Gordon "Gordie" Rydberg, born on July 7, 1930, passed away early morning on October 28, 2013 at the age of 83. Born and raised in Anacortes, he graduated from the University of Washington in 1953 with a degree in Business Administration.
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Gordie loved the Pacific Northwest and after retiring from Standard Oil of California/Chevron USA with 33 years of service, he made his home on Lopez Island.
Gordie enjoyed fishing, crabbing, boating, part-time cattle ranching and was a fan of the Seattle Seahawks from their beginnings. He was engaged for many years in community services offering his time and experience to such projects as the island's Catherine Washburn Clinic, LoHo and Lions Club. As a good Swede, Gordie loved his Ole and Lina jokes. He always looked at the bright side of life, enjoyed good times with friends and family and kept his positive outlook throughout his illness.
On October 21, 2013 he and his wife, Barbara (Henson) Rydberg, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Gordie is dearly missed by his wife, Barbara; three children and their spouses, G'Ann and Franz Stratil, Constance Rydberg-Johnson and Nick Johnson, Catherine and Greg Olson; as well as his four grandchildren, Austin Beatty, and Stephanie, Thomas and Christopher Stratil.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Lopez Island Community Church. A private family graveside will be held at Lopez Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the: Catherine Washburn Medical Association, PO Box 309, Lopez Island, WA 98261.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Gordie, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 31, 2013