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Randle "Pete" Edward Dorland

May 24, 1941 ~ July 17, 2017 (age 76)

On Christmas Eve 1944 Robert Randle Dorland, better known as Bob, and his young wife Marion Treat Dorland had no idea what they were starting when they put their young son Randle Edward Dorland, better known as Pete to bed and proceeded to become Santa’s helpers.

Marion went outside at 1429 Beaconsfield Road, Gross Pointe Park, Michigan where they rented the upstairs apartment from Minnie and Paul Froding, to bring in the little Christmas tree Paulie (as Pete called him) had picked up on his way home from work. She carried it upstairs and she and Bob set it up. Marion decorated the tree with natural and homemade decorations while Bob brought in a half sheet of Plywood which they could lay across the railings of the stairs that acted as a table. Bob started laying track on the Plywood for his Lionel Lines Train Set, Engine #726. They made some buildings for the layout, hooked up the transformer and finished up the details, went to bed and waited for Santa. Pete got up Christmas morning with squeals of delight and the rest is history. His love of trains continued for his entire life. Model Trains of all sizes and real Steam Locomotives.

Randle “Pete” Dorland, 76 of Milwaukie, Oregon passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Pete was born in Detroit, Michigan May 24, 1941. He was the only child of Robert Randle Dorland from High Bridge, New Jersey and Marion Treat Dorland Stark from Summit, New Jersey. After his parents divorced he spent the school years with his mother in New Jersey and he would take the train to Detroit to spend the summers with his dad.

He went to the Boarding Schools Pennington Prep for his Freshman and Sophomore years, then to George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1959. Several famous people sent their kids to George School. His girlfriend was Caroline Dow of Dow Chemical. (Dummy, he should have married her.) One of his friends was Peter Oppenheimer, son of Robert Oppenheimer. Mary Martin’s daughter, Heller Halliday, Larry Hagman's sister also went there.

When he graduated from George School he joined the U.S. Air Force. After one year of intense training at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, he was transferred to the 689th Radar Squadron at Mount Hebo Air Force Station, Mt. Hebo, Oregon. He was an ACW Radar repairman from November 1959 to May 1962. He was transferred to the 639th AC & W Squadron at Lowther Air Station, Ontario, Canada from May 1962 to May 1963 when he was honorably discharged.

While stationed at Mt. Hebo, Oregon he met Lois Pappas. They were married on June 22, 1963 and still married till present. When first married they moved to Gross Point Park, Michigan where Pete hoped to live. After four months of not finding work they moved to Torrance, California where Pete went to work for International Rectifier. After two years they decided to move to Portland, Oregon.

Pete went to work for Bonneville Power Administration as an Engineering Technician in the Division of System Engineering, High Voltage Practices Branch. In May of 1987 he went to the Division of Laboratories, Electrical Investigation Branch. In January of 1988, he was selected as an Electrical T&D Craftsman II (E) He retired after 30 years of service. His performance was recognized by many awards.

Pete and Lois had two children, a son, Bret Alexander Dorland and a daughter, Juli Elizabeth Dorland Pete was involved with the National Railway Historical Society, Columbia River Chapter and The Great Northern Railway Historical Society for more than 30 years. He was part of the Southern Pacific 4449 Steam Locomotives volunteer crew for many years and has made many lifelong friends.

He is survived by his wife Lois Dorland of Milwaukie; his son Bret Dorland (Jennifer) of West Linn; his daughter Juli Dorland of Tillamook; sister-in-law Ginny Van Loo (Walter Gotchall) of Milwaukie; nephew Steve Klahn of Tillamook and his children, Timber Klahn (Cheyenne) of Tillamook; Brook Klahn of The United States Marine Corps; and other extended family members.

A Military Service for family members will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at 1:00 pm on July 25, 2017. Arrangements in care of Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

A celebration of Pete’s life will be held at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214 July 25, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Please bring your funny stories about Pete.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, P.O.Box 42443, Portland, OR 97242 Payable to “ORHF”,

Charitable donations may be made to:

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
P.O.Box 42443, Portland OR 97242

 Service Information

Military Honors
July 25, 2017

1:00 PM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086

Celebration of Life
July 25, 2017

2:00 PM
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

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