Lester Ziegenbein

Lester Ziegenbein

Friday, July 24th, 1931 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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Lester “Les” E Ziegenbein (88) passed away May 5th, 2020 at his home in Hood River, OR. Les was born July 24th, 1931 to Stanley and Theresa (Kollas) Ziegenbein in Hood River, OR. Les had one older brother, Stan Ziegenbein and a younger sister, Alice Ehlinger. He grew up in the Hood River Valley and graduated from Hood River High School in 1950.

Les married Loveta Parrett in 1959 and they have been happily married for 60 years. Les and Loveta had three children – Daniel, Gary, and Carla. Early in his carrier Les worked in the logging industry hauling logs for Leonard Wonsyld and Harry Ethel. Then after his children were born, he went to work for Hanel Lumbar Company, where he worked for 38 years.

Les and Loveta enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, visiting all the fishing holes they could find. Les especially loved being in his garden, growing his raspberries. In his later years he spent time helping deliver Meals on Wheels and helping with the Hood River Christmas Project. He also enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s school and sporting events and reading Louis L’Amour novels over and over.

Les is survived by his wife Loveta, sister Alice, son Dan (Terri) Ziegenbein, Daughter Carla (Wes) Bailey, grandchildren Logan and Mason Bailey, and many nieces and nephews. Les was preceded in death by his parents Stan and Theresa, his brother Stan, and his son Gary Ziegenbein.

The family would like to thank Providence Hospice of the Gorge, Bobbi’s In-Home Health Care, and Krista Coole for taking amazing care of Les. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hood River Christmas Project or Hood River Meals on Wheels and sent C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private graveside service was held 1:30PM, Friday, May 8, 2020 at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Bill Leininger

Posted at 09:53pm
Did not know Les beyond those times that you drug him to our class reunions. Thank you for that because as soon as I met him I knew .. "This is my kind of guy." So sorry for your loss but hope that you can pause and rejoice over the memories of the 60 years spent together. No one else from our graduating class has such a claim. Love to you during this trying time.

Robert Koos

Posted at 04:44pm
Loveta, Danny & Karla, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Bob and Karen Koos

Stephanie (Boyle) Yarwood

Posted at 04:26pm
Dear Aunt Lovetta, I am so sorry for your loss. Some of my fondest memories was visiting you in the farm house in Hood River. I loved your big kitchen that overlooked the mountains. I know that Uncle Les loved you so much. I will always think of Grandpa and Les swapping stories, laughing, and (sometimes) arguing on the porch. All my love to you, Carla, Dan, Logan, and Mason.

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Posted at 12:13pm
Always in our thoughts and prayers. We love you, The Wick Family
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Joan Beldin

Posted at 11:09pm
Veta, I'm so sorry. Know that I love you and am here for you. My thoughts are with you and you family. Joan

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