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November 28, 1944—November 26, 2019

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Neil Raymond Gansler, of Kelso, passed away in the arms of his loving wife, Pat. He was 74 years old. Neil was born on November 28, 1944 in Bellingham, WA to Elver and Alma (Miller) Gansler. He received his bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree from the University of Washington in 1966. On May 15, 1971, he married Patricia Elaine Eby. In this union, he happily acquired two sons and two daughters.

Neil worked in the pulp and paper industry his entire career as a chemical engineer (Fibre, Longview, WA), chief chemist (Hoerner Waldorf, Missoula, MT), and technical director (Champion International, Ontonagon, MI). His industry expertise in process and design led to his final position as a paper mill consultant (Harris Group, Portland, OR), working at Longview Weyerhauser for several years.

Neil is best described as a true gentleman with a great sense of humor. His smile lit up the room and his laugh was infectious. He enjoyed a varied genre of music from hymns to Roy Orbison to Michael Jackson. He cherished his wife deeply and was beloved by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Henry, Don, Marvin, and Gary. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, four children, Joni Smith (Garry), Kevin Eby, Monte Eby (Lilybeth), and Teresa Derochowski (Zigmond), 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, his sister, Sally, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A viewing will take place Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park, 5050 Mount Solo Rd, Longview, WA. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview, WA with viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made to Longview Community Home Health & Hospice.

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