Victor Paul Sakewitz
October 13, 1928 - April 1, 2014
Victor Paul Sakewitz, age 85, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus in the presence of his loving children here in Portland, Ore.
Victor was born in Union City, N.J., and spent his youth at the family home in Edgewater, N.J. His parents, John and Julia, were immigrants from Latvia and Lithuania, and had three other sons, John, Eddie, Phillip and one daughter, Miriam, all older than Victor. During the happy, adventurous days of his youth, he learned to play the violin when he and his sister Miriam took lessons at the New York School of Music, which started him on his musical path which continued all through his life. At the age of 17, after working on a tugboat, Vic joined the Navy and at the end of his naval commitment met and married the lovely Rose Marie Snively in San Diego, Calif., in 1950. They eventually moved back to New Jersey and then finally to Milwaukie, Ore. in 1964 where his children all went to high school.
Victor worked in the aerospace electronics field, followed by a career with the U.S. Post Office, where he retired in 1989. During his adult life, he was involved in many helpful organizations, including volunteering and mentoring at groups such as GA, AA & SA.
He was a loving father and grandfather. He loved accompanying the families and playing with the grandchildren and his great-grandson Dominic. Even in his older age you would see him climbing a tree with his grandchildren or singing them songs.
He was always strongly connected to his religious faith, the Bible and his Lord Jesus Christ. During his last several years, he attended St. Marks Anglican Church in NW Portland and also accompanied his daughter Vicki and her family to their church, Destiny Christian Fellowship, where he participated in their churchs home groups and special services as well. While living with Vicki and her husband Bill the last year and a half of his life, he would have weekly Bible Studies with Bill. It was a common sight to see him reading his Bible or praying.
He loved fishing, tennis, bowling, swimming, long-distance running, camping and hiking. He did not need very much sleep, which fit him well, as he loved life and did not want to miss anything! He loved Scrabble with a passion, newspaper jumbles and crossword puzzles. He continued his love of music all through his life, singing in church choirs and for the last three years, even up to just recent months, had been a dedicated member of the Senior Pioneer Community Choir in Oregon City, performing at various senior lodges and hospitals throughout the Portland area.
Following in the footsteps of his own father, Victor was dedicated to the natural health and wellness aspects of life. He was given the gift of life for more than 20 years after he cured himself of lymphoma in his later middle age. Sadly, he was taken from us due to the ravages and effects of advanced prostate cancer, having only been diagnosed this last year.
He is survived by his sons, Jonathan and David, daughters-in-law, Marianne and Lynn; daughters Vicki Hilbert and son-in-law Bill, and Miriam Sakewitz; five grandchildren, Colin Sakewitz, Andrew, Peter and Esther Hilbert, Hannah Partridge and her husband David; and great-grandson, Dominic, all of the Portland area; and sister Miriam Avlon of Union Gap, Wash., plus several nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie.
Victor had a long, eventful, adventurous and love-filled life and he will be greatly missed not only by his loving family but by all whose lives he personally touched with his kindness, compassion, energy and joy of living! He is now reunited with our beloved Rose Marie.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at New Life Christian Church, 16575 SE Webster Road in Milwaukie, Ore. A Requiem Mass will be held Thursday, April 10, 6:00 p.m., at The Parish of St. Mark, 1025 NW 21st Ave. in Portland, Ore.