"This Memorial Site was created to honor those who gave so much of themselves to the Northwest Region and who will always be fondly remembered by the Northwest skaters"

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GERALD WILLIAM JORGENSEN Born May 21, 1946 Portland, Oregon
Died October 11, 1998 Portland Oregon

Jerry Jorgensen, was a well known friend of the northwest skaters and organist at the Oaks Park rink, He left us wonderful skating music that will be truly treasured, and many fond memories of skating to his music at the Northwest Regional Championships for many years. We will never forget him, his music is all around us.

Born May 17, 1946 Eugene, Oregon
Died January 8, 1999 Portland, Oregon

Ted O'Neil was the official photographer in the Northwest Region for 20 years and he left us a legacy of beautiful memories in the pictures he created at the competitions for thousands of skaters. When we look at those pictures we will all think of Ted with his smiling face and interest in giving his best. He is missed very much.

Ronald S. (Pete) Lewis
Born: March 16, 1925, Puyallup WA
Died: August 21, 1999, Auburn WA
Pete Lewis a true friend of skating, skated at Auburn, Washington and was a great supporter of skating.
Pete passed away from a battle with Lukemia.

Don Norlen passed away, September 24th 1999
Don, a very familiar face in our region, and a true skating enthusiast, and was one of the coaches who was awarded the over 25 years of service as a USARS coach at Regionals this year and was a former northwest competitor from Gresham Oregon. He coached many years and due to illness was not coaching for the past few years.
He will truly be missed by all of us.

February 13, 1929-December 18, 1999

Helen Lisk, long time Northwest Region coach and friend passed away on December 18th 1999. She coached many skaters thru the years and was a former Washington State USARS officer.

She was a loving mom, sister, grandma and friend, went to be with the Lord on December 18,1999, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Tacoma, WA on February 13, 1929, Helen was 70 and a resident of Pacific, WA. In 1945 she began her teaching career in Rollerskating, teaching hundreds of kids and adults, loving every minute. Her skating career spanned many years. She was honored with the Pop Brown Award for lifetime achievement. She was also a past president of the USAC/RS in WA. Her teachings began in Redondo and finished at Melody Skate Center in Auburn. She had many accomplishments in the skating world. She is survived by a brother, Robert Bergquist (Theresa); son Robert Lisk (Linda); grandchildren Colleen, Morghan and Jillian Lisk; other relatives and many friends. Thank you to the many doctors and nurses that helped throughout the years.She was a true skating enthusiast.

We will all remember Helen.



OCTOBER 9, 1914-JULY 1, 2000

He skated in and through our lives,
And we'll never be the same.
The memories deposited in our minds.
Will never fade or go away.
Even now if you listen, you can hear Pat say
"What man's job allows him to work and play,
and bring his kids with him everyday?"
His passion for skating and love for life,
Gave many of us a start.
And though he is gone,
the memories live on….Pat,
You're forever in your heart !
-JL Pattison 7/7/2000
Carroll William Rollins "Pat" Pattison
Born October 9, 1914 in Lewistown, Montana.
85 years on this earth he left us July 1, 2000

Many people go through life wishing they had a job they loved.Pat spent his life with the passion he loved, roller skating.
He took his hobby and made it his life's work. One of the benefits he reaped was the numerous friends along the way.
Teaching champions throughtout the years, he also taught us how to be champions in life. His work ethic showed us all that
if we put our heart and soul into whatever we set out to do, we too can be a success.

-Graduated Lincoln High School 1933 -Speed Skating Tacoma Mile Champion 1912
-Puget Sound Champion 1918
-"Sportsmanship Trophy" National Championships Cincinnati 1938
-Married 60 years to Evelyn Betts 1940
-Served our country during World War II in the China, Burma, India Theatre
-Obtaining the rank of Captain in the Army Air Corp 1941-1945
-Managed Redondo Skating Arena 1945-1951
-Owner Pattison's Rollercade (Pattison's North) 1951-1972
-Returned to Redondo in 1972
-Owner Pattison's West, Federal Way 1979-2000


September 8, 1920-April 6, 2000

Former northwest rink owner and coach Ray Lenty was born 09/08/1920 in Cove Neck, NY, was a former National Champion,came to the NW to teach at The Oaks in 1963 then become part owner in Columbia Skating rink in Hazel Dell from 1968 to 1979.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie "Lynn", who died in 1995. She also was a coach in the Northwest Region.

Biography link follows



Northwest skater and judge Danny Rabago passed away Sunday November 26th, 2000. Danny skated competition in Classic and Masters Figures and Esquire Dance and judged many of our contests in this He is survived by his wife Ginny and 3 children.


Passed away January 2001

Well known Northwest Rink Operator, Alice Penny passed away January 2001.

Alice and her late husband, Bill owned Golden Skate in Vancouver Washington until they turned it over to John and daughter Janie Wainwright.

Our sympathy is with the family

March 6, 1930-March 10, 2001

Northwest skater, Bill Judy passed away on the March 10th in Kent. Bill is survived by William Charles Judy, Jr. David Leonard Judy, Richard Allen Judy, Karen Rae Judy.
Deepest Sympathy to the Family

We'll not say goodbye,
Not ever, dear friend
We'll just say cherrio!
Though our roads may fork
And our pathways bend
Deep within the heart of me
In a special place
I have a hidden treasure,
it's the memory of you.

-From the memorial folder


February 26, 1906-August 15, 2001

Ted Bruland, well known Northwest retired RSROA rink operator, coach and friend of many Northwest skaters passed away at age 95 on August 15th. He was a coach of many Regional and National Champions and was involved even after retirement keeping track of the club's skating accomplishments. Ted's skating interests spanned many a year. In 1941 he ran a bowling alley and roller rink and then moved to Tampa Florida in 1945 where he was assistant manager of a roller rink there. After a year and half, returned to Washington and bought the Ferndale Roller Rink and ran that until 1953 when they moved and ran the rink in Bellingham for 18 years, until 1971 when he retired. Survivors are son Jerry and daughter-in-law Marlene Bruland, 2 grandchildren, Alan Bruland, Reno and Jami Giammusso-Seattle. 4 great grandchildren.
Ted was truly a vibrant, positive person who gave much happiness and cheer wherever he went. He was not only my dear father-in-law, but friend, councilor, skating coach and inspiration throughout my life.Jerry and I share very special memories. He was also a very religious person with a strong faith and we are sure that he has gone with the Lord.


August 9, 1911---December 4, 2001

--She was John, Ron and Richard Gustafson's mother and many of you remember her for many years being at the skating meets, greeting people at the door at meets in Auburn with a smile and a friendly word.
She tablulated many of the meets in Auburn and at meets around the area.
Florence devoted much of her life to the skating scene and was very proud of her three sons who all were national winners.
Florence was born in Oklahoma on August 9, 1911. She had 6 sisters and one brother. She and her husband Cecil were married in Longview and lived in the Portland area for their 65 years of marriage. Florence passed away December 4, 2001 after a long struggle with alzheimers. She has left us with wonderful memories.

She will be fondly remembered by many northwest skaters.


Born July 31, 1914 Dundee --Died May 1, 2002-Milwaukie Oregon

Andy Syron long time Oaks member and well known in the Northwest by many skaters, passed away May 1 2002 in Milwaukie Oregon. He was a competitor, judge, and for many years, Chief Tabulator for the Northwest Region. His contributions to the sport of roller skating have been many. He will also be remembered for being a very patient man, with nothing but kind words and a ready smile for everyone. Any will be terribly missed.He will be remembered for

June 2, 1920-May 24, 2002

Charlotte Groves, well known Marysville rink operator and good friend, passed away Friday May 24th 2002.
Her life was dedicated to skating and she was very active in competitive skating in her earlier years and then was a very active rink operator in the Northwest, running the Marysville Skate Inn for many years. She will truly be missed by all. A fine lady.

Passed away July 9 2002

Paul was an avid fan of rollerskating. He skated competition and was a coach. He was associated with Tiffany's in Puyallup, Renton and Auburn to name a few. He had heart problems for many years.

Dale Mohler his friend wrote a few lines describing his memories. It follows:

We have lost a skating friend, Paul Morgan. He was a long time skating friend to me and a lot of local skaters. One night in May 1988 at Tiffany's Skating Rink Paul came to me and asked me if I was ever interested in skating competition, and I said kind of laughing yes when I was in my early twenties. He then said Dianne was looking for a skating partner and he thought we would make a nice team and that is how Dianne and I started our skating competition. Through Paul's eyes he saw something in the two of us that he liked. I have many other remembrances of Paul and I from our days at Rollerland in Renton. Lots of good times skating session, Rollerland Picnics, goofing off in the center of the rink with all those old fun patterns, and just skating around. In the last few years even with Paul's failing heart he still came to Auburn on Friday's to skate with all the Adults. We will miss Paul very much.Dale

Paul is survived by his wife Lillian Morgan and two daughters Becky and Julie.

In Memorium

December 23 1914-December 14th 2002

Long time Washington State rink owner and operator, Roger Adams passed away after a heart attack. He owned and operated the Tacoma Roller Bowl in the past years. Funeral was held on December 18th at The Litte Church on the Prairie in Tacoma. Many friends and relatives offered memories of Roger at the service. Roger was a wonderful role model and was highly though of by all and will not be forgotten.

Tacoma Roller Bowl
Opening Night, October 25th 1952

Roger Adams with his wife DoLores and daughters Lannette S Werner, (who preceeded him in death), and RoLores "Skip" Peterson

In Memorium

October 25, 1922-December 16, 2002

Another long time Washington State rink owner and operator, Evelyn Pattison, passed away after a heart attack. She and her husband Pat Pattison owned and operated the Federal Way rink in Washington for many years. We will remember always, her bright and shining face with a warm smile greeting us and will we all will miss her.

Her Grandson Christopher sent this to me and describes her best:
It was very unexpected to both family and friends and many of us are still trying to cope with the loss. As you know, Evelyn was so full of life and had so much love to give. She died of a heart attack after spending the earlier part of the day shopping and buying flowers for a long time friend who had passed just days earlier. The memorial service was held on Friday, December 20, 2002, and was a fitting memorial to the life that she led. Her memory will remain in our hearts and her tenderness will never be forgotten.

My journey is completed now
The tide is drifting in
My vessel moves on gentle waves...
Eternity begins.
-S.B. Neal



March 19, 1910-JANUARY 1, 2004

A very dear skating friend,Cecil Gustafson, father of John, Ron and Richard Gustafson passed away 1:10 AM on January 1, 2004. He meant so much to so many people and we will miss him and his sense of humor. He had a unique way of looking at things with logic but yet with compassion and was kind to anyone in need.

Cecil was born on March 19, 1910, at home in Gresham to Frank and Hulda Gustafson. He joined Harold, Wendell, Amy, and Pearl, and was followed by Gertie, June and Lloyd.
Cecil attended Gresham Union High School, but quit school sometime before graduation to start working on the family farm delivering cedar fence posts and firewood. The family also raised various forms of produce including strawberries.
Florence Elizabeth Brown was a school teacher at Powell Valley School. Cecil met her when he bought her box lunch at a church social (he was coached by friends as to which one to bid for). He married Florence on November 26, 1936, on Thanksgiving Day in Longview, Washington. She had to quit her job, because school policy required that no married women could be employed. They began their married life on a smallfarm about a mile east of his parents’ home.
Florence and Cecil’s first son, Ronald, was born on September 30, 1942.Their second son, John, was born on July 29, 1944, and their third son, Richard, was born on February 4, 1947.
During World War II Cecil drove bus for Portland Stages. Later, he delivered bread and sweets for Marckx Bakery in Estacada. From the mid-50’s to 1973 he delivered milk for Meadowland Dairy until he retired. Then he drove bus for School Bus Services in Gresham until 1980, when he was forced to retire at age 70.
But Cecil wasn’t done working yet. He and Florence moved to Auburn,Washington to help out at the family business. Cecil worked as skate boy and candy man at the roller skating rink, and was a part-time golfer. At age 83 Cecil retired for the last time, and he and Florence returned to Portland where Cecil could play golf for free at Portland courses. An avid golfer, Cecil won the Super Senior trophy at the Sunriver Golf Tournament at age 90, playing 54 holes in three days.
Cecil and Florence adored their grandchildren and great-grandchildren:John’s daughter Laura, and her daughters Bethany and Mallory; and Rick and Susan’s daughter Julie and son Erik. When John and Diane married they gained three step grandchildren: Mike, Cappie, and Cassie, and later Cappie’s daughters - Torie, Erin and Cidney.
Florence and Cecil celebrated their 50th Anniversary in Maui with their family, and returned to celebrate their 60th. Together, they traveled to all fifty states, six Canadian provinces, Mexico, and took five trips to Europe. They were married for 65 years before Florence died in 2001.
Cecil loved his family, golf, card games and was renowned for his jokes. He lived a full and productive life and made joyful those of us lucky enough to know him.

Our deepest sympathy to the family


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Rudolph D (Rudy)Leppin
October 13, 1940 - April 17, 2005

Rudy Leppin was a devoted husband (to Dot) and father (to Cindy Leppin White). He was a true skating supporter who remained active in performing duties as music steward at the meets in the Northwest until a little over a year ago, when he retired so he could just visit with his friends at the meets. He was a great supporter of skating. His willingness to do whatever the club requested was evident when he participated in show routines as "The Don" or other characters, with various props built to conceal the wheelchair & fit the role. He was a true inspiration to all and a wonderful friend to anyone who knew him. At the Celebration of Rudy's life, you could feel the room was filled with love and respect for a wonderful friend to all. He was a remarkable man who always had a positive attitude, even when his accident rendered him paralyzed. A former skater, he remained "skating" through all of his friends. It is hard to think that he is gone.
He will always "be there" in our memories


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Ted was a skating instructor in artistic dance. Because of his patience and talent he propelled many of his students on to Nationals. Ted was loved and admired by his students, the young and the old. These relationships lasted for over fifty years. There were over 200 at his Memorial Service which followed a private Military Service. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Our deepest sympathy to the family

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