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Terry Trantow



Terry was born in Portland, Oregon March 29, 1944 and adopted at birth by Etta and Wilbert (Bill) Trantow. He attended Creston grade school and Benson High School in Portland and Oregon State University, graduating in 1967. He began his career as a Forest Engineer with the Washington DNR in 1967, working in Battle Ground, Forks and Ellensburg until 1980. He also served in the United States Navy as both enlisted and as a Lt. Junior Grade from 1968-1970, the later on the minesweeper USS Pivot, MSO-463.

In 1980 Terry moved to Bingen and started T. N. Trantow Surveying. The land surveying practice was incorporated in 1991 as Trantow Surveying, Inc. and continues to provide personal and quality service to its clients to this day. He married Patricia McCamish in 1986, who preceded him in death from cancer in July 1997.

He served on the Bingen City Council and various White Salmon and county committees and service groups over the years and supported local activities including Mayfest and Huckfest. Terry served as Huckfest chairman for three years and he and Pat were selected as parade royalty for Huckfest. In 2009, he was elected Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Terry was an avid amateur historian and with mutual assistance from local historian Keith McCoy and Enterprise editor Daniel Spatz, helped form the West Klickitat County Historical Society, operating as the Gorge Heritage Museum (as suggested by Lorraine Chamberlain, the first President).

Terry was an avid token and medal collector since 1962, specializing in lumber company store money, with published catalogs in 1978 and 1998, among other publications and articles. He also collected Oregon tokens and medals, Kittitas County tokens (donated to the County Historical Society in 1979), Klickitat County tokens and medals and Australia/New Zealand/Tasmania tradesman tokens from the 19th century, and other various topics. He was a member of the American Numismatic Association since 1961, the Token and Medal Society (TAMS) since 1962 and other related organizations, including METCA, ATCO, TAMCO, NATCA and other token organizations.

He always considered himself an “Oregontonian” (Ore.-Wash.), enamored with both states, ultimately favoring Oregon history but loyal to Washington.

Terry passed away at his home in Bingen on September 1, 2013 at the age of 69. He is survived by stepson Anthony Parsons of Blaine, Washington; stepdaughter Andrea DeCarlo and her husband Anthony DeCarlo of East Glacier Park, Montana; granddaughter and grandson Anna Alexandra DeCarlo and Brandon DeCarlo of East Glacier Park; brothers-in-law Kevin (Teresa) McCamish of Gig Harbor, Washington, Keith McCamish of Carnation, Washington and John (Gwen) McCamish of Darien, Georgia; cousins Richard (Nancy) Trantow of Depoe Bay, Oregon and Donald Trantow of Bainbridge Island, Washington; and many, many, many friends.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in his name may be given to the Gorge Heritage Museum in lieu of flowers. Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


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