Arthur A. Van Gilder passed away early morning on July 9, 2015 from natural causes, at home with his family near. Arthur was born to Harry Allen Van Gilder and Ethel Mae Laidlaw Van Gilder on January 4, 1917 in Portland, Ore. He was raised on the family farm in Wasco, Ore. He attended grade school and high school in Wasco, Ore. After high school he immediately enlisted in the USMC on June 10, 1935. He served as a gun director on the USS MARYLAND, from June 20, 1936 to May 18, 1939. On his military discharge papers were the remarks “Service honest and faithful.” That is how he lived his entire life. He served in USMC reserve from June 10, 1939. He was reactivated at the start of World War II then discharged October 15, 1945. Feb 24, 1945 to March 16, 1945 he participated in action with enemy at Iwo Jima. He was in the Third Division. He witnessed the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima. Arthur Van Gilder married Marjorie E. Van Gilder on December 9, 1942. They had three children, Arlyn, Brent and Dee. After his honorable discharge from the military, they worked on the Claude Thompson ranch for a time before working for Arthur’s father, Harry Van Gilder, on his wheat ranch. Eventually they merged the Rich and Van Gilder Ranches to a form a ranch of their own; later adding more land in Sherman County called the McDonald place and leased and later purchased land in Gilliam County. They raised Herford cattle and Arabian horses along with the main crop being wheat. He was also very active in their church, the Wasco Church of Christ as a Deacon and later as an Elder. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, and reading. Arthur farmed with an eye to the future, earning the title of 1973 Conservation Farmer of the Year and Sherman County winner for the 1973 Soil Conservation Man of the Year Competition for his farming practices. He was one of the earliest to achieve 100 percent adoption of the stubble mulch conservation system. He was also actively involved in the Ten Year Planning Conference, conducted by OSU Extension that helped effectively shape future efforts in many areas. In 1985, he received Soil Conservation Man of the Year Competition for Gilliam County and also received in 2007 the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Career Achievement Registry for his contributions to agriculture. Lifetime Member of the Oregon Wheat League.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Marjorie. He is survived by his children, Arlyn VanGilder and wife Sandra of Wasco, Ore., Brent VanGilder and wife Sandy of Wasco, Ore., Dee Van Gilder of Wasco, Ore., grandchildren; Sheila Earthman of California City, Calif., Samie VanGilder of Mesquite, Nevada, Kristy LaVine and husband Gary of Wasco, Ore., Angelic Beers and husband Doug of Vancouver, Wash., Allen VanGilder of Wasco, Ore., Tina Middleton and husband Ken, of Wasco, Ore., 14 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Viewing at Spencer, Libby & Powell Thursday July 16, 2015 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Graveside Service at Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco, Ore., on Friday July 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pastor Jerry Krewson officiating.
Celebration of Life will be September 5, 2015 at Wasco Church of Christ, Wasco, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of your choice.
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