Daniel Randolph Paasch Jr., 84, passed away May 28, 2012, at Carolyn’s Adult Care in The Dalles, Ore. He was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Knowles, Okla., where he grew up and attended school. He moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1943 and soon thereafter tried to enlist in every branch of the service, being turned away until he was drafted by the U.S. Air Force and served proudly during World War II.
After the war, Dan returned to Hood River and began his career as a heavy equipment operator, working for local paving companies (B & D Paving and Chrisman Paving) and later the Hood River County Road Department.
After retiring from Hood River County he went to work for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area before completely retiring at the age of 73.
On Aug. 12, 1951, he married Darlene Laney and to their union were blessed two children: Marsha and Randy. They were active members of the Hood River Church of the Nazarene and honorary members of the Hood River Saddle Club.
Dan was proud volunteer for West Side Fire Department for 25-plus years; he was also a member of the Hood River Lions Club. He loved square dancing, his Tennessee walking horse, “General,” and trail riding.
Dan is survived and will be dearly missed by his children, Marsha (and Leon) Paasch-Kidwell, of Salem, Ore., and Randy (and girlfriend, KaCee) Paasch, of Hood River; three grandsons: Gary, Bobby and Cody; great-grandson Aidy; and brother, Bill Paasch, of Hood River; nieces and nephews and friends that he collected along the way.
In addition to his parents Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, in 1998.
Memorials may be made in memory of Dan to West Side Fire Department in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Services are planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Anderson’s Tribute Center with interment to follow at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery. Family friend and celebrant speaker Bob Huskey will officiate and military rites will be performed by the Oregon Honors Team. Viewing is scheduled for Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anderson’s.
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 leave a note of condolence for family.
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