PORTLAND - Jean Wesley Louthan, 82, of Gresham died Friday, July 16, 2010, in Portland at the Hopewell House hospice care facility. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 21 in the Burns Mortuary Chapel, 685 W. Hermiston Ave., Hermiston. Burial will follow in the Hermiston Cemetery.
Mr. Louthan was born March 28, 1928, in Chester, Okla., to Lawrence Lava Louthan and Dorothy Fern Keller Louthan. On the advice of his uncle Dewey Keller, his family moved to Oregon in 1936 in order to make a better living raising dairy cows in the Hermiston area, where they sold milk to the Oregon creamery. He graduated from Stanfield High School in 1946 and went on to attend Eastern Oregon College of Education, earning a bachelor's degree in education in 1950. He put himself through college by working at the local pea cannery and restringing tennis rackets. While attending college, he participated in amateur boxing matches.
After college he returned to the Hermiston area, where he met the love of his life, Erma Lee Brock. They married in Coeur d? Alene, Idaho in 1952, and soon started a family.
He taught for the Hermiston School District, grades 4-6, and served as the athletic director at West Park Elementary. He was a licensed pilot and the founder of Telum Bows. He served a two-year apprenticeship with Damon Howatt Archery in Yakima, Wash., during the summer breaks from teaching school. Telum Bows was a family business that grew to be respected worldwide.
He and Erma Lee retired to Lincoln City to a home that he built with friend Lee Melvin and Erma Lee?s brother, Olen Brock. Later during their retirement they became "snowbirds," wintering in Yuma, Ariz.
Mr. Louthan is survived by his wife Erma Lee; children Lamar Louthan, Sharon Louthan Hayes, Brian Louthan and Sheila Louthan; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements. Sign the condolence book at www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.