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Elder Wollenberg Passes

Posted on 3rd July 2014 at 16:19

A prominent member of one of the founding families of Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging is dead at the age of 98. Today’s Daily News reports that R. P. “Dick” Wollenberg died yesterday afternoon at his home in Longview, after having to deal with a number of medical issues over the past few years. Dick Wollenberg went to work at Longview Fibre in 1939. He then took over as President and CEO in 1978, succeeding his father, H. L. Wollenberg, who had helped to start the company back in 1926. Along with running one the largest companies in the local area for several decades, Wollenberg was also one of the area’s biggest community activists and contributors, helping to support numerous organizations and endeavors over the years. The family name adorns a number of facilities all around town, and he also gets credit for helping to establish the LCC Head Start program. Dick Wollenberg eased himself out of the company in 2001 and 2001, eventually turning over the leadership to his son, Rick Wollenberg. Fibre was eventually sold to Brookfield Asset Management in 2007, and then was purchased by KapStone Paper and Packaging last year. Memorial services are pending.