Edward William Acheson died Sept. 14, 2021, at home in Washougal surrounded by family. He was 89.
Ed lived a full and happy life, was deeply loved and will be missed greatly.
He was born June 30, 1932, in Chewelah, Wash., to William and Margaret (Poetter) Acheson — one of five children. At the age of 20 he joined the Air Force, where he served as an airplane mechanic during the Korean War.
Ed married Emma Smith on Jan. 16, 1954, moving to Washougal where they raised their four children. Family was his greatest joy, and he and Emma loved attending their kids’ various sporting and school events and taking them on adventures in the family’s motor home to National Parks and other locations across the United States, creating many lifelong memories along the way. Ed worked at the Camas paper mill for 38 years, retiring in 1990. Ed and Emma also owned and operated Washougal Arts and Crafts followed by the Big Dipper ice cream shop.
Ed had a big heart, a wonderful sense of humor and was a devoted family man. He treasured his family, and always made them feel loved and appreciated. When he said he loved you, you knew it was spoken from the heart. He loved warm days and enjoyed spending hours puttering around in his garage building and fixing things. He also enjoyed giving back to the community, including volunteering for East County Fire and Rescue and the CAPE Enrichment Program to deliver quality products to the students of Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School and Canyon Creek Middle School. His birdhouses, bug boxes and cat scratching posts were always a hit with the students.
Ed is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emma; four children, Lonnie Acheson of Oregon City, Ore., Tammy Dinius and her husband, Ron, of Washougal, Larry Acheson and his wife, Lorri, of Tigard, Ore., Jerry Acheson and his wife, Heather, of Washougal; sister, Linda Meadows of Chewelah; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with another on the way; and close friends, including Don and Shari Blackett of Washougal.
A private memorial service will be held. To sign the online guestbook, visit brownsfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to an account set up at IQ Credit Union in Edward Acheson’s name. A scholarship will be established to support local students in nee
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