Daniel David Teeny, 88, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, after a heart attack at his home in Gresham, Ore.
He was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Portland, Ore., the fifth oldest to Dave and Ruth Teeny, he was predeceased by siblings George, Nicholas, Abe, Margaret, Mildred, and Jean. Before he could finish high school he started working full-time at the family-owned “Teeny’s” department stores. In 1942, he joined the Combat Engineer Corps then transferred to the Army Air Corps, serving four years stateside.
Returning from the service, he went back into the family business while he and friends formed Portland’s Radio Cab Company. During this time, he made a cross-country motorcycle trip, played “Zahn” in a Hollywood film, and renewed his love of hunting and fishing — helping originate the “30-06 Club” which later became the Teeny Gun Club. Over the next few decades, in addition to owning seven different nightclubs, he traveled to China, Hong Kong, Japan, and his ancestral country of Lebanon.
After his first heart attack in 1979, he began attending church on a regular basis. Retiring in 1992, he annually went fishing in Kenai, Alaska, elk hunting in Wallowa, Ore., and chukar and pheasant hunting in Ontario, Ore. He had a particular love for the outdoors around Maupin, Ore., and spent time there with relatives and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Katherine Wix, his three siblings Rachel, Dave, and Edith, countless nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
The celebration of life will take place Saturday, April 20, at 3 p.m. at the New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Road, Happy Valley, Ore., 97086. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Maupin Evangelical Church, 490 5th Maupin, OR, 97037, or to Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97213.
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