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 www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.