Levi Henry Wiens, Sr. died July 9 in Salem at the age of 92. He was a longtime resident of the Salem/Keizer area and a former pastor of Keizer Community Church and Immanuel Baptist Church. He was a social worker for 22 years at the Oregon State Hospital until his retirement in 1984.
Lee was born July 30, 1920, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Jacob and Mary Wiens. They moved to Dallas, Ore., when Lee was young. He was raised there with seven siblings.
Lee attended the seminary at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, graduating in 1945. There he met Ann Manitsas. They were married Aug. 11, 1945.
The newlyweds settled in Salem, where Lee served for several years as pastor. He worked part-time jobs as well, as editor of Keizer’s community newspaper and later as a school bus driver. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in 1950. By then he and Ann lived in Keizer.
Lee later worked at Berg’s in Keizer and then at Lee’s Electric in Salem. In 1957, he joined the Marion County Welfare Department. From 1962 to 1984, he was a social worker at the Oregon State Hospital.
Lee and Ann have been members of Calvary Baptist Church in Salem since the 1950s and have held numerous leadership roles there.
Lee is survived by his wife, Ann Wiens of Keizer; a daughter, Margaret Avritt of San Jose, Calif.; three sons, Henry Wiens of Hillsboro; Jake Wiens of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Richard Wiens of Crescent City, Calif.; and a brother, Dan Wiens of Dallas, Ore. Lee is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and six siblings, sisters Mary, Martha and Esther; and brothers Ben, Paul and Sam.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1230 Liberty St. SE in Salem.