ASTORIA - Former Ocean Park resident Herbert J. Kaul, Sr., 84, died June 2, 2003 in Astoria, where he had lived for nearly three years at the Clatsop Care Center.
Born Oct. 8, 1918 in Anamoose, N.D., he was the only son of Edward and Lena (Ball) Kaul. The family later moved to Seattle where he grew up.
As a young man, while traveling to Alaska he became a stowaway on a ship and was given a steward job by the captain. In the following years during World War II, he became a member of the Merchant Marine.
On Dec. 21, 1942 Mr. Kaul married Irene Hubbard. The couple established a home in Portland, where together they owned and operated three restaurants. In the 1950s Mr. Kaul went to work as a longshoreman with the International Longshoreman Workers Union Local eight, and in 1964 he was nearly killed on the job when a large wheat-dispensing machine fell on him. He retired in the 1970s and soon after moved to Ocean Park.
He was an avid fisherman and deer hunter. He was serious when it came to cooking and enjoyed canning and smoking salmon. Other interests were vegetable gardening, grafting trees, home improvements and Volkswagen restoration. He had a unique fondness for all kinds of wild and stray animals and he cared for several cats.
He is survived by two sisters, Regina Lloyd and Susie Johnson both of Seattle; daughters Myrna Sauter of Portland, Shirley Bixby of Vancouver; Sharon Ford of San Diego, Calif., Shoshana Goren of Riverside, Calif., and Sharlena Coldiron of Las Vegas, Nev.; son Edward Kaul of Ocean Park; 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his children Shelly and Herbert Jr. and by his loving wife of 54 years, Irene.
Mr. Kaul had a catching smile and a dynamic personality. He will be remembered and dearly missed as the loving father of eight children. A family memorial service will be held in Portland. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by the Sea, Long Beach.