Reino 'Windy' Walbom

Fisherman, 79Reino "Windy" Walbom, 79, of Napavine, Wash., died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 in Napavine.

Mr. Walbom was born Aug. 16, 1924 in Svensen to Karl and Saima Walbom. He lived in Svensen until 1986, when he moved to Mosier. He lived briefly in Mesa, Ariz., and moved to Napavine in December 2002.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, earning the Bronze Star. He was a schoolteacher with the Knappa School District for 28 years and worked as a commercial fisherman on the Columbia River for more than 40 years, fishing 15 years in Bristol Bay, Alaska, as well.

On June 10, 1975, he married Cynthia Couture in Svensen. She survives, living in Napavine.

Family members said he loved woodworking and enjoyed making doll cribs for his grandchildren and shadow boxes for his wife.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by a son, Michael Walbom of Mount Vernon, Wash.; two daughters, Connie Peterson of Chehalis, Wash., and Debbie Younie of Yakima, Wash.; three sisters, Judy Smith of Yamhill, Wash., Ellen Travis of Sweet Home and Vieno Johnson of Svensen; and six grandchildren.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to any local Jehovah's Witness church building fund.

Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.


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