Douglas Thurston Bracher

Builder, 86Douglas Thurston Bracher, 86, of Seaside, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Seaside.

Mr. Bracher was born Nov. 1, 1918 in Sheridan to Melba and Karl Bracher.

Mr. Bracher spent summers and holidays at his grandparents' farm in Sheridan, helping with chores. He joined the Oregon National Guard in 1936 and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1941, ending as a chief warrant officer in the 463rd AATC 79th Infantry Division. He served in England and Europe and earned a Bronze Star.

In 1942, he married Rebecca Walkup. They divorced in 1961.

In 1961, he met June Breyman at a fireman's ball in Seaside. They married in 1962. She survives, residing in Seaside.

Mr. Bracher became a construction superintendent in and around Astoria. Some of the buildings he built were the Astoria County Club, the Maritime Museum, Warrenton Grade School, the Astoria Public Library and U.S. Bank in Astoria. He also spent several years driving piling on the Columbia River.

He was a member of the Seaside Elks for 48 years, the American Legion for 60 years, the carpenters union 780 (now 1707), the Seaside Methodist Church and the Hayshaker Square Dance club for more than 20 years.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bracher is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John and Carol Bracher of Portland; a daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Dave Gould of College Place, Wash.; two sisters, Jean Eddy of Albany and Jeanne Bracher of Woodburn; a grandson, Matthew Parker of Hillsboro; two stepsons and their wives, Jay and Diane Bandonis of Salem and Jim and Mary Bandonis of Seaside; four stepchildren and their spouses, Paula and Kevin Lais of Hillsboro, Eric and Amy Bandonis of Salem, Ryan Bandonis of Corvallis and Laura and Lonnie Miller of St. Helens; and on step-great-grandchild, Cori Miller.

There will be a private family gathering.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seaside Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 936, Seaside, OR 97138.

Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

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