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HENRY W. SCHUETTE
December 1, 1923 ~ February 27, 2013
"Hank leaves behind an amazing legacy of generosity, kindness, business-savvy and humor."
Henry William Schuette was born Dec. 1, 1923 in Bellingham, WA, to Walter Henry and Josephine (Larson) Schuette. He was raised with three siblings, Hazel, Bob and Betty; and two half-siblings, Margaret and Gordon. Hank grew up in Bellingham, WA where he graduated from Bellingham High School in 1941.
Following high school, he worked for the Forest Service clearing trails and fighting forest fires.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he was inducted into the United States Navy where he proudly served aboard the USS Pursuit, a minesweeper. For his service he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, Good Conduct award, American Campaign award and WWII Victory Medal.
In 1946, Hank was honorably discharged and worked as a gas station attendant until enrolling at Vanport College (now Portland State University). After the Vanport flood of 1948, he transferred to Oregon State University where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. In May of 1955 he earned his Engineering certificate from the Oregon State Board of Engineers.
After graduation, Hank took a "temporary" job with Moore Dry Kiln Co. which lasted 21 years. Ultimately he became Vice President and director of the company.
In 1971, he left Moore and began an engineering consulting practice. Later that year, Hank joined a small company, headed by Larry Wellons, Wellons Inc. As CEO, his leadership helped to advance Wellons to a complete manufacturing facility.
Hank retired in 1994, selling his share of the business. His years of work yielded many friendships as well as ownership of numerous patents.
Hank married Rose Obritkewitsch in 1946. They had two children, Walter and Nancy. Hank and Rose were divorced in 1962.
He met his life partner, Janice Jamison, and they were married on Dec. 20, 1963. They shared life, love and business together until her death on Sept. 18, 2010. During her final years, Hank was her loving and patient caregiver.
Hank will be remembered for helping many
by offering a "hand up" (never a "hand out").
He and Janice made donations to numerous organizations and campaigns, including Oregon State University, Portland State University and Seattle Children's Hospital. In 2003, Janice and Hank established the first endowed chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering Radiation Health Physics in the College of Engineering at OSU. This endowed chair lead directly to the formation of NuScale Power, a company which is developing passive nuclear reactors.
Hank is survived by his son, Walter (Maureen); daughter, Nancy; grandchildren, Kelsey Brooks and Kevin Schuette; partner for the last two years, Erika Ketelsen; caregiver, Laura Munyan; and other friends and family members.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Fri., March 8, 2013, in Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 11801 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR, 97086.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Hank's name to the Seattle Children's Hospital attn: Memorials P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145 or give online at www.seattlechildrens.org.
Please sign his guest books at: www.lincolnmemorialpk.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 6, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Lincoln Memorial Park - Portland
11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd. | Portland, OR 97086 | (503) 771-1117