Rev. Richard J. Tuff
July 19, 1926 - April 15, 2017
Richard Dick Tuff was born July 19, 1926 in Minot, ND, the son of Agnes and Louis Tuff. He passed away April 15, 2017 in Salem, OR with family at his side.
He served in the Navy on the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, during WWII.
He returned to Minnesota earning accounting and CPA degrees.
He married Lorie Hanson in 1947. With Dick’s business education, he became the first tax assessor of Alaska. Dick received a calling to enter the ministry. He graduated from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, in 1961. He served as a Lutheran Pastor in
North Dakota, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.
Lorie passed away in 1990.
He married Joy Zeller Robison in October 1992, making their home in Salemtowne.
Dick was a faithful friend and servant, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Dick was preceded in death by Lorie, and son, Ronald. He is survived by his wife, Joy and sisters: Margie Thole and Carole Hubert.
Children: Rick Shellie Tuff, Kathy Randy Fleiger, and Karen Tuff.
Grandchildren: Kerry Steve Fleiger-Holmes, Kristen Scott Sweetwater, Brian Samantha Tuff, and Laurie Anne Botjen.
Great-Grandchildren: Kahlan and Kasey Fleiger-Holmes, Riley and Reese Sweetwater, and Emma Tuff.
Stepchildren: DeAnn Jay Orand, Debra Steve Falconbury, Susan Randy Cook.
Grandchildren: Jacob Marissa Becker Orand, Amanda Michael Orand West, and Cary Carly Laughlin.
Great-Grandchildren: Kennedy Laughlin and Lucas West.
A Celebration of Life will be 2 pm, Saturday, April, 29th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1770 Baxter Rd. S.E., Salem. Private Inurnment at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR.
Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity