RAYMOND - Richard LeRoy "Red" Lomsdalen, 87, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at the Willapa Harbor Care Center in Raymond. He was born March 21, 1921, in South Bend to Charles LeRoy and Marion Myrtle (Prior) Lomsdalen and raised in Nemah.
He was a 1939 graduate of Naselle High School. He was a retired logger for L.O.G. in Alaska and a retired commercial fisherman, retiring 25 years ago to help his sisters take care of their parents in Nemah. He served in the U.S. Army as a Technical Sergeant from May 1943 to December 1945, serving in Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, a Victory Medal and a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post 150, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 968, a lifetime member of the Nemah Washington Ridge Runner Club and a member of the Chinook Indian Tribe and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.
Mr. Lomsdalen enjoyed playing bingo, all yard work including tending to flowers and feeding the birds; watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.'
Survivors include four daughters, Amelia Keller and Carol (Vic) Peterson all of Raymond, Joanne (Jon) Anderson and Kathy Gyserick both of Woodland; two sisters, Clara Ogilvie of South Bend and Gladys Maxwell of Medford, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Floyd N. Madsen, Jr.
A private family inurnment service will be held. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Raymond Ambulance Fund at 212 Commercial St. Raymond, WA 98577 or the Chinook Indian Tribe at P.O. Box 228 Chinook, WA 98614. Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.