Calvin Eston Weissenfluh, 95, of Bend, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15.
Cal was born Aug. 10, 1923 in Long Creek, Oregon, the oldest of three children of Garland and Leona (Blackwell) Weissenfluh. During WWII, Cal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Hawaii. After his discharge in 1946, he entered Oregon State College graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. In Cal’s 30-year career with the Forest Service he served as Assistant District Ranger in Dale (Umatilla NF), District Ranger in Burns and Lakeview (Ochoco NF) and a time on the Fremont NF, retiring in 1978.
Cal’s paternal ancestors emigrated from Switzerland to Long Creek in the 1890’s. A chance encounter with a Swiss tourist in 1950 led to Cal’s discovery of Weissenfluh relatives in Guttannen, Switzerland; he traveled to Switzerland and maintained contact with Swiss relatives.
Later in life, Cal pursued his interest in genealogy. He brought the family together for a reunion in the ’80s and created a slide show of the Weissenfluh family history and narrated it at the most recent reunion in 2017. Cal is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; half-brother Harvey Sweek; son Gregg; daughters Reigh Hays, Dawn White, Diana Stoffel, Jenny Hansford and Tracy Hayes; grandsons Scott Hayes, Gary Weissenfluh, Jamie Hayes and David Weissenfluh; nephew Tim McAllister; and nieces Neva Lynde, Treva Archer and Tracie Valenzuela.
He was preceded in death by his brother John “Bud” Weissenfluh; sister Helen McAllister; and grandson Kristopher Hayes. At Cal’s request, no local service will be held. His urn will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with full military honors at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Cal’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Central Oregon.