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Lawrence Earl Oman

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Lawrence Earl Oman, 88, a resident of Portland, Ore., died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his home.

Military honors and graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19,  at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Lawrence was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Leavenworth, Wash. He was one of five children born to Oscar and Ella Mae (Leonard) Oman.

He lived in Eureka and moved to Everett, Wash., at age 10. There he began working to help his family, and he attended school at Everett High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served his country as a combat infantryman under General George S. Patton, seeing action in three major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Lawrence married Margaret Alice Cooper in 1951 at Stevenson, Wash. They made their home in Portland.

He was the golf course superintendent at Alderwood Country Club until it was purchased by the Port of Portland for the construction of Portland International Airport. He survived the Vanport flood of 1948. He worked as a warehouse manager for Paper Mills Agency for over 20 years.

Lawrence enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He was an avid gardener and was a very meticulous man. He always looked forward to family gatherings and holidays.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Margaret; daughter Lisa Oman; son-in-law Austin Climenson; and brothers Wayne and Dale Oman.

Survivors include his four children and their spouses: Julie Climenson, Daniel and Cathy Oman, of Portland, Ore.; Laurie and Michael Lux of Hillsboro, Ore.; Samuel and Yazmin Oman of Lynnwood, Wash.; two siblings: Karl Oman, Marie and Robert Oman; 14 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family suggests donations in Lawrence’s name to Disabled American Veterans.

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