Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Man of Honor

On June 2, 1936, Charles "Larry" Deibert made his debut. He was the oldest of three children born to his parents in Longview, WA. At the age of five, Larry's family moved to a 30-acre farm in Hood River where he attended public schools. Larry was able to attend the new Wy'east High School his sophomore year and was always an athlete. He played football, basketball, and ran track. Larry was named All-Conference in football and basketball for two years and Second Team All-State for football his senior year. Although he was offered athletic scholarships for college, his family was too poor to help pay for what the scholarships did not cover. After graduation, Larry followed in his father's footsteps and tried logging. That was not adventurous enough, so he then tried working on a tugboat for Inland Navigation. During this time he met Beverly Jean Leitheiser from Dodson at a community dance. They dated and fell in love, later getting married in Stevenson. Larry decided to join the Marines. He was originally planning to join the Army, but the recruiter was at lunch, so the Marine recruiter convinced him the Marines were the best choice! Larry enlisted for two years and during this time Beverly gave birth to twins Cary Charles and Larry William. Son Kim Joseph arrived just 10 months later! Larry came home with his family to Hood River after two years in the Marines and his friends convinced him to switch to the Army National Guard since everyone knew him. After four months, an old shop teacher convinced him to go to Officer Candidate School, located in Oregon City. Out of a class of 42, Larry was one of 10 that graduated. Larry also was trained and educated by the U.S. Army to fly planes, helicopters and survive in the jungle. Larry volunteered to go to Vietnam for a year and it was life-changing. He won numerous awards for his bravery and acts of courage. When he returned home he spent six weeks with his family, then began work as an insurance salesman. That was not a good fit so he took a job with L.M. Berry Co. selling ads for the Yellow Pages. Larry loved to both hunt and fish, so he went often with sons Lou and Kim. Cary was not was not interested but did work with his dad selling Yellow Page ads. It was during this time with the company that his wife Beverly died of cancer. Two years after her death he began a business with his friend, Clark Jones. Together they sold ads for the Yellow Pages on their own. During this time, he fell in love with Diane who was a telephone sales gal with their company. They got married and Diane had one adopted daughter. Clark later retired and Larry bought him out. Things went well until the internet arrived! He had to shut down the business and sell off some of his real estate investments. During this time of grief, second wife Diane also died of cancer. She had chosen the home in Corbett for them to live in. Diane's sister was supportive and she and Larry ended up falling in love. Suzanne moved to Corbett and they eventually married in 1997. Suzanne is a Ph.D. and has two children. Larry's son Lou died in his early 50's. Today Larry and Suzanne share their love of Corbett, their adult children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and remodeling their beautiful Corbett home. Larry was appointed as a CASA (Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army-Oregon) and now is CASA Emeritus. They love to entertain and once had a party of 600 at their home! They also travel often, still work in real estate and donate their time to the Helping Hands Food Salvage Program in Corbett. Larry says that the military gave him the opportunity to be the leader that he always wanted to be and he has greatly enjoyed the journey!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A Man of Service

Gerald was born in 1932 in Hemlock, Michigan. His parents had four boys and two girls, and he was the third born. Gerald's family lived on a farm where they all worked very hard. There were tough times, but they always were able to eat well. Only occasionally would Gerald "get" to go into town for supplies. They rode horses everywhere and did not even own a car until Gerald was five years old. The family would hitch their horses to a wagon in order to transport needed supplies for the farm. Gerald walked about a mile back and forth to school with his siblings. He was a shy child who loved to play outside and fish any chance he got! Gerald made all of his toys from scraps found around the family farm. He made slingshots, darts, etc. He went hunting for the first time at age 10 with his father, shooting his first rabbit. He loved it! He then began hunting rabbits, pheasants, squirrels, etc. Not considered a good student, Gerald says his "gifts" were woodworking and fixing things. He was known to be able to fix just about anything! Gerald lived on the family farm his entire childhood. After graduating from high school, he went to work for a local farmer for four months before going to work for General Motors. He ran the lathe and did work on transmission parts. In 1952 he enlisted in the US Air Force for four years. He started in New York and then went to Texas. He focused on aircraft and engine mechanics. In 1953 Gerald earned his private pilots license. In 1954 Gerald transferred to Portland through the Air Force and met his first wife, Sallie. They married and had five children. In 1956 they moved to Michigan for 26 years so that Gerald could work for General Motors as a production machine repairman. From Michigan, they moved to Portland with two of their children. The family moved to Larch Mountain and lived in a travel trailer until their home was built. Gerald went to work for Ted Davenport, running his machine shop. In 1982 Gerald and Sallie divorced. Gerald moved to the neighbor's house for two years until the divorce settled, then he moved back to the family home in the winter of 1984. Gerald then went to work for Oregon State Parks as a lawnmower mechanic for 10 years. He loved this job! While there, a friend that worked with him introduced him to his friend Lillian. Gerald and Lillian fell in love and married Nov. 9, 1985. Lillian also had five children (one had died earlier). They both shared a love of family and strong Christian faith. They spruced up the Larch Mountain home and made it their home together. Gerald and Lillian were married nearly 33 years before she passed on Sept. 28, 1918. She was 87 years old. Gerald says Lillian loved to both hug others and dance! Gerald is still living in their home and is a valued volunteer in the Corbett community. He is hoping to fully get back to all of his volunteer duties that he stepped away from to care for Lillian. He is well on his way!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Did You Vote? Jonny Hotnuts for Corbett Mayor!

Have you voted yet? Jonny Hotnuts is hoping you will re-elect him for Mayor of Corbett!
Chris Gilinsky was born in Lakeview, Oregon- the highest city in the state of Oregon. Chris is the youngest of three children and says he was outgoing, loud and funny as a child due to moving around so often. His mom was a school teacher and his father an executive with Weyerhaeuser. They moved from Lakeview to Keno, Oregon and then to Hot Springs, AK. While in high school, the family moved to Springfield, Oregon. When his father got transferred to Mississippi, he agreed to let Chris stay behind to finish high school and be with the girl he loved. They ended up breaking it off and he ended up getting his GED in Mississippi! Chris has had many job experiences. He began as a fleet maintenance manager for US West Communications as a teenager. He later began working for Weyerhaeuser where he began with an entry-level position and advanced quickly. Chris also had the experience of being a professional paintball player! It was during this time that his son Brenden was born. Chris also lived in Reno, Nevada with his brother and worked in radio on-air as Jonny Hotnuts! The name came from a club in Mexico that his father had visited and told him about. Chris liked the name so much that at one point he almost legally changed his name. In 2002 Chris moved to Portland to get into a larger radio market. While waiting for this opportunity, he began working alongside his father who had retired from Weyerhaeuser and was now doing handyman work for property managers. He did this for a year when out of the blue, they received a call from UPS wanting to know if they could build a countertop. Chris has now worked for UPS for 14 years as an engineering consultant. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that the phone call for a countertop would turn into his golden ticket. He not only has a dream job, but he was also able to work at it with his father for 12 years before he passed. He also met his wife Lori as a result of his job! When he met Lori, he immediately knew she was "the one" and they were engaged after one month of dating. They married in 2005 and their son Neal was born in 2010. They lived in Portland and then moved to Corbett in Dec. 2015. Friends encouraged them to move to the area and they now absolutely love the community! Brenden came to live with them in May 2018 and the family of four have a dog named Ginger that is almost 13 years old. Chris began playing the guitar at age 15 and now loves to design his own guitars in his spare time! The family enjoys watching movies at home and traveling. They have been to Spain, France, Portugal, England and Rome. Next trip? Australia and New Zealand.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Man Has a Road Named After His Family!

Roger Christensen's grandfather Christian "Cook" Christensen settled his family in Springdale in 1894. The extended family is still here! Roger was born in 1946 and grew up on Northway Road in Springdale. He is the youngest of four children, with two girls and two boys in the family. Roger attended Springdale School until the 5th grade and then came to Corbett to attend the now burned down Corbett Grade School. He attended Corbett High School from 9-12th grade, graduating in 1966. Roger was raised on a dairy farm and worked hard both before and after school doing farm chores. When Roger was in the 7th grade, he wrapped himself in a sheet and jumped out of the family's barn loft. He said he wanted to see if the sheet would act as a parachute. It did not work so well. He broke his left hip and was put into a full body cast for six months. Roger had to be homeschooled for two years! He also ended up with a permanent limp and was not able to play any sports. Roger chose to be a manager of the wrestling team and for three years in high school he supported and traveled with the team. Roger says he did not excel academically because he would rather be outdoors, fishing in the creek or playing. After high school graduation, Roger went to work for the US Forest Service as a Surveyor Aide. He lived at home for two years and then moved into an apartment with friends. Roger also took classes at Mt. Hood Community College. Roger met Fran Aquino in 1972 at a shop in Fairview that Roger visited for his job. They married and lived in Portland. A short time later, Roger injured his right hip while on the job. He had the hip replaced and now has two artificial hips! After this incident, Roger went back to school to earn his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering. He then began working with the Oregon State Highway Dept. as a Materials Inspector and was an employee for 25 years before retiring. Roger and Fran have four children. Josh, Brad, Becky, and Curtis. They were all raised in Corbett as Roger and Fran moved to Corbett in 1979, just before Curtis was born. They both wanted their children to be raised in the same small community where Roger grew up, giving them a rural upbringing. Instead of raising them on a dairy farm like Roger had been, they instead raised beef cows. They also leased out part of their land for raspberry crops. Roger retired in 2005 and now enjoys volunteering in the community as well as traveling. He and Fran have been to Jamacia, Hawaii, and Mexico. They have also taken their RV from Corbett to New York and back! Together they have two granddaughters and one grandson.