THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, October 8, 2003

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    George David Breit­meier, 72, passed away on July 19, 2003 in Clackamas, OR.

Internment in the Williamette National Cemetery took place on July 22. A Service of Memory was held on August 12, at the Valley View Evangelical Church with Pastors Bill Vermillion, Deny Long and Clarence Knoep­tie officiating.

   George was born in Havre on June 28, 1931, the youngest of six children born to Fred and Matilda (Radke) Breitmeier. The family lived on a homestead 14 miles southwest of Harlem. Al­though the years of working on the homestead and attending school were difficult, it instilled a strong work ethic in George. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1948 and earned his Bachelors degree with honors at the University of Montana in Missoula.

   In 1948 a new pastor came to serve at the church in Harlem and boy did he have a cute daughter! Her name was Vivian, and on June 29. 1951 George and Vivian were married. Together they built a household of faith where they raised their four chil­dren-Debbie, John. Sue and Don.

   From 1953 to 1955 George served during the Korean War. In 1956 he accepted a position with the Federal Government, and after 33 years he retired as the Director of Fiscal Control for the Northwest Region.

   Throughout George’s life it was obvious that Jesus was the Lord of his life. He was ex­tremely active in serving his church and his life displayed his priorities: first Christ, then his family, and then his friends-the family of God. He was a bright light that shined abundantly for Christ.

   Left to miss George, but cherishing his memory, are his wife Vivian Breitmeier of Mil­waukie, OR; sons, John (Don­alda) Breitmeier of Albany, OR and Donald (Kirsten) Breitmeier of Wilsonville, OR; daughters, Debra (Michael) Skiles of Clackamas, OR and Susan (War­ren) Parker 111 of Molalla, OR; nine grandchildren; one brother, Rudy (Stella) Breitmeier on the family homestead near Harlem; two uncles; three aunts; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, August and John; and two sisters, Matilda Lyseng and Emma Parks.

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