Alexander "Al" Schriener Sr.
1932 - 2021

August 15, 1932 ˜ October 24,

Al Schriener passed away at home October 24, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s Disease. His energy was a force, and it is fitting he left this world on a blustery October day. A proud Veteran of the Korean War, he spent his entire life fishing and hunting in SW Washington. A profoundly hardworking man, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Jones in 1952. They were together until she passed in 1995. He was a retired butcher and farmer, who in retirement traveled the world to hunt, fish and vacation along many beach locales with current wife Jeanne. An often difficult and stubborn man, who softened in his later years, he used his fierce determination to continue living life to the fullest, even as his mobility declined.
He was the son of German and Finnish immigrants. His mother’s Finnish family were among the city of Woodland’s earliest settlers. Childhood memories on the Niemi homestead were some of his fondest. Al’s detailed memory was intact into his final days. He recently shared with his daughter, the story behind catching a 50-pound fall Chinook salmon on the East Fork of the Lewis River, just before deploying to Korea in 1952. He loved his cabin along the East Fork, being at fall hunting camp, telling stories, his family farm and dancing to live music. His big personality, laugh and mischievous twinkle in his eyes will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis; parents, Alexander and Edith; and sister, Beverly. He is survived by his children, Alex (Margie), Mike (Sue), Karen (Craig), Ken (Shannon); five grandchildren, Jason, Alex, Tim, Nik, Victoria; 11 great-grandchildren; and wife, Jeanne. We thank Jeanne for her stalwart love and care of him. We wish to thank his great team of caregivers, especially Donna. Military graveside memorial scheduled for later date. Donations in honor of his love of hunting and fishing may be made to the Youth Outdoors Initiative via
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Published by The Columbian on Nov. 7, 2021.
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So sorry for the loss of your father, Karen. I have many good memories of him and your mom Phyliss as a child. May he rest in peace - big hugs to you and your family.
Karen Rockenback
November 10, 2021
Rest in peace sweet Al, you will be missed in deer camp.
Cindy Knotts
November 9, 2021
Al was bigger than life! I worked with Phyllis at Harney and Truman Elementarys, and he was ever present. Every get-together we had we would tell silly jokes and laugh and laugh! He teased me relentlessly- and I loved it. We lifted many toasts together, and today I lift one to you Al. Love ya man- Godspeed...
Heather (Agnew) Van Dyne
November 7, 2021
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