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Herbert DeJohn


Herbert Allen DeJohn was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on February 27, 1945 to Betty (Krinkie) and Robert DeJohn. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and served for over 10 years, earning several medals, honors and the rank of E-6. Herbert moved to Portland in the 1970’s and lived in his home there for 35 years.

While in Portland, he planted his roses and garden, which he shared with his neighbors. He also hosted barbeques—he had a pit in his backyard where he roasted pigs. Mr. DeJohn owned his own mechanic shop. He worked for Freight Liner and trained drivers, and also worked in Alaska as a lineman and on a fishing boat. Herbert drag raced trucks and cars professionally all over the States.

He bought property and moved to Goldendale in 2006. Herbert enjoyed being out of the city and was very excited to see deer, coyotes, turkeys and eagles on his property. He was also happy to see all kinds of butterflies.

Over the years, he struggled with his health and illness. His close friend Mike House stepped in to help and he also met Mickey McGraw who became his caregiver and friend to the end. Herbert has an older brother, Robert, and three children, Bo, Ernest and Shawna.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 19 at 1 p.m. at Mountain View IOOF Cemetery in Goldendale. Please send condolences to family and friends by visiting


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