Gehard Raymond Holter, 90, of Rogue River, Ore., passed away June 18, 2011, at his home. He was born on the family farm, September 28, 1920, in Stanley, N.D., to Julia Emilia (Johnson) and John Holter. His mother passed away when he was twelve years old. He worked the farm with his father and his seven brothers. He was a member of the Knife River Lutheran Church.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served as a quartermaster in the trucking division. He served in the South Pacific, New Guinea, and the Philippines (Manila). After his discharge in 1945, he went back to the family farm. He moved to Portland, Ore., in 1947. In Portland, he worked for General Mills, and ship repair for the Milwaukie Port Authority. In l952, he married Avis Lorraine Zimmerman. They moved to Bay City, Ore., where he went to work for Diamond Lumber Company in Tillamook. In l963, he went to work for Jo Ply, in Grants Pass, Ore. He later worked for White City Plywood, then Timber Products, where he retired in l988.
He was an expert horseshoe player, and was an active member of the Rogue River Horseshoe Club. He earned several trophies at various tournaments. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage. He demanded perfection as he made his Norwegian lefs every year. He made several trips to Minot, N.D., to attend the Hoestafest Scandinavian Festival.
He is survived by a daughter, Vickie L. Brimmer, of Gillette, Wyo.; grandsons, Ross Brimmer, of Gillette, Wyo., and Cameron (Candace) White, of Medford, Ore.; granddaughters, Rhonda (Chris) Ford and Julia (Brad) White Santos, both of Grants Pass, Ore.; and eight great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Chapel of the Valley LB Hall Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home. Committal with military honors will follow at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
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