Fred Bernet

Dec. 26, 1922-Feb. 10, 2014

BernetFred Bernet died Monday, February 10, 2014, at Hopewell House Hospice in Portland.

The son of Swiss immigrants, Rudy and Susanna Bernet, Fred was born in Tillamook, Oregon, on December 26, 1922.

He attended Scappoose High School and graduated in 1941.

In 1948 Fred moved to the farm in Scappoose where he lived for the rest of his life.

Fred married MaryEllen Dieter in 1957.

Fred was a self-employed dairyman, farmer and real estate investor.

Fred was actively involved in the Scappoose community, and throughout his life he volunteered his time for many boards and local organizations. He was one of the founders of the Booster Club, the Scappoose All School Reunion, and was inducted into the SHS Hall of Fame in 2010 for his community involvement. In 2012 Fred received the 1st Citizen of Scappoose Award.

Fred was proud of his Swiss heritage and was a member of the Portland Swiss Club and Jodelklub Edelwyss singing group. Throughout his life Fred enjoyed attending Swiss dances, picnics and celebrations.

Fred was an avid supporter of SHS athletics, and right up until the end of his life he enjoyed going to football and basketball games.

After he stopped farming, Fred enjoyed traveling with MaryEllen and his family.

Fred is survived by MaryEllen, his wife of 56 years; his son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Chris Bernet; daughter, Lori Bernet; grandsons Steve and Gary Bernet; sister, Evelyn Vetsch and brother-in-law Dick Vetsch, and their family.

There will be a private burial at Fairview Cemetery, and a celebration of Fred’s life will take place on Sunday February 23, 1 p.m., at Scappoose High School, 33589 S.E High School Way in Scappoose.

Memorials may be made to the Scappoose Community Club, P.O. Box 933, Scappoose, OR 97056; Jodelklub Edelwyss, ? Bob Ulrich, 37706 Govier Place, Corvallis, OR 97330; or Legacy Hopewell House Hospice, 6171 S.W. Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97239-2649.

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Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.