Jan. 6, 1950 — May 15, 2017

Gregory C. Sullens, 67, of Sweet Home passed away Monday.

He was born to Claud and Peggy (Dietz) Sullens.

He graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1968, and enlisted with the United States Marine Corp. After basic training at Camp Pendleton, Greg was deployed to Vietnam, where he fought and served with honor until 1972. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries sustained during combat.

Upon returning home from Vietnam, Greg married Dee (Ego), and they started their family in Sweet Home. They had two children, Ali and Kyle.

Greg worked for many years at the Champion Mill site in Lebanon until he and his wife purchased Santiam Spray Service in 1986. Greg owned and operated Santiam Spray Service for 21 years and was a leader in the field of herbicide and pesticide management.

Upon his retirement in 2007, Greg was able to enjoy many years pursuing his hobbies and interests. There are several less sage rats in the state of Oregon, thanks to Greg’s many hunting trips with friends.

Greg was able to continue pursuing his love for vintage cars and trucks, and had many restored.

Spending time at his cabin in the forest was one of his latest pastimes, as was traveling. He also enjoyed spending time helping out up on Kyle’s farm, where he and Dee raised their own kids. Many of his friends and acquaintances were the benefactors of his unique generosity and eccentric humor.

Greg is survived by his two children, Ali Gardner and Kyle Sullens; and five grandchildren, Gavin and Grace Gardner, Amelia, Olivia and Sophia Sullens.

He will be missed greatly by his family.

A memorial service will be hosted by his children at 10 a.m. on Saturday June 3 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations can be made in Greg’s name to SHEM (Sweet Home Emergency Ministries), one of the many charitable organizations that Greg supported locally.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com

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