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Loran Carl Wiese

May 20, 1944 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Loran Wiese Obituary

Loran Carl Wiese, May 20, 1944-November 18, 2023

A stellar example of what a community-minded person should be passed away on Saturday, November 18, at his beloved home in Coquille. Loran was born in Prairie City, Oregon in 1944 and lived in Milton-Freewater for most of his young life. After high school graduation, Loran joined the Army and spent three years stationed in San Francisco and South Korea. After serving his country, he attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande where he earned a degree in education and English. He began his life in Coquille in  1969 when he started teaching English, speech and drama at Coquille High School.  It is a testament to his teaching skills that up until this day, he would run into former students who still called him Mr. Wiese and always had a memory to share about their time with him.  Loran only taught for 7 years before going out on his own as an insurance agent. Other jobs followed, including a stint as Coos County Economic Director, Coquille Hospital Community Relations Coordinator, and Project Manager for Methane Energy Corporation. But those were just his paying jobs.

His real love was for the community.  One of his hobbies was auctioneering and anyone who was at one of his auctions knew they had better be ready to buy something if he caught their eye.  At last count, he had raised over $500,000 for various causes. For many years, he was a member of the Coquille Lions Club and the Coquille Elks lodge. He was also the Voice of the Red Devils football team for 33 years and never missed a Friday night game. His booming voice, sense of humor, and love of football made him a popular addition to the games.

In 2018, Loran received the James C. Richards award from the League of Oregon Cities for his work on the Coquille City Council from 1986-2018, including 2 years as mayor. Many still referred to him as Mayor Wiese and could not believe he had only served in the post for one term. He also served on the city budget committee, as well as the budget committee for Coquille Valley Hospital, where his sense of humor and knowledge of the budgeting process was always appreciated.

Loran was a big family man. He met the love of his life, Rochelle Craver, in 1968 when they took a French class together at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande. Loran was a hopeless French student but with Rochelle’s help, he managed to squeak out a C. After that, they were never apart. Loran graduated from Eastern with a degree in education in 1969 and was offered a teaching job in Coquille. Not wanting to be far away from each other, Rochelle transferred to Duck Country to finish her teaching degree in Spanish.  They were married July 25, 1970. Son Jake was born in 1979 and daughter Ashlee followed in 1981He loved being a dad and in 2014 he became Papa to granddaughter Cora and grandson Cooper in 2017.. And then the best part of all, he got to be a “Papa” with the arrival of granddaughter Cora in 2014 and grandson Cooper in 2017.

Loran discovered late in life that he had an affinity for pencil drawing, especially portraits of dogs.  He started out drawing his own pets but soon branched out into doing those of friends and sometimes total strangers. He met many acquaintances during his hours of drinking coffee at Frazier’s Bakery who are now the proud owners of his work. For this, he was paid in doughnuts and thank you cards.

A special thanks goes to Fresenius Kidney Care and nurse Rob Kerneen.  Their support and kindness gave us an extra year of quality time with Loran

Loran is survived by his wife of 53 years Rochelle Wiese, son Jacob and daughter-in-law Lisha Wiese of Vista, California, daughter Ashlee Wiese and son-in-law Keith Fortenbach and Cora and Cooper Fortenbach of Eugene, sister and brother-in-law Susan and Larry Palmer of Federal Way, Washington, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Phil and Anne Craver of Dallas, Oregon, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Doug and Nadine Allen of Huntington Beach, California and various nieces and nephews. Loran’s passion for the past 12 years has been as State Coordinator for Reel Recovery, a nationwide non-profit that takes men with cancer on a free fly-fishing trip to the Big K Ranch in Elkton every August. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to reelrecovery.org in Loran’s memory. Be well, fish on!

A celebration of life is planned for January 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge.

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Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday
January 6, 2024

2:00 PM
Coquille Valley Elks Lodge
54942 Maple Heights Road
Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458

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