Lyle Dewain Jansen, 82, died Aug. 28, 2013, in The Dalles, Ore.
He was born June 12, 1931, in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Theodore and Nora (Vickley) Jansen. He graduated from Hood River High School in 1949; and graduated from Oregon College of Education in 1953, where he also played on the varsity basketball and football teams.
He served in the Army during the Korean War, with the 7th Infantry, stationed at Camp Hovey in Korea. He married Beverly Bonjour in 1956. He married Thelma “Sandi” Unger in 1988.
He was an elementary school teacher and principal at Parkdale, Mt. Hood, and Dee schools. After teaching, he managed the orchard of Jan Kurahara, worked in real estate, and at Hood River Distillers.
He was active in the communities he lived in, serving as a Hood River County Commissioner, helped create the first art gallery in Hood River, taught art at Camp Yallani, was a volunteer fireman, lifelong member of the Elks, started a Ducks Unlimited Chapter in Hood River, sang in several chorus groups, was a member of Alpinee Mountain Rescue, was a gunsmith, and loved hunting and fishing.
He is survived by son Kirk Jansen and wife Lori, Portland, Ore.; daughter Julie Krueger and husband Tony, The Dalles; daughter Merry Crawford and husband Ken, The Dalles; grandchildren Kyle Jansen, Portland; Jennifer Anderson and husband Jerry, Jacob Krueger and wife Micki, Nora Garcia, Hollie Hansen, and Meara Crawford, all of The Dalles; great-grandchildren Ava, Olivia, Delaney and Mya.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Nora Jansen in 1975 and wife Sandi Jansen in 2010.
A memorial service will be Friday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., at the Oregon Veterans Home.
Memorials may be made to the Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles; or The Dalles Art Center, 220 East Fourth Street, The Dalles.
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