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Charles Orville McGregor 1919 - 2013

Posted: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

Charles “Chuck” Orville McGregor, 93, of Cottage Grove passed away Aug. 21, 2013.

He was born Oct. 21, 1919, in Concordia, Kansas to Lillian (Evert) and E.A. McGregor.

Chuck received an Associate Degree and was an Army Sergeant in Europe from 1941-45 and was part of the Allied liberation forces in Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a battalion welder in the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

He worked for High Point Logging Co. from 1952-57 and was a Master Mechanic for Bohemia Lumber Co. for 27 years, retiring in 1987.

Chuck enjoyed building things, making engines run smoothly, spending time with family and friends and helping out in the community. He volunteered for many organizations and was the Cottage Grove Volunteer of the Year in 1990. He had been voted top volunteer many times by the organizations he served. He was happiest when he was busy lending someone a hand. He was a member of American Legion, Elks, Kiwanis, Prospectors and the Methodist Church.

He married Veda June Muirhead on July 4, 1941 in Kansas. She passed away June 29, 1969. He then married Margaret McCoy on Feb. 12, 1975, in Cottage Grove. She passed away June 22, 1999.

Survivors include his sons, Allen McGregor, Daniel McGregor and wife Shirley of Seattle, Wash., daughter, Mary Phelps and husband Tom of New York, N.Y., stepson, James D. McCoy, Eugene, Ore., stepdaughters, Teresa McCoy of Cottage Grove, Josephine McCoy of Eugene, Ramona McCoy of Creswell, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Veda June Muirhead McGregor, second wife, Margaret McCoy McGregor, and grandson, Daniel McCoy.

A graveside service was held Aug. 24, 2013 at Fir Grove Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at the United Methodist Church in Cottage Grove. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove.

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