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In Memory of

Allan Jurgen Thede

January 11, 1926 - September 3, 2017

Obituary


It is with both great sadness and joy that we share the news of
the passing of our husband, father, and grandfather, Allan J. Thede,
Sept. 3, 2017, of pulmonary fibrosis. There is sadness for the loss of
our cherished patriarch, but also joy that we were lucky enough to
have him in our lives for over 91 years.
Allan was born to John and Florence Thede in Groton, S.D., Jan.
11, 1926. As a young boy, Allan excelled in school and was involved
in both music and sports. He graduated early from high school

It is with both great sadness and joy that we share the news of
the passing of our husband, father, and grandfather, Allan J. Thede,
Sept. 3, 2017, of pulmonary fibrosis. There is sadness for the loss of
our cherished patriarch, but also joy that we were lucky enough to
have him in our lives for over 91 years.
Allan was born to John and Florence Thede in Groton, S.D., Jan.
11, 1926. As a young boy, Allan excelled in school and was involved
in both music and sports. He graduated early from high school
to enroll in the United States Navy and served 27 months. Upon
receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, Allan received
a Bachelor of Education from Northern State Teachers College
in Aberdeen, S.D., graduating in 1948. He went on to receive a
Masters in Education from the University of Oregon and in 1968, a
Doctorate of Education from the University of Portland.
His career in education spanned the years from 1948 through
1991.These included 11 years as teacher, counselor and coach
at Gresham High School, eight years as the first Vice Principal at
Centennial High School, and three years as the first Principal at
Sam Barlow High School. He then in 1970, joined the staff of the Multnomah County Intermediate
Education District as Deputy Superintendent. In 1979, he was appointed Superintendent of the
then re-named Multnomah Education Service District, where he served for 12 years, retiring in
1991.
His professional activities included service on numerous committees at both the state and
national levels. In 1990, he was awarded the Justice A. Prentice Award for Distinguished Service
by The American Association of Education Agencies, and in 1991, the Oregon Association of
Education Service Districts presented him a Meritorious Service Award.
Allan worked tirelessly in his field of education and thoroughly enjoyed working with his
students and colleagues. His commitment to education was something he strived to instill in
others.
Allan married his wife Janice in 1951, and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding
anniversary. He loved family life and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed
watching the kids and grandkids in their activities, and in later
years, he wintered in Arizona and traveled extensively in Europe
with Janice and son, Gary.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Janice; sons, Greg (Janet)
of Klamath Falls and Gary of Vancouver; daughter, Leann
Miner (Kevin) of Gresham; five grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren,
all of whom he loved very much and was most
proud.
Allan will always be remembered for his kindness and his
generous giving spirit. He was the best husband, dad, and grandpa
that anyone could ask for, and was loved and respected so very
much. He will be forever missed by all who knew him. A private
family service, per Allan's wishes, will be held at a future date.
Those who wish to remember and honor Allan are invited to
donate to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of their
choice. Nothing would please Allan more than to know his passing
would be an opportunity to help others.