Wednesday, October 5, 2005
On Sept. 28, 2005, 90-year-old George Geert DeWilde died at his home in White Salmon. Mr. DeWilde was born in Haarlememeer, Holland on Jan. 8, 1915, the son of Anna (Schaap) and Corneleus DeWilde.
In 1918, at the age of three, Mr. DeWilde moved to California with his family. He later met Margaret Schmidt and the couple married in Claremont, Calif. in 1938. The couple came to Washington on their honeymoon and liked it so much they never left. Mr. DeWilde operated his own sawmill, Hopp-DeWilde Mill Company, in the Gilmer Valley. In 1960, he went to work for SDS Lumber Company as a glue mixer. He built a home in Underwood and the couple lived there for 33 years before moving to Beth El Shalom three years ago.
Mr. DeWilde loved flower and vegetable gardening, riding motorcycles and puttering around. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Margaret DeWilde, at home in White Salmon; daughter Deanna Wise of Clackamas, Ore.; son Ron DeWilde of Stevenson; brothers Ernest DeWilde of Salem, Ore., and Jim DeWilde of Redding, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, one sister and four brothers.
Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled cremation arrangements.