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Forris Frick

September 3, 1926 - December 23, 2013


Forris Frick, DVMForris Frick was born in Clay Center, Kansas, to Edwin Frick, a veterinarian, and his wife Ruby, a pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine. He was raised in Manhattan, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in veterinary medicine. He served in World War II in the European Theater. In 1951, he married Joana Lessor, and they moved to Portland two years later. He worked for the Willamette Dog and Cat Hospital in Milwaukie until 1965, when he established the Woodstock Veterinary Hospital. Forris was active in the Southeast Portland Rotary Club for nearly fifty years. Traveling, gardening, hiking, and family were Forris’ chief hobbies. He retired from veterinary practice and sold the hospital in 1991, after which he and Joana traveled extensively, particularly enjoying the international Elderhostel programs.

The couple sold their Milwaukie home and moved to Willamette View Manor in 2008, where he continued to garden, and excelled in carpet bowling. Forris was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011, and passed away on December 23, 2013, of complications of the disease. Forris is survived by his wife Joana, four children – Rhonda, Teri, Ardel, and Warren – and by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Milwaukie Presbyterian Church on January 11. Remembrance donations may be made to the church, to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, or to the Willamette View Foundation.