February 2, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 5

Kathryn Ann Chaney (Lohr), 81

Kathryn Ann Chaney (Lohr), 81 passed away January 12, 2012 at her home in the Dover area southeast of Sandy, Ore. Kathryn was born October 29, 1930 in Dansville N.Y. She married Don Chaney in 1947 in Vancouver, Wash.

Kathryn Ann Chaney (Lohr)

Her early life was spent as the wife of a logger, in the late 50s her husband went to work for Cable Telephone Const., with two small children in tow they lived in places throughout Oregon, Washington, and California. In 1960 her husband went to work for General Telephone out of Gresham Ore., Where they bought a farm. Kathryn was a stay at home mom, tending the farm and raising four children. In Oregon she started the Dover motocross motorcycle track.

In 1947 her husband took a position with the telephone company in Petersburg, Alaska. Along with six-year-old daughter Rachel, they packed up and headed north. Kathryn worked in a fish cannery for a while, along with helping her husband install telephones and switching equipment throughout Petersburg and southeast Alaska. They bought property across the bay from Petersburg. She and Don built a two-story house, sawing logs into lumber, and transporting other materials across the bay by small boat to their new home. She planted a garden with the things the locals said would never grow, but with Kathryn’s determination, the garden grew. She canned, dried, and stored food, and shared with their friends.

In the early 80s they bought a small liquor store, The Bottle Shop. Continuing to live across the bay they commuted daily to operate the store. They built a new building to house the new venture, later adding living quarters above the store. Weekends were spent across the bay from then on.

During this time she obtained her pilots license to fly small planes, bought her own Cessna 180, and had a license until her death.

After Don passed away in 1997 Kathryn continued to operate the store with help from her youngest daughter Rachel.

While running the store in Petersburg she would travel to her farm in Dover. In 2001 she had a new home built on the farm to replace the old one that had burned in 1995. She did a lot of the work herself. Every year she planted a big garden, canning, freezing, and giving away her bounty.

In 2006 she sold the liquor store and retired from the rigorous day-to-day grind, but not hard work. This gave her more time to spend across the bay and on her farm in Dover. At age 81 she cared for 12 head of cattle, and her beloved dog Okie. She kept on gardening, canning, freezing and maintaining her 50 acre farm and properties in Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents Frank and Mita Lohr, brother Franklin, Howard, Harvey, John, Billy, and sister Adele Wilbanks.

She is survived by her daughters Donna Davis of Vancouver, Karen Houston (Bob) of Sandy, and Rachel Chaney of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, son Jeff Chany (Linda) of Anchorage, Alaska and brother Glen Lohr (Lori) of Estacada, Ore. grandchildren Brenda Gilliland and Rodrigues both of Vancouver and Evan Chaney of Kansas. Great grandchildren Hanna, Emily, Ty, and Alex and many nieces and nephews.

At her request there will be no services. Her ashes will be spread on her property across the bay in Petersburg.

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