LORANE — Sadly, the community of Lorane is having to say goodbye to another one of our much-loved and long-time residents.
Bob Hing quietly passed away on the morning of March 8, 2023. He and his wife, Marna, with their children, moved to Lorane in 1971.
For years, Bob worked for Sears Roebuck in Eugene where he met and became best friends and fishing buddies with fellow Loranian, Charles Drullinger. The two spent many happy times enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer and the Hings decided to move to Lorane to be closer to their friends.
Bob and Marna were active Grange members where he served as Master for three years, and they both played major roles in the forming and development of the Lorane Volunteer Fire Department – Bob as a responder and board member, and Marna as a responder and, later, an EMT.
Marna worked with me at the Lorane Family Store during the “early years.” She became one of my very best friends and through our alliance with each other and Nancy O’Hearn, who was an equally good friend and our first employee, together we researched and wrote Sawdust and Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley in 1987 for the Lorane Centennial.
Bob and Marna farmed their property which they purchased on South Territorial. After his retirement from Sears, Bob formed his own company, Bob Hing Construction, specializing in roofing, fencing and gutters, and in 1995, they purchased the Lorane General Store.
Throughout our friendship, the Hings and Edwards spent many evenings together cheering on our Crow Cougars and/or volunteering at the local schools. Socially, we got together occasionally for pinochle games, barbecues or community get-togethers.
Their daughter, Kandi, worked at our store, helping to form the tradition that made it truly a “family” store.
We lost Marna in 2010. She and Bob were married in 1964. It was her second marriage, but they had known each other since their high school years at Tigard, where they were classmates.
They even shared the same birthdate – March 19, 1941 – and celebrated it together each year.
Bob welcomed her children as his own. He was her life’s companion and soulmate who was by her side every step of the way throughout their marriage.
Bob missed her terribly through the years after she passed, as he did his fishing buddy, Charles, who died in 2020.
So many of us who knew them feel comforted by the hope that they are now reunited in a better place, but Bob will definitely be missed. He will always be remembered for his warmth, friendliness and his generosity in providing whatever he could for his family and the community.
Jim and I send our deepest condolences, with love, to all of his family and friends.