Monday, January 1, 2018

In Memory of Compatriot Grier R. Ingebretsen 1942-2017


Cancer has taken our Compatriot Grier R. Ingebretsen on December 25, 2017.

Grier was very involved, active and committed to the Sons of the American Revolution holding offices and leadership positions in our own Lewis & Clark Chapter as well as in the Oregon State Society.  He loved to be part of a Revolutionary War Era Color Guard proudly marching in parades and local events.  Grier was proud of his heritage, patriotic and a real history buff, devouring history books. Black Powder shooting was his latest interest, adding some fine-looking trapper attire for good measure.

Grier’s passion and all-consuming dream was the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial to be placed in Beaverton’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.  He had the vision, spearheaded and championed the project but has failed to see it to completion, leaving the final work to those he left behind.  We must not let him down.

The Lewis & Clark Continental Color Guard sent him off to his final destination with a musket volley. Even the pouring rain and wind could not stop us from giving our friend and compatriot a final salute.

Thank you, Grier, for all you have done and your friendship and passion for the SAR. You will be missed our friend. We have the watch. 

Grier was born in Seattle, Washington 27 Nov 1942 to Evelyn Bell Taylor and Shirley Buehl Ingebretsen.  Shirley worked for Boeing Aircraft as an inspector and was also a barber.  Grier passed away December 25, 2017

Grier was very proud of ancestors from the Grier side and of his strong Oregon pioneer heritage as well as that of proven Revolutionary War patriots who were present at Bunker Hill and wintered at Valley Forge.  His Ingebretsen side arrived from Norway in 1885.  
The family moved to Oregon City after WWII and Grier attended local schools, graduating from Oregon City High School in 1961.  The Ingebretsen’s were very active and dedicated to the Oregon City Christian Church and Grier was proud to have helped build several churches in that area.  After high school Grier joined the Navy and prepared to see the world.  Unfortunately, his father’s illness required him to return to assist the family and his Naval career was cut short.  He served as a Machinist Mate on the Richard S. Edwards, a Sherman Class Destroyer.

Grier held many jobs during his high school years and beyond and often pointed out buildings where he was once employed as a young man.  After time spent working in the Oregon City Mill, he apprenticed in floor covering industry.  Skills learned there included wall papering for large hotels, all kinds of flooring, tile and counter tops.  He went on to own his own carpet stores several times, was wholesale tile rep and carpet rep with experience in every facet of the industry.  Grier would often point out homes, buildings, schools, businesses remembering how his skills were used to beautify those facilities.
Grier identified a niche that was a need for installers to take on the smaller jobs and for the past 30 years maintained a steady business. He did not advertise, and word of mouth recommendations kept him very busy all those years.  Grier was working well into November 2017 and had jobs lined up into 2018.  He was busy and active.

Grier was a long time active member of Bergfreunde Ski club and has many friends and experiences from those amazing days on the mountains. 

Grier played the clarinet at Oregon City High School and advanced to be part of a Navy band with special privileges and fun weekend events.  The clarinet was pressed into use many years later as he joined Portland’s own One More Time Around Again Marching Band.  Other bands soon followed, and he was very committed and supportive of the Beat Goes on Marching Band.  When unable to continue marching and playing, Grier marketed the TBGO band 24/7 and excelled in fund raising with TBGO reaping those benefits. 

Grier is survived by his wife Patti, sister Carinda Ingebretsen, son Erik Ingebretsen, step sons Steve and Tim Waitman and 3 grandchildren, Caleb Ingebretsen, Amy and Megan Waitman.  He is also survived by 3 cousins Coleen Ivey, Paulette Ingebretsen and Nadean Newgard.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Ghoulish Affair!!!

Color Guard manning the small booth and showing
pieces of our Learning trunk. Compatriots Grier Ingebretsen,
Mark Robertson and Michael Tieman.
Our Color Guard spends the Saturday night before Halloween with the Ghosts at the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland. Ghostly guides escorted almost 2,000 visitors on 45 minute tours to meet some of the cemetery's residents and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures.

We were part of the free community History Fair with interactive displays, snacks and information about our Sons of the American Revolution and Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial. As you see in the above photo, we brought along pieces of our Learning Trunk, items we take into schools, organizations, and public events to teach about the Revolutionary War and the people who lived in that time.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

4th of July at St. Paul Rodeo Parade

Lookin' Good. Our chapter Color Guard shows up, including three new chapter members in the front row. Plus we were awarded 1st place in the Marching Group category. Sweet. Thanks to all who showed up and the families who came out to support our "Guard" on this nice sunny day. Fun was had by all.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Color Guard Musket Volley at Beaverton Memorial Day Celebration

Beaverton Oregon Veterans Memorial Park,  Memorial Day Celebration May 29th, 2017.
Color Guard with Beaverton Mayor Doyle in the center of the action.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lewis & Clark Chapter SAR Color Guard presents the Colors at the OSSDAR State Conference Saturday May 20, 2017

Good afternoon, Lewis & Clark SAR Gentlemen!

Thank you so much for serving as the Color Guard yesterday at our OSSDAR State Conference in Wilsonville! It was such a happy surprise to see your 2 new Junior members marching proudly with your contingent. ;-)

Attached are 4 photos taken as y'all marched in. Fair warning: They're a tad fuzzy but…..
                better than nutting', eh? Hopefully, someone else took better ones for you.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!    
XOXOX,  Roberta/Bertie Mills

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sons & Daughters of the Oregon Pioneers

From left: Michael Tieman, Abigail Walker - Miss Pioneer Oregon, Dave Kingsella, Grier Ingebretsen.
Photo below is of the Sons of the American Revolution members at the banquet.

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 the Color Guard of the Lewis & Clark chapter presented the Colors at the Annual meeting of the Sons & Daughters of the Oregon Pioneers to celebrate the 158th Anniversary of Oregon Statehood. Photos by Compatriot Cleve Parker.

Monday, December 12, 2016

We laid wreaths at Willamette National Cemetery Dec 17 for Wreaths Across America

Willamette National Cemetery after the wreaths were laid.
Color Guard firing a musket volley in salute.
Fred Heiserman, Grier Ingebretsen,
Michael Tieman and Mark Robertson
Michael Tieman laying a wreath to remember
the MIA's from the Korean War.

The Lewis & Clark Color Guard of the Sons of the American Revolution laid wreaths on the veterans graves at Willamette National Cemetery. The ceremonies began in the cold and snow at 1pm on Saturday, Dec. 17 thanks to the Civil Air Patrol and representatives from all of the branches of the military. At 2:30pm our Color Guard fired a musket volley in salute. Volunteers then laid the wreaths purchased through the Wreaths Across America program on the graves of the veterans at Willamette. This year, the chapter's first year in the WAA program we sold 160 wreaths and we laid 53 of the wreaths on specific graves. This year, the cemetery laid over 900 wreaths, more than doubled from last year. 

REMEMBER our fallen U.S. veterans. HONOR those who serve.TEACH our children the value of freedom.