Leo Frederick Polehn was born on October 29, 1928, to Otto Frederick and Emma (Spickerman) Polehn in Oregon City, Ore.
His family moved to The Dalles, Ore., in the early 1930s where he finished high school in 1946.
Upon graduation, he started college and later joined the Marines. Although he never served in any foreign service, he served at six different bases. During his time in Washington, D.C. he served as a White House guard and as a back-up color guard for government functions.
I saw a photo of him standing in front of President Truman in full dress. He said it was at the inauguration speech.
In 1954 he purchased the first of four orchards and became an orchardist. In mid-1964, he helped initiate The Dalles Irrigation District using his ties to D.C. Others then dealt with the details.
In 1966 he graduated from Portland State University with a Civil Engineering Degree. He worked in road, sewer, dam, forestry and bridge projects in the Northwest. In 1974 he semi-retired from his traveling engineering to a limited amount of consulting. He then spent more time growing cherries.
In the early 1980s he reduced his time spent in the cherry orchards and semi-retired as a snow bird.
He passed away on February 12, 2019, peacefully at 6:45 p.m. at the Oregon Veterans home.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty June “Toole” Polehn; sons, Forrest, Frank and Michael; daughter Linda; granddaughters, Cheri, Julie, Sabrina and Lisa; grandson Leo; great-granddaughter Alice.
No monetary help is needed. Emotional help is appreciated. Love, Caring and Peace to all!
A memorial service will be held at Spencer, Libby and Powell on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 1 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2 p.m. at Sorosis Park.