan and his incredible life.

Celebration of life is Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Church on the Hill, 700 N. Hill Road, McMinnville, Ore. All are welcome. Reception to follow.

Attrell's of Newberg handled arrangements. Private burial of his remains will take place at a later date.


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Allie February 12, 2013 12:11 pm (Pacific time)

I will feel your loss everytime I drive past your farm. I loved his signs and sayings. I hope someone will continue with the bees and the honey. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Richard Matteoli February 6, 2013 3:03 pm (Pacific time)

So sorry for your untimely loss. Prayers for your father, you and your family.

Luanna Meuser February 4, 2013 8:33 pm (Pacific time)

Most of us only wish for such wonderful things to be said about us during our lifetime and after. If his daughter is any indication (and I'm sure she is) he was a very good man who left the world a much better place. Prayers for you all.

gp February 2, 2013 8:14 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Bonnie and Tim and all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. Here is a hug and please know you are in my thoughts.

William coleman February 2, 2013 4:14 pm (Pacific time)

My thoughts and prayers are with the King's family. Bonnie and Tim hang in there the Best is yet to come!!! GOD BlESS

Agron Belica February 1, 2013 10:45 pm (Pacific time)

@Zahir: That was so awesome...add what Zahir said from me as well. Bonnie, you and your family are in our prayers always. If there is anything you need you know how to reach us.

Anonymous February 1, 2013 6:38 pm (Pacific time)

Our greatest condolences to Bonnie and her family, Alan was a fantastic man!

Luke Easter February 1, 2013 5:26 pm (Pacific time)

No wonder you are so passionate about the injustice you write about. You had a close personal relationship with a guy who was the exact opposite. Condolences.

JamesFre February 1, 2013 1:07 pm (Pacific time)

Hi Bonnie and Tim I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family

Tina Miller February 1, 2013 11:59 am (Pacific time)

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will miss Alans' wit and sense pf humor. The world has lost a great person!

Bonnie February 1, 2013 3:31 am (Pacific time)

Tim, Thank you so much, this is really great. I appreciate it so much, more than I can say. Bonnie

Zahir February 1, 2013 2:19 am (Pacific time)

Tim, Bonnie, and family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. There is an Islamic prayer from the Holy Qur'an that Muslims recite on such an occassion: Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ). I share with you my beliefs in your grief irrespective of what yours are. May God grant peace to your family. Zahir Ebrahim Project

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