Paul Lucius VanNess, 84, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., passed away at home June 20, 2016.
Paul was born February 10, 1932 in Spokane, Wash., the second of three children to Hanford and Lucy (Graham) VanNess. He was raised and educated in Spokane, Wash., and Portland, Ore., graduating from Cleveland High School in Portland in 1950. He joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1949 and was called to active duty in 1950. He served in Korea and was wounded in action at Pusan. He was discharged in 1952 receiving The Korean Campaign Medal with two battle stars and the Purple Heart.
Returning to civilian life he was employed by Union Pacific as lineman and telephone maintenance foreman. In 1959 he began working with Bonneville Power Administration, retiring in 1989 as line foreman of the “Big Eddie” district.
Paul enjoyed reading, travelling, RV’ing and meeting his friends every day at 3 p.m. and together they solved the world’s problems. He loved his family, his dogs and life. He was living his dream when he joined the “Sumpter Valley Railroad” and was engineering the narrow gage steam engine with his dog Molly on his lap. Paul was a member of the American Legion, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration. He was preceded in death by his parents Hanford and Lucy VanNess and grandson Sandon VanNess.
Paul is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years Jacqueline VanNess; sons Kurt of Calif.; Paul of Ore.; and Chris of Wash.; two daughters Karla Reeds of Wash. And Laurie Alberts of Ore.; two stepchildren Rhonda Brown and Jim Ferrell and his wife Janis all of Ore.; a brother, Hanford VanNess and his wife Janet and his sister Kathryn Perry. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren one niece and one nephew also survive.
Services will be held Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge.
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