Alan L. Pedigo

Dec. 20, 1932-Feb. 3, 2002

SALEM — Alan L. Pedigo died Feb. 3, at the age of 69.

He was born in Craigmont, Idaho, on Dec. 20, 1932, to Orville and Ollie Pedigo. He came to Eastern Oregon at an early age and attended schools in Hermiston.

Following graduation from high school in 1951, he married Betty Williams. Not long afterward, they moved to Monmouth where Alan attended OCE (WOU) for a short time on a football scholarship. He then spent the next 28 and a half years in the lumber industry, retiring from Boise Cascade in 1981.

In 1974, he and Betty divorced. He married Patricia (Patty) Dent in 1975. He began his own business — Al’s Arctic, a restaurant equipment and supply businss — in 1988.

Alan’s passion was square dance calling, which he did for over 30 years; calling for square dances all over the state of Oregon, as well as California, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Al and Betty started Independence Wagon Wheelers square dance club in 1960. Independence Wagon Wheelers continue to dance at Polk County Fairgrounds. He also was the caller for several other clubs in the Willamette Valley and Portland.

He was a member of the BPOE No. 1950 in Independence.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Pedigo of Salem; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Rick Davis of Dallas, Lori and Rob Coffman of Gresham, and Melinda and Mike DeRochier of Salem; daughter, Lelsie Wilson of Keizer; son, Steven Pedigo of Salem; ex-wife, Betty Sharp of Monmouth; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Sunnie Pedigo of Leesburg, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Corlena and Ken Reed of The Dalles; brother-in-law, John (Skip) Dent of Perrydale; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Martin Pedigo.

A celebration of life was held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at the Court Street Christian Church in Salem. Private interment was held at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice at 2700 Market St. N.E., Salem, 97301; or the Muscular Dystrophy Association at 4800 S.W. MacAdam, Portland, 97201.

Arrangements were made by Restlawn Funeral Home in Salem.

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