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Passing of Vahan Yervant Khachadour Assadourian. Requiem service 03/19/23 @13:00PM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Vahan Assadourian. He was a longtime member of our local Armenian Community and Church.

A requiem service will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2023 after Bardarak Services which begins at 11 a.m., at St. Kevork Armenian Church, 9215 SE Church St., Clackamas, OR 97015.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be sent to St.Kevork Church.


ASSADOURIAN, Vahan Yervant Khachadour – Vahan Yervant Khachadour Asadourian, 85, of Eugene, OR, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2023. He was born on May 31 in Jerusalem and married his wife of 53 years Joyce (Lorondeau) Assadourian on September 6. He was the son of the late Father Khosrof and Mary (Kevorkian) Assadourian.

In addition to his wife, Joyce, he leaves behind his son Kyle Vahan Assadourian, his daughter Rehanne Sampson and her husband Scott, his grandchildren Alyssa and Amari Sampson, his sister, Sirarpie Ohanian, his sisters-in-law, Sandy Asadourian and Diane Assadourian, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was predeceased by his brothers Sebouh Asadourian and Avak Assadourian. Vahan grew up in Jerusalem. He was a religious man who embraced his Armenian heritage. His home away from home was the St. Kevork Armenian

Church of Oregon where he worshipped, sang with his powerful voice, and connected with fellow Armenians over coffee and traditional foods after services. Always bright and adventurous, he earned a scholarship to the Friends Boys School in Ramallah, and then a university scholarship to Gustavus Adolphus University in St. Peter, MN. Armed with his authentic charm, genuine kindness, a small suitcase, and a few dollars, he journeyed to the U.S. He earned degrees in both Chemistry and English. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he worked as a chemical engineer for Technicolor and MGM. In between, he also served in the U.S. Army. In the 80s, he and his family moved to Eugene, OR where he opened The meating Place, a restaurant that quickly became an oasis for many. He loved traveling with his wife, spending time exploring the U.S. and Canada in his motorhome. He also enjoyed going to the gym and engaging in community activities. Vahan was an author of poetry, short stories, and novels, some of which have been published and awarded. Published novels include “Conch (MIA)” and soon to be released, “The Ancient Phoenician”.


The Armenian Community in Oregon and SW Washington is a small one, but the costs of running a church and community center are high. Our church can only thrive with the contributions of all.

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