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July 29,1939 to January 21, 2020- Larry Dean Rea, born and raised in Rainier, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly in his Gresham home on Tuesday January 21, 2020.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Larry Dean ReaLarry Dean Rea, born and raised in Rainier, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly in his Gresham home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. He was preceded in

death by parents Ed and Myrtle (Zimmerman) Rea and wife Margo Ann (Hudkins) Rea. He is survived by sons, Chris and Tim, grandson Cole, granddaughter Ashley and

great granddaughter Chloe.

Larry attend Oregon State University and later graduated with a master's in science education from Portland State University. At Oregon

State, he enrolled in ROTC and trained to become a pilot

in the US Air Force. He flew for NW Airlines before

joining the Oregon Air National Guard to fly the F101,

F102 and F4. He also crewed on Portland's C131 and

became their flight instructor, flight evaluator and Chief

of Safety Officer.

Larry was a reader, a writer, a photographer, a

naturalist and a historian with a strong interest in

genealogy. He was Master of the Oregon State Grange,

served as chairman of the board of the Malheur Field

Station, and was involved with the Oregon State Master

Naturalist program. He never lost his love of the woods

and at the time of his death he and his son Chris were

restoring matching Rubicon Jeeps and taking them on

camping trips. You can find his stories and photos on his

website www.taxaflora.com.

Larry was generous with his time and his knowledge

and will be missed by family and friends alike.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11:30

am, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the Methodist

Church in Rainier, Oregon. A light lunch will be served

following the service.

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