Frank Phillip “Tine” Strain, of Gold Beach, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the age of 87, doing what he enjoyed — he had just landed a fish while bank fishing on the Rogue River near Gold Beach.
Tine was born June 22, 1925, to Gladys and Winfield Strain, on the Star Ranch in Langlois.
He married Rosalie Ellen “Rosy” Autery Dec. 5, 1944, in Coquille.
Tine, a second-generation Curry County native grew up on a dairy ranch in Langlois, milking cows. He started driving trucks at the age of 16, hauling cattle to Portland and Eureka. Later he began hauling logs and eventually owned his own logging truck for several years. After selling his truck in the mid-1960s he went to work for the Curry County Road Department.
Tine retired from Curry County as roadmaster in 1987. After retirement he continued to drive trucks — water truck or dump truck — it didn’t matter, he loved to drive a truck, and still held a CDL.
He enjoyed his family, friends, camping, old western movies and his dogs.
Survivors include Rosy, his wife of 68 years of Gold Beach; sons Lee and wife Dixie Strain of Brookings; Gerry Strain of Gold Beach, Tom Strain of Brookings; and daughter Debbie and husband Ken Smith of Gold Beach. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Alton “Mort” Strain and sister Pearl Jenkins.
A celebration of life and potluck will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Event Center on the Beach Showcase Building, 29392 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach.
Guests are asked to bring their stories and a potluck dish to share with family and friends.
Arrangements by Amling Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon.