John Kaegi, an elder at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, passed away on August 31, 2014. There will be a memorial service to honor him on Saturday, September 13, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. Watch for more information.
John is pictured here with his wife, Lucille, who preceded him in death in 2001. John had been a member of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian church since 1958.
Obituary from Sunday’s Oregonian:
John Kaegi May 10, 1926 – August 31, 2014
John Kaegi passed away Aug. 31, 2014, in Portland, at the age of 88. He will be forever remembered for his kind and gentle heart, generous and compassionate spirit and eternal optimism.
John was born and raised in Portland and attended Beaumont Elementary School and Grant High School. After graduation, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he honorably served his country on the U.S.S. Rescue during WWII. After his service, John received his business degree at Oregon State University and an M.B.A. at New York University. He later obtained his pharmacy degree from OSU. John joined his brother working for the family’s Southeast Portland pharmacy business. The Kaegi brothers worked together for 35 years. In 1973, they moved the business to Wilsonville, opening that small town’s first pharmacy. After 65 years in business, Kaegi’s Pharmacy sold to Payless in 1989. They left a lasting legacy. John and his brother, Richard, preserved the history of pharmacy, becoming curators of pharmacy antiquities and memorabilia. The old time Kaegi’s Pharmacy exhibit is on display at the Clackamas County Historical Society Museum of the Oregon Territory.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Lucile. His memory will be cherished by his children, Susan, Carol and Mark; daughter-in-law, Gina; grandchildren, Katie, Allie and Michael; brother, Richard; relatives; and friends.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church where John was a long time member. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in John Kaegi’s name to the OHSU Knight Cancer Challenge, OHSU Foundation, Mail Stop 45, P.O. Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852.