Cordon Ries, 85, of Seaside, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, in Portland.

He was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Portland, to George and Christine Ries.

He graduated from Grant High School and attended Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Philippines.

He married Martha Jane McNair in 1945. She preceded him in death in 1985.

Mr. Ries was an engineer serving the construction industry throughout Oregon. In 1966, he designed and built a home in Seaside.

An active member of the Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Elks, American Legion and Al Kader Shrine.

Family members said he enjoyed skiing, sailing, fishing, clamming, ballroom dancing, playing bridge and meeting his friends for meals or coffee.

Mr. Ries is survived by a daughter, Christi Lawrence; a son, Jim Ries; a companion, Bonnie Crismon; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Riverview Abbey in Portland.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. May 24 at the Bob Chisholm Community Center in Seaside.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460.

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