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With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he immediately joined the Marines and fought in the battles of Midway, Tulagi and Guadalcanal.

Published on February 28, 2018 8:45AM

Van Blaricom

Van Blaricom


Van Blaricom

Aug. 28, 1921 –– Feb. 19, 2018

Ervin Henry Van Blaricom (Van) of Joseph, Oregon, passed away at 96. Van was born in Portland to Clyde and Nellie Van Blaricom. He attended Franklin High School and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Oregon and Alaska after graduation.

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he immediately joined the Marines and fought in the battles of Midway, Tulagi and Guadalcanal. After he was injured on Guadalcanal, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart Betty Jane Persons on July 14, 1943.

Van’s love of agriculture and the outdoors led him to a small farm in Molalla, Ore., and the completion of a college degree in agriculture. In 1954, he moved his young family to the Columbia Basin, north of Pasco, Wash., to homestead.

There he developed an irrigated farm and raised registered Jerseys. In 1969, Van and Betty moved to Wallowa County to ranch in Joseph and pursue his love of hunting, fishing and mountain climbing.

His community service involvement was extensive: Rotary Club, Republican Party, Farm Bureau, Wallowa County Stockgrowers and various activities concerning the conservation of resources in the county, as well as the protection of our American rights.

Van was fiercely patriotic and enjoyed sharing his views through his commentaries on KWVR Radio. He was an avid writer, and wrote multiple feature articles on local citizens, locations and bird columns and wildlife. A highlight of his life was a trip to Washington, D.C., under the Honor Flight program.

Survivors include his four daughters; Joann Wheeler (Jerry) of Redmond, Ore.; Judy Moody (David) of Mesquite, Nev.; Cathy Horrobin (Mike) of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and Carol Allison (Mike) of Boardman, Ore.

Van has eight grandkids and 13 great-grandkids. He is also survived by one sister, Betty Carter of Portland. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 1/2 years, Betty, four sisters and two brothers.

A “celebration of life” will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at VFW Post 4307 in Enterprise. The military service is at 2:30 p.m. Please join the family to celebrate Van’s life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the VFW Post 4307, Enterprise.



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