Orval Longanecker

First post: Aug 2, 2022 Latest post: Jul 4, 2023
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Dad has had another change, and he is no longer responding to voice and light touch. We believe these are his last hours. Pray for a peaceful and blessed passing as he continues on his journey.

Thank you to everyone who have walked this path with us. He is home now with those others who have gone on before. He expressed many times in the last few weeks that he was so tired and so ready to finish. Now he is at rest in comforted in the arms of Jesus.

Blessings to all…


Eulogy for Orval and Hester

Orval Longanecker passed into Eternity as a resident of Avamere at Sandy in Sandy, Oregon on June 23, 2023. He was in the company of family and well loved by many. He was born in Wichita, Kansas - August 5th, 1928 to Harvey and Esther (Ausherman) Longanecker

. He had an older sister Rachel, as well as a younger sister Elanor. Hester was born January 24th, 1932 in Abilene, Kansas to Gordeth and Frank Wilson and had two sisters Nadine and Clara. She attended school and eventually met and married Orval Longanecker, and together they raised four children.

Hester and Orval eventually moved to Oregon and finally settled in the area around Bandon on the Oregon Coast. Hester and Orval were very involved in children's ministry and church community life as these were the primary and preeminent areas of importance after taking care of family for them. They worked on their dairy farm, she in the packaging department of the dairy co-op as well as chef at Gerry's restaurant in town. He worked at Georgia Pacific Lumber in Coquille, Oregon. Orval retired after a severe motorcycle accident in the mid 1970’s. They enjoyed family life and fellowship with friends, singing and taking care of the sick, the needy and those who needed a helping hand. Eventually Hester and Orval relocated to the Gresham area and owned/operated a fashion salon for a number of years.

After the sale of the salon, Hester worked until retirement for the offices of Rowell CPA and Payroll. They worked diligently with love in the Children's department of East Hill Foursquare Church in Gresham. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School many years as she had done all her life wherever she lived. As her years began to weigh heavier, she continued as her health allowed until a year or so before she passed. Orval served as “Mayor” of Kid’s Town, as well as a minister to seniors with visitation and transportation. In his last years, he continued with his music, inspiring and ministering to his community as he had done most of his life as a pianist.

Together they were blessed with the fellowship of so many friends through the Seasoned Saints and Classic Service at her church. She always had a dish to share at fellowship dinners, her Potato Soup and Spaghetti were favorites. Occasionally she would share a family dessert favorite, that being Cherry Bars! Hester and Orval enjoyed a happy and blessed marriage of 72 years, despite the "pancake" incident…

Hester and Orval were both attended to by family in their last days, as well as by loving and caring members of the community and also by Mt Hood Hospice who provided excellent comfort care, education and emotional/spiritual support to each of them in their turn. Hester and Orval also received extensive support from East Hill Foursquare Church, especially Seniors Ministries who continued to provide care and company for Orval.

Hester’s ashes were committed to the ground in a family ceremony in Bandon, Oregon in September of that year near their eldest son Harvey. A gathering was not possible at that time due to the Covid Pandemic. Therefore, a Celebration of Life for both Orval and Hester will be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29th, 2023 at the Kid City auditorium, East Hill Church (701 N Main Ave, Gresham OR). The following day (Saturday, September 30th) there will be a final gathering for a Committal service at the Bandon Lodge #133 IOOF Cemetery (1179 1st St SE, Bandon, OR) at 3:00 pm where he will rest next to Hester and near to their oldest son Harvey.
They will remain there together until the coming Resurrection Morning in Christ Jesus her Lord and Savior. More information can be found by searching their Caring Bridge pages online.

Hester was preceded in death by her parents, Gordeth and Frank Wilson, her sisters Nadine Burt and Clara Richardson and their oldest son Harvey Longanecker. Orval was preceded in death by Hester as well as his parents Harvey and Esther Longanecker as well as his sisters Rachel and Eleanor. They are survived by their children Danny Ray Longanecker and wife Sandy, Connie Rowell and husband Ron, Michael Longanecker and Patricia, Grandchildren Harvey Jr .and Shonia, DaWayne, Becky, Scott and Danny, Randy and Ticia, Joel and Joshua as well as many great grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Hester’s last words to Orval were "I will see you in the Morning"… Indeed, she will and those of us in Faith will greet them all with a “How do You do”… Maranatha!