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THE ASTORIAN • SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019
Stephen Allen Roberts
Cedric George Simpson
May 25, 1949 — July 15, 2019
Jan. 27, 1940 — July 7, 2019
Stephen Allen Roberts died of pancreatic thankful for the time he had left and the
cancer on July 15, 2019, at 12:54 a.m. He life he had lived, especially the 39 years he
was surrounded by family, friends and Barb, shared with Barb.
his wife of 39 years.
In his ﬁ nal months, Steve
Steve was born on May 25,
enjoyed reminiscing with family
1949, in Portland, Oregon, to his
and friends about his many years of
parents, Howard W. Roberts II and
community contributions, includ-
Louise Moore Roberts. Steve and
ing, but not limited to, f oster p ar-
his brothers, Howard III (who pre-
enting for 5 1/2 years; Boy Scouts
ceded him in death) and Dan, and
of America Webelos m entors and
his sister, Nita, were raised and
Camp Pioneer program director;
schooled in Independence, Ore-
volunteer ﬁ reﬁ ghter; 2008 Asto-
gon, where they were blessed with
ria Regatta president; creator of
numerous aunts, uncles, cousins,
Moose Lodge h oliday decorations
nieces and nephews.
and lodge volunteer; and Asto-
Steve served in the Army, and
ria-Warrenton Area Chamber of
was stationed in Germany during the Viet- Commerce Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
nam War. Shortly after retiring from active and c hamber a mbassador volunteer.
duty, Steve reconnected with the love of his
One of Steve’s favorite projects was
life, Barb Connelly, and they were married assisting Barb on the annual Christmas
on Aug. 15, 1981.
Wishing Tree program. Over the years this
They began married life together in Brit- program provided gifts to more than 35,000
ish Columbia, Canada, where they gleefully children, who would have otherwise gone
lived in a log cabin with no running water or without on Christmas .
electricity, but to them life was perfect.
Steve will always be remembered for his
Upon returning to Oregon, Steve was fondness of Louis L’Amour books, hunting
hired by the Oregon Occupational Safety for deer and mushrooms and his many dogs
and Health Administration . He served as a who gave him loyal companionship over the
senior compliance ofﬁ cer in Clatsop County. years. He is now at home with the Lord, and
Steve was a very dedicated employee for 20 is survived by his wife, Barb, and his dog
years, until he had to retire due to Crohn’s “Zeebers.”
A remembrance celebration of life will be
During his employment, Steve took the held for Steve on Aug. 17, 2019, from 4 to
health and safety of employees as his per- 8 p.m., at the Astoria Moose Lodge 408/422.
sonal responsibility, and was committed to All are welcome to attend, share stories of
ensuring companies sent their employees Steve and spend time with Barb before she
home safe and sound.
moves to Independence, Oregon.
Receiving the diagnosis of pancreatic
In lieu of ﬂ owers, please consider dona-
cancer in April , Steve chose not to undergo tions in the name of Barb Roberts to assist
chemotherapy. Instead, he decided to be her as she begins a new chapter in life.
Cedric George Simpson was born Jan. 27, continued to work as a mechanic off and on to
1940, in Riverdale, California, and passed supplement their income, he began to work as
away July 7, 2019, in Astoria, Oregon.
a millwright at Crown Zellerbach, and did so
until his retirement.
He was the youngest of Myr-
They went on to have ﬁ ve chil-
tle and William Simpson’s six chil-
dren. He was preceded in death
dren, and was preceded in death by
by Michele Louise Ann Simpson
his parents and his siblings Earl,
Drake (Warren); and is survived by
Robert, Barbara and Louise, and
Michael (Carla), Daniel, Nancy and
is survived by his brother, William
Mark (Heather); 15 grandchildren,
Christopher, Cassie, Ty, Erich, Brit-
His childhood was spent in Cal-
tney, Jesse, Jake, Justin, Olivia, Sha-
ifornia, outside of Los Angeles, and
mus, Isaiah, Emily, Alexa, Jasmine
from an early age he worked on the
and Lily; and three great-grandchil-
surrounding farms and attended
dren, Adelyn, James and Rosie. One
school. As a teen, his passion for
grandchild, Krista, preceded him in
anything mechanical and having to
do with cars, trucks, motorcycles,
Actions speak louder than words is the epit-
engines, motors and tools became obvious,
ome of George’s (Papa George) life. He was a
and the faster the better.
He began as a teen frequenting junk yards man of few words, but when he spoke, you lis-
and building vehicles and selling them for tened. He was a man who demanded respect,
proﬁ t, not only as a means to earn much- and had no tolerance for anything other than
needed money, but also as a way for his pas- that.
There was never a time you wouldn’t ﬁ nd
sion for anything mechanical to grow. In
his own words, “I had more cars and trucks George with tools in hand, body half-buried
as a young teen than most people have in a under the hood of some car or truck, or with
only his feet sticking out from underneath
At age 16, he already had a vision of what some vehicle. If he wasn’t at work he could
he wanted for his future, and the foresight of be found in a short-sleeve shirt, in true Navy
what he needed to do to make that vision come fashion, with the sleeves rolled up, and hold-
to life. Without a word to anyone, he dropped ing his perpetual cup of black coffee, smoking
out of school, and took himself to the recruit- a cigarette, and working on someone’s vehi-
ing ofﬁ ce, and signed up and joined the Navy, cle, or building motorcycles while listening to
where he knew he would receive the educa- Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson.
His work ethic was unsurpassable; he
tion, training and experience as the ﬁ rst step
didn’t talk about his dreams and goals, he was
toward his life vision.
During that era you were allowed to join a visionary who made them happen with that
the Navy at 17, and serve three years; in true mustache smirk on his face, and mischievous
George fashion, somehow he made that hap- twinkle in his eye, with always the goal of pro-
viding for his family.
pen at 16.
His battles against ﬁ ve different cancers
He met Jessie — his late wife of 55 years
— during that period while in port in Asto- attest to the amazing strength of this quiet man,
ria, Oregon. They initially made their home and exempliﬁ es that Simpson stubbornness
in Astoria, living in a tiny rental house, and and determination that each of us has inherited
George worked as a mechanic after his service in one form or another. You are missed, Dad.
“He will wipe away every tear from their
in the Navy was completed.
He had successfully met the ﬁ rst part of his eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall
life vision, working as a mechanic, and con- there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any-
tinued to achieve the next life goals. Now with more, the former things have passed away.”
two children and a growing family, he again, Revelation 21:4
In lieu of ﬂ owers, donations to the Amer-
without a word to even his wife, Jessie, pur-
chased a house in the country with plenty of ican Cancer Society would be greatly
acres for raising their family. Even though he appreciated.
Edward B. Angus
Sept. 2, 1935 — July 7, 2019
Edward B. Angus passed away peace- and n ephews, along with his beloved dogs,
fully at his home in Astoria, Oregon , on “Socks” and “Olive.”
July 7, 2019.
Special thanks go out to AJ and Kayleigh,
Ed (aka “Rabbit”) was born in
who lovingly cared for him and
Beatrice, Nebraska, on Sept. 2,
Betty for the last several years.
1935 and was raised in Bly and
Also many thanks to the people
Klamath Falls, Oregon .
who stepped in these last months
Ed is preceded in death by
to help and care for him. And to
his wife of 25 years, Betty Gor-
the g ood f riends who visited often
don-Angus. He is also preceded
just for a cup of coffee and talk
in death by his m other, Lilah
about the “g ood o ld d ays.”
Angus; his f ather, Ben Angus; his
There will be an informal
s isters, Betty and Sally; his b roth-
gathering of family and friends
ers, Leclaire and Benny; his n iece,
on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.
Edward B. Angus
Cindy; and his n ephew, Barry.
at the International Longshore
Ed is survived by his d aughter,
and Warehouse Union Local 50
Sharm; g randsons, Zachary and Nathan; Hiring Hall located at 491 Industry St.,
longtime friend, Ardith Bowman; and s tep- Astoria.
daughter, Kathy. He is also survived by
Come and share your favorite memories
n umerous n ieces, n ephews, g rand-n ieces and “Rabbit” tales of Ed’s many escapades.
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difﬁ culty obtaining help
from banks and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture ,
Retzlaff said. She has seen
a growth in state support for
small farms, exempliﬁ ed by
Oregon State University’s
Center for Small Farms &
Community Food Systems.
She and Jared Gardner are
planning a local chapter of
the support group National
Young Farmers Coalition.
smaller farms, your cost of
production is higher,” Ret-
zlaff said. “Usually your
cost of land is higher, espe-
cially if you’re starting from
But smaller, local farms
provide fresher food and
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Teresa Retzlaﬀ , co-owner of 46 North Farm, recently ﬁ nished
paying back a $1,500 loan she received from the Astoria Co+op
in April with plant starts, produce and ﬂ oral arrangements.
a closer connection with
customers, she said, while
investing locally . “That
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Record high .................. 86 in 1899
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