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Teunis J.  Wyers

Teunis J. Wyers

Thursday, April 4th, 1946 - Monday, August 26th, 2019
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Teunis James Wyers, Jr. “TJ” “Teun” passed away on August 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by family in White Salmon, Washington. Teunis was born in Hood River, Oregon on April 4, 1946 and was 73 years of age at the time of his passing.

Teunis was born to Teunis, Sr. and Lucile Annette Bachman Wyers on a beautiful spring day. TJ was the third and youngest child, nine years younger than his brother, Jan; and 11 years younger than his sister, Karen.
According to his sister Karen, when TJ was about 4 and she was 14 she would take him to the swimming pool. Many times, they walked. The road to the pool wasn’t paved yet. Karen’s friends all really liked him. They would set him on the counter at the pool and try to teach him how to cuss. Then Karen would put him in the baby pool. When she went back to check on him, he always had some little girl or two that he’d gotten to talk to him.

In his youth, he got a motorcycle. His dad fought him on that every step of the way, but it didn’t run very often. He spent most of the time that he had it repairing it. So, his dad was really happy about that. He wouldn’t give him a car because he said “a bunch of teenagers in a car was dangerous”. By the time TJ started dating, the family had both a pickup and a car. When Teun really got it into his head that he was going to have to date in that gold pick-up, he got to work fixing it up. He cleaned it up, fixed it up inside and out, washed and waxed it. He even got a leopard skin patterned cover for the steering wheel, and what was called a “necking nob,” a small nob attached to the steering wheel so you could drive with one hand.

During his high school years he worked on the Kreps Ranch bucking hay during the summer. This is where he first met his wife, Pat. After graduating high school in 1964, he moved to Eugene to study Sociology at the University of Oregon, where he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was known as “the life of the party.”
He dropped out of college around 1966 and returned home to work. During that time he held various jobs in the Gorge, including at a grocery store located at the present day NAPA Auto Parts. This is where he met his first wife Barbara when she was out grocery shopping with her mother. During those intervening years he decided to join the US Navy. TJ used to tell the story of how his father talked him out of joining the Marines. A wise choice since this was pre-Vietnam, and he most certainly would have been either wounded or killed in that war had he persisted in his original plan to train to be on the front lines.

Teunis married Barbara Ann Clemmons on May 25, 1968 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River, Oregon. He completed his military training, and then transitioned to becoming an enlisted service member. Barbara went to business school in Portland, Oregon during the first six months of his time in the military, then joined him in New London, Connecticut where he was stationed at the time. They lived there for a year and a half. The time in Connecticut concluded his military experience with a honorable discharge US Navy in 1972 as an E5. He and Barbara packed up their things and drove back to Hood River in their 1970 VW Beetle. They broke down in Laramie, Wyoming, where TJ had to replace entire engine before they could continue their journey.

Once back in Oregon, TJ took advantage of the GI Bill and completed his education at University of Oregon. During those summers they would come up to Hood River and work in her father’s cherry orchard, staying in a one room cabin at his parent’s place on Windswept. After graduating from U of O, he continued on to law school at Lewis and Clark College, completing in 1976. TJ passed the bar exam one month before his father died in the summer of ‘76. They then moved back to Hood River so that TJ could take over his father’s law practice. The office was on 3rd Street between Oak and Cascade. He married Sheila Mortenson in 1981.
Teunis was an Attorney at Law in Hood River Oregon 1976-2019 and in Bingen, WA 2010-2019. this was a very important part of Teunis’ life was his law practice. Getting work out that his clients requested in a timely matter was always at the top of his list, whether Estate Planning, Wills, or whatever it may have been. This is what kept him going into work every week, and he enjoyed it so much.

After a couple of years hanging out together, Teunis and Pat married July 31, 1993 at Pat’s parent’s park in Husum, Washington (FORT RUN-A-MUCK). Not long after this, Teunis sold his house in Hood River and he and Teunis G. moved up to the ranch in Gilmer Valley. It was in those first few years in Gilmer that he studied for and passed the WA state bar, which enabled him to open his Bingen law practice. Teunis had worked there bucking hay the summer of 1963 prior to his senior year of High School at Wy’East.

Not long after moving to the Ranch, Teunis and Pat joined the local chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Washington. This broadened their horse travels and adventures. Eventually this led to several week long trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area in Northeastern Oregon. The art of keeping the packs balanced and upright on the pack animals was a real learning experience. They got a lot of advice from some of the veteran packers, and the process did work. Teunis and Pat went to the Netherlands and the Island of Guernsey (Channel Islands) visited Clem just a few years ago.

Teunis was an avid hunter. His last big hunt took him to northern British Columbia, where he brought home a moose and caribou. Both heads were mounted and hang proudly in his home. He enjoyed horseback riding and packing: TJ’s love for packing horses began in childhood. Most summers, the family took their annual trip to the Eagle Caps in the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Everything was packed in on horseback to a riverside campsite where they spend their time fishing and enjoying total immersion in the wilderness. TJ and his wife Pat traveled by horseback into the Eagle Caps together at least 5 separate times.

TJ was an expert auto mechanic and had a hobby restoring antique cars. In the early 90’s he even raced a stock car with his buddy Kevin Hay, where TJ drove the number 23 car for “Hay Wire Racing”. They competed on the weekends, then a couple of nights after work during the week straightening dents and tuning the engine so they could do it all over again. They never did win the “Big Prize”, but had a hell of a lot of fun!

Teunis’ shop was a source of many projects that he loved to do. Fixing tools, organizing supplies and parts, putting new handles in pitchforks, shovels, or about anything that someone broke. He loved taking something broken and making it useful again. Mr. Fix It!”

Teunis joined the White Salmon Chamber of Commerce in the late 1990’s and they sponsored a Community Pride clean-up. It continues to occur every May. He took great pride in organizing and participating in this event. He was also a member of the White Salmon–Bingen Rotary Club that sponsors many worthwhile events too. He enjoyed working with this great group of people.

Teunis is survived by his wife, Pat Kreps Wyers, White Salmon, WA who shared “I am grateful for the time we had together, but will miss him very much”; daughters, Johanna Katherine Wyers of Portland, OR and Darcy Lefebvre of Portland, OR; sons, Teunis Gerbrand Wyers of Hood River, OR and Randy Wyers of Hood River, OR; granddaughter, Lilliana Wyers of Hood River, OR; step-children and step-grandchildren, Jill Kreps Morgan, Kelly Kreps and his son Kiefer Kreps, Kris Kreps and his children Kevin and Kaci, Keith Kreps and his children Ryan and Tonya; siblings, Jan Wyers, Karen Robertson; nieces, Giselle Wyers Rice and Juliette Wyers, children of Jan Wyers and Judy Merz; Beth Weis, daughter of Karen Robertson and Woody Easley; nephews: Martin Easley, son of Karen Robertson and Woody Easley; and pets, there have been many, but at the time of his death, Maggie the border collie, cats Rhubarb and Cinder, and mules Buddy and Sis.
He was preceded in death by his father: Teunis Wyers Sr. in 1976; mother, Lucille Annette Bachman in 2014; grandmother, Luella Betsy Shaw; grandfather, Jon Gerbrand Wyers. When TJ was a child, the family would visit grandpa Jon on Sunday’s. TJ really made grandpa Jon’s day. They just loved each other. They would go out and feed the chickens and feed the doves in the cages, and pick veggies from the garden.

Teunis was a life-long resident of The Columbia River Gorge with deep connections to both sides of the river so there are two services to honor his life and mourn his passing and friends are invited to attend one or the other, or both.

HOOD RIVER 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19th Anderson's Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Avenue Hood River, Oregon 97031 https://www.andersonstributecenter.com/memorials/teunis-j--wyers/3956784/index.php

WHITE SALMON 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22nd Tin Roof Barn 984 WA-141 White Salmon, Washington 98672 https://atinroofbarn.com/

Memorials are encouraged to be made in memory of Teunis to either the Bingen-White Salmon Rotary, or Mt. Adams Resource Stewards

Special thank you to Ruth Chausse, Jack Trumbull, Kalina at Bobbi’s Way, Brenda at Providence Hospice Group, Lorrie Knowles, Barbara Burdick, Timothy Willis, Jay McLaughlin, Dale Connell, Matt and Sirota of Boda’s Kitchen, Talia Kreps, and Kelley at Tin Roof Barn.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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    Thursday, September 19th, 2019 | 5:30pm
    Thursday, September 19th, 2019 5:30pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center
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    Teunis was a life-log resident of The Columbia River Gorge with deep connections to both sides of the river so there are two services to honor his life and mourn his passing and friends are invited to attend one, or the other or both. HOOD RIVER 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19th Anderson's Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Avenue Hood River, Oregon 97031 https://www.andersonstributecenter.com/memorials/teunis-j--wyers/3956784/index.php WHITE SALMON 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22nd Tin Roof Barn 984 WA-141 White Salmon, Washington 98672 https://atinroofbarn.com/


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John and Colleen

Posted at 02:59pm
Remembering all the special family gatherings that now have an unfillable space.
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sally newell

Posted at 02:25pm
One of the best surprises Paul and I had when we joined the Mt. Adams Chapter of Back Country Horsemen was getting to know Tuenis. He gave and gave and gave to our chapter as well as to the Washington State Back Country Horsemen. His legal expertise benefitted both organizations, and we know he was a big volunteer in many other spheres in the community. He was fun to ride with on chapter rides and always ready to help out. It was a shock to lose him so suddenly, but all should know he will be remembered fondly by the many, many people whose lives he touched.

Melanie Leal

Posted at 01:39pm
I met Teunis for the first time though my brother in law, Glen (Bud) Mortenson. They were related at one point, and in time it became a joke between us. I also respected him as attorney. He was there for me several times dealing with family members. He will be missed by many. My heart goes out to his family and co-workers. May many memories bring you comfort as you share them. May Jehovah God give you his Holy Spirit to bring you peace in the days and months to come. Many prayers for you all. Melanie Leal

Karen Gleeson

Posted at 11:28am
This condolence comes from the sister of Kenneth Moe. I was able to get to know Teunis through his friendship with my brother. I was so thankful Kenneth had a friend in Teunis. They were quite a pair. Teunis was so very good to my brother and sister-in-law when Kenneth was diagnosed with cancer. I have to say, I loved Teunis for being there and being compassionate! He will be missed by many, I am sure! But, it is obvious his place in heaven has already been secured. My prayer is that he finds my brother and they can talk about elk hunting and building hotrods. Karen Casper Gleeson, Sister of Kenneth Moe

Johanna Wyers Posted at 01:41pm

Thank you Karen for this lovely comment!

Beth and Gary Mack

Posted at 11:27am
We didn't know Teunis well as had just met him through the Back Country Horseman's events, but could tell immediately what a dry sense of humor he had which was so enjoyable. He also loved to talk about his fondness for mules and had some pretty funny stories. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with Pat and the family and hoping they are comforted by the good memories that are always in our hearts.

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