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Vancouver volunteer turns 100

The Columbian

MEADOW HOMES — Christian Schlegel, a volunteer at Vancouver St. Vincent Society Conference’s food pantry, turned 100 years old on Sept. 9. Schlegel has volunteered at the pantry for 15 years. “During the COVID-19 outbreak he has been spending time quarantining at home and we have missed his smile,” said Carolyn Palmer, executive director of the organization. They held a socially distant celebration with 15 volunteers at the pantry, where he helped out from 9 a.m. to noon with his daughter and son-in-law. It was his first visit since March 11. Schlegel is a lifetime resident of Clark County, and grew up in Washougal on a farm. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a medic during the Battle of the Bulge. He has five children, 14 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren. He also enjoys fiddling, starting when he retired from Crown Zellerbach in December 1982.