In memory of

Allan Ellsworth Bacheller

Dec 3, 1934
Jul 18, 2021


Allan was born in McGregor, Minnesota on December 3, 1934. The second born of six children. He moved to Salem, Oregon with his family from a farm in North Dakota when he was in the 7th grade. He graduated in 1953 from Salem High School. He joined the army and served in the 11th Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky until 1956.

He married the love of his life, Dolores Smith on August 31, 1957. He attended Oregon State University for one year and transferred to Oregon College of Education receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He later received his Master’s Degree in Library Science and an Education Administration degree from University of Oregon.

The family moved to Sherman County where he taught history and coached Freshman football at Moro High School for four years. In 1966 he received a grant to go to University of Hawaii for Asian Studies. The family (Dolores and 3 children) moved to Honolulu for one year. After completing his studies they moved to Redmond, Oregon where he taught High School history and social studies and was a wrestling coach. After teaching he became the High School Librarian, the Vice Principal and Principal of Redmond High.

In 1986 he moved to Salem and worked as an Area Director for the Salem-Keizer school district until his retirement. Retirement was a busy and fun adventure. Traveling in their RV was a special joy, seeing new places and meeting great friends from all over the world.

Allan had three children, Teri, Greg and Laura. 5 Grandchildren; Lindsay, Derek, Kellen, Chelsea, Ryan and 4 great grandchildren. Numerous loving nieces and nephews. His siblings; Doug (deceased), Ruth (deceased), Leroy, Linda, Bernie.

Allan loved his family and life with such passion.  He fought cancer for over 14 years and was an inspiration to all who knew him, including the many doctors who were a part of his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Check back for further details.

Service Information

Celebration of Life - POSTPONED - check back for updated information

Oak Grove Grange Hall
2670 Oak Grove Rd., Rickreall, OR.

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Bob & Ivadell says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Allans passing. Such a nice man, he will be missed by many. Thinking of you a
    nd sending hugs.

  2. Judy Rowan says:

    Wonderful man and family

  3. James Marsh says:


  4. Debi Patterson Dobson says:

    He was the best father in law to me, and beyond that a dear and loving friend. He was a huge influence in my children's, (his grandchildrens)
    lives and they will miss him dearly!
    He was so dearly loved and admired, truly one of the best people I have ever had the honor to know ❤

  5. Todd Thomas says:

    Mr. Bacheller was awesome! He was kind, warm, and funny, and he passed his humor on to all who encountered him. Like a pebble in the water, his humor sent ripples through his kids who sent their humor through hundreds of others. Huge impact doesn’t even begin to describe how important Mr. Bacheller was to the whole community. We are so blessed to see the twinkle in his eye and see how he made everyone feel better about themselves. Thank you to the whole family for sharing him with us! I love you all.

  6. Dianna Fedorko says:

    Laura, My heart breaks for you and your family! He sounds like he was a wonderful man. I am happy you have so many wonderful memories of him. Thinking of you!

  7. Brad Robeson says:

    I always enjoyed Al’s approach to counseling and guidance. He was VP at RHS and I was a student that liked to test boundaries. He was always reasonable and helped me find my way. He was a good man.

  8. Debra Carey--Springdale, AR says:

    I'm so sorry to hear this and only met him a couple of times but enjoyed getting to know him.

  9. Tracie Gower and family says:

    Allen will be missed on earth. Your family has been lucky to have such such wonderful man to lead and guide you all through life. I am happy to have known him. My condolences to you all.

  10. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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