CATHLAMET - Naselle resident Jack L. See, 80, died June 11, 2006, in Cathlamet. The son of Leonard and Emma (Names) See, he was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Choctaw, Okla. His parents separated when he was young and he came west with his mother, eventually settling in Longview where he attended R. A. Long High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served aboard the USS Casablanca in the South Pacific until 1946. With his military duty over he moved to Naselle where his mother and stepfather were residing. There he met Rose Penttila and they were married July 24, 1948, at the Naselle Lutheran Church.
Mr. See began his working career driving his own gravel truck building the road up to the radar station behind Naselle. He and Merle Hall then became partners in a Richfield service station on State Route 4 in Naselle, which they operated for more than 25 years. He worked several years in Alaska for his brother-in-law Joe Penttila's logging operation before returning to Naselle where he worked for the Pacific County road department, retiring in the late 1980s.
For many years he served with the Naselle Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service. He served as chief, assisted in reviving its operation and was instrumental in organizing the Junior Fire Fighter Program in cooperation with Naselle schools. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3721.
He was happiest when he was working his farm and raising beef cattle. He also enjoyed hunting, took a keen interest in reading history of all kinds, and had a knack for staying ahead of the curve in monitoring the financial markets, which he followed. He loved his entire family and was always there for his fellow man, helping those in need in a variety of ways.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Rose of Naselle; daughters, Jenelle and husband Hans Varila of Naselle, Adele See and husband Eric Rosvold of Petersburg, Alaska, and Silke Dehn of Germany; sons Darrel and wife Teri See of Astoria and Alan and wife Brenda See of Naselle; foster-son George Koski; brother, Larry Wilson and wife Pat of Casa Grande, Ariz.; grandchildren Erik See, Greg See, Aaron Varila, Jordan Varila, Logan Swanson, Keely Swanson, Gabriel See, Haleigh See, Connor See; great-grandchild Kayla Ray; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at Naselle Lutheran Church with a graveside service following at Peaceful Hill Cemetery, Naselle. A reception will be held at the church. Viewing will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Naselle Fire Department, P.O. Box 54, Naselle, WA 98638.