Rees Stevenson

Obituary of Rees Andrew Stevenson

Rees Andrew Stevenson (September 30, 1924 – November 8, 2020) Rees Stevenson died at home with his family, November 8, 2020 from a fractured hip that precipitated pneumonia. He had a chance to visit with each of his children and many of his grandchildren before dying peacefully in his sleep. Rees was born at home, in Portland, Oregon on 30 September 1924 to Angeline Williams and Don McCornack Stevenson, the youngest of their six children. Rees learned to ski at the age of 13 and that set him on a lifelong love affair. By fifteen, he met his other love, Eloise Mulhausen at Jefferson High school. He heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while skiing at Timberline and joined the Navy soon thereafter. He didn't see much fighting as their Navy vessel was assigned to map the oceans near China and Japan. Returning from the war, he finished college and skied for the U of W varsity team from 1947 to 1949. Rees and Eloise married in Portland, August 6, 1947. They honeymooned in Banff, Canada bringing along their skis to take advantage of some summer snow. Rees and Eloise settled down in White Salmon, Washington to raise their family and Rees started a small lumber company nearby. He didn't mind work but he always found time to ski. Rees and Eloise had six children and each of them learned to ski and race in the sport that Rees loved so well. Rees was a long time stockholder and board member of Mt. Bachelor ski area in Bend, Oregon and gave support to the US Ski Team for nearly fifty years. When he was in his eighties he was inducted into the NW Ski Hall of Fame in Seattle. Health and fitness was always a big part of his life. Rees skied until the age of 91, then stayed active, walking ten times each day for a weekly total of 3 miles. He marked down each circuit and his tallies filled a page each year. His last walk was on October 23rd. The presidential vote was also important to Rees. He made out this year's ballot from his hospital bed and instructed his son to post it. Days later he was released for hospice. Rees is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, his wife and daughter, Angie Stevenson. He is survived by his children Tom, Amy, Martha, John (Nanette) and Dean (Kathy) Stevenson, along with his grandchildren: Davy Stevenson, Wells (Wes) Baumann, Stephanie, Grace (Wes) Lyons, Eloise and Hanna Zimbelman, Sean and Fritz Stevenson, Rees, Paige and Claire Stevenson and great-grandson, Cade Aman.