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Originally published Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 9:35 PM

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Hundreds attend service for Mount Hood climber

Hundreds attended a memorial service Sunday for Luke Gullberg, who died while climbing Oregon's Mount Hood with two companions, remembering him as a mountain adventurer who cared deeply for family and friends.

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DES MOINES, Wash. —

Hundreds attended a memorial service Sunday for Luke Gullberg, who died while climbing Oregon's Mount Hood with two companions, remembering him as a mountain adventurer who cared deeply for family and friends.

Searchers found the body of 26-year-old mountaineer of Des Moines on Dec. 12. An autopsy showed he died of hypothermia.

Rescuers were unable to locate his companions - 29-year-old Katie Nolan of Portland and 25-year-old Anthony Vietti of Longview, Wash. Their families were among those in attendance at Sunday's service.

Gullberg's brother Scott said Gullberg wore many hats during his life - volunteer, athlete, brother, son and most of all, good friend.

"It's just heartbreaking for everyone," said Mandy Sauerlender, Gullberg's girlfriend.

She said she had been looking forward to a visit from him to celebrate her graduation from film school at Biola University in Southern California.

Friends described Gullberg as a generous, fun-loving man who was deeply involved in his church. He was a talented photographer and videographer, and enjoyed the thrill of climbing mountains, they said.

"After his family and friends, he loved the mountains most of all," Sauerlender said.

Gullberg had been a climber for about 10 years, said his friend Danny Clements, of Seattle. He had climbed many of the mountains in Washington, and reached the top of Mount Rainier several times.

"He just always loved the thrill," Clements said.

Gullberg, who was working as a salesman at an REI store in Tukwila at the time of his death, majored in English at Central Washington University.

Gullberg had talked of becoming a teacher, and had done some substitute teaching in college, Sauerlender said. "He was thinking of ways he could help people out," she said.

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"While it hurts horribly that he is gone, he died doing something he truly loved," Sauerlender said.

Gullberg is survived by his father; his brother, Scott; and his sister, Rebekah.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/ and The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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