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Loren G. Edmonds

January 4, 1922 - March 24, 2018

Loren Edmonds lost his long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, March 24, 2018.  Loren was born January 4, 1922, in Ionia Michigan, as the third son of Gordon G and Gladys June Sisson Edmonds.  As a young man Loren was a successful multi-sport high school athlete and after high school he decided to pursue an education degree from Western Michigan Teacher’s College in Kalamazoo Michigan.  In 1941 he was selected the most improved player on an undefeated football team that was selected to play in the Sun Bowl.  However, the attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in the cancellation of the bowl game and the interruption of his college studies.  By 1943 Loren was an active duty Combat Engineer in the US Army headed to Europe. While in Europe, he was a participant in the Battle of the Bulge, (1944) and the battle at the Bridge at Remagen, (1945).  During his service in Europe he was twice awarded the Bronze Star for heroic or meritorious achievement or service in a combat zone.

In 1946, Loren returned to Michigan and was discharged from his position as a First Sergeant in the US Army.   He returned to Western Michigan to complete his Education degree and soon met the love of his life, Mary Jane Mummaw from Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Loren and Mary Jane were married, August 17, 1947.  Both then completed their bachelor degrees at Western.  Loren continued his education by completing a Master’s degree at the University of Michigan.  He then began a short career as a high school teacher and coach, concluding in 1954 when he decided to leave his position at Northeast High School, Midland, Michigan to begin a new career as a State Farm Insurance Agent.  It was also during this time that Loren and Mary Jane’s family was expanding with the birth of Gary (1950), David (1951), and Scott (1953).  By 1955, Loren had been asked to move into agency management and the family was on the way to Flint, Michigan.

In 1960, Loren and a VERY pregnant Mary Jane were again moving to Salem Oregon where Loren took the position of Agency Education and Training Director for the new State Farm regional office there.  The family soon expanded to four boys with the birth of Jim (1960).  1962 it was time to move again as Loren was promoted and the family was asked to move to Spokane, WA for a couple of years while he primarily worked in Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington, by 1964 the family moved back to Salem where he would remain.  Loren retired in 1987 from State Farm as a highly respected executive known for his integrity, honesty and fairness.

Following his retirement Loren expanded his local service work with Rotary International serving as District Governor 1989-1990.  He also was a regular driver with Salem Meals on Wheels and successfully recruited several others to join him.  In his leisure time he enjoyed playing golf several times a week as a member of Illahee Hills Country Club.    He also was always active in his local Church but above all he was a regular attender of his grandchildren’s sport events, concerts and other activities.
Loren is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Jane Edmonds, his four sons, Gary (Tricia), David (Mary), Scott (Nancy) and Jim (Sally), and his one “adopted” daughter, Jeannie Williams.  In addition, Loren is survived by 15 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 1:30pm Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Capital Manor, 1955 Dallas Hwy NW, Salem, OR 97304.  In lieu of flowers donations in Loren’s name can be made to Capital Manor Foundation  or  Alzheimer’s Association . 

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We are all so very thankful for the time we had with Grandpa and will miss him dearly.


God Speed, Loren.  Reading about your history, reads like a history of State Farm  The company reaching into the education ranks to hire a young agent.  It was a wonderful decision for you and State Farm as you were on the fast track to changing many lives.  You will be missed and my sympathy to all the boys and the many, many grand and greats..

Paul and Inez Hagemann

Mary Jane and family--Janet and I are praying for your wonderful family who has always been a part of our family. thank-you for extending your home to me during my student teaching days in Salem--I was blessed to see your love first hand in your Christian home. I was saddened to hear the news of Loren's passing, but know god is welcoming him to his eternal resting place. will keep all of you in our prayers--love Doug and Janet beamer

So sad to hear of your Dad's passing.  He was an inspiration to all who had the honor to meet and know him.  Our best to the family in this time of sorrow and grief.  If anyone deserved to be in Heaven it was Loren Edmonds.

Steve and Jeanie Crone

Dear Mary Jane and Family, Brent and I are so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. We enjoyed the times we got to share a meal with Loren and Mary Jane in the Dining Room at the Capital Manor. He always took an interest in us, and we so enjoyed laughing with him. 
    Today I heard a new song, by Bethel Worship’s Steffany Gretziner, called, ALL THAT LIVES FOREVER. In it, a recurring refrain caught my attention. “Death is just a door that leads us home to You. We’re travelers here, only passing through. Death is just a door that leads us home to You.” I praise God, that you all will get to be with him again, and we will get to laugh with him again. May God comfort you during this sad time. Take care of Mary Jane! Sincerely, Mary and Brent Knox.