Lennart Herbert Asplund

Lennart Herbert Asplund, age 96, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Elma.

Lennart Herbert Asplund, age 96, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Elma at the home of his daughter, Vicki Vetter Deleasa, with his loving family by this side. He was born to Axel and Charlotte Asplund at the family home in Raymond, Washington on Jan. 30, 1925.

Lennart graduated from Raymond High School in 1943. He worked various jobs after graduating until becoming a longshoreman in 1946. He worked as a longshoreman until retiring in 1987.

He met his wife, Elsie, while driving across the bridge over the Willapa River in his 1950 Pontiac Catalina Hardtop, one of the first ones made. He offered her a ride, she accepted and the rest is history. They were married just short of 65 years. Elsie preceded her husband in death in 2016.

Lennart loved to tinker around in his garage, and there was nothing that he couldn’t fix. He enjoyed constructing doll houses, clam digging, taking photos of people and places, attending high school games, scrapbooking local news; and playing card and board games with his family. He took his family tent camping every summer and always made sure it was a great time. Disneyland was also a memorable trip as he drove the family there several times. In later years he would take trips with his wife to Reno, Nevada and sometimes his daughters would join them. Red Wind Casino was a favorite place that the family would meet for breakfast.

He read newspapers and books, did crosswords, and listened to all types of music up until the time of his death, as sharp as ever and always having a sense of humor. He enjoyed living at his house in Raymond and being able to drive his car until shortly before his death.

He was dearly loved and will be missed by his three daughters: Carol Asplund Kennedy (Mike), Vicki Vetter Deleasa (Doug) and Karen Strom (Rick); grandchildren: Alison, Keri, Kelli, Taylor and Tanner; and 8 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his dog, Maggie. He was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Asplund and his dog, Bentley.