Tom Lein

June 28, 1927-July 3, 2006

Damascus resident Tom Lein, 79, died Monday, July 3, in Damascus. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 10, at Riverview Abbey Funeral Home, 319 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Tom was born June 28, 1927, in Portland to John Lewis and Mayme Helen (Keogh) Lein. He was raised and educated in Portland, where he graduated from Benson High School in 1944.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served until 1948. He reenlisted in January 1951 and was discharged in October 1951, having attained the rank of hospitalman. His time in the military was spent primarily in Washington state.

On June 30, 1949, Tom married Suzanne Cook in Stevenson, Wash. In 1952, he began a career with the Portland Police Bureau. He served as a street patrolman and later worked in the records department and as a guard at the jail. He retired in 1978. Tom also owned a used appliance store, Discount Appliance, in Southeast Portland. He officially retired in 1995.

Tom enjoyed hunting elk and deer and fishing for salmon and trout. He also enjoyed his garden.

On Oct. 19, 2004, Tom was preceded in death by his wife. He was also preceded in death by his sons, David Lein and John Lein. Survivors include his sons, Bruce Lein of Portland, Frank Lein of Washougal, Wash., and Gary Lein of Prineville; daughter, Arlene Lesh of Arcadia, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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