Gaylord Elmer Wayland was born Jan. 12, 1925 in Colchester, the son of the late Herbert and Mary Wayland. He was raised and received his education in Colchester.
While serving in the Army in Alaska during World War II, he met Helen Kanas. They were united in marriage on Jan. 12, 1945, in Juneau, Alaska. They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this past January. Following their marriage, they moved to Oregon where they stayed. In 1953, they moved to Beaverton onto a small acreage where they had many farm animals. In 1970, Gaylord built a new home on Mason Hill in North Plains where they lived for many years until moving to Hillsboro. They retired to Forest Grove moving to the Homestead Retirement Community.
Gaylord worked as a carpenter, a private home contractor and was the City of Hillsboro building official. He was a member of the carpenter’s union and was also a member of the Forest Grove Elks Lodge BPOE #2440.
Gaylord was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and caring for his hunting hounds. Sunday was family day, and car rides with his wife and five kids on country excursions.
Gaylord was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and his parents Herbert and Mary Wayland of Colchester. Survivors include his five children and their spouses, all living in Oregon; Roger and Tara Wayland of Hillsboro, Constance (Connie) Mills of Forest Grove, Jorja and Tony Deutsch of Forest Grove, Chris Wayland of Forest Grove; and John Wayland and Maria of Portland. Residing in Illinois are sisters Florence Jesse Stewart, Sandra and Bob Eddington, Mary Ellen Oakman and Pauline and Cory Silva. His sister, Patsy Ann, passed away as had three infant siblings, Sarah, George and Henry.
Also surviving are his many grandchildren and their spouses, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions in his memory to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Springs, MD 20910.