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SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015
OBITUARIES
THORNGATE—Margaret
Thorngate, 91, of Florence,
died Feb. 14, 2015.
Margaret was born Nov. 3,
1923, in Glendale, Calif., and
grew up in Carpenteria, Calif.,
where she graduated from high
school at age 16, having
skipped two grades.
She played clarinet in the
high school band and was also a
majorette.
After graduating high school,
Margaret joined the WAVES,
remaining active as a retired
Navy veteran her entire life.
She met her husband Fred, a
first lieutenant in the U.S.
Army, when he was on a week-
end leave in Santa Barbara.
They married on July 26,
1945, and spent nearly 70 years
together, raising two sons and a
daughter. They loved to travel,
visited every state in America
and enjoyed taking back-coun-
try roads and stopping often to
read historical markers.
After retirement, they moved
to Florence from Southern
California. Their passion for
travel continued, taking them to
every continent and numerous
countries, from all those in
Europe to Turkey, Thailand,
China, Russia and many others.
Shortly before Margaret’s
death, she convinced her
daughter to take her on a final
cruise to Alaska, a trip they
both enjoyed.
Fred was born Dec. 17,
1919, in Pennsylvania, attend-
ing private schools, including
Archmere Academy, where he
studied engineering, Greek,
Latin and German. He enlisted
in the U.S. Army and served
four years as an officer, includ-
ing combat in the European
theater during World War II.
Fred died June 13, 2014.
Fred and Margaret were pre-
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ceded in death by their sons,
Rick and Randy.
They are survived by their
daughter, Susan; grandson
Dylan and granddaughters
Jennifer, Julie and Marni, as
well as seven great-grandchil-
dren.
A brief public memorial
service will be held Friday,
May 8, at 11:30 a.m., at the rear
garden at St. Luke’s Episcopal
Church in Florence.
MARIOLA —Richard
Raymond Mariola, 79, of
Florence, passed away peace-
f u l l y
Monday,
April
27,
2015, in his
home view-
ing the Pac-
ific Ocean.
Richard
was a proud
member of
Richard
the
U.S.
Mariola
Army 11th
Airborne Division as a para-
chutist, serving our great coun-
try with honor.
Richard was passionate
about volunteering his time to
help others and donated more
than 10,000 hours serving
organizations like Friends of
Florence,
Department
of
Veterans Affairs, Portland VA
Medical Center and many oth-
ers.
Richard worked for Sears for
more than 35 years and in his
spare time enjoyed crabbing,
fishing, golfing and building
models.
Richard will be missed by his
friends and family but we all
know he is in a much better
place.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel
Florence Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
SAMPLES—Harry
W.
Samples, 70, of Florence,
passed a-way at his home on
April 29,
2015.
Harry
was born
March 5,
1945
in
Fairfield,
Calif.
Harry
and his wife Harry Samples
J a c k i e
moved to Florence in 1989 and
have been an active part of the
community since.
Harry was a cook at
Morgan’s Country Kitchen and
The Shorewood for many years
until retiring.
During his retirement, he
spent much of his time volun-
teering in the community. He
was active with the STEP pro-
gram, the Senior Center, and
most recently, Florence Food
Share.
Harry was a dedicated hus-
band, avid fisherman and
blessed many with his catch of
the day.
Harry and his contagious
laugh will be greatly missed by
many. He is survived by his
wife of 27 years, Jackie; his
children: little Harry, Angela,
Richard and Jill; his brother
John Samples; step-children:
Joann, Wanda, Terri and Jack;
and numerous grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made at
Oregon Pacific Bank, c/o Harry
Samples Memorial Fund.
A celebration of life will be
held at New Life Lutheran
Church, 2100 Spruce St., on
Saturday, May 9, at noon.
A potluck will follow at the
same location from 1 to 4 p.m.
Bring your favorite dish.
Harry’s family would like to
say a special thank you to: PJ,
Bill, Amy, Dave and Catherine.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel
Florence Funeral Home is in
charge of all arrangements.
BICHRT—Frank
Bichrt
grew up in Wisconsin on his
family’s farm as the oldest
child.
H
e
milked
cows and
worked the
fields with
his horse-
d r a w n
plow. His
Frank Bichrt father was-
n’t able to
purchase a tractor until just
before Frank left for Oregon.
Frank enjoyed passing on his
memories of events on the
farm, and there were many.
Frank left school early to
help on the farm. This didn’t
slow Frank down. He earned
many certificates through mail
order courses, including TV
repair, advanced math and elec-
trical and ham radio operator.
In 1947, a neighbor told
Frank of a job in Oregon, where
U.S. Plywood was building a
mill in Mapleton.
Frank was hired at the begin-
ning of construction. He drove
pilings in the river. At the end
of construction, Frank stayed
on at U.S. Plywood to operate
the diesel power engines that
provided power for the mill.
He became the head
Millwright and worked in that
position for more than 40 years.
Frank was featured in the
U.S. Plywood newsletter.
“Millwright par-excellence”
“inventor,” “designer” and
“builder” are titles for Frank,
who was anchorman in the
maintenance section of the ply-
wood department.
He recently designed and
built at a substantial savings an
overhead crane system for the
core lathe.
Known as the Bichrt No. 1,
the crane system has made core
block handling completely flex-
ible.
Frank finally retired after
Davidson Industries purchased
the mill (now known as
Champion International), stay-
ing on long enough to train a
new millwright.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel is
in charge of all arrangements.
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