Cecil Edwin Kahn, 91, died June 8 at the VA Hospice facility in Roseburg after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born Jan. 25, 1921, at his family’s farm in La Salle County, Ill., the eldest son of Frank and Baetriece Kahn. At the age of eight, he and his family took up farming in northeastern Montana and then moved to Malheur County in 1938 to continue farming.
He entered the Army in 1942, serving in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he moved to Hines where he was employed by the Edward Hines Lumber Co. for 36 years. He married Sally Wilke in Winnemucca, Nev., on April 27, 1951.
In 1990, Cecil and Sally moved to Roseburg to be closer to family.
Cecil is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sally; daughters, Lorraine Jarvi and husband Brian of Roseburg and Debbie Bezanson and partner Brian B. Egan of Corvallis; grandson, Aaron Jarvi and wife Lauren of Ashland; and granddaughters Ivanna and Celene Jarvi of Eugene, Renata Jarvi of Portland, Nicki Bezanson of Corvallis and Kristi Bezanson of Tualatin.
Cecil never had the opportunity to attend high school or college, but was always involved in self-education and earned his GED in later life. He was extremely well read and particularly loved history, music and travel. He will be most remembered for his boyish grin and his very unique sense of humor.
At his request, no services are planned. Cremation will be handled by Taylor’s Family Chapel in Winston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Roseburg VA Hospice, 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97471. Checks may be made payable to the “VA Hospice Program.”