Pete Martin Stride was born Dec. 5, 1923, and died Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 90. As a 3-year-old, Pete traveled from Noralla, Sweden, in a ship's steerage cabin with his parents, three sisters and brother to land at Ellis Island along with many other immigrants of the time. His family traveled by train to the West Coast and soon settled in Klamath Falls, where Pete and his siblings learned English and assimilated into the community. He played tennis in high school and boxed at the old Klamath Armory. Days following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when he was 17 and attending Klamath Union High School, Pete attempted to sign up for the Marines, but his mother would not give the required consent. So, one year later, on his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Army and was soon serving in the Pacific Theater. After seeing combat in the Philippines and Guadalcanal, Pete spent some time recovering from malaria. He was honored to represent the First Calvary Division in the march on Tokyo to end the war. Pete was proud of his military service and was privileged to visit the World War II memorial with other veterans a few years ago. After the war, Pete returned to Klamath Falls, where he married Betty Thomas. Pete and Betty had two children, Lyndel and Jon. He worked as a fireman for the city and Kingsley Field, a lumber salesman and a car salesman while, at the same time, building five houses. Survivors include his brother, Iver Eric Stride; sister, Brita Dahlstrom; daughter, Lyndel Fullen; son, Jon Stride and daughter-in-law, Janet Stride. He also leaves grandchildren, Eric and his wife, Suzy, Jason and Sara; great-grandchild, Samantha and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Anne Marie Hamalainen and Karin Beckman and brother, Holger Stride.
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Published in Herald And News on Mar. 9, 2014