Calvin Springer

Calvin Springer

Calvin Gordon Springer of Pendleton, a former resident of Enterprise, died in a Pendleton care facility at the age of 85.

Cal was born June 27, 1925, in Naper, Nebraska to Orvil and Rita Springer, the fourth of six children.

The family moved to Laurelwood, Ore., in 1935. This was Calvin's home until 1956. Upon completion of school he was inducted into the United States Army in 1944, and worked in a hospital in the Philippines for the duration of World War II.

He returned to Oregon and became involved in the timber industry as owner-operator of his own logging truck. He moved with his family to Enterprise in 1956 and lived there until 1967.

He continued hauling throughout eastern Oregon until his retirement in the late 1990s.

He married Bettye Beail on Nov. 12, 1948. They made their home in Laurelwood, Enterprise, and finally settled in Pendleton, where he lived for 45 years. Bettye passed away in April 2000.

He married Doris Thomas of Pendleton on Nov. 18, 2003. Doris preceded him in death this September.

He is survived by sisters Merle Reiswig and June Hunter and brothers Vernon and Walt Springer. Surviving children are sons Dennis Springer of Salem and Neil Springer of Portland, and daughter Lynne Selman of Pendleton. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ilene Clausen.

The viewing will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, followed by a graveside service for family and friends at 4 p.m. at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Oct. 2, 2010, at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook or send condolences on-line at (

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