Bud and Myrtle White.

This past week has been a difficult one for those of us who are longtime residents of Lorane. One of our own special people who was raised in Lorane and went to school in the Lorane and Crow schools was admitted to the intensive care unit at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.

Following graduation and the military, Bud White moved to the East Coast, married, and raised his family there, but always kept in touch with his Oregon roots. He returned to Oregon about five or six years ago and settled in Eugene.

After being admitted to the hospital, his sister Jodie Smith began posting daily updates on his condition on Facebook, which I shared on the Lorane page. Bud was diagnosed positive for the COVID-19 virus and was soon put on a ventilator. Love, prayers and special memories were sent to Bud and his family as we followed his progress/regression through the days. We cheered as Jodie reported that he had been taken off of the ventilator and was able to breathe with the help of a BiPAP machine, but his lungs were not able to take in enough oxygen, so he was ventilated once again. Sadly, his quiet passing on May 3 was announced with Jodie’s words:

“It is with a broken heart that I must update you all about Buddy’s evening flight to heaven. It went smoothly and as easy as can be. He was blessed to have loving care at McKenzie Willamette Hospital including the beautiful people who comforted his wife Myrtle, daughter, Anne Melien, and grandsons Joey, Zack and Jaylin. They all shared his final moments.”

In the photo that she shared of Bud and Myrtle, Jodie pointed out “the kind eyes and smile that reflect the generous, wonderful, loving, hard-working and devoted person that Bud practiced being in every step of his life. To find a more kind, gentle, loyal, brave and patriotic friend, family man, volunteer fireman, veteran and pure-hearted soul is a feat in and of itself.” Celebration of life plans will be announced as soon as they are known.

 Our condolences go out to the White family including his sister, Jodie, of Eugene and his brother, Corky, of Lorane.