Edwin John Lavely Jr, “Bud” was born in Port Huron, MI, on November 27, 1927. His father was a chiropractor and his mother a resourceful and wonderful homemaker. He had an older sister, Lois, and two younger siblings, Martha and Lowell. Sadly, they lost their mother at a young age. In his youth, Bud enjoyed playing outdoors in Michigan, and especially loved ice skating and roller skating. After graduating from high school, Bud joined the US Merchant Marines and served at the conclusion of WW II.
Later, Bud and his family moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he attended First Baptist Church. There he got involved in the college class and met and married his bride, Doris Maughan, on April 30, 1950.
Doris Beola Maughan was born in Eugene, Oregon, on June 14, 1928. Her father, Cecil Maughan and his family, were one of Eugene’s earliest pioneers. Doris and her mother, Beola, helped on their family’s cherry orchard. Doris was an only child. She attended Bailey Hill Elementary school, Wilson Hill Middle school, Eugene High school, and the University of Oregon for two years. She made her commitment to the Lord at an early age and loved camp and church activities. Doris joined First Baptist Church in Eugene in 1937, and was the longest living member of First Baptist Church at the time of her passing.
After being married a short while, Bud and Doris moved to Los Angeles where they both attended classes at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA), and were involved with various community ministries. It was also here that they sensed God’s calling to the mission field with Sudan Interior Missions (SIM) and were commissioned to serve in West Africa after Bud graduated.
During their 14 years of ministry in Nigeria and Ghana, one of Bud’s focus was the distribution The African Challenge magazine and other gospel literature to various remote villages. They raised their three children, Rick, Janice, and Carolie overseas. Their brother, Alan, (infant) passed away in Africa and is buried at Miango. Bud said it was fruitful literature ministry that required a great amount of time in the bush. There are many wild tales to tell of their adventures in Africa.
In 1969, they left west Africa and returned to Eugene, where Bud worked at Williams Bakery as a heavy truck mechanic. Doris was a homemaker, held many part-time jobs, and eventually worked full-time at Oregon Hall in the Registrar’s office. Bud and Doris were very active church members back at First Baptist Church and both were in the choir. Bud served on the missions board and Doris enjoyed being a part of the Delta Kappa Circle and working with the five years olds in Sunday School class for many years. They invested in the lives of many international students, were college class sponsors, supported mission’s work, and opened their home up to many in need.
Toward the latter years in their lives, Bud and Doris developed the hobby of growing roses that grew into an incredible ministry. They planted and maintained two beautiful rose gardens of about 250 bushes at their home and at Camp Harlow. It was a labor of love on Sunday mornings as they and visiting grandkids would help prepare baskets of roses. They would then hand a rose to each of the ladies at church. Many times they would provide bouquets for weddings and to shut-ins during the week. Their neighbors knew of their love of roses and always stopped by to compliment and visit.
Bud said their best vacation places to visit and spend time was wherever their children and grandchildren were. There were many trips to the Bay Area, Virginia, and Southern California. Their trip to Australia and New Zealand was one of their highlights.
Both were avid readers, Duck fans, loved gospel music, enjoyed getting to know people, and spending time with their kids and grandkids.
Both were very committed Christians and knew, by God’s saving grace, heaven awaited their entry into their loving Savior, Jesus Christ’s arms.
Bud passed peacefully in his sleep on February 10, 2022. Doris followed him to Glory on February 12, 2022. They were married for 71 years!
Bud is survived by his brother, Lowell (Brenda) TX. His half sister Eileen (AZ), and half brothers, Robert and Calvin (MI).
They leave behind their son, Rick, (Penny) Ashland, VA; Grandson, Brandon (Dani) IL; grandson Tyler (Kat) great grandchildren Alex and Evie, VA.; granddaughter Lacy (Dee), great grandchildren Jaime and Kenneth, VA;
Daughter, Janice (Al) Clifton, TX; grandson, Steven (Military).; granddaughters. Annalyssa, Lorielle (Mitch) CA, Michaela OR.
Daughter Carolie (Ken); granddaughter Allison, grandson Chad, Lafayette, CA.
Celebration of Life service will be held on March 18, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 3550 Fox Meadow Rd, Eugene, OR 97408.
In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Bud and Doris Lavely Memorial Fund will go the Camp Harlow, a ministry of FBC with a camping outreach to the community. Write Lavely Memorial in the check memo line.