Jeremiah Ephriam Koljonen was born May 7, 1966, to Nehemiah and Tianna (Hort) Koljonen in Seattle, Wash. He graduated from R.A Long High School in 1985, he married his wife Jeanette (Peterson) Koljonen on Oct. 7, 1995, and they moved to the local area in 1997. They were married for 23 years before Jeanette passed away on April 28, 2018.
Jeremiah or “Jere” as he was known worked at Stimson Lumber for 22 years. Jere loved car shows, swap meets, and rock and roll. He had a great sense of humor and was known around town as “Jones Beach Jere” He loved life on his little farm by the river, Jere was the best guy ever and would literally give you the shirt off his back.
Jere is survived by his father, Nehemiah Koljonen of Clatskanie, Ore.; a sister, Rose Hanson (Daniel) of Clatskanie and her children, Clayton, Colton, Caylee and Chloe; Jere’s stepchildren, Zachary Ellis of Longview, Wash., Amanda Ellis of Kelso, Wash., and Rebecca Kelley of Clatskanie; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Jeremiah passed away March 31, 2023, in Clatskanie.