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George Dreiszus

September 18, 1925 April 8, 2015
George Dreiszus
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George Dreiszus died April 8 at the age of 89 in a care facility. He was born in Portland, Oregon on Sept. 18, 1925 to Mike and Helen Dreiszus. In the presence of his wife Mabel of 68 years, George quietly passed on to be with his Heavenly Father. During his long illness, George never complained about his difficulties. When asked how he felt, his reply was always “TOO Good!” He was a joy and inspiration to all his family and friends. His love for them was unconditional. After attending Portland schools, at 18 years old he enlisted in the Merchant Marines. During this time of World War II, the ship he was stationed on delivered supplies to the fighting military around the world. Constantly in danger, his ship was torpedoed several times with the loss of young lives. He didn’t like to talk about some of the horrors he found on some of the South Sea Islands. After the war was over, he returned to Portland and then married the love of his life, Mabel Schwartz. Their marriage produced 3 sons and a daughter. After trying different jobs he became the buyer for Western Waxide, a subsidiary of Crown Zellerback, a position that he liked, but found it to be too confining for his energy. His thoughts were focused on more physical challenges which included land development, restorations of older buildings, businesses and a few inventions. He could see what most couldn’t see. He had an imagination and the ability to act on his ideas; and with the support of his wife, he realized his goals. George found time to be a Rotarian for a few years and was in charge of the seafood luncheon during the Azalea Festival. He also enjoyed belonging to the Elks and being on the Brookings Planning Commission. He was also a faithful member of Grace Bible Church. While owning a Motel in Brookings, he got to do his favorite thing, “Fishing.” He owned a fishing boat and he would take guests out fishing, complimentary and then Bar-B-Q their catch for them. Besides having fun, it was “good for business.” George and Mabel, in their RV, traveled many miles having great times together, seeing most of the U.S., Canada and Alaska. Also trips to Europe and Hawaii for long visits were included in their adventures. After moving to Brookings, George got his pilot’s license to fly. He and two other men bought a Mooney (airplane). George would often pick up two of his children who were students at Oregon State and bring them home for visits. He loved to fly and went as far as the Baja in Mexico. Survivors include his wife Mabel, daughter Linda Bergquist of Medford, sons Brad Dresizus of Estacada, OR and Dan Dreiszus (Tety) of Dallas, OR. Grandchildren are Dale Dreiszus (Rebecca) of Chewela, WA; Julian David Bergquist of San Diego, CA; Daniel Bergquist of Spokane, WA; Anders Dreiszus (Jen) who is a Green Beret; Addison Dreiszus; Archer Dreiszus of Dallas, OR; Connor Dreiszus (April); twins Victoria Dreiszus and Natalie Dreiszus-Brooks (Levi) of Estacada, OR; Isabella, Olivia and Evan Dreiszus of Dallas, OR. George was preceded in death by his son David, his parents, his brothers Gordon, Bob and sister Olive Sabraenes. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday April 25th at Grace Bible Church, 302 North Hazel Street in Brookings. A luncheon reception will follow the service. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at
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