Roland L. "Skip" Getman

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October 21, 1948 ~ February 23, 2018

Rev. Roland L. "Skip" Getman, 69, passed away Friday, February 23rd, 2018 amongst the laughter and tears of his wife and children. Through his two-year battle with Leukemia, he loved weekend drives with his wife Beth and making excellent smoked meat with Myles and Michael. In between treatments he flew to Boston to do home improvement projects with Matthew and Rebekah and eat all-season ice cream cones with his granddaughters Claire and Margaret. Skip traveled to Minneapolis to enjoy wine with Michael and Meta and play with his twin granddaughters, Adeline and Eleanor, whom he was honored to baptize. Skip drove to Austin where he enjoyed breakfast-theologizing with Megan and his grand-doggie Winchester.
Skip was born October 21, 1948, in Vancouver, WA. He graduated from Columbia River High School, Pacific Lutheran University and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Over his 37-year career as an ordained Lutheran minister, he served three congregations in Regent, North Dakota, two congregations in Portland, OR, and two congregations in Vancouver, WA. Worship, education and spirituality were his passions. In his broader ministry, he served his community as chaplain for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical center, ending his 30 years of chaplaincy at Hospice Southwest.
Skip was a devoted father and participated in numerous sports and music events as a proud dad! He loved baseball and football and was an active umpire and referee for many years. He coached soccer and cheered at countless events! He loved road trips and travel, especially driving his "two-seater" with Beth.
With 37 years of spiritual care and end of life guidance as a Lutheran minister and chaplain, Skip was well prepared to meet the warm embrace of his Creator. He enthusiastically fulfilled his call of loving his family, practicing the presence of Christ, worship and education with God's people, and offering supportive emotional care to patients and their families.
Skip is survived by Beth, his wife of 44 years; four children: Matthew (Rebekah), Michael (Meta), Megan and Myles (Michael); four granddaughters: Claire, Margaret, Adeline and Eleanor; family: Clair, Janelle, Amy (Bruce and Liv) and Eric Troftgruben; and his Stoner/Nortness family.
Skip was preceded in death by Berl and Juanita Getman, Jeanne Nortness and Jack Nortness.
Memorial will be Thursday, April 19, 6:30p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, PeaceHealth Hospice Southwest, or PeaceHealth Southwest Infusion Oncology.
Arrangements are under the care of Davies Cremation & Burial Services.
Please sign his guest book at:
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Davies Cremation & Burial Services, Inc.
309 E 15th Street, Suite E
Vancouver, WA 98666
(360) 253-7730
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 15, 2018