Helen Frances (Dooms) Ivie
Donald Merle Ivie
Helen Frances Ivie passed away at the age of 88 on August 27, 2015. Shortly thereafter, on October 15, 2015, at the age of 91, Donald Ivie, her beloved husband and companion of over 68 years left this earth to join her.
Helen was born October 17, 1926 to Charlie and Esther (Martin) Dooms in Medford, OR. She graduated from Medford High School in 1944. She was a 57 year member Weatonka Council, Degree of Pocahontas, Improved Order of Red Men, and a 51 year member of Olive Rebekah Lodge. Also, a past Association President, Ladies Auxiliary Patriarchs Militant, Department of Oregon. She was a member of the PTA, and active in many school events during the time her children attend grade and middle school.
Donald was born in Salem, OR on February 8,1924 to Merle and Leah (Nichols) Ivie. The family moved to Roseburg. In time, working their way south and settling in Medford. Don graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1942. After graduating Donald proudly served his country the US Army during WWll, in Germany. In 1950 he joined the Oregon National Guard in Medford, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1984. In Civilian life, he worked for the Jackson County Road Dept and later in the building trade, retiring from Smith Building Specialties in 1985.
Don and Helen met in December of 1946 in Medford, OR. In January they became engaged and married on April 9th, 1947. They lived in Central Point for many years and then in surrounding areas of the Rogue Valley. In later years, relocated to the Umpqua Valley. They loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, traveling, and going on Sunday drives together, discovering what they had yet to see of Oregon...which was very little.
In the late 80's, the couple became full time RV'ers and did some volunteering as camp hosts' at recreational campgrounds in Oregon. Later, converting to host's for Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife fish hatcheries. Including Bonneville, Bandon, and Rock Creek Hatchery, where they hosted for nearly 15 years and amassed over 25,000 volunteer hours doing what they loved.
Don and Helen were both active Lion Club members, most recently members of the Roseburg Lions Club.
In 1971 Donald joined the Medford Host Lions Club. He served in several Southern Oregon clubs. In 1986-87 he served as Oregon Lions District Governor.
In 1973 Helen joined the Medford Crater Lions Auxilary and became a Lion 1992, after the men’s and women’s clubs were combined.
Their spirit for helping others through the Lions Club reached well into their 80’s. Participating in Club fundraising events, including selling See’s candies at local shopping centers during the Holidays and selling hamburgers and hot dogs at the county Fair.
Both,Don and Helen were shining examples of “The Greatest Generation”. They loved their Country. Were always invariably hard working but humble, ever willing to help others in any way they were able, and selfless in doing so.
Don and Helen are survived by their daughter Barbara, seven grandchildren, Six great grandchildren, nephews and nieces and their children. Preceding in death are Don's brothers, Robert, Richard, and William; a son from a previous marriage, Jerry L. Ivie; and Don and Helen's son, David C. Ivie.
A Memorial Celebration for Don and Helen will be held Saturday, April 9th, at 1 pm at the Littlebrook Clubhouse, 200 Littlebrook Lane, Roseburg, OR. Reception to follow. Anyone wishing to attend is invited.
Memorial donations may be sent to Roseburg Lions Club, Sight and Hearing Fund, P.O. Box 686, Roseburg, OR 97470; or Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, 1010 NW 22nd Ave., #144, Portland, OR 97210.