Alfred Edward Graichen

Truck driver, 85Alfred Edward Graichen, 85, of Clatskanie, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003 at Clatskanie Adult Care Center.

Mr. Graichen was born Jan. 22, 1918 in Astoria to Albert Edward and Josephine Bay Graichen. He received his education in Astoria.

In July 1940, he married Evelyn Mildred Birch. She died Nov. 6, 1991.

From Sept. 16, 1940 to Sept. 11, 1941, he served as a private in Company L of the 186th U.S. Army Infantry.

He worked as a truck driver for Standard Oil Co., which later sold to Wilson Oil Co., from 1947 until his retirement in 1978. He moved to Clatskanie in 1972 from Longview, Wash.

On Sept. 16, 1997, he married Janice Caroline Soper in Bremerton, Wash. She survives, living in Ludington, Mich.

Mr. Graichen was a member of the American Legion Louis Larsen Post No. 68 of Clatskanie and the 41st Infantry Division Association.

Family members said Mr. Graichen loved to go fishing and hunting, especially duck hunting. He enjoyed collecting rocks, clam digging, crabbing and family events. He was a participant in the Mountain Man re-enactment as a black powder gunman.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Graichen is survived by three sons, Ronald and Ernie Graichen, both of Winlock Wash., and Karl Graichen of Clatskanie; a daughter, Karen Arnold of Port Orchard, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers died earlier, Harry Graichen in 1999 and Howard Graichen in 2002.

A memorial will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rainier Assembly of God Church, 74950 Rockcrest Road in Rainier, with Pastor Garry Siegenthaler officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

Haakinson-Groulx Mortuary in Clatskanie is in charge of cremation arrangements.

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