Leland Paul Paetz, 69, of St. Helens, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Born in Portland, Oregon on September 21, 1943 to Rudolph and Martha Paetz, he lived most of his life in Myrtle Creek, Oregon and St. Helens, Oregon.
Leland graduated from Riddle High School in 1962 and continued on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Auto Body repair from the North Dakota State School of Science. He also received an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Maintenance from Umpqua Community College.
Leland worked as an Industrial Maintenance Millwright for Roseburg Forest Products and Evraz Oregon Steel Mills for more than 40 years, retiring in June 2012. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.
Leland is survived by his wife Mary of 46 years, sons Ryan and Terrence Paetz; daughter Andrea (Bryan) Babcock; brothers Kenneth (Laurie) Paetz and Gary (Shelley) Paetz; grandchildren, Chris, Emma and Jake, and one great-granddaughter, Iliyana, he is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to come and share in a Celebration of Leland’s Life on Sunday, January 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Scappoose Creek Inn, 53758 W. Lane Road, Scappoose, Oregon 97056.