Peter A. "Pete" Eberli, 74, of Svensen, died Wednesday, May 10, 2006 in Svensen.

Mr. Eberli was born Jan. 24, 1932 in Giswil, Switzerland to Alfred and Emma Berchtold Eberli.

He was raised in Switzerland and moved to Surrey, British Columbia in his early 20s. He worked as a butcher for many years.

On Nov. 14, 1960, he married Marion Christine Sommers in Watson, Saskatchewan. She preceded him in death Feb. 20, 2005. In 1961 they moved to New York and Mr. Eberli worked with his brother in a butcher shop. Mr. Eberli also started working in the construction trade as a steam fitter. In 1963, he and his family traveled across the United states, working on several constructions jobs for two years. In 1965, the family moved to Longview, Wash., and Mr. Eberli started a trailer towing business. In 1967 the family moved to Knappa and then to Svensen in 1973. He retired in 1998. His family said he was proud of his 35 years of working in construction and membership with the Steam Fitter Union Local 290. He loved hunting, raising cattle and pigs and spending time on his land.

Mr. Eberli is survived by one daughter, Rita Schuyler of Knappa; two grandchildren, Justin and Rachele Schuyler of Knappa; six brothers and three sisters-in-law, Joseph, Sales and Werner Eberli, Paul and Hilda Eberli and Zeno and Anna Eberli, all of Switzerland, and Frank and Marie Eberli of New York; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Emma Eberli, Bertha and David Berchtold-Eberli and Margaret and Hugo Pfaffli-Eberli, all of Switzerland; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Charles Silzer of Watson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steven and Ann Sommers of Watson; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave.

A reception will follow at the Logger Restaurant in Knappa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knappa High School foundation - The John Schuyler Scholarship Fund, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, Oregon 97103.


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