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Oren Clifford Cyphers

Casa Grande, Arizona

February 13, 1936 - August 29, 2018

Oren Clifford Cyphers was born Feb. 13, 1936, and passed into eternity and to the loving arms of his savior Jesus, on Aug. 29, 2018.

Oren was born in The Dalles, Ore., to Fred and Reba Cyphers, who pre-deceased him. He is survived by sister, Fern Stephens of Vancouver, Wash., brothers, Glen Cyphers of Tillamook, Ore., and, Gary Cyphers of Arizona City, Ariz.

Oren was raised on the banks of Fivemile Creek south of The Dalles. After graduating from The Dalles High School in 1954, Oren joined the United States Navy. He honorably served four years. During his military time, Oren served in El Centro, Calif., Florida, Norman, Okla., and overseas on the island of Midway. At Midway, Oren had the opportunity to visit with his brother Glen whose ship briefly stopped there.

After Oren's discharge he worked briefly for Harvey Aluminum in The Dalles. He then worked for the State of Oregon, first as a counselor for McLaren School for boys and later for Adult and Family Services. This allowed Oren to fulfill a lifetime calling of helping others. As a counselor, he was directly involved in the lives of young people who were in need of help. Working for Adult and Family Services, Oren helped refugees transition into life in America.

When Oren retired from the State of Oregon, he was able to complete a lifetime calling. He went to seminary in New York State for the Anglican Church. Upon completion of his studies Oren was ordained and came to serve in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Oren served at St. John the Divine Church. This allowed Oren to minister to many, particularly youth who otherwise would be forgotten.

Oren continued his ministry until his health required him to step down. As Oren's health continued to decline, he moved to an assisted living home in Casa Grande, Ariz., to be closer to family.

Until his final breath, Oren loved to teach, minister, and to come alongside those in need.

Service for Oren will be held at St. John the Divine Church on Ramsey Road, Hereford, Ariz., on Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. Final internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.

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