Benjamin Douglas Andreason
October 24, 2000 11:00 pm

Benjamin Douglas Andreason, 69, Brookings, died Oct. 22, 2000, at his home.

He was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Portland and adopted by Charles and Mabel Andreason of Eugene.

He grew up in Eugene and attended school there. After graduation, he was employed as a firefighter for Eastern Lane Fire Patrol in Springfield.

He joined the U.S. Army in February 1951 and attended Transportation School in Virginia taking railway telegraphy before being shipped to Korea for 18 months. He received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

After returning to the states, he married Vangie Koffler on Sept. 5, 1953. They moved to Brookings when he became interested in commercial fishing. With his friend Pat Kellis, he bought the Sundown and became the seventh commercial boat in the harbor.

After three years, he became employed at Brookings Plywood. He later worked for a construction company where he was seriously injured and had to spend a year recuperating.

He then worked for Horton Brothers as a carpenter and later became interested in raising rhododendrons. He spent the rest of his life developing his horticulture expertise and his nursery business.

He had many hobbies including silhouette shooting, racing pigeons, raising trout and getting his pilots license.

Survivors are his wife Vangie Andreason, Brookings; children Sharon Andreason, Renee Hinze, Mark Andreason, all of Brookings, and Shelly Andreason of Carson City, Nev.; brother Forest Andreason, Eugene; sisters Bonnie Gay Wilson, Portland; Louise Gano, Eugene.

Also surviving are grandchildren Mike Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; Lori Taylor of Winterpark, Fla.; Erik and Kimberlee Andreason, and Sammi Jo and Tyrel Hinze, all of Brookings,

Preceding him in death was his son Keith Andreason.

A viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with the funeral service following the viewing.

Dr. Gordon Myrah will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415.

Arrangements are under the direction of Andreasons Cremation & Burial Service, Eugene.