On October 24th, 1933 Elmer Dale Morford was born to Norma (Wigle) and Dale Morford in Junction City, Oregon. He joined an older brother Floyd. He spent most of his childhood in that area. Elmer married Juanita Allen in 1958. They had two children, Elita and Monty. They moved to Vernonia and bought the Cut and Curl Room Beauty Salon in 1965. Elmer started working for Holce Logging running cat and building roads. He loved the outdoors. He loved elk hunting with his brother and friends. He also enjoyed deer hunting in Eastern Oregon with Ed and Edith Roediger. He took his family camping, fishing and water skiing at Detroit Lake. He was divorced after 25 years.
He was introduced to LaVonne Bergstrom by mutual friends and they married in June of 1984. Lavonne brought two daughters and one son, all grown with children to the marriage. They made their home in Corvallis where he hauled logs for Thompson Timber. When he retired, they moved to Mist, Oregon to be close to his daughter Elita, son-in-law, and grandson’s. Elmer then delivered parts for Peerless and General Trailer. He got to meet some of his old logging friends and made many new ones. He became an avid gardener. They spent many winters in Arizona with friends. They also loved camping and fishing, and spent a lot of time at Detroit Lake.
They moved to Clatskanie for a few years and then to Spring Meadows Assisted Living in St. Helens. There he made many friends and had the best of care. Everyone there loved him. He was always teasing and making them laugh. They even voted him King on Valentines Day and LaVonne Queen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a step daughter, Denise Rands. He is survived by his wife LaVonne in St. Helens, his daughter Elita (Rick) Davis – 2 grandson’s and 5 great granddaughters, his son Monty Morford – one granddaughter, his stepdaughter Barbara (David) Anderson – 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and his stepson Jim (Carlita) Bloodsworth – 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, his brother Floyd (Artice) Morford – 3 nephews and 1 niece, and many cousins.
As per his request, there will be no service. A private celebration of life for the family will be this summer at Detroit Lake.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Spring Meadows Assisted Living for the wonderful care that they gave Elmer and his girls. They were compassionate and caring. They provide a great service to their residents.