Wallace “Duke” Edward Rider, age 83, peacefully passed away on January 7, 2021. He was born June 3, 1937 in Mill City Oregon to Wilfred Alvin Rider & Lillian Farman Rider. His family moved to Powers where Duke attended school and worked in the lumber industry with his father. In 1954 they moved to Newport where Duke graduated in 1955.
Patricia “Pat” Ann Gillard, age 84, also peacefully passed away 2 weeks later on January 21, 2021. She was born July 24, 1936 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado to Philo L Gillard and Jeanett Ricci Gillard. Her family moved to Yachats Oregon in 1952, then to Scio and later that year to Newport Oregon, where she attended and graduated from Newport High School in 1954. She was a Cheer Leader and named “Football Queen” both her Junior and Senior Year.
Duke and Pat met in 1956 & they got married on March 16, 1957, 64 Years of a Marriage meant to be. Duke was then working on the Wacoma Dredge in Newport and at the Cedar Shingle Mill in Toledo. Pat worked at a coffee shop and as a telephone operator in Newport. Later he worked at Lincoln Dairy and eventually bought the business.
Duke worked for Franz Bread and was so proud to win the 1984 ‘Salesman of the Year’, he retired in 1992. Pat sold Avon and later worked at a couple retail stores, which she loved.
During their retirement years they enjoyed traveling, including a 3 Month RV trip to Alaska, a long trip to Branson Missouri. They often took the grand children on weekend camping trips. Duke spent a lot of time in his work shop building replica models to scale of the local fishing fleet, coast guard boats and custom orders, he did carvings, a cannon and water wheel displayed in their backyard. Pat enjoyed cooking, decorating, gardening, and spending as much time as she could with the grandkids. They looked forward to watching the Blazer games and other Oregon sports. Both were loving parents & grandparents and they will be missed by Greg & Wife Ruth Rider of Salem, Patti & Husband Joe Bailey of Siletz, Doug & Wife Dayle Rider of Toledo, and 4 Grand children Isaac Rider of Silverton, Jacob Rider of Salem, Kylie Bailey of Bend and Kody Rider of Las Vegas.
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