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Lloyd Reginald Pettinger Sr.

Lloyd Reginald Pettinger Sr., 87, Brookings, died Aug. 9, 2000.

He was born in Adair, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1912, to John Baptist Pettinger and Margarite Shaffer Pettinger. He was the seventh of eight children.

In the mid 1930s, he and his brother Bob traveled to Oregon in search of adventure. He felled trees in the Siletz, Alsea and Coos rivers, and the east side of the Cascades.

He mined gold along the Applegate River and went to Alaska where he and his brother rode a log raft down to the Yukon River from Fairbanks to the sea.

In November 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served in the 31st Photo Reconnaissance squadron in the European Theater.

He attained the rank of master sergeant and was a line chief in his P-38 squadron.

In 1943, before going overseas, he married his wife Gladys Ruth Lowry in Oklahoma City. They were married for 56 years.

He served in World War II until the wars end at which time he returned to Oregon settling in Depoe Bay. He began a 40-year career as a commercial fisherman.

His boat, The Migrant, still fishes today. Mr. Pettinger was one of the top salmon fisherman on the West Coast, his family said.

In 1961, he moved his family to Brookings. He retired in 1975 and pursued other interests such as gardening and wine making.

Survivors are wife Ruth Pettinger, Brookings; sons and daughters-in-law Reggie and Sarah Pettinger; David and Wendy Pettinger; Brad and Tami Pettinger; daughter and son-in-law Patty and Randy; grandchildren Theresa, Allison, Stephanie, Jonathan, Robert, Katheryn, Elizabeth, Reggie, Jeremy, Nathan, Abigail, Jeffrey, Stephen, Lydia and Aaron.

Also surviving is great-granddaughter Kristine.

Preceding him in death was son Greg Pettinger.

Memorial services are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Brookings Foursquare Church, 1136 Fifield St.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Commercial Fisherman Wives Association in Brookings.

Arrangements are under the direction of Litty Funeral Directors Inc., Brookings Funeral Home.

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