This page is for collecting the memories of our members that have taken their last hike.
George Blinco (2013)
The Trails Club lost another Golden Member on August 21, 2013. George Blinco passed away peacefully with his daughters at his side. George was very active in the club, President in 1973 and 1974, club treasurer for several years, pushing hard for the replacement of Nesika, on the budget advisor committee as late as 1997. George was a special person, one of many in the club who helped raise me. My family attended numerous work parties at Tyee and Nesika; George and Helen and their daughters were a mainstay, and George disciplined me as a second father. He took me on my first backpack as a teenager, and I purchased his 1953 Chevorlet Station Wagon as my first car. My father and I worked on the engine together. I remember helping push that car up the hill to the gate.
In later years, I joined George and a group Trails Clubbers that played cribbage once a month, most of them gone now. He was always good company; I will miss him.
Carla Haake (2013)
Carla Jean Haake (59) passed away after a long battle with cancer on May 25. She was born May 1, 1954 in Eugene and later attended OSU. After college, she practiced as an engineer until 1990, when she and her husband, Randy Dietrich, started a family. Their children, Eric and Kira, were introduced to the Trails Club at an early age. They became Junior Members and are now Regular members. The Trails Club was very fortunate to have had Carla as a member for 27 years. She served a term as our Membership Trustee, was a long-time Member of the Conservation Committee, represented the club at FWOC Conventions, was the Chairperson of the Memorial Committee, hosted yearly Quilting events at Tyee and led many trips for the Club. One of her main contributions was her support of the Nesika rebuilding project. At the Annual Banquet this year (2013) she was presented the Henry Waespe Distinguished Service Award.
We appreciate the many contributions that Carla made to the Trails Club of Oregon. She was a very dedicated member and will be missed by many.
Darrel Tarter (2012)
Darrel wanted to reach his 100th birthday in late July and achieved that and not a day more. (Nancy died 10/25/11 at age 91.) For a long time, he was the longest-term Trails Club member; now that will be somebody else. It’s tempting to call Darrel "Mr. Trails Club", but other names also come to mind: Henry Waespe and Ding Cannon, especially.
Darrel promoted naming the Nesika view point and annual member award both for Henry. Henry was the father of club buildings; Ding was the member with connections, dominated summer outings, and had many other organizational interests. But Darrel”s interest was the Trails Club (& the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army). He and Nancy participated in all categories of TC events for many decades, hosting pic-nites and post-skating parties in their home way back. He climbed, backpacked, kiddie-camped, day-hiked, skied, skated, etc. and lived his life with gusto.
Darrel was a huge factor in building a ski-lodge, eventually named Tyee. Beforehand, he coordinated club ski bus trips to Hood. His stories were legendary, and, as his daughter Darrelyn said, they all contained an element of truth. He outlived most club members who experienced WW2. He loved the forests and often said the Trails Club was "the greatest thing on God’s green earth".
Darrelyn can be contacted at 503-964-2005, 2316 NE View Place, Gresham 97030.
Nancy W. Tarter (2011)
Nancy joined the Trail Club in 1946 and was a active member for many years. She passed away on October 25th and she will be missed by her friends in the Trails Club. Along with the many trips that she led, she and her husband Darrell also hosted skating trips to Oaks Park in the mid-50’s and presented their trips around the United States (1955) and to Europe (1963) at Adventure n Travel. She served on the board as Vice President in 1976 and as Trips Trustee in 1988. Master of Ceremony for the 53rd Banquet in 1976 was another one of her many roles. She earned the Mary Lou Greene “High Miler Award” twice (1987 & 1990) and the “All of Oregon PCT” plaque. In the summer of 1989 she was the leader for the Summer Outing to the Stehekin Mountains and later led a Senior Outing in 1995 to the same general area. In 1997, she received the club’s highest honor the Henry Waespe Award. Nancy was a wife, mother, grandmother and I’m sure many other things but many of us will remember her as Trail Club Member and friend.
Dorothy L. Soderback (1914 - 2011)
Dorothy was a member of Trails Club of Oregon, Sons of Norway, Swedish Society Linnea, and Vasa. She is predeceased by her husband, Carl. Dorothy is survived by her sons, Wesley and Clifford. A Memorial Ceremony will be held in Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. Please visit Dorothy's Internet memorial and guestbook at: www.skylinememorialgardens.com
Reinhold Podolski (2010)
On Monday, November 8 2010, Trails Club member Reinhold Podolski, 73, died from injuries received in an accident. Reinhold joined the Trails Club in November, 2009. He was a regular participant in the Trails Club’s Wednesday morning hikes, and had been hiking with that group for several years. He had just led his first hike, which was enjoyed by all who attended. Reinhold liked to talk politics and history, and had begun taking classes for his own pleasure at Portland Community College. He was a very smart man who was eager to continue learning. We are all saddened by his death and will miss his company on Wednesday morning hikes.
Bernice Stearns (1925-2010)
Life and Golden Member Bernice Stearns passed away on August 6, 2010. She took part in countless club activities. A dedicated hiker, she completed the Pacific Crest Trail, climbed several Cascade Peaks, attended the Alpine Outings as well as the Sr. Outings. She served as Club President 1987-1988. Downhill skiing, working at and visiting our lodges, often as hostess, and chairing or serving on committees the Trails club was a large part of Bernice's life.
Submitted by Ilo Richmond
Joyce Swogger - July 19, 2010
We are saddened by the passing of Joyce Swogger, a lady long associated with
The Trails Club. Joyce had been in a Foster Care Home for almost two years
as her health declined. She was preceeded in passing by her husband Dalles
Swogger, past President of the Trails Club.
Her son Wiley Swogger, also a member of the Trails Club, has announced there will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 21st at 1:00 PM at Atkinson Memorial Church,710 Sixth St, Oregon City.
Klindt Vielbig, 5/18/1928 - 3/11/2010
Klindt Vielbig, long time club member, passed away very peacefully March 11, 2010 with family present. Klindt was a member also a member of the Mazamas, Oregon Nordic club, Sierra Club and possibly the lead promotor of Cross Country skiing in Oregon.
Klindt Nielsen Vielbig was born in 1928 in Lima, Peru, and lived 13 years in Latin America. He attended The Dalles High School from 1941 to 1945, and then rejoined his parents after four years to live in Columbia for one year before enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corps. He attended Amherst College, his father's school, for one year and then finished at Whitman College in 1953.
After various travels he settled in Portland in 1964, where he owned and managed the Cloud Cap Chalet, a mountain sports store. He organized the first cross-country ski school on Mount Hood and the West Coast. For over four years he produced an encyclopedic ski trails guidebook for Oregon, followed by a summer trails guide for Mount St. Helens.
At his request, he will be cremated and no service will be held. Donations in his memory may be directed to Friends of the Gorge, the Sierra Club or a non-profit of your choice.
Peggy M. Stone, 85 - 05/04/1924 - 11/03/2009
Peggy Stone, of King City, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at Providence St. Vincent Hospital. She was the daughter of Anthony and Cecilia (Hauck) Stone.
Services for Peggy will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Tigard. Services are entrusted to Young's Funeral Home, Tigard.
Please visit her online memorial at www.mem.com.
Betty Folliard - Deceased October 15, 2009
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I see that you have sent several messages to Mom about her hiking group. I'm sorry to say that Mom died suddenly Thursday from a fall in her home. Very sad but she died instantly from head trauma so she did not suffer. I trust that you will pass the word to her hiking friends.
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Robert H. (Bob) Hilands - Deceased September 2008
The Trails Club is saddened by the death of Bob Hilands, a member since 1959. Bob donated the Douglas Fir logs for the roof framing and the Western Red Cedar on the interior walls of the new Nesika Lodge. He also enjoyed installing the stone on the new lodge. The Trails Club honored Bob for his contribution to the new building at the dedication. Bob was also actively involved in the Dining Room addition at Tyee Lodge and was one of the crew that installed the concrete block basement walls.
Bob grew up in Portland and was a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in landscape architecture. After graduation he worked at a variety of jobs that expanded his skills and knowledge beyond landscape architecture. He became very interested in horticulture and slowly purchased properties south of Beavercreek and developed a business of selective and sustainable logging of those properties. Over the years the acreage he worked grew larger with additional acquisitions. Eventually he purchased land in Central Oregon and started farming.
The Boy Scouts of America, The Sea Scouts and the Girl Scouts were also recipients of Bob’s generosity and his time nurturing young people. There were many stories told at his memorial service by individuals on how their lives were enhanced by their connection to Bob over the years. Everyone who spoke at his service praised his generosity to family, neighbors, organizations and churches.
Bob was out logging when he suffered a heart attack. He had mentioned to me on more than one occasion that if he passed away while working in the woods he would leave this world enjoying work that he loved. Bob lost his wife, Judy, exactly fifteen years to the day before his passing. Sons Robert and Byron survive him along with many other family members. Both young men have completed service in the US Navy and are now looking after the legacy Bob built for them. They are both hard workers and will undoubtedly fill Bob’s boots quite easily. We wish them the best.
Submitted by George Milne
Oliver Dalton - Deceased 2003
Long time club member Oliver Dalton passed away in 2003.
Brian Wagstaff provided the tribute to Oliver found on these pages.