Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
May 6, 2021
By Pat Edwards
This past week has been a difficult one for those of us who are long-time residents of Lorane. One of our own special people who was raised in Lorane and went to school in the Lorane and Crow schools was admitted to the intensive care unit at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.
Following graduation and the military, Bud White moved to the East Coast, married, and raised his family there, but always kept in touch with his Oregon roots. He returned to Oregon about 5 or 6 years ago and settled in Eugene.
After being admitted to the hospital, his sister, Jodie Smith, began posting daily updates on his condition on Facebook which I shared on the Lorane page. Bud was diagnosed positive for the Covid-19 virus and was soon put on a ventilator. Love, prayers and special memories were sent to Bud and his family as we followed his progress/regression through the days. We cheered as Jodie reported that he had been taken off of the ventilator and was able to breath with the help of a BiPAP machine, but his lungs were not able to take in enough oxygen, so he was ventilated once again. Sadly, his quiet passing on May 3 was announced with Jodie’s words:
“It is with a broken heart that I must update you all about Buddy’s evening flight to heaven. It went smoothly and as easy as can be. He was blessed to have loving care at McKenzie Willamette Hospital including the beautiful people who comforted his wife Myrtle, daughter, Anne Melien, and grandsons Joey, Zack and Jaylin. They all shared his final moments.”
In the photo that she shared of Bud and Myrtle, Jodie pointed out “the kind eyes and smile that reflect the generous, wonderful, loving, hard-working and devoted person that Bud practiced being in every step of his life. To find a more kind, gentle, loyal, brave and patriotic friend, family man, volunteer fireman, veteran and pure-hearted soul is a feat in and of itself.” Celebration of life plans will be announced as soon as they are known.
Our condolences go out to the White family including his sister, Jodie, of Eugene and his brother, Corky, of Lorane.
The Territorial Highway Project at Stony Point north of Lorane is entering a new phase. This week’s newsletter informed us that, beginning on/or about May 10, the travel route over Stony Point will be a gravel surface. “The traveling public is encouraged to use alternative routes. People driving should drive slower through the area and motorcycles and bicycles should use extreme caution.”
The Lorane Grange has tentatively set its annual Grange Cemetery Clean-up for Thursday, May 13. Those interested in becoming grange members or volunteering to help with the project are encouraged to contact Lil Thompson at 541-942-5701 for more information.
Vendors are being sought for the upcoming Applegate Regional Theater’s Community-Wide Yard Sale to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the theater grounds (the former Central Elementary School) at 87230 Central Road—the corner of Central and Fleck Roads—between Eugene and Veneta. It’s 2-miles south of Fern Ridge Lake at Perkins Peninsula and sits next to the Central Grange. To reserve a 10′ x 10′ space, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The current COVID-19 protocols at that time will be observed.
It’s good to see some activities beginning to blossom again in our communities.