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Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Myrah, a Lutheran minister and 42-year resident of Brookings, Oregon, died
unexpectedly on June 30, 2022 at the age of 74 at his home in Brookings.

Gordy was born in Racine, Wisconsin, on June 28, 1948. He graduated from Sun Prairie High
School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1966, where he was senior class president. He went on to
the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he met Diane McKeith and majored in
Biology. In 1971, he married Diane and they then went on to Wartburg Theological Seminary in
Dubuque, Iowa, where he graduated in 1975 as student body president. After ordination, he
went on to serve Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Cathlamet, Washington for five years. They
then moved to Brookings in 1980 where he became the minister of Trinity Lutheran Church.
In 1994, he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The focus of his study was archeology relating to the life and times
of Jesus.  During his four year study, he traveled to Israel where he worked on underwater

Gordy had a great passion for service and was active in the local community, including: Chetco
Federal Credit Union where he served on the board for 23 years; he helped form the Brookings
Harbor Food Bank, where he served as chairman for 19 years; the Winchuck Fire Department as
a volunteer fireman; he was co-announcer for the Azalea Parade from 1984-2007; after
retirement he was a volunteer at the Curry County Sherriff’s Department; and he was involved
in various other activities and organizations throughout the community. His hobbies included
fishing, hunting and travel.

As the minister of Trinity Lutheran Church he often said he “served 31 years to the glory of
God,” and he oversaw countless weddings, baptisms, funerals and confirmations. He was
instrumental in building the new sanctuary at the church in 2003. Many local ministers
respected him and loved him as a friend.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Gordon and his daughter Sarah. He is survived by his
mother Norma Motl of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; his wife Diane; his daughter Dawn Myrah and
her husband Paul Keady of Portland; his daughter Amy Gleason and her husband Mark of
Brookings; five grandchildren, Grace Keady, Hayden Keady, Anna Gleason, Andrew Gleason and
Aubrey Gleason; one brother Gary Myrah and his wife Lisa; many nieces and nephews; and his
loving Labrador Retriever, Molly.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church,
1200 Easy Street, Brookings. Those who wish to remember Gordy in a special way may make
donations in his name to Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church or the
Southern Oregon Humane Society.
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2:00 PM 7/9/2022 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 7/9/2022 3:00:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church

1200 Easy Street;
P.O. Box 1199
Brookings, OR 97415

Trinity Lutheran Church
1200 Easy Street; Brookings 97415 OR
United States

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South Coast Humane Society & Shelter

P. O. Box 7833
Brookings, OR 97415

Trinity Lutheran Church

1200 Easy Street
P.O. Box 1199
Brookings, OR 97415

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

401 Fir St.
Brookings, OR 97415

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