Gregory Beckwith Large


Feb. 20, 2019 — Gregory Beckwith Large, 92, of Walla Walla, Wash., passed away on Dec. 28, 2018, due to age-related causes.

Greg was born April 25, 1926, in Seattle, Wash., to Webster and Alice (Vanderburg) Large.  After Webster was killed in a railroad accident when Greg was 8, Alice moved the family to Florence on the North Fork family homestead.

After attending Siuslaw schools, Greg joined the Army in 1945 and served as a military policeman in Japan. 

Upon returning from the Army, Greg bought a portion of the Vanderburg North Fork homestead. On June 2, 1948, he married Jessie Wilma Miller.

Together they operated a dairy farm while Greg also worked in local mills and drove a school bus. During this time, Greg attended night school in Coos Bay where he received electrical apprentice training.

In 1968, they moved from the Florence area where Greg pursued his electrical interests and, in 1970, became the head electrician of a nursing home and retirement center construction firm.

In 1974, he formed Greg’s Electric in Renton, Wash., specializing in nursing home and retirement center construction which included nurse call, fire alarm and emergency power systems.

Greg and Jessie divorced in 1979.

In 1980, Greg and Ramona Starr were married and after retirement moved to Walla Walla, Wash. They enjoyed traveling in their motor home, went on various construction mission trips, and built a new house overlooking the Walla Walla valley.

Greg’s second passion after his electrical pursuits was woodworking. He often surprised his family with beautifully hand-crafted end tables, mirrors and even wooden puzzles.

Greg had an ingenious mechanical aptitude and enjoyed tinkering with anything having moving parts. 

Greg joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1958 and lived by its beliefs and principles throughout his life. 

Greg is survived by his wife Ramona; son Donald Large of Florence, Ore.; daughter Linda (Large) Vandehey of Banks, Ore.; son Gary Large of Renton, Wash.; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, three step-daughters and seven step-grandchildren.

Greg was preceded in death by his father, Webster; his mother Alice; his first wife, Jessie; and brother Forest Eugene (Gene); and a step-son.

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