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Jack Reinertsen

March 1, 1921 — February 8, 2013

JACK LARRY REINERTSEN Former Naselle, Washington resident Jack L. Reinertsen, 91, died February 8, 2013 in Lacey, Washington. The son of Ingvold and Nellie (LaFlombroise) Reinertsen, he was born in Astoria, Oregon on March 1, 1921. His father was a Norwegian immigrant and his mother half native Chinook Indian. Jack grew up in Hammond, Oregon where he received his education. His father died when Jack was young and by age 15 Jack was working in area fish canneries, especially Point Adams Packing, and also worked on construction of the South Jetty. He began his career fishing locally, but with the outbreak of the Second World War, Jack joined the US Army and served his nation from 1942 until 1946. Returning to his roots after the war, Jack continued his commercial fishing career. He settled on the north bank of the Columbia living in Altoona, Washington for 20 years and later in Naselle for over 40 years until moving to Lacey for medical care. Jack was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Naselle Post, and a proud member of the Chinook Indian Nation. He always enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether fishing or clamming or just enjoying the sights. Jack is survived by a daughter Julie Hampson of Chehalis, WA; grandsons Tyler and Zachary Hampson; and numerous nieces and nephews.. He was preceded in death by sister Ruby Reinertsen, Sophie Wright, Ida Kalander and Frances Hakki and brothers Henry and Theodore. Private committal will be at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle. His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.

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