Jane Elizabeth Keesey was born December 6, 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Paul and Jean (Hancock) Keesey. She grew up in Humboldt County, California, and the Bay Area. Jane went to Foothills College, Mesa College, and Lane Community College.
She met her husband, Chris Roop, while taking a course titled Natural History of Baja, California, in December of 1978. They have been together ever since, and were married on June 22, 1989, when they eloped to Caldwell, Idaho.
After returning from Mexico, they lived outside of Junction City, Ore., until she became pregnant, at which time they moved to Eugene, Ore. Their son Cassady was born August of 1983. The family moved to Pendleton in 1984 for two years prior to moving up the river. They have lived on the CTUIR Reservation since then but did move closer to town.
Jane worked at a number of occupations: book binding, ordering and inventory control for Kaneka Far West, plant propagation for Chase Gardens, real estate renovation, grading inventory plots among other things while with the Forest Service and receiving awards for her work there, and then worked for Bill Alexander Forestry as an office manager. She also drove her truck to deliver supplies for forest fire suppression.
Her interests included archeology, anthropology, botany, and biology. She enjoyed gardening and working with livestock when she lived up the river. Jane was accomplished at delivering lambs that had birthing problems. When the family business took over producing the June Cruisin car show, she was the registrar. For the last 13 years, she enjoyed attending and sometimes organizing Gary’s Run, an annual memorial cruise for MG sports cars that alternates between the U.S. and Canada. She was a charter member of the Oregon Country Fair and traffic crew volunteer since 1981. Besides volunteering for the fair and car show, which benefits Washington School, Jane donated to The Giving Tree at Hamley’s, Bat Conservation International, and Blue Mountain Wildlife, among others. Even in death she was generous, donating her corneas so that two other people would be able to see.
Jane was preceded in death by her mother Jean. She is survived by her father, Paul Keesey of Sunnyvale, Calif.; husband Chris Roop, Pendleton; son Cassady Roop of Corvallis; sister Alice (Fred) Mecoy of Allen, Texas; brother James (Jennifer) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and nephews Geoffry and Manfred Mecoy.
A service will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Blue Mountain Wildlife, 71046 Apaloosa Lane, Pendleton, OR 97801.