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Calvin Leroy VanPelt

Memorial for Calvin Leroy VanPelt

Born on Sep. 4, 1924
Departed on Sep. 25, 2011 and resided in Portland, OR.
Service: Friday, Sep. 30, 2011
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CALVIN LEROY VAN PELT was born September 4, 1924 in Alsea, Oregon, the son of the late
Roy Van Pelt and Gertrude (Sapp) Van Pelt. He was raised in Waldport, Oregon.

He was a Veteran of World II, having joined the United States Army in June of 1943 at Fort Lewis, WA. Calvin served for 2 1/2 years. He landed on Utah Beach and was part of the Northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland Campaigns. Calvin received his discharge in December of 1945 at Camp Plauche, LA , at the rank of Technician 5th Grade.

Calvin returned to Oregon where he graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove in 1949. That same year Calvin married Phyllis Asbury. Calvin subsequently attended Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and upon graduation he and Phyllis returned to Portland where they raised their four children.

Calvin began his career as an export trainee with Jantzen, Inc. in Portland, Oregon and eventually became the manager of their international division. Later, he held executive positions at Columbia Exporters, White Stag, Sea-Pac International and Martin Sales International. He also worked more than 20 years to establish the World Trade Center in Portland and served several years as Honorary Consul to the Republic of South Africa.

He served on the Pacific University Alumni Board of Directors, as Elder for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and several other community-based boards, foundations and committees. In June 2007, Pacific University bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award to Calvin and 5 other graduates.

In 1983 he was united in marriage to Loris Close in Portland. They enjoyed 28 years of travel, music and sports together.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Gertrude Van Pelt. Survivors include his wife, Loris Van Pelt, of the family home in Portland, Oregon; his five children, Nita Van Pelt, of Portland, Oregon; Ken Van Pelt, of Portland, Oregon; Paul Van Pelt, of Bermuda, Lawrence Van Pelt, of Newport Beach, California; and Craig Close, of Chicago, Illinois; and his sister, Kathleen Forster, of Siletz, Oregon, and 4 grandchildren, Blair, Ana, Kellen and Hugh.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Scholarship Fund, c/o Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116, in his memory.

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