Willard Asseri Ivanoff

Willard Ivanoff

Commercial fisherman

Aug. 11, 1932 — Jan. 3, 2018

Willard Asseri Ivanoff, 85, a lifelong resident of Astoria, Oregon, died Jan. 3, 2018, at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. Ivanoff was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Astoria, to Asseri and Aina Linnea Aspfors Ivanoff.

On March 25, 1957, he married the beautiful love of his life, Susan Califf, in Astoria, Oregon.

Ivanoff lived in Astoria his entire life, and was a son of first generation Finnish immigrants who migrated from the upper Midwest. He was a lifelong commercial fisherman, which took him many places, including Alaska, Oregon, Washington state and California, pursuing multiple species of commercial catch.

He grew up in the throes of World War II, and served proudly in the Army during the Korean War. Although the war ended before he was called to the front, he was an extremely patriotic individual who always made a point to show his support for veterans and all branches of the armed forces. He had several missions late in life that can’t be divulged, but the people involved know, and witnessed an amazing navigator able to find remote places in the middle of the night.

Ivanoff was an avid outdoorsman who loved to dig razor clams, fish for anything that swam, and hunted his entire life. Some of his most memorable hunts were moose hunting on the Yukon after driving to Alaska, and then boating approximately 700 miles down the river and its pristine tributaries, as well as multiple moose trips to Canada.

Ivanoff loved life and all that it had to offer, including his wife, family, friends and dogs, and he was loved in return. He will be deeply missed at lunchtime, but good for the pocketbooks of many. As most know, cribbage was his favorite game. He had many entertaining stories of his long and adventure-filled life, and he kept his marvelous sense of humor to the very end. He will be remembered for his welcoming and generous personality.

Ivanoff’s lifelong partner, Susan, passed away in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Ivanoff and Bill Ivanoff; and son-in-law, Steven Jacobson. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Glenda Ivanoff; a sister-in-law, Nancy Johnson; his four children, Susie, Renee, John and Thor; two daughters-in-law, Katrina and Janelle; son-in-law, Bob Seppa; and grandchildren, David (Cally) Jacobson, Michelle (Matt) Spohn, Emily and Jeremy Jacobson, Kelsey and Zachary Seppa, and Annika and Addison Ivanoff.

There will be a tribute for a life well lived at 1 p.m. June 3 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Astoria High School Scholarship Fund and Clatsop Post 12 American Legion in Astoria.

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