Curwood Elroy Kommer
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September 1, 1933-November 3, 2019
Curwood “Spike” Elroy Kommer, 86, was called to rest in Lebanon on November 3, 2019. Curwood was born on September 1, 1933 in Brainerd, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Effie (Solwold) Kommer. He came to Oregon in as a 1 year old child and lived in Buxton, graduating from Banks High School. He played football in high school, then attended college in Klamath Falls for a short period of time. Curwood ultimately left school because there “weren’t any girls there,” laughing as he would tell stories. Curwood went by a few different names including “Spike” and “Papa.” Spike was married to Elma Mae on May 22, 1954 and moved into his life-long family home in 1960. Spike and Elma were married for over 65 years.
Spike was a trucker for most of his career and family was his rock and center of life. He had many friends and was a very happy person. He would help his friends in any way he could. Spike enjoyed hunting, fishing, and football, as well as traveling to see new places. Once you were his friend, you always were. Road trips were always an adventure to him and he loved class reunions and visiting with everyone. He was a great dad and grandpa and is loved and missed by many.
Curwood was preceded in death by his infant son, Ron W. Kommer, Parents Edward and Effie Kommer, one sister, three brothers, and an infant grandson.
He is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Elma, children Debra, Don (Vicky), and Teresa all of Lebanon, Oregon; brother, Gary Kommer of Buxton, Oregon; grandchildren, Neina, Candice, Daphne, Amber, and Kendra; and great grandchildren, Robert, Deston, Tearanie, Corbin, Ayden, Padme, Leailah, Anya, and Bria.
A celebration of life potluck will be held at the Oregon Veterans Home, 600 NE 5th St, Lebanon, on November 30,, 2019 from 11AM-2PM.