OBIT VanAlstine webArthur Gerald Van Alstine, 83, passed away Oct. 26, after complications, and a long hospitalization from a pacemaker implant, with daughters, Tammy and Holly, by his side.

Arthur was born Nov. 2, 1929, in Burns, to Virgil and Helen (Jones) Van Alstine. His sister, Novella, was born in 1931.

Arthur graduated from Burns High School in 1947, where he played football, basketball and the trumpet in the band.

He entered the U.S. Air Force after high school, but was discharged for medical reasons.  Arthur’s parents divorced. Virgil married Alberta Rose  in 1945. Alberta had a son, Rex. The family worked together on the Alvord Ranch at the foot of the Steens Mountains.

Arthur met Betty McMains in Eugene. They were married in 1953 in Reno, Nev. They lived in Coos Bay, Boise, Idaho, Roseburg, Prineville, Bend, and Salem, before settling in Garden Home in Southwest Portland.  They had five children, Debra, Toni, Tammy, Brian and Holly. Arthur worked for Gold Bond and DuBois Chemicals during this time. Betty was killed in a car accident Jan. 1, 1975. Arthur moved to Oregon City in 1976. He met Janice Sulenes, and they were married May 8, 1977. Janice has three sons, Greg, Brad and Mark.

Arthur served on the Oregon City School District budget planning committee from 1995 to 2001. Arthur was active with the Beavercreek Lions Club. Some of his favorite activities were collecting donations, delivering Christmas food and gift boxes, along with poinsettias. He was an active member of the St. Paul Episcopal Church and The Republic for the United States of America.  He ran his own businesses, S & K Industries, OEM Industries, and his current business, Corrosion Protection Services, LLC, from 1982 to present, and was a current member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  Arthur loved to hunt, fish and grow his own garden.  He was an active member in the Oregon Hunters Association and National Rifle Association. He had a huge heart and loved to help others.  Arthur cared for his father, Virgil, until his death in 2009, at 101 years old. Arthur loved his family, and close friends that he considered family. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s sporting events  and school activities.  Arthur planned the Van Alstine family reunions every year. He attended the Harney County picnic and his Burns class reunion yearly.

Arthur is survived his wife of 36 years, Janice;  children, Debra Pratt  (Clay) of Mount Vernon, Wash., Tammy DeHerrera (Joe) of Boring,  Brian Van Alstine (Nyla) of Prineville, and Holly Stone (Jerry) of Oregon City; stepsons, Greg Sulenes of Oregon City, Brad Sulenes of Portland, and Mark (Candy) Sulenes of Portland;  daughter-in-law, Robin Sulenes of Oregon City; brother-in-law, Willard Hammock of Prineville; sister-in-law, Donna Rose of Vancouver, Wash.; nieces, Patty Jones, Jenifer St. Marrs and Sharon Nelson;  nephews, Don Rose, Brian Rose and Allen Rose;  23 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Arthur was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; first wife, Betty; stepmother, Alberta; stepbrother, Rex Rose; daughter, Toni Pitzer; his father, Virgil; and sister, Novella Hammock.

A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 822 Washington St., Oregon City.

Donations may be made in Arthur’s name to the Lions Club Eye Bank.


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