April 10, 1923 - November 27, 2013
Luther Elbert Derting, of Woodburn, was born near Wenatchee, Wash. to Charley and Mary Derting.
After graduating from Wenatchee High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war, he and his wife, Helen, and sons moved to Tillamook where he went to work for the Tillamook Peoples Utility District as a groundman. He retired as superintendent of crews in 1984, after 33 years of employment.
He was very active with the Boy Scouts during those years. His wife, Helen, passed away in 1962. In 1963 he married Margaret Creecy and adopted Margarets four children. Louie and Margaret celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May of this year.
Louie and Margaret traveled by RV and cruised after his retirement. The first trip was a tour to Australia and New Zealand. They also visited Samoa, where Louie was stationed during World War II.
Louie was a member of the United Methodist Church, IBEW#125 and a lifetime member of the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Ronald and Louie, with his son Louie passing just 24 hours before he did.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters Anne Derting and Martha Derting, sons David (Susan) and Steven, Louies wife Sheryl Derting, his brothers Willard Derting (JoAnne), of Okanogan, Wash., and Larry Derting (Mary), of East Wenatchee, Wash., seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Private interment services are to be held at Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.