OBITUARY: Earl Dean Sasser

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April 28, 1929 – Dec. 23, 2012

Earl “Dean” Sasser of Portland, a native of Wallowa County, died Dec. 23, 2012, in Portland.

Dean was born April 28, 1929, in Enterprise to Chester and Ella Sasser. He grew up in Enterprise where he attended school and graduated in 1948. Dean participated in football and made the first touchdown on the Ortman field.

In March of 1949 he joined the U.S. Navy. During that time he served overseas in Japan and Korea. He was honorably discharged in March of 1953 and returned to Enterprise where he was employed by Pacific Power.

He married Bonnie Jean Aleson on April 21, 1953. They made their home in Enterprise until 1960, when Dean transferred to Portland to work as a journey lineman.

The last 17 years before retirement he was a line patrolman for Oregon and Washington. He retired in July of 1991.

Dean enjoyed travelling, hunting, and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie; two sons and their wives, Gary and Trudy Sasser of Hood River, and Grant and Karen Sasser of Gresham; three step-granddaughters and one great-step-grandson. He is also survived by sister Cheryl Zacharias of Joseph and brother Earnest Sasser of Enterprise.

He was preceded in death by son Greg, parents Chester and Ella, sister Wilda Trump and brother Grant Sasser.

A celebration of his life will be held at the VFW Hall in Enterprise at noon Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, with a military service at 2:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to a charity of choice.

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