Sept. 30, 1922 - Feb. 4, 2012
Evelyn Landforce passed away on Feb. 4, surrounded by her family, after gracefully living with cancer for more than three years. She was 89.
She is fondly remembered by all who knew her as a kind, calm, capable woman who was a constant inspiration to others. Her positive attitude, love of the little things in life, and ability to accept life on its own terms give her family and friends a legacy for which they are immensely grateful.
Perhaps Evelyn's greatest gift was her complete and genuine interest in others, and her heartfelt way of listening. Everyone who met Evelyn remarked on her pleasant demeanor and kind spirit. She will be missed for the everyday joy she brought into the world.
Evelyn was born to John and May Romig on Sept. 30, 1922, on the family farm in Rickreall. She majored in home economics at Oregon State College, where she met her future husband.
When the United States entered World War II, Evelyn took a train to Fort Sill, Okla., and married 2nd Lt. Artillery Officer Andrew S. Landforce at the Historic Fort Sill Church on Dec. 24, 1942. Thirty fellow officers from OSC gave the couple a full-dress military wedding, with maid of honor Alice Cummings and best man Kent Robinson, also classmates.
Evelyn experienced military life at Camp Phillips, Kan.; Camp Rimini, an Air Corps Sled Dog Training Center in the Rocky Mountains outside Helena, Mont.; and Fort Benning, Ga. When Andy was ordered overseas, Evelyn drove home from Fort Benning. Gasoline stamps authorized buying gas, and the wartime speed limit was 35 mph.
Evelyn returned to OSC, where she graduated in 1946, one of the few women of her era to earn a bachelor's degree. After the war, Andy took a job as Wallowa County Extension agent, and Evelyn taught home economics at Enterprise High School until her daughters were born.
When Andy accepted a position as an OSC Extension agent the following year, they moved to Corvallis, where their son was born. They happily made Corvallis their home for the next 59 years. Evelyn loved being married to her active and outgoing husband, Andy, and she learned to fish, hunt and hike. She loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and wholeheartedly embraced the activities and lifestyles of her children, their partners and their friends.
She believed in the value of family, education and practical thinking. She modeled how to make anything into an adventure, how to keep a calm faith that things would always work out, and how to find the beauty in ordinary moments.
Intelligent and inquisitive, Evelyn never missed an opportunity to learn and explore the world around her. She travelled throughout North America, made a trip to Europe when the kids were young, and later visited every major continent, especially enjoying her trip to Russia. The natural world was a source of great joy for her; she was a tireless gardener, and supported multiple efforts to protect the environment.
Caring about the community and young people led to a 30-year involvement in the Girl Scouts, including leadership at the state level. She was a longtime member of the Oregon State University Folk Club and Thrift Shop, the local Investment Club, and the League of Women Voters of Corvallis.
She added her energy and support to the Academy for Lifelong Learning at OSU, attended OSU football games for 40 years, and more recently became a great fan of the OSU women's basketball team.
Evelyn is survived by Andy, her husband of 69 years, her three children and their partners, six grandchildren and one great grandchild: Dianne and Bruce Reinmuth of Eugene, Debora Landforce and Donna Champeau of Corvallis, John Landforce and Lynda Fischer of Corvallis; and Greg and Anna Reinmuth of Eugene, Mark, Sarah and little Maya Reinmuth of Eugene, Janni Reinmuth and Katie Reinmuth of Portland, Colin Landforce of Portland and David Landforce of Corvallis.
Evelyn's calm inspiration and her kindness to everyone lives on in the hearts of the people who knew her, and she will never be forgotten.
An open-house gathering of friends in honor of Evelyn is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Adair Clubhouse in Adair Village. Memorial contributions for a landscape feature in Bruce Starker Arts Park can be made payable to the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department, 1310 S.W. Avery Park Drive, Corvallis, OR 97333, with the memo line reading "Evelyn Landforce memorial."