RICHARD GLENN BONTRAGER
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November 26, 1938 - November 24, 2012
SALEM - Rich was born in Elkhart, IN to Menno E. & Lizzie (Miller) Bontrager. He grew up in the Michiana area and attended Centreville High in Centreville, MI. At age 17, he joined the Navy and served as a radio man from 1957-1961. After serving his country, he moved to Oregon where he met Ann Caton. They married in 1963 and moved to California where they remained happily married until her death in 1998.
After 31 years at Pacific Bell, he retired and then moved back to Salem in 2000. He loved to play pool and watch sports. He started bowling at Firebird Lanes where he met Marshia Gregson. Their friendship grew as they discovered they had much in common and they married in 2002 and were a loving couple until parted by his death.
He is survived by siblings, Vera & Earle and children Teddy, Barbara, Paula, Terri, Rich Jr., Ron, Kelly & Marshia's 4 children, and 22 grandchildren who lovingly called him Papa. He was preceded in death by siblings Opal, Floyd, Jay, & Merle and son Rick.
He loved to visit with friends and family and will be forever remembered as a kind, loving, funny, generous man who was loved and respected by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at City View Funeral Home. Private interment at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American
City View Funeral Home and Cemetery
390 Hoyt St. South
Salem, OR 97302
Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 2, 2012