Loren Irvine Stoddard was born on January 4, 1936 in Everett, Washington. He passed away on September 6, 2019 at his home in Echo, Oregon at the age of 83 years. Loren graduated from Everett High School in January of 1954 and joined the United States Marine Corps in March of 1954. He served for 22 ½ years including the Vietnam war before retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant E-7. He moved from Kaneohe, Hawaii where he spent his last tour of duty with his family in Arlington, Washington. Loren worked briefly for Bayliner Marine before going to work for the Everett Post Office. In 1983, he moved his family to Hermiston, Oregon. Loren worked full time as a rural route mail carrier while continuing to work a small farm.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years: Beverly Stoddard; aunt: Doris Allen; brother: Paul Givler & wife Sheila; nephew: Paul & wife Carol; daughter: Debra Pugh & husband Pete; son: Donald Stoddard, MD & wife Marie; son-in-law: Terry VanDyke; 10 grandchildren: Brandon & wife Melissa, David, Marissa & Daniel Pugh, Zachary & Courtney VanDyke, Mia, Kristoffer & Stephen Stoddard.
Loren was preceded in death by daughters: Sheryl Ann, Darlene Patricia & Sandra Louise VanDyke; son: Duane Allen and his parents. He also leaves his beloved dog, Sadie and 4 cats.
Loren was described by his grandchildren as loving to fish, scuba dive, golf, travel and spend time with his family and pets. He was proud of his military service and his job with the post office. He had a big heart, an even bigger smile and always had a bear hug for his loved ones. Rest in peace Marine, Semper Fi!!
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Eastern Oregon Humane Society, 1844 NE Geer Rd, Hermiston, OR 97838 or the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
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