After a long and full life, Vincent Peter
Pietrok, died at age 98 yrs. on January 18, 2019 in Salem, OR.
He was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Stayton, OR to parents John Peter
Pietrok and Elizabeth Ann Zielinski. Vince experienced a
life of incredible change, spanning transportation that began
with the days of horseback riding to school, to watching man
land on the moon. Communications started with the first
phones and TV to, at the age of 90, experiencing travel via the
Vincent grew up on the family farm in the
Kingston-Lyons, OR area. He joined the Navy and served on
the USS Portland, surviving many South Pacific battles including
the Battle of Guadalcanal.
After WWII Vince married Junetta
Barbara Freres on Oct. 16, 1946. They made a home in the
Turner, OR area, where together they raised 4 children.
Family vacations were spent traveling the northwest and most
National Parks. They enjoyed square dancing and traveling
in club activities. Vince worked with dedication on his
farm and seasonally worked in the Burkland sawmill in Turner.
In 1987 they retired and moved to Sublimity. Then they
enjoyed traveling the world as ambassadors with the Friendship
Force in Asian and European countries, as well as Australia and
He enjoyed volunteering for many years at
the Stayton Historical Museum, and delivering Meals-On-Wheels to
Vincent was preceded in death by his wife
of nearly 70 years, Junetta of Sublimity, on August 5,
2015 and brothers: Norbert, George and Elbert, all of Stayton,
David and Aaron Pierce (grandsons).
Vincent is survived by his children,
Charlene Pierce of Sublimity, OR, Doug (Vera) Pietrok of San
Jose, CA, Sandra (Loren) Chapman of Milwaukie, OR and Joyce
(Larry Jr., deceased) Larson of Salem, OR, 7 grandchildren and
At Vincent's request, private military
interment to be held at Willamette National Cemetery in
Portland, where he will rejoin with Junetta. Arrangement
entrusted to Weddle Funeral