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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

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Pastor Tuff was my Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake, WA. I believe he had the most influence in my spiritual life and my personal life.
He had some hardship growing up. His "real" life experience, before getting his calling, made him the best preacher and counselor.
I remember going to his classes between services and learning so much. I told him that I'd rather just come to classes than take the time for church. He said to me that learning scripture and lessons from the Bible was beneficial, but we also needed to give God praise -- and the hymns and liturgy of our church was important, too. I'll always remember that. And he gave me a list of what chapters to read first in my Bible. I still have that list. 
In my eyes he was so wise--like a good father. 
My condolences to his family.

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of a great uncle who married my aunt Lorie, flew on a Navy dive bomber in World War II, collected tax money in Alaska, and became a wonderful Lutheran minister. I knew him best when he was at the seminary in St. Paul when I was an architecture student at the University of Minnesota. I often was invited over for dinner and helped take care of their kids when they needed a break. He will be greatly missed.