Roy Harold Cederstam, 89, passed away in peace May 12, 2020, with his son and daughter by his side. Roy had been residing at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Oregon, for the past six months.
Roy was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Feb. 27, 1931, to Axel and Hilma Cederstam (Grahn). His parents moved to Seaside, Oregon, in 1936. Roy attended grade school and graduated from Seaside High School in 1950.
He enlisted in the Air Force after high school, and served in France until his discharge in May 1954.
Upon returning home from the service, Roy met his future wife, Beverly Ann Vermeul, who was a good friend of his sister. Roy and Beverly were married Feb. 9, 1955, in Springfield, Oregon. They resided in Seaside and had two children, Christy and Eric.
In 1956, Roy started working for Pacific Power & Light in Seaside, and would retire with the company 33 years later. He was transferred to several different locations in Oregon, making many lifelong friends along the way.
From Seaside the family moved to Enterprise, Oregon for seven years, and then Rainier, Oregon, where Roy became the district manager. There was a short stay in Beaverton, Oregon, where he worked in downtown Portland. There they had a second daughter, Joan.
Roy was then transferred to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he again served as district manager for eight years before moving to Hood River in 1978, and serving as district manager until he retired in 1989. He especially enjoyed interacting with customers to solve their problems, and businesses on the economic development side.
After retiring he worked part time for the Port of Hood River in economic development, helping to bring several businesses to the Gorge area. He resided in Hood River for the last 42 years.
Roy was active in each community, and always made lifelong friends. He volunteered on both the Seaside and Enterprise fire departments. He was elected to both the Sweet Home and Hood River city councils. He was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church, and served on vestry and sang in the choir.
After retiring, Roy and Beverly became involved in taking History America Tours that covered Native American culture and history. One of the most memorable trips was following the Nez Perce Trail to the Bears Paw in Montana. Elderhostel trips were on the agenda during those years also.
Roy and Beverly always took pride in landscaping and gardening their houses. He could be seen regularly raking or blowing leaves, cutting grass, sweeping and general tidying up around the house. Washing and waxing his vehicles were also a point of pride for him. Both Roy and Beverly loved to watch the birds and squirrels they fed for years in their backyard.
Roy’s lifelong passion was his radio-controlled modeling that started at a very young age. His mother helped him build his first rubber band-powered model, which he promptly wrecked against the side of the house. She told him he was on his own from then on. He thoroughly enjoyed the building of airplane models from kits, some even from scratch. He would spend countless hours building a model, covering and finishing them before finally getting to fly them for the first time.
He enjoyed many hours of flying his entire life, and made many special friends out at the “airfield,” wherever that may have been. His joy of flying led him to buying a full-size Piper Cub airplane, which he flew after recovering and finishing it using the skills he learned in the Air Force and all the years of model building.
The good friends and acquaintances he made over the years of modeling were always important to him. His family was the most important thing in his life, and he loved them dearly. Roy and Beverly were soulmates, as anyone who knew them could tell. They both believed their journey on earth was meant to be. They were together in the spirit world before, and they will continue their journey together in the next heavenly life.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife and soulmate of 61 years, Beverly Ann; his parents; and his daughter, Christy Davis.
Roy is survived by son Eric (Tammy) Cederstam of Hood River, Oregon; daughter Joan (Thomas) Jones of Mist, Oregon; son-in-law Dennis Davis of Powell, Wyoming; sisters Arlene (Leroy) Peace of Yuba City, California, and Nancy (Don) Pachel of Seaside, Oregon; and brother-in-law John (Gloria) Vermeul of Redmond, Oregon. He is also survived by five grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the Providence Hospice of the Gorge staff for their support and kindness. They are a wonderful group of dedicated folks. Also, the staff at Brookside, who not only took care of Roy for the last six months, but also Beverly for 18 months before she passed. They are so compassionate, and the family thanks them with their deepest appreciation.
“There’s a warmth and joy that will never end — between the hearts of special friends.”
The family has decided to not have a service, but rather will have a celebration of life at a later date.
Contributions in Roy’s memory may be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge or the Oregon Cancer Foundation (oregoncancerfoundation.org/donate) in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR., 97031.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center. Visit AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.