November 8, 1929 — May13, 2018
Arnold was born November 8, 1929, in Riverside, California, to Arnold and Marie (Nee) Berlage.
He died on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Arnold attended Liberty Grade School and Chemawa Junior High in Arlington, California.
In 1944, his parents moved to their dairy ranch in North Bend, Oregon, where he attended North Bend High. After graduation, he continued working on the farm.
He married Marian Koski in 1952 and entered the US Army in May 1953. Sons, Steven (11/15/53) and James (11/15/1954) were born at the Presidio of San Francisco Army Hospital.
After being discharged, Arnold attended Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Engineering in 1959. He joined the J.I. Case Co. in Rockford, Illinois, and Racine, Wisconsin.
After obtaining his Masters of Science Degree in engineering from Michigan State University in 1961, he joined the USDA Agricultural Research Service and began his research career at the Harvest Mechanization Project located at the University of California, Davis, where third son Brian was born on July 16, of 1963.
Arnold transferred to the Tree-Fruit Harvesting Research Project at Wenatchee and married Rolande Marlin Banks in December 1977.
He retired from USDA-ARS at the end of 1989 as a Project Leader in Seed Conditioning research at Corvallis. He and colleagues were granted two US patents for research while at that project.
During retirement, he lived in Corvallis; Redmond, Oregon; Surprise, Arizona; Richland, Washington; and back to Corvallis.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Rolande; sons, Steven Berlage of Seattle, Washington, James Berlage of Gladbeck, Germany, and Brian, (wife, Hakie) of Federal Way, Washington; stepson, Tim Banks (wife, Sena) of Nampa, Idaho; stepdaughters, Patty Martin of Odessa, Washington, Kathy (husband, Kyle Thoren) of Everett, Washington, Terry (husband, Bill Proper) of Monroe, Cheryl (husband, Gary Jones) of Eugene; granddaughters, Adrianne Berlage, Jessica (husband, Mathew Gallien) of Everett, Washington, Rachel and Conor Henderson of Eugene, Ashley Fox, Jennifer Ware and, Christine Ware of Corvallis, Hallie Berlage and grandson Cees Berlage; granddaughter, Jamie (husband, Jerrad) Gametski and great-grandchildren, Natalie and Parker of Federal Way, Washington; stepgrandsons, David Glenn of Monroe, Washington, Wesley Banks of Corvallis and Justin Carlson of Marysville, Washington; stepgranddaughters, April (husband, Don Strebeck) of Odessa, Angela (husband, Josh Thayer) of Everett, great-granddaughters, Olivia and Avery Henderson of Eugene, Andrea Athill of Eugene; step-great-grandsons, Keith and Chad Strebeck of Odessa; nephews Tom Scheideman (wife Peggy) of Oregon City, Oregon, Phillip Scheideman, Beaverton, Oregon, Don Scheideman (wife, Kathy) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Maria Berlage; and sister, Mary K. Scheideman.
A Funeral Mass will be held for Arnold Gerhard Berlage, of Corvallis at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 501 NW 25th Street, Corvallis. Family and friends are also invited to a viewing and Rosary a half-hour before Mass. Father Ignacio Llorente will preside. Interment at Willamette National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Arnold’s name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
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