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Oren C. Locks, age 84, of Roseburg, Oregon, died on Sunday, January 4, 2009, in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Mr. Locks was born on October 1, 1924, in Zephyr, Texas, to Philip and Zelma (Couch) Locks. He graduated from Zephyr High School and joined the Army.

He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in World War II, on the European front in France and Germany.

In 1946, he married Dorothy Helen Hunter. Mr. Locks attended business school, and worked as a farmer and fireman before moving to Oregon, where he found work with U.S. Plywood (later Champion International). He and Dorothy moved to Roseburg in 1957. In addition to his full-time employment at Champion, Mr. Locks built several houses in the green district south of Roseburg before retiring in 1980. He enjoyed traveling and gardening in retirement. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boating and hunting. His wife, Dorothy died in 2001.

Mr. Locks is survived by a brother, Michael of Zephyr, Texas; a daughter, Martha Hawkes of Siletz and son, Philp Locks of Roseburg, as well as two grandchildren, Jessica Hawkes of South Beach and Anne Nieblas of Central Point, Oregon, and two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Isaac Waley of Newport, Oregon. Arrangements pending Smith-Lund Funeral Chapel.

[Source: NRToday.com

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