Loved and Missed

George Fuller Heller, 68, of Portland passed on June 20, 2015. He was born on December 8, 1946.

George attended high school and college in Portland, OR. After living in Hawaii for a time, George became an active duty member of the Army and was stationed in Germany. He graduated from Portland State University with a BA in History, and earned his post-baccalaureate teaching certificate as well. He married Cynthia Heller and they both became high school teachers: George specializing in history, Cynthia in Math. George also enjoyed coaching the high school swim and track teams.

George valued education, and had a life-long love of learning. History fascinated him, and he was a voracious reader. He loved to tell stories and discuss current events. He found great joy in intellectual conversations with his family, and had a good sense of humor. He loved animals, and was known to keep the neighborhood squirrels and hummingbirds well-fed during the winter. He also loved his two cats, Tyger and Bella. 

George is survived by his wife; they were married 42 years. He also leaves behind a son, John, daughter, Meredith, and sister, Kathy Friesen (Gerhard Friesen). He was very proud of his children, and got to see his daughter earn a Ph.D. 

There will be a memorial service for George at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church (515 SW Maplecrest Drive, for directions and map see link) at 3pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. A celebration of life reception with coffee and cookies will immediately follow.

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Posted by Loboy Al on 10th July 2015
Dear Cynthia - I was very sorry to hear of George's death and only recently found out after returning from a trip. Even though George and I had not seen each other for some time, I still considered him a friend and have thought of him often. He was a fine man and will be in my prayers, as will you, John and Meredith. Al Loboy
Posted by Linda Morelli on 2nd July 2015
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Heller. I remember him well and of course my favorite 7th grade teacher Mrs. Heller. You were both always so kind to me. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. You are loved. Linda Morelli
Posted by Thomas L Selliken Jr on 28th June 2015
My heart goes out to all your family he will be missed by all I Darlene Selliken who was his caregiver and came once a week helped him out will miss him he was a dear man take care all of you Darlene
Posted by Betty Johnson on 28th June 2015
Prayers for you and your family... My heart is broken for you. I learned so much from George. He was a man with a passionate heart for his family and everything he did.

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