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Gerald E. Edward Hart, 85, a 70-year resident of Shelton, Washington and recently Oregon City, Oregon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 of congestive heart failure. He was born August 1, 1930 in Bremerton, Washington to Martin Hart and Dorothy (Hayssen) Hart.
He served in the Navy on the USS Helena during the Korean War 1949-1953. He married Joane Gohrick on September 9, 1961 at Bethel Lutheran Church Burien, Washington.
He ran the family business, Shelton Sheet Metal Works, and also worked as a metal smith at Rayonier Research Lab, a metal smith and fabricator at Certified Manufacturing, and as proprietor of Hart's Haven Resort.
His interests, activities and hobbies included time as a Civil Air Patrol search and rescue pilot, and a Shelton Flight Club member, a Moose Lodge Governor. He served on counsel and various committees at Faith Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, sailing, bowling, flying, and golf. He was involved with City League Basketball. He built the pancake machine used at Breakfast in the Park. He also built the cross atop Faith Lutheran Church.
Gerry was a friend to all he met and will be loved and cherished by all his children.
He is survived by his wife, Joane Hart of Oregon City; son Jon Hart of Memphis; son Mike Hart of Oregon City, three granddaughters, Megan Lorenzini of Oregon City, Kayley Abel-Hart of Boston, and Amanda Hart of Oregon City; sister and brother-in-law Pat and Cecil Crow; six great grandchildren: Haylie, Kaileb, Gavin, Ava, Lincoln and Emma of Oregon City; nieces and nephews: Cindy Lewis, Diane Stock, Marty Crow, Pam Kaczmarczyk, Ken Gohrick, Cheri Collins and Mark Ori.
He was predeceased by James Hart.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at Faith Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be in Oregon City.
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