July 7, 1922 - August 16, 2013
Loren was born to Charles and Sarah Priest in Conrath, WI. He was one of ten children. Loren enlisted in the Marines November 28, 1942 and was discharged on Sept 25, 1945. He was in the Marines during WWII and he fought in several battles in Okinawa, Gilbert Islands, Marshal Islands and Palau just to name a few. He was also awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver and one bronze star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, Philippine Presidential Citation, Combat action ribbon and Expert Rifle Badge. Loren saw a lot of tragedy in the war which affected him greatly. Loren upon his discharge returned to Chippewa Falls, WI, where he started a family. He was the father of six children. A doctor in Wisconsin told Loren to go west and find a good woman and settle down. In 1972 he met Virginia Main and they married. They traveled the United States and Canada and finally settled in the Roseburg area. Loren loved horses, hunting, fishing, traveling and reading. He especially loved to read western paperbacks and the bible.
Loren is survived by his wife, Virginia Priest; four children; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Loren was a good and gentle man. He will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held at the VA National Cemetery Roseburg, OR, at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013.