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We celebrate the life of Frank George Deckebach III, who died peacefully at his home in Port Angeles at age 85 on January 23, 2014, of congestive heart failure.
Frank lived a long and full life, and had a positive/uplifting impact on his family, friends and acquaintances. He had an outgoing personality and never met a stranger.
Frank was born to parents Frank G. Deckebach Jr. and Eloise Prudhomme Deckebach on July 19, 1928, in Salem, Oregon. He attended Salem schools, graduating in 1946 from Salem High School, and immediately joined the Navy.
After discharge, he enrolled at Oregon State University in the School of Forestry in 1948. He was recalled into the Navy in 1950 during the Korean conflict, serving in Japan.
In August 1951, Frank married Mary O'Brien in Klamath Falls, Oregon. This started a 62-year marriage.
During their marriage, they raised three children, living in Astoria, Vernonia and Canby, Oregon, and Port Angeles. They retired to Port Angeles in 1986.
Upon graduating from OSU, Frank went to work for Crown Zellerbach Corporation in the timber department. He had a 32-year career at Crown, working as a forester, contract supervisor, tree farm manager, log sales manager and research manager.
Frank was a member of the Society of American Foresters for 50 years. He loved the forest products industry and spending time in the timberlands of the Northwest.
Frank loved to golf, served in Rotary for 25 years, served as a leader in the Boy Scouts and was an active member in his church, where he held numerous leadership positions at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He was currently a member of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church.
Frank is survived by three children, David (Holly) Deckebach of Atlanta, Georgia, Anne (Alan) Bialik of Germantown, Maryland, and John Deckebach of Port Angeles. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Daniel, Adele and Derek Deckebach, and Rachel and Aaron Bialik.
He is preceded in death by his mother, father and sister.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations and volunteer service be given to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
The memorial service for Frank will be held at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382, in Sequim on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 2, 2014