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Dale Albert Wood April 7, 1937 - Sept. 20, 2015


September 15, 2015

Dale Albert Wood, 78, of Foster passed away Sunday at Evergreen Samaritan Hospice House in Albany after a nearly four year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Brainerd, Minnesota to Loyd and Laura (Ellis) Wood. The family moved to Salem when he was two years old.

Dale graduated from North Salem High School in 1955 and from Oregon State College in 1960 with a degree in Forest Engineering. In 1960 he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in the Oregon Army National Guard for eight years, retiring with the rank of Captain.

In 1960 Dale was hired as a Forest Engineer by Willamette National Lumber Company in Foster. The company merged with Santiam Lumber and then became Willamette Industries. Dale held a variety of positions during his 35 year tenure with the company. He retired in 1995 as Manager of Oregon Logging Operations for Willamette Industries.

In December of 1963 he married Joan Louise Kleinke. Dale is a past master of Sweet Home Masonic Lodge, #202, and is a life member of East Linn Masonic Lodge, #44.

Following his retirement in 1995 he and Joan enjoyed motorhome trips to fish, hunt, and explore Oregon and the desert southwest. They hiked the Alps of Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Slovenia. Each winter Joan and Dale hiked the Grand Canyon. For many years they maintained the USFS Weiderman Trail, a historic cattle drive route east of Sweet Home.

Dale is survived by his wife of 51 years Joan Louise Wood of Foster; daughters: Laurie Krei of Pleasant Hill, Sara and her husband Gary Blefgen of Portland; granddaughter Katie Krei of Pleasant Hill; sister Karen and her husband LeRoy Rempel of Dallas; niece Debbie Rempel of Dallas; nephew Mark and his wife Shelly Rempel of Keizer; and the family Australian Shepherd Olallie.

A Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Jim Riggs Community Center. To Honor Dale’s wishes his cremains will be spread in the Cascades.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Evergreen Samaritan Hospice, 1046 Sixth Ave., SW, Albany, Oregon 97321-1999.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


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