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Leon Lingel

June 23, 1931 - June 17, 2014 -


Leon LingelLeon Lingel died on June 17, 2014 after a short illness. He was surrounded by his family in his final moments.

Leon was born on June 23, 1931 in Albion, Nebraska. He and his family were “Dust Bowlers” and came to Oregon during the Depression. He worked hard on his father’s farm in Hubbard, ­Oregon ­growing up: picking hops, cutting flax, taking care of the ­cattle, and hauling hay. He had a wild mustang pony from ­Eastern Oregon, on which he had many adventures.

At Canby High School, he was an athlete (lettering 3 years in football), class president, and student leader. In his senior year, he directed the freshman one-act play. After high school, he enlisted in the navy and proudly served his ­country in the Pacific during the Korean War. He married Verbie Miller in 1950, and they had five ­children. They were married for 39 years until her death in 1989. He later married Carole Borgman, and they were married for 20 years.

Leon worked for the majority of his career as a Quality Control Engineer at Tektronix in Beaverton. He was a gifted carpenter, mason, and boatwright, who could build or fix anything. He had an intense intellectual curiosity, and ­studied metallurgy, archeology, geology and mathematics in night classes and on his own.

He loved to fish and hunt, and spent many ­vacations ­camping out with his family and friends – ­especially with Ron and Gloria Camp and their eight ­children. Leon loved to travel, and besides his travels in the Pacific ­during the ­Korean War, he traveled throughout the United States, to Mexico and Brazil, and on several ocean cruises.

Leon was very active in the lives of his grandchildren and step-grandchildren during his later years. He always attended sports events, graduations, and celebrations, and was very proud of their accomplishments. He will be ­remembered as a wonderful grandfather.

The family is planning a celebration of Leon’s life on ­August 15, with details to follow. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Verbie, his nephew Steve Jensen, and his granddaughter Amber Brown. He is ­survived by: his ­sister, Naomi Hildebrand (Alan) and family; his half-sister Lynnette Cox and family; his five children: Claudia Degner (Michael), Chris Lingel (Julie), Craig Lingel, Cindy Lingel (Bob O’Brien), Charlene Brown (Frank); his twelve grandchildren: Aschlee and Violet (Sean Sarringar) Degner; Alicia Cantu; Bobby, Connor (Leah), and Anthony (Elise) O’Brien; Dustin (April) and Missti (Chris Mason) Brown; Cristy Sisco (Rob Burley); Chad Lingel; Brynn and Cory ­Anderson; and seven great-grandchildren: Myah Silva; Roman Weeks; Jamasin and Libby Sisco; Kenroy Brown; and Cali and Caidon Lingel. He also had eleven step-­grandchildren who were very important people in his life. He will be deeply missed by all.

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