February 24th, 2020

Anacortes boy: Buehl Berentson, 1925-2007

He would have been 95 years old today. Buehl Jerome Berentson, born in Anacortes on February 24, 1925 to Marion and Martha Berentson. As photos indicate, Dad followed the path taken by many in his generation: from high school to wartime military service, in his case the U.S. Navy and the Pacific Theatre. Home safe again, he met North Dakota native Verna Peters when both were working civilian jobs at NAS Whidbey. He then decided on college with help from the G.I. Bill. Then it was more family, career, years away from Washington State and a return to Anacortes in 1977. Anacortes was always “home.” He and Mom are buried at Grand View Cemetery.

 

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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