obitEdson GaylordAfter working for his father and company founder, Asa, Edson Gaylord acquired Gaylord Industries in 1974. Under Gaylord’s leadership the company expanded to a worldwide organization and from a staff of 20, to more than 160 employees, according to a statement announcing his passing. He sold the company to Illinois Tool Works Inc. in December 1999.

A native of Portland, Ore., Gaylord graduated from high school and served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Gaylord and his wife, Jeanne, were married for 56 years. He is survived by his 5 children; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place Sat., March 4 at 2 pm at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Gaylord’s wishes were to be cremated and interred at Willamette National Cemetery with Military Honors.