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Obituary: Gordon Wahlman, Hammond

Gordon Wahlman, age 19, on an Army motorcycle.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Gordon W. Wahlman, a retired heavy equipment operator, died at home Friday, Jan. 3, of cardiac arrest. He was 91.

Wahlman was born in Seaside on Feb. 19, 1928, to Ownie and Violet Wahlman and was the first of his generation born in the United States.

He graduated from Seaside High School and served in both the Navy and the Army, attaining the rank of sergeant.

His first job was as a truck driver for Crown Zellerbach when he was 16. Later, he worked for Ken Hood Construction in Milwaukie, retiring there after four decades.

He had two children, Pam and Tim, with his first wife.

He married Cara Currier in 1981 and together they moved to Hammond. She brought three stepdaughters into his life.

Wahlman had a large personality. He was a people person and, after he retired, spent many hours helping others with construction projects and other work.

“He was always interested in people and what they were doing and having conversations,” Tim Wahlman said.

He also loved woodworking, frequently making gifts of his creations.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Cara Wahlman, and his daughter, Pam Churchill.

Survivors include his son, Tim of Vancouver; three stepdaughters, Carol Saatzer of Walla Walla, Wash., Tauni Needham of Oak Grove, and Vicki Volk of Irrigon; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Services are pending.

Gordon Wahlman

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