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Kvammen, Gary Lew -- 1934 - 1990

KVAMMEN, MILES, TURNER, DIGRE, SHATTUCK, EVENSON

Posted By: Connie Ellis (email)
Date: 7/8/2011 at 19:52:40

SOURCE: Waukon, Iowa WAUKON NEWSPAPER, August 1990
Contributor: Connie Ellis (Not related)

Gary Lew Kvammen of Ridgecrest, California, formerly of Waukon, Iowa and Decorah, Iowa, died August 6, 1990 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 11 at 9 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Ridgecrest with Pastor Aaron Jo Couch officiating. A veterans burial followed at Rand District Cemetery, Johannesburg, California with Holland and Lyons Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born September 24, 1934 in New Effington, South Dakota and was a longtime resident of Ridgecrest and Indian Wells Valley. While living in Decorah, Iowa, he attended Luther College. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War with active duty from 1955 to 1957. After serving in the Army, he entered Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon, graduating in 1961 with a physics major. He worked for the federal government for 30 years and was a physicist acting as coordinator for VX-5 and the range department at the China Lake Weapons Center, retiring in December 1989. He was the original owner of Ridgecrest Honda Motorcycle Shop along with his brother Bob Kvammen, He operated on of the Valley's largest cranes and took part in the construction of numerous building in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine (Evenson) Kvammen who died in October 1981 and his mother, Eleanor Kvammen who died in 1960.

He is survived by his second wife, Marjo; 2 sons, Gary Kvammen of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Robert Kvammen of Ft. Irwin Army Base, Barstow, California; his parents, Alfred and Ethel Kvammen and brother Alfred "Bob" Kvammen, all of Decorah, Iowa; step-children, Bill Miles, Dean Miles and Mareen Turner, all of California; a granddaughter, 9 step-grandchildren; step-sisters, and brothers, Sherry Digre of Rochester, Minnesota, Linda Shattuck of Long Beach, California, Gregg Shattuck of New Hampton, Iowa and Mark Kvammen of Decorah, Iowa.


 

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