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George Van Biber



George Marcus Van Biber was born April 7, 1921, to Neva and James Van Bibber, in the town of Lyle, Klickitat County, and went home as a newborn to the Glenwood Valley, in the foothills of Mt Adams. He spent wonderful years there, exploring Mt Adams on horseback, and had many delightful stories of those years. He graduated from R. A. Long High School in 1939, and joined the Navy in early 1941. He served for the duration of the war on the destroyer Drayton as radioman. His ship left Hawaii in December 1941, only a day or two before the attack on Pearl Harbor, returned there soon after, and was active in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Guadalcanal campaign and later in the Philippines.

After the war George began a long career with Bonneville Power, and soon married Marge Lant. They had five daughters, Karen (Sublimity, OR), Gretchen (Gig Harbor, WA), Susan (Portland, OR), Ines (Lake Oswego, OR), and Preeda (Thailand). The family enjoyed priceless experiences through hosting Ines and Preeda as exchange students. George now has 13 adult grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

George was a wonderful father and husband, successful businessman and a great storyteller. He loved music and worked to foster that same love in his family. He read widely, and had rich memories of his many work, family and travel experiences.

George died Nov. 8, 2013. Private interment will take place at Lyle-Balch Pioneer Cemetery in Klickitat County.


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