Robert J. Prepula Sr., 86, of Longview, Wash., died Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Longview.

He was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Astoria, to John and Amanda (Gustafson) Prepula.

He attended the University of Washington.

He married Eva Tienhaara April 12, 1942, in Astoria. She survives, residing in Longview.

During World War II, Mr. Prepula served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the South Pacific and in occupied Japan until his discharge February 1946. He went to work for the Columbia River Packers Association, later Bumble Bee in Astoria. In 1947, he took over as manager of the Altoona, Wash., cannery.

In 1961, the family moved to Longview, where he worked as an agent for Prudential Insurance Co. until his retirement in 1979.

Mr. Prepula was president of Wahkiakum West Telephone Co. in Rosburg, Wash., retiring in 2005 as chairman of the board after 50 years with the company.

A life member of the American Legion No. 0111 in Deep River, Wash., he was also a member of local Masonic Lodge No. 263 and Elks Lodge No. 1482.

Family members said he enjoyed telling good stories, golfing, fishing, hunting and camping.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Prepula Jr. of Kalama, Wash., and Richard and Irene Prepula of Battle Ground, Wash.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Hubly of Bellevue, Wash.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, William Prepula, in 1991; and a sister, Loris Moon, in 2004.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Longview. Interment will be at Longview Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632, or Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2218 Kessler Blvd., Longview, WA 98632.

Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements.

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