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Brent Underberg

Brent was born April 20, 1960, at St. John Medical Center and passed away April 4, 2012, at St. John Medical Center.
He was born to Norell “Bud” and Melbelyne (Brekke) Underberg in Longview, WA and attended Kessler Elementary, Monticello Junior High and R.A. Long High schools, graduating in 1978. He also attended Lower Columbia College, enhancing his trade as a mechanic. At the age of 11, Brent repaired bikes, motorcycles and lawn mowers in his neighborhood. At 15 he went to work for The Daily News in the circulation department, and shortly after, worked for Rod Nelson Auto Center for 15 years. Brent then owned and operated Brent’s Quality Auto Repair for 22 years, many times voted best auto repair shop in the area in The Daily News and the Tuesday Advocate.
Growing up an only child, Brent was fortunate to take many trips with is parents, cousins and family, from Minnesota all the way to Hawaii. From 1990 to 1998, Brent donated many hours to Central Little League, taking care of the fields and building, donating sheds, tractors, scoreboards and league equipment and coaching his son, Brett, all eight years. Brent often said those were the best times of his life. He continued to sponsor teams to this day. Brent enjoyed watching Westerns. His eldest granddaughter, Hannah, said she doesn’t know if she can take anymore Rawhide. Brent was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he was baptized, confirmed and married in 1983 to Pamela Davis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Norell “Bud” Underberg; his mother-in-law, Betty Hatfield; and two uncles, Milton Underberg and Arlin Underberg.
Survivors include his mother, Melbelyne Underberg of Longview; two children, Brett (Naomi) Underberg and Ceara Underberg, both of Longview; his former wife, Pamela Underberg of Longview; an aunt, Mayme Underberg of Kelso; four uncles, Al (Sandra) Underberg of Salem, Ore., Milo (Mary Ann) Brekke of Auburn, Wash., Dennis (Louise) Brekke of Warren, Minn., and Donald (Marlys) Lefrooth of Strandquist, Minn.; his best friend and employee of 22 years, Glen (Michelle) Hollis; a multitude of cousins; and two granddaughters he thought the world of, Hannah Marie Sommer and Ali May Underberg.
A memorial service for family and friends is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2218 E. Kessler Blvd., in Longview with Pastor Dan Dowling officiating.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the Community Home Health & Hospice, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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