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Obituaries - July 28, 2011

Chuck Rezac

Longtime Lake Oswego resident O.C. 'Chuck' Rezac died at his home July 23, 2011, after a long battle with complications from prostate cancer. He was 86.

He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Lincoln, Neb., to Otto and Ruth Rezac.

Soon thereafter he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he spent much time at beach and jazz clubs.

At the outset of World War II he joined the U.S. Army and was a radiation technician, near the front lines in France. He returned home and attended the University of Southern California on the G.I. Bill and earned a degree in business.

In 1950 he married Marilyn Stanley. They moved to Lake Oswego in 1964 and lived near Hallinan School for 40 years.

Mr. Rezac served lunch at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center and participated in fellowship at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church. He had a lifelong commitment to Sigma Chi.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn; his children Kurt Rezac of Seattle, Wash., Erika Rezac of Portland, Kirsten Herriges of Tualatin and Kris Rezac of Seattle and one grandson.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Community Room of Oswego Pointe Apartments, 5033 Foothills Road.

Richard Willis

Richard Wayne Willis of McMinnville died July 21, 2011, after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 90.

He was born Aug. 14, 1920, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Jesse and Clint Willis.

He earned his civilian pilot's license in college and in 1941 became a member of the U.S. Air Force Cadet Academy.

He married Virginia 'Ginny' Dooley in 1943.

During an aviation career that spanned four decades, he piloted and instructed on nearly every aircraft, from bi-planes to 747 jets. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and was an Air Force flight instructor. He was involved with air assistance during the Korean and Vietnam wars and was a Pan American Airlines 747 captain. An active sportsman, he never forgot to do his Air Force exercises every morning.

Mr. Willis and his wife moved from Los Altos Hills, Calif., to Oregon to be nearer family.

In addition to his wife Ginny, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Mike Robinson of Corvallis, his daughter Sandy Willis of Tigard, his son and daughter-in-law Gary and Sandi Willis of Lake Oswego, five grandchildren and six great-grandsons.

Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.