Elmer E. Hanscam, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Oakridge, Oregon surrounded by family on July 10, 2021.
He was born in Kerby, Oregon on May 21, 1922. He was the fifth child of Elmer E. Hanscam, Sr. and Viola E. (Anderson) Hanscam.
The family later moved to Harbor, Oregon after purchasing land and a mercantile business near the mouth of the Chetco River. He grew up stocking, selling, and delivering dry goods and groceries throughout the community.
Elmer went to Hawaii in early 1942 to help repair Pearl Harbor and joined the Army upon his return to the mainland. He served as an instructor in the Tank Corps at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he met his first wife, Marian Ruth Mills. Together they had three sons: Charles, Norman, and Michael. After his military service, Elmer continued his career in merchandising and sales at the family business until retiring as Department Manager of Montgomery Wards in Grants Pass, Oregon.
He married Emma Sharon Eaglin on July 20, 1967 in Sacramento, California. He and Sharon made their home in Central Point, Oregon until retirement.
They spent the next 25 years RVing throughout the West while spending winters in Arizona. In 1996 they moved to Oakridge, Oregon and remodeled the house on the Willamette River where he eventually passed.
Elmer is survived by his wife Sharon, sons Norman and Michael, step-daughter Vicki, as well as eight grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Thelma and Emma, brothers Vernon, Merle, and Mervyn, son Charles, and step-daughter Teri.
A graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Brookings Elks Scholarship Fund, PO Box 5000, Brookings, Oregon or to Bristol Hospice, 1077 Gateway Loop Suite B, Springfield, Oregon.