OCEAN PARK - Russell C. Watterberg, 81, of Ocean Park died on July 15, 2009. He was born on Nov. 27, 1927, in Parshall, N.D. to Conrad and Agnes (Kibby) Watterberg.
His first four years of school were spent in a one-room schoolhouse on the North Dakota prairie before the family moved to Oregon when he was 10, and then it was on to Brush Prairie, where he graduated from Battle Ground High School.
After graduation he joined the Merchant Marines, followed by a tour of duty in Korea with the Army. Returning home he met and married Myrtle Goldman in 1950 and attended Powellhurst Bible College, graduating in 1952.
That year he moved his family to Ilwaco where he began the work that became Seaview Baptist Church (now Grace Family Fellowship). During these years he worked for the Campbell Logging Company and then owned Sand Man trucking business. He pastored the Seaview Baptist Church for 25 years.
In 1959 he was asked to be the camp manager at Lily Dell Dune (now Dunes Bible Camp). For the past 50 years as the camp's general director, he dedicated his life to glorifying God through this youth camp ministry.
Mr.Watterberg was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife Myrtle; sons, Tim and Steve (and wife Elizabeth) of Klamath Falls, Ore.; daughters Linda (and Steve) Holmes and Beth Sexton of Ocean Park, along with 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m., at Peninsula Baptist Church with a reception following. Contributions can be made in his name to the Dunes Bible Camp scholarship fund. Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach is in charge of arrangements and the guest book my be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com