Jack Jerry Ansures (Tooter) was born August 21, 1934 in Roseburg, Ore. Tooter crossed over to the Spirit world Tuesday, July 29, 2014. He was raised by his uncle Louis Thomason and wife Nellie in Drew, Ore. He attended Drew and Days Creek schools. He started working in the logging industry when he was 15. He was an Elder of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indian tribe. He worked for the tribe as a site monitor, working with the BLM, Forest Service, ODOT, and many archeologists in the local area.
Tooter is survived by his daughter, Teri Hansen; son, Del Ansures; grandsons, Jacob Ansures (Brittney), Drew Ansures, and Josh Ansures (Beth); granddaughters, Crystal Ansures, Heather Vick (Aaron), and numerous great-granchildren. He is also survived by his soulmate, Alice Williams. He leaves a network of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family friends.
Tooter was a supporter of AA, recently achieving his 33-year chip. He sponsored and encouraged many people in the program. He was proud of the tribal AA group (Recovery on Turtle Island) started by his daughter Teri.
His devotion to his heritage was ongoing throughout the years of his life. He testified before Congress to gain recognition for the tribe. He was instrumental in supporting the tribal powwow at South Umpqua Falls. He was an advocate for cultural activities and supported education and employment of tribal members.
His Tooter Tours of the local back country, sense of humor, and storytelling will be missed among the younger generations of the tribe. We shall forever honor this man and all he stood for. He will be buried in the Thomason Cemetery near Drew, a time and place for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.