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Larry E. Pressnall

April 14, 1945 - August 31, 2018


Larry Pressnall was born April 14, 1945 in Portland Oregon to Milton L. V. Pressnall and Doris Davis Pressnall, he crossed over August 31, 2018.  Larry grew up in Parkrose and graduated high school there in 1963.  During these years he was active with Portland Youth for Christ singing with the Original Continentals.  He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran serving in both the Army and Navy.  For 18 years he owned Pressnall’s Four Corners Autobody in Salem and was an award winning show car painter.  During those years he advocated for fair insurance laws pertaining to custom cars.  As a council member of the MHRC he provided leadership for the Portland Roadster Show.  For health reasons he left the autobody business to answer the calling to help fellow Native Americans dealing with addiction problems at Native American Rehabilitation Association in Portland.  He became known as Mr. Redroad through his teachings and being a fire tender brought the fire circle ceremony to those he worked with.
 
Larry is survived by his wife of over 42 years Louise Wavra Pressnall, son William (Salem), daughters Carrie Pressnall Ehmke, (her husband Chris), Lana Cosman, (her husband Ernie), adopted daughter Pam Whelan, (her husband Tony Sadelmyer), and grandchildren , Jordan Ehmke, Jenna Ehmke, Jace Ehmke, Miranda Cosman, and Lauren Cosman.
 
Graveside services will be held at the Chehalis Reservation Tribal Cemetery (Oakville, WA), Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11 a.m..  Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
 

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Oh I don't know where to begin. I first met Larry while I was helping with the annual Tribal Veterans day appreciation dinner many many years ago. He knew my dad quite well so I got to know him too. There was just something  about him that I adored. He was a very nice man. I looked forward to each encounter and had to go out of my way to go see him and ask how he was. He will be missed. The last time I seen him he tried marrying me off to his son I believe it was. He grabs my hand and says what?! No ring? I said no. He said how come. I told him I don't know just hasn't happened yet. He then says well I have my son he's single. Louise then kept telling him no she's got a boyfriend they are happy. He kept trying to marry me off. Awe rest easy my friend. Say hello to my Uncle Mike for me. 



So sorry to hear about Larry. He was one of the kindest guys I know. Loved getting big hugs from him when I seen him.. to Louise and his children and grandchildren you were very blessed to have such a great man in you life. Sending my love, strength and prayers to you all. May Larry Rest in Peace. Love Nancy



Too few times together--I remember the friendships in our two families--Boise to Portland.  Looking forward to our heavenly reunion.



The Mardock family were surprised upon reading the obituary.  We met the Pressnall family in Parkrose and until recently maintained contact.  I (Hub) had many good talks with Larry over the years and truly appreciated his many talents.

Just now I remember our Parkrose Youth Group outings with much pleasure.  Lois, Jean and Larry were like part of our family during those years.

Hub, Shirley, Cheri and Phyllis