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In Memory of

Gary Virgil Hetherington

May 28, 1934 - October 9, 2016

Obituary


Gary was born on May 28, 1934 in Spokane Wash. to parents Morton and Laura Hetherington. He was the youngest of seven children.

Upon graduating North Central High School, he received a four year scholarship to play basketball at Gonzaga University. A four year starter, he was rewarded his senior year by being named team captain for the 1955-56 season. He graduated from Gonzaga in 1957 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

A two year mandatory stint in the U.S. Army followed his college graduation in San Antonio, Texas where he...

Gary was born on May 28, 1934 in Spokane Wash. to parents Morton and Laura Hetherington. He was the youngest of seven children.

Upon graduating North Central High School, he received a four year scholarship to play basketball at Gonzaga University. A four year starter, he was rewarded his senior year by being named team captain for the 1955-56 season. He graduated from Gonzaga in 1957 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

A two year mandatory stint in the U.S. Army followed his college graduation in San Antonio, Texas where he was based at Fort Sam Houston.

A long and successful working career succeeded his deployment from the U.S. Army starting with Washington Water Power followed by tenures at Beall Pipe and Tank, Northwest Pipe and Casing, Taylor Made Boxes, and Avis/Budget.

Among his interests was coaching CYO basketball, being President of Gateway Little League, playing tennis with his "shorty" doubles partner, Bob Taylor, and his beloved black lab, Whalen.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Kathy. Children, Elizabeth (Jerry) Woody, Mark (Julie) Hetherington, and Patrick Hetherington. Grandchildren, Brent Hetherington, Alex Hetherington, and Olivia Woody.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael; parents, Morton and Laura; brother Dick; and sisters, Dorothy, Iva, Illa, Ruth, and Marge.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 SE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97233.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Building Fund or the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).