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LYNN M. DEGERSTEDT
May 7, 1923 ~ October 27, 2013
Lynn M. Degerstedt, 90, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the Ray Hickey Hospice House.
Born and raised in the greater Portland area, Lynn enlisted in the Army Air Corps after high school. He earned his wings and was stationed as a pilot in England, France, Puerto Rico and Miami, FL during World War II. The passing of years never diminished his strong patriotism nor discounted the deep relationships with his fellow pilots, who remained lifelong friends.
Education, a strong work ethic,
and civic pursuits were hallmarks of Lynn's life.
He used the GI Bill to pursue his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Portland, and later in life, a Doctorate from Brigham Young University. Even his many Elderhostel trips reflected his love of learning.
Lynn began his professional career with ALCOA, but after 15 years he returned to academia to work at Clark College and later Washington State University until retirement. Whether serving as a board director, holding leadership positions, fundraising, or simply rolling up his sleeves with other volunteers, Lynn remained active with the Ft. Vancouver Kiwanis Club, The Columbian Advisory Board, Salvation Army, PRIDE (ARC) Program, Clark College's Mature Learning Program and EMT Program, Accreditation of Colleges - Northwest, Junior Achievement, Clark College Foundation, and 1958 Vancouver Junior Citizen.
Lynn was also an avid outdoorsman, celebrating the beauty of the Northwest with his family and friends while hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia; his son, Mark Lee (wife Carina), and grandchildren, Mats and Emma of Huntington Beach, CA; and his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and grandchildren, Nathan and Spencer of Salem, OR.
His youngest son, Bruce Robert, predeceased him in death in March of this year.
A service of celebration for the life of Lynn Degerstedt will be held Sat., Nov. 9, 2:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, OR, or a
Please sign his guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Nov. 3, 2013
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3414 NE 52nd Street, Suite 101 Vancouver, WA 98661