Guadalupe "Lupe" Gene Soto left this world to be with his source of strength on Octo. 3, 2021, in Springfield at the age of 67. Born in North Platte, Neb. in 1954 and lived in Oregon since 2004.

Privately, his faith in the Lord provided him with so many blessings throughout his life. Lupe was a joy to be around with a free-spirited approach to life, which was best experienced in his love of fun and games – especially with Scrabble, darts and good music. His family mattered deeply to him and he found happiness in playing the games chosen by his grandchildren. He was a brilliant builder of dream catchers, designed unique trinkets, a Lane County Master Recycler, and a bonafide salt-of-the-earth worker.

Lupe was preceded in death by his parents Benita Luna and Joe Soto and his sisters Josie Tyson and Lucy Archer. He is survived by his brothers Felix and Gabe Soto and his sister Jenny Young, his children Eutona, Jake, Melissa and their mother Donna, and his grandchildren Maleka, Sharaya, Haven, Simone, Ellia, William and Sammy.

Lupe's body was returned to its elements on Oct. 16 at West Lawn Memorial Chapel. There will be another celebration of his life held in Nebraska at a later date.