Retired USAF Major Richard Ives passed away on July 4, 2022 at the age of 94, in Eugene Oregon. He was a beloved husband and father, teaching his offspring tenacity and ingenuity in solving problems and inspiring a love of nature in his children.
Dick was a USAF fighter pilot who served in Korea and in Vietnam, earning three instances of the Distinguished Flying Cross and other advanced medals, including thirteen awards of the Air Medal.
After retirement, Dick moved his family to the mid-Willamette Valley, an area that he had loved and visited for many years. He started a small rural farm in the Culp Creek area. While living there he upgraded and maintained the Culp Creek television relay system, which served the entire Culp Creek and Dorena rural communities for over 20 years.
Dick continued flying in his own Stinson 108 Station Wagon airplane. Just after his 70th birthday, Dick obtained his solo parachute jump certification. He said that he did not do that while in the USAF because he "wouldn't jump out of a perfectly good aircraft."
He worked at Bohemia Logging Company for nearly 20 years, eventually becoming the chief radio communications specialist, retiring only when the company was closed and liquidated in 1990. Later, Dick and his wife enjoyed ballroom dancing and "snow-birding" during the winter in the Arizona desert.
Dick is survived by his wife, Donilea Shelder-Ives, children, grand-children, great-grand-children and a great-great-grandchild. He will be interred at Sears Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Oregon.