Amos Arthur Cardwell, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 15, in Beaverton. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. April 7 at the Prairie City Cemetery.
Cardwell was born Feb. 19, 1931, in Prairie City, and considered Grant County his hometown. Cardwell’s formative years were spent playing team sports, learning how to build cars and furniture and playing the drums in the Grant Union High School band. He married the crowned band sweetheart and best dance partner, Helen Elizabeth VanCleave, from the rival high school (Prairie City) Jan. 1, 1953, in Pendleton.
He attended the University of Oregon before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in which he proudly served in the Korean War as a coxswain.
He and his wife lived in Portland, raised a family, enjoyed family camping trips, endless weekend “honey-do” projects, attending Bethel Congregational Church and together singing in the choir. Cardwell worked for over three decades for Volkswagen Porsche Audi as the Northwest District service manager, Suzuki of America and Damerow Ford before retiring and moving back to where it all began, Prairie City. In 2015, for health care reasons, the couple moved to Beaverton.
Cardwell was preceded in death by his brother Sidney Franklin Cardwell; sister-in-law Dina (Semon) Cardwell; and sister-in-law Janice (Buhmann) VanCleave.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; children Linda (Darrell), Rodney (Dana) and Kay (Kevin); seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; brother Leonard Cardwell; sister-in-law Anita (Horrell) Cardwell; brother-in-law Frederick VanCleave; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends from church, Elks Lodge and American Legion.