SEATTLE — Arnold Troeh passed away in Seattle on July 19, 2017. He was born in Seattle on October 11, 1943 to Neal and Catherine Herrold Troeh. Arnold attended elementary school in llwaco before the family moved to Seattle.
While attending the University of Washington he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and was the captain of the tennis team. He was such an accomplished tennis player that he even played against tennis great Arthur Ashe. After graduation he went into active duty with the U.S. Air Force. He had a tour of duty in Vietnam and upon returning to the states, he completed his Masters degree. Discharged as a Captain, he then returned to the UofW for a doctorate in Indian Education. He worked throughout the northwest within many Tribal schools.
His tenor voice was his calling card. Whether singing in traditional native tongue or in many international languages, he would sing at any occasion with gusto. His optimism and exuberance showed through his voice.
Proud of his Chinook Indian ancestry and the family ties to the Peninsula, he became an expert in artifact identification. He assisted his mother with a huge family collection of artifacts from a variety of tribes. He was a steward of many baskets and relics.
He was articulate and would recite the following family tree: “My Mother (Deceased) was Catherine Herrold Troeh, her Mother was Elfreda Colbert Herrold. Her Mother was Catherine Petit Colbert, and her Mother was Amelia Aubichon Petit. Amelia Petit’s Mother was Alvamox. Marianne Aubichon, who was baptized by Bishop Blanchet in Champoeg, Oregon in the early 1800s.
Her Mother and Father were Oschwillicks and Arkensee from the Satsop and they lived in the house of One Eyed Flattened Head Tyee Comcomally, who was also related to Tyee Tmai Tmai, who were the aboriginal leadership of the Tsinook People, and who met Capt. Robert Gray in 1792. when he maneuvered his ship into the ‘Yakaitl Wamakl’ the Tsinook name meaning Great River, which Captain Gray changed to the name of his ship, ‘Columbia Redivivia.’ They also assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the winter of 1805.
Alvamox/Marianne’s husband was Alexis Aubichon, who traveled cross-country by canoe and portage, from Troi Riviere, Montreal in Quebec as a French Voyageur to Astoria, where he met and married Marianne in the early 1800s, and became a factor at Ft. Vancouver under Dr. George McLaughlin, and they lived with the Hudson Bay People in the community of Champoeg, OR.”
He is survived by his partner of many years, Jeannie Wedin of LaConner; his sister, Charlotte Killien of Ocean Park; and many cousins, Anna Ackley, Ed Davis, Don Davis, Joanna Bush, Roy Herrold, John Herrold, Jane Herrold, Emily Owen, Fred Colbert, Michelle Colbert, Mary Commanday, Anne Stevens, Tom Stevens, Dorothy Clark, Rebecca Hemphill, Joe Brown, Ed Brown, Marie Brown, Leslie Brown, Catherine Brown and Renee Goodin.
Donations can be made to the Chinook Indian Tribe at www.chinooknation.org.
A memorial gathering will be held at the llwaco Cemetery on Sept. 16 at noon. A reception will follow at the George Johnson House B&B, 26301 N Place, Ocean Park.