Cover photo for Wubshet Shimelis Desta's Obituary
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Wubshet Shimelis Desta

November 23, 1964 — June 11, 2023

Mr. Wubshet ("Wubu") Shimelis Desta was born on November 23, 1964, in

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to his late father, Mr. Shimelis Desta, and his mother, Mrs.

Kelemwa Worku. At a very young age, he and his family moved to the city of Nazareth

where he grew up and completed his primary education at Kera Elementary School

and secondary education at Atsie Gelawdeos High School. He joined the high school

band and played trombone and trumpet for four years. His love for playing these

instruments allowed him to travel to various regions with the school and showcase

his talent.

In 1986, Wubu separated from his family and left his country to migrate to Somalia

due to political pressure in Ethiopia during the Derg era. While in Somalia, he

managed the hardships of life in exile with patience and perseverance. After four years

of hardship, the Somali exile ended, and Wubu came to America on May 23, 1990.

He made Portland, Oregon his home where he lived for thirty-three years.

Since his arrival in America, Mr. Wubu supported himself and his family in various

fields and organizations. Most importantly, with his consistent desire to improve their

lives, Mr. Wubu established his own companies, including a medical transportation

company and an Ethiopian restaurant that he ran successfully.

Mr. Wubu was married to his beloved wife, Mrs. Eneysh Kebede, for 23 years and

raised two children, Ruth and Leul, whom he loved dearly and cared for. Mr. Wubu

was a peaceful, quiet, hardworking, and sincere father, son, brother, and

friend to all of us.

Our beloved Wubu rested in peace surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 11, 2023,

due to illness. His playfulness, kindness, and gentle nature will be dearly missed. May

God grant him eternal rest and bring comfort to his wife, children, extended family,

and friends.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Friday, June 16, 2023

Starts at 9:00 am (Pacific time)

Kidane Mihret Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

17021 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97233

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