UMATILLA — Gary E. Tasakos died Jan. 25 of pancreatic cancer at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City. He was 58.

Gary was born in Vancouver, Wash. on Jan. 5, 1949.

He was raised in Portland. Gary attended Our Lady of Sorrows and Franklin Senior High. He served in Vietnam from July 1967 to July 1971 in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Gary mentored with his uncle Floyd in the bakery business and in 1994 bought a food processing plant in Eastern Oregon. He bought a barn and acre of land to play in. Gary became the patented and trademark inventor of the "Tonion."

Gary was passionate about fishing, hunting and had many good friends who shared his love of these sports and his faith in God.

He was a generous and loving man; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife Rebecca and their daughter Carissa Keisser and step-daughter Jennifer Muschenheim; five grandchildren; his mother Alice Harvey and Uncle Floyd; sisters Linda and Cindy, their spouses and children; cousins Diane, Sherry, Deanna and their spouses and children.

Burial with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S. E. Mt. Scott Boulevard in Portland on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.

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