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Published on December 22, 2017 12:01AM

Leslie McFarland

Leslie McFarland


March 25, 1924 — Nov. 29, 2017

Leslie McFarland, of Gearhart, Oregon, passed away at home on Nov. 29, 2017, of lung cancer at the age of 93. He was born in Palmyra, Missouri, to Roy and Mattie McFarland on March 25, 1924.

The youngest of seven, he lived in Palmyra on the farm until entering the Army during World War II, where he was deployed to Europe as a truck driver. Upon his discharge in 1946, he joined two of his brothers in Portland working construction, and in 1947 came to Seaside, where he drove a log truck for the next 40 years.

He met his wife, Loretta, in Seaside where she worked in her mother’s restaurant and ice cream parlor, that is now the Bridge Tender on Broadway. They married in 1950, and bought their home near Gearhart, where they raised their family and remained the rest of their lives.

Les spent many years as a volunteer fireman with the Gearhart Fire Department. He also pitched for the men’s fast-pitch softball team and collected many bowling trophies. He was a member of the Moose Lodge for almost 70 years, going through the chairs, receiving the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 1980, and serving as the secretary of the Seaside Moose Lodge for 20 years. He was also an active member of the American Legion. He will be remembered for his unwavering help to anyone who needed a hand.

Les is survived by his daughter, Susan Weston; his stepson, David Gassner (Marilyn); his stepdaughter, Margaret Christenson (James); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Loretta, in 2013; his six brothers and sisters; and his stepson, William.

A memorial service and pilgrim ceremony will be held at the Astoria Moose Lodge, 420 17th St., Astoria, Oregon, followed by a celebration of his life, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, to which all of his friends are invited to attend.

Please visit the online guest book at and to leave a comment or share a memory.

Funeral services are in the care of Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory in Astoria and Seaside.


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