Albert Miller Mortensen, 90,
began his next adventure when he joined his Lord on June 25, 2007, surrounded
by his family.
Albert was born Feb. 5,
1912, at Huntington, Long Island, New York, to Hans J. and Anna Miller
Mortensen. Albert spent his early years on Long Island. He remembered his
father plowing farmland and finding continental coins. Later, he traveled with
his cousin and uncle in his uncle’s new Packard to watch the German dirigible
“The Hindenburg” land. This was the last trip for the dirigible. He witnessed
it explode while trying to land.
Albert’s family moved to
Portland, Ore., when he was 16. His best friend’s uncle steamed into port in a
new Norwegian freighter. Albert and his friend were asked to work on the ship
for the summer, and so they traveled around the world as deck hands. Albert
continued working with his family in Portland.
There are numerous tales
that could be told of his exploits. One snowy night a friend of Albert’s told
him about a girl he should meet and go sledding with. This was the beginning of
a relationship with Bernice Schader. Albert and Bernice married on June 28,
1941. The marriage lasted 65 years until Bernice passed away in February of
2006. Albert began working as an electrician, being initiated in the IBEW Local
48 in 1942.
WWII started and he entered
the Coast Guard and served until he was honorably discharged in 1945. Albert
served as an electrician and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands and the
South Pacific. Albert spent time on the Marshall Islands and learned to speak
the language. He said it was easy because there were only 13 letters.
Albert worked for several
contractors, both independent and on the Hanford Reservation. He would give a
bid on a piece of wood, literally. His word was as good as his handshake.
Albert retired from construction in 1980, and had just recently received his
65-year pin from the IBEW. After retirement, Albert discovered his talent with
woodworking making numerous pieces of furniture for family and friends. He
applied his electrical knowledge to the United Methodist Church which he
attended, and he assisted in any way possible. He was a devout Christian and
dedicated to his Lord.
Albert was a craftsman with
an eye to detail and appreciated good craftsmanship. He loved his wife, family
and friends with a passion. He had a kind heart, was a gentleman, and all who
were privileged to know him have lost a great friend.
Albert is survived by his
children, James (Linda) Mortensen and Thomas (Christie) Mortensen; his
grandchildren, Stuart (Shawna) Mortensen, Ingrid Mortensen and Ian (Aimee)
Mortensen, Gene Sinner, Janet Sinner, Debbie Albrecht; and great-grandchildren,
Claire, Lily, Conner, Jake, John, Sarah, Tanner, Paige and Devin; and his
great-great-grandchildren, Anthony and Kay Lee. Albert is also survived by his
sisters-in-law, Marcella Schader, Margie Schader, Valetta Miller; and one
brother-in-law and best friend, Cliff Miller; as well as many nieces and
nephews, especially Kevin Miller and David (Carol) Miller.
He was preceded in death by
his bride, Bernice Schader Mortensen; his parents, Hans and Anna Mortensen; and
Memorial funeral services
will be held Saturday, 30, 2007, at 1 p.m., at Sunnyside United Methodist
Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sunnyside United Methodist
Church. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.