Lance Edward Lauritsen passed away Nov. 6, 2009, at his home surrounded by family.
A service to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is planned for 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Family friend Pat Tapia will officiate and military honors will be provided by the Oregon Honors Team.
Lance was born Aug. 6, 1947, in Hood River, Ore., to Ernest Edward and Velma Irene (Thorpe) Lauritsen. He grew up in the Dee Flats area attending school in Dee and later Wy’east High School. He served our country proudly, serving overseas in the United States Army from 1964 to 1967.
Lance worked for the Hood River Hospital in its shipping and receiving from the late 1970s until his health forced him to retire in 1996. It was while at the hospital he met Becky Louise Dethman.
On Aug. 14, 1981, Lance and Becky wed and were blessed by four children, two of whom came with Becky, but he loved as they were his own. The family enjoyed their time together from their trips to the coast, camping at Lost Lake, fishing or just hanging out at home.
In addition to enjoying his family time he was also a great neighbor to have, because if any of the neighbors needed anything they knew they could count on him to help.
Lance is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, Becky, at their home in Parkdale, Ore.; four children, Kati (and Gary) Laney, of Odell, Ore., Michon Mainwaring, of The Dalles, Ore., Lori (and Manuel) Cantolan, of Mosier, Ore., and Lance Lauritsen, of Parkdale; four grandchildren: Arleigh, Mary Jane, Emma and Brycen; sister, Renee’ Vickers, of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Kerry (and Cindy) Lauritsen, of Portland, Ore.; his mother, Velma James, and her husband, John, of Hood River, Ore.; numerous nieces and, nephews and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest; daughter-in-law, Violet; sister, Valoris; and two brothers, Morris and Tony.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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