November 1, 1947 to October 8, 2018 - Gary Albers, Sandy area resident for 46 years, passed away on October 8, 2018.

Gary AlbersGary Albers, Sandy area

resident for 46 years, passed away

on October 8, 2018, after being

confined to his recliner for many

weeks. He was born to John &

Elsie Albers on November 1,

1947, in Brush, Colorado. From

there the family moved to Kuna,

Idaho; Gresham, Oregon; and

then to Brownsmead, Oregon.

Gary attended George Fox

College, where he met Janet

Lund. They were married on December 30, 1969.

Following graduation from George Fox, Gary

attended Oregon College of Education to earn his

teaching degree. In January 1972 Gary began his career

in the Sandy area schools as a third grade teacher. Over

the course of 30 years he taught at Firwood, Kelso, Sandy

Grade, and Sandy Ridge schools. While teaching Gary

attended Lewis & Clark College where he was awarded a

Master's in Education. Teaching was his passion, and he

loved his students. Gary retired in 2002.

To augment the family income, Gary found various

summer jobs including teaching migrant children,

weighing berry trucks for Smucker's, and working as

night-watchman at Vanport Lumber. Each August,

the family took a trip to Colorado where Gary spent a

couple of weeks helping his father-in-law on the farm.

In 1987 Gary & Janet purchased 20 acres and started

raising Christmas trees. Gary always looked forward to

December when his u-cut customers would come, and

he could visit with them as he helped load their trees.

That was a happy—and busy—time of year.

Woodworking was one of the pastimes Gary

particularly enjoyed. He made special wooden boxes

for family members and still had one in process at the

time of his death. Gary enjoyed hiking with friends,

and was an avid reader, particularly of novels. He and

Janet enjoyed traveling; their destinations were usually

determined by where family members lived.

Gary got a taste of summer mission ministry

by working at Kokrine Hills Bible Camp prior to

retirement. In 2001 he and Janet traveled to London

on a short-term mission. After retiring they returned

a second time. In 2008 Gary had the privilege of

traveling with Tom Lyman, a former missionary to The

Philippines, to visit various places Tom and his wife

had worked as Bible translators. For three weeks Gary

enjoyed "carrying Tom's suitcase" and meeting his

Filipino friends. That was an experience of a lifetime!

Gary was eager to learn to know God and as a

follower of Christ, he read the Bible through once a

year for 20 years! Gary was also devoted to the prayer

ministry of his church, meeting weekly with a group

who prayed for people's specific needs. Gary was

blessed with many friends through this ministry and was

able to continue visiting with and praying for those who

stopped by during the long months he was confined to

his recliner.

Family was Gary's main focus, first as a dad and

then as a grandpa. His first grandchild was born in

2001, and the most recent arrived in 2017. Gary doted

on his grandchildren, building into their lives by reading

stories, fixing pancake breakfasts, playing games, and

doing outside projects with them. His interaction was

geared to the interests of each specific child. Being

Grandpa was a "calling," not just a fun aspect of his

life. Gary poured himself into his children and later

his grandchildren, all 13 of whom were able to spend

quality time with him during the last year of his life.

Gary is survived by his wife, Janet; his daughter,

Bethany (Brett) Siegalkoff, and three sons, Rob (Erin),

David (Nicole), and Tim (Jenny); and 13 grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings Don, Mary, Myrna,

Aeden, and Loren.

To honor Gary, donations may be designated to

the Christian School for the Deaf Children of South

Haiti. Make checks payable to Haitian Mason Project,

13203 SE 172nd Avenue, Suite 166, PO 14, Clackamas,

OR 97086

Celebration of Life: Sunday, November 04, 2018

4:00 PM. Good Shepherd Community Church

28986 SE Haley Road, Boring, Oregon 97009

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