Gary 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
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,
Celebration of Life: Sunday, November 04, 2018
4:00 PM. Good Shepherd Community Church
28986 SE Haley Road, Boring, Oregon 97009