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Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home

Wilhelm's Portland Memorial began as Portland Cremation Association, forming the Northwest’s first cremation association. The cornerstone was placed February 5, 1901 in the still-existing historic chapel structure. The Povey Brothers, Louis C. Tiffany and the Gerlichs (stained glass artists) designed & installed many of the beautiful historic stained glass skylights and windows throughout the main chapel entryway. In 1910 construction continued on niche and vault room memorials. At that time, it was renamed “The Portland Memorial”. Construction and improvements have continued over the last 100 years. The historically significant mausoleum encompases two and a half city blocks and is one of the largest indoor cemeteries in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 our family company, Wilhelm Funeral Home took over the management of Portland Memorial and combined it together to form Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home. Our family owned company now offers the services of a funeral home, several chapel areas, reception center, crematory, mausoleum and cremation garden memorials all in one convenient location. We recently dedicated a mural painted by Shane Bennett and other associated artists on the exterior West side of mausoleum which is the largest outdoor hand painted mural in the United States. You can view a time lapse video of over two years worth of work in a few minutes right here on our website. We are now also "pet friendly" and can provide private cremation services and memorials for your faithful family "companion". We are a privately owned and managed family business. Our entire staff, management and ownership are Oregonians living and working in your community. We have three separate and unique locations in the Tri-County area and two separate locations on the central Oregon coast offering funeral home, cremation and cemetery services. We realize you have a choice when it comes to selecting a funeral home or cremation center and the trust that thousands of Oregonians have placed in us is not taken lightly. Each individual is unique and by providing personal service at each of our family owned locations where funeral costs need not be expensive, we have separated ourselves from many typical funeral homes and cemeteries. For your convenience, arrangements can be made at your home, over the phone or at one of our other locations in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Lincoln counties.


Our Obituaries

Sadao Hosaka

August 26, 1935 - November 27, 2012

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Mark H. Wilson

October 29, 1965 - November 27, 2012

Mark was born in Portland, Oregon and moved with his family to Idaho, Nebraska, and Iran before returning to Oregon City in 1977. He graduated from Oregon City High School in 1984 and later trained for his pilot's license. He worked in retail and as a printer. He established his own label printing business AJ PAKZ Inc. in 2001, which he operated until selling it in 2011. Mark loved the outdoors...
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Verlin M. Elliott

May 12, 1927 - November 26, 2012

Verlin was born and raised on the family farm in rural Leonard, ND. She went to school in Casselton, ND where she graduated from high school in 1945. She then attended Moorhead College in Moorhead, MN and graduated in 1947. Verlin and Marlowe Elliott were married September 8, 1948 at Bethel Moravian Church, Leonard, ND. After their wedding they moved to Portland, OR, where they lived for 45...
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Robert LeRoy Hopkins

March 3, 1937 - November 25, 2012

Robert is survived by his wife Twila; daughter Teri Hopkins; son Ryan (Tracy) Hopkins; two grandchildren; sisters Jean Lundell, Millie Hopkins and Carolyn Martin. A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Chapel, 6705 SE 14th Ave., Portland, OR. Contributions to the Oregon Humane Society.
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Vernetta Husman

August 14, 1918 - November 24, 2012

Vernetta "Nannie" Husman, died on November 24, 2012 in Gladstone, OR at the age of 94. She was born in Tillamook on August 14, 1918 to Theadord and Edith (Knight) Berns. She attended all 12 years of school at Sacred Heart Catholic in Tillamook. On September 14, 1940 she married Clifford Husman. (The Father of her church said it would never last.) On June 12¸1941 there only child was...
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Anthony E. Seidl

December 1, 1919 - November 21, 2012

OBITUARY FOR ANTHONY EMANUEL SEIDL—EDUCATOR and RETIRED NAVY OFFICER Anthony (Tony) Emanuel Seidl died in Southeast Portland on November 21, 2012, 10 days before his 93rd birthday. His daughter Deborah and her husband Robert were at his bedside as he started his next journey. Tony was born in Almont, North Dakota on 12/1/1919, the third of six children of Frank Seidl and Ludmilla...
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George Davidson

January 16, 1943 - November 21, 2012

GEORGE "BUZZ" RICHARD DAVIDSON January 16, 1943 – November 21, 2012 George was known to everyone as "Buzz". He passed away immediately on November 21 in a traffic accident. Born in Cairo , Missouri he lived on a farm raising chickens, milk cows, hogs, horses, sheep and goats. Their family managed a large garden and completely lived off the land. His home had no electricity, no in-door...
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Marjorie Seaman

January 1, 1941 - November 11, 2012

Marjorie W. Seaman, 71, of Happy Valley, OR died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House of Vancouver, WA after a courageous battle with the horrible disease of cancer. Marge was born on January 10, 1941 in Birmingham, AL to Thomas and Marjorie (Law) Warnell. She was raised a southern girl and spent 4 years in Panama as a teenager while her Dad worked on the Panama Canal. She...
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Philip H. Walter

October 4, 1919 - November 5, 2012

Philip H. Walter, 93, passed away, November 5, 2012. He was born October 4, 1919 in Dayton, Oregon and graduated from Milwaukie HS in 1935. In June, 1942, Philip married Mildred Smith, who died November 1968. He served in the US Army during WWII. Philip had many skills; he worked at Otto's Sausage Kitchen, Stagecraft Industries, and Walter Specialty. In October 1997, Philip married Jean...
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Rick Alan Raney

July 3, 1957 - November 2, 2012

Rick Raney born July 3, 1957 lost his battle with cancer on November 2, 2012. Before his illness Rick lived life to the fullest. He was an active member of the Elks basketball team and worked out regularly. On the weekends he could be found working around the house, going out on a date with his wife of 35 years or chasing after one of his five grandchildren. He was born in Portland and...
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Gordon Charles Druffel

July 18, 1924 - November 1, 2012

Gordon and Ingeborg Druffel Gordon Charles Druffel July 18, 1924 - November 1, 2012 Ingeborg Gisela (Michaelis) Druffel ...
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Susan Ann Sloan

September 20, 1941 - October 30, 2012

Susan Ann Sloan 1941 - 2012 Susan Ann Sloan passed away unexpectedly October 30, 2012. She was 71 years old. She was deeply loved by her family and friends. Susan was the eldest daughter of Florence and William B. Sloan, Jr. She is survived by her two sisters Linda (Brian Miller) Adlard of Lake Oswego, OR., and Karen (Larry) Ginsburg from Boca Raton, Fl. nieces and nephews James (Denise)...
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Darrel Jay Jessup

March 13, 1951 - October 26, 2012

Darrel Jessup Died peacefully October 26, 2012 in the home of his sister Sandi, who was at his side, after a year fight with cancer. He was born to Eldon Jessup and Lorraine (McHenry) Jessup on March 13, 1951 in Portland and spent all his life in Oregon. From the time he was a able to walk he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, grandfather and friends. He joined Troop 60 of the Cub...
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Vern R. Schroeder

August 31, 1917 - October 22, 2012

Vern Raymond Schroeder was born on August 31, 1917 in Heimdal, North Dakota. In a diary beginning in 2003 to his great grandson, Maxwell Schroeder, Vern talks about his early childhood in the small farming community of Heimdal, North Dakota, a little town of about 150 people. His dad owned the billiard hall and barber shop there. Vern played with lots of friends until his father, Peter...
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Laurence E. Harrison

October 8, 1921 - October 20, 2012

Laurence passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 20, 2012. He was born Oct. 8, 1921 in Bloomfield, Neb. to Olney and Rosa Harrison. He was the 6th of 11 born into this farming family. He enlisted in the US Army Cavalry in 1939. He was shipped to Italy during WWII as a Veterinary Technician with the 10th Mountain Medical Battalion. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in...
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Dale Marrion Bruce

August 29, 1920 - October 17, 2012

Dale Marrion Bruce Aug. 29, 1920 – Oct.17, 2012 Dale Marrion Bruce (Moyer) was born in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Aug. 29, 1920 and passed away peacefully and quietly Oct. 17, 2012 at Hopewell House Hospice in Portland, Oregon with his family at his side. Over the years Dale has been known by many "family names" Moyer, Zeke, Handsaw, Hardhat, G'pa, Pop and Poppa, no matter the name Dale...
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Bill D. Van Ness

June 28, 1940 - October 15, 2012

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Foster Scholl

September 15, 1926 - October 12, 2012

Foster Scholl was born in Falls City, Oregon, third of four children of Fred and Luella (Ward)Scholl. He grew up on his parents farm which was later acquired by the United States Government to become the U.S. Army division training facility, Camp Adair. His family then moved to Nashville, Oregon where he attended school in nearby Siletz. Foster joined the Navy three days after his 17th...
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Lois Annadell Burns

June 30, 1920 - October 10, 2012

Lois (Blakely) Burns was born June 30, 1920. She passed away October 10, 2012. Raised in Milwaukie, she attended Milwaukie Union High School. Shortly after graduation she married Thomas Earle Blakely. They had three daughters. Thomas Earle passed away on February 16, 1978. Lois retired from Dwyer Community Hospital (now Providence Milwaukie Hospital). She then married Reginald Burns. ...
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Patricia Bernice Jones

March 9, 1956 - October 7, 2012

Patty Jones, daughter of Richard and Maureen Jones was born in Los Angeles, CA on March 9, 1956. She was the youngest of 5 children. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic grade school in Portland, OR and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in 1974. Her senior year she started attending Beaumont Beauty School to pursue her dream of becoming a hair dresser. At age 25 Patricia was blessed...
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Claire McNeil Gray

June 24, 1927 - October 3, 2012

Claire Gray was born in Marshfield (Coos Bay) the second of three children of Claire McNeil Sr. and Caroline Gray. The following year, the family moved to Coquille where he spent his younger days playing basketball, acting in school plays, serving as student body president, pumping gas and playing trumpet in a dance band. Claire joined the Navy at 17, attending boot camp in San Diego. He then...
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Lela Sharon Penrod

February 11, 1940 - September 30, 2012

Sharon passed on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 PM. It was a beautiful fall day, the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. It was the weather my mom loved. Sharon passed with her beloved husband, Charles, at her side holding her hand, calling her sugar baby and teling her how much he loved her and letting her know it was OK to go. Sharon's daughter in law Terri had been camped by her...
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Ann Katherine Christ

October 19, 1929 - September 29, 2012

Ann K. Christ Ann Christ died peacefully at home with family by her side on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Ann was born October 19, 1929 to Matt and Mary Masic in NE Portland, joining her sister Dorothy (11-16-1927). Three years later, their little sister Nancy was born (02-23-1933) to make the family complete. Dorothy, Ann and Nancy all graduated from St. Rose Catholic School and Grover...
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Janice Benintendi

January 12, 1960 - September 28, 2012

Jan was born in Portland to Art and Doris VanDyke. She was the second out of five with two brothers and two sisters. She graduated from Gaston High School in 1978 and went to Northwest Bible College in Kirkland Washington from 1978 to 1980 graduating with an Associate Degree. She married her husband Tim Benintendi in 1980 in Salem Oregon. After five years in Salem she then moved to the...
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Patricia J. Butterfield

June 21, 1924 - September 22, 2012

With family by her side, Patricia June Butterfield passed away September 22, 2012. Born in Eugene to Paul and Rose Rasmussen June 21, 1924, raised in Corvallis and Portland with brothers Paul and Jim, sisters "Winkie" and "Tinkle" (all deceased) and graduating from Lincoln H.S. Married David R. Butterfield October 16, 1942 in Vancouver, WA. Survived by her three children, Denise (Bob) Murray,...
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Louise Hartley Weidlich

July 18, 1922 - September 16, 2012

LOUISE HARTLEY BARNES WEIDLICH Louise was born July 18, 1922 in the New England whaling village of New Bedford, Massachusetts to Homer Francis Barnes, a teacher and administrator, and his wife Mary Frances, an author and inventor. They moved to Hudson, Ohio with her younger sister Virginia in the mid 1920's. In 1930, the family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where Homer was Principal and then...
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Geraldine M. Johnston

September 14, 2012 - September 14, 2012

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Eula M. Murray

May 2, 1919 - September 8, 2012

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William L. Brown

December 1, 1925 - September 5, 2012

Beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away surrounded by his family. Bill was born in Elma, Washington on December 1, 1925. He was the middle of three children, he had an older sister Peggy, and still has younger brother Lowell. He served in World War II from 1944 - 1946. He was drafted right out of High School before he could walk to get his diploma which...
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Feleicidad Pascua Pimentel

July 21, 1934 - September 3, 2012

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Richard E. Linkhart

January 25, 1926 - August 28, 2012

A funeral service will be held Sunday September 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the chapel at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home. Richard was survived by his wife Vernetta and children Fred, Nancy, Christy, Martin, Vicky and Jerry; Twelve grand children and seventeen great grand children. We will miss him.
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Peter Otto Manz

January 26, 1952 - August 27, 2012

The Life of Peter Otto Manz Everybody loved Peter. I can't think of one soul who ever had anything bad to say about him. Even the telemarketers who'd call -- and he would sure give them a run for the money -- liked Peter. He was born January 26th, 1952 to Ruth and Paul, and older brothers John and Michael Manz. He was proud of his middle name Otto – also his father's middle name and his...
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William Arthur Prothero

November 6, 1915 - August 18, 2012

William Arthur Prothero, In Memory Bill was born in Twin Falls Idaho, on November 6, 1915, the second child of Arthur and Martha Prothero. He grew up on a 20 acre farm near Hazel Dell, Washington, just north of Vancouver. Bill had an older sister, Lola, and two younger brothers, Harold and Clarence. Together they learned the necessary discipline for the hard work required of farm life. Once...
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Beatrice Jean Kelly Sternberg Kiersey

April 18, 1917 - August 16, 2012

Extended Obituary of Beatrice Jean Kelly Sternberg Kiersey Beatrice Jean Kelly Sternberg Kiersey was born on April 18, 1917 in Portland, Oregon, to Benjamin George and Cora Olive Kelly. Her family's home, where she lived until she was married, was perched on a hill on McLoughlin Boulevard just south of the Ross Island Bridge. It overlooked the Willamette River and West Hills of Portland. When...
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John I. Thomas, Sr.

September 14, 1920 - August 13, 2012

John Irvin Thomas Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior whom he served faithfully on August 13, 2012. John (Jack) Thomas was born in Grenloch, New Jersey on September 14, 1920 to Albert C. and Julia Y. Thomas. During his high school years Jack helped his father in the coal and ice business and was a star second baseman on the Glassboro High School baseball team. He married Katherine...
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Charles Marsolini

June 4, 1939 - August 5, 2012

Charles (Charlie) Marsolini Obituary August 5, 2012 Charlie Marsolini journeyed into the presence of His Lord. He was born June 4, 1939 in Boston, MA the son of Charles Marsolini and Agnes T. Queen. He loved to tell stories of his childhood in Boston's Italian North End. Charlie served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964 as a member of the AGC (Adjutant General's Corps) stationed at Fort Bragg, North...
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Donald Parke Eckman

April 6, 1914 - July 31, 2012

Donald P. Eckman 1914-2012 A celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM, August 14th 2012 in Moreland Presbyterian Church for Donald Eckman, who died July 31st at age 98. Don was born April 6, 1914 in South Bend, Washington. He graduated from Oregon State in 1936 and resided in the Portland area with Doris, his wife of 70 years. He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors...
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Reed Wilson Hunt

November 9, 1960 - July 20, 2012

Reed was born in Portland and lived here 51 years, attending Alameda Grade School, Grant High School (Honor Student) and Portland State University with high grades. Growing up, he played all sports, winning a three year varsity letter for baseball at Grant and continued to play baseball for Portland State. Shortly after graduation from Portland State with a Psychology Major, Reed joined the...
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Everett Lee Smelser, Sr.

August 20, 1952 - July 17, 2012


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Ardice Noreen Stransky

July 11, 1914 - July 15, 2012

Ardice Stransky was born in Macoun, Saskatchewau, Canada to Joseph and Mabel Stransky and has lived in the Milwaukie area since 1923 when her parents relocated from Canada. She attended Wichita Grade School and graduated high school from Milwaukie Union High School in 1934. She went on to attend higher education classes at the State System of Higher Education in Portland. Ardice resided in...
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Violet Edna Taylor

June 30, 2012 - July 14, 2012

IN MEMORY OF VIOLET EDNA TAYLOR Violet E. Taylor was born to her proud parents of Gustav ("Gus") Mickeleit and Katherine "Doering" Mickeleit ("Katie") on June 30, 1920 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was preceded by her sister of 2 years Florence "Flo," and succeeded by her brother of 5 years, Elmer, all of whom have already gone to their Lord and Maker in Heaven. Her loving husband of...
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LaVerne Craig Kalish

January 7, 1918 - July 6, 2012

LaVerne was born Inez LaVerne Cummings on January 7, 1918, in Keensburg, Colorado. She was the third of four children, with two brothers, Ken and Bob, and a sister, Lenore. Her family moved to Portland, Oregon, when LaVerne was 8 years of age. She attended high school at Girls Polytechnic High School, where she was student body President her senior year. She attended Oregon State College, but...
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Eleanor Westling

October 22, 1929 - June 30, 2012

ELEANOR A. (DANIELSON) WESTLING Eleanor was born to Eric and Ora Danielson on October 22, 1929 in Portland and was raised and lived in Milwaukie, Oregon. She was active in drama, sports and music throughout her school days. She was part of a group of high school girls who climbed Mt. St. Helens long before it erupted. Eleanor graduated from Milwaukie High School. She received a Bachelor's...
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Barbara Swanson

September 15, 1940 - June 23, 2012

Barbara Storma "Stormee" Swanson (née Amling), of Gresham, Oregon, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 23, 2012 at age 71 after a brave battle against cancer. Barbara was born on September 15, 1940 to John W. and Beatrice L. Amling in Los Angeles, California. She had two younger brothers, John and Raymond. The family was in the floral business and moved to Portland when Barbara...
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Judy Garrett

March 23, 1939 - June 13, 2012

Judy Strouts was born on March 23, 1939 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon to Harry A. and Maxine Marie Bunten Strouts. She joined older brother Merle and they were later followed by sister Gail (King). Judy grew up on SE Schiller Street where for many years; only the forest separated their home from Oaks Park. In fact, a wild bear was once trapped in their backyard. Judy attended Daniel...
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Emma G. Galvan

September 16, 1921 - June 11, 2012

Emma G. Galvan (September 16, 1921* – June 11, 2012) Emma Imelda González-Salmones (her maiden name) known with endearment by her family and loved ones as "Bumpa," was more than just a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin or an aunt she was and will always be a treasure. Her legacy will be carried out in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She...
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Sharon Fern Franklin

June 21, 1938 - June 6, 2012

Sharon Fern Franklin April 21, 1938 – June 6, 2012 Sharon Fern Franklin, 74, was born April 21, 1938 in Elm River, N.D. Sharon passed away June 6, 2012 in Portland. Sharon was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joan and Gerry. She will be missed dearly by her husband, Roger; mother-in-law, Arlien; sons Jeff, Greg (Lezlie)...
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Ruby L. McCullaugh

September 3, 1921 - May 19, 2012

Ruby L McCullaugh Obituary Sept. 3, 1921 – May 19, 2012 Ruby (90) was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Glover and Ida Jen Rader. She was the 5th of 7 siblings all whom predeceased her. In 1941 she married Ray McCullaugh (deceased) and in 1942 moved to Oregon for a better life. She passed away of natural causes with her daughter at her side on Saturday afternoon 5/19/2012. Retiring after...
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Mary D. Colligan

March 13, 1926 - May 17, 2012

Mary D. Colligan, 86 March 13, 1926 May 17, 2012 Mary was born in Bagley, Minn., the second of five daughters, of Penn and Martha Mathewson. In 1947, she married James Colligan of Lengby, Minn. Mary was preceded in death by her son, Jim. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, James; daughter, Judy (James Marshall); sons, Patrick (Christina) and Michael; and granddaughters, Katelyn and...
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Alton James Smith

July 25, 1922 - May 15, 2012

Alton J Smith was born in Estacada, Oregon July 25, 1922. He graduated from Estacada High School in 1940. He married Helen (Broadhurst) August 9, 1943. He served in the U S Navy Seabees from 1943 -1945 in the South Pacific Islands. He worked his entire life for the Van Raden family at Peerless Truck & Trailer and later at Oregon Steelcraft. He retired in 1986. As well as his wife, he is...
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Maurice J. Larsen

September 20, 1931 - May 11, 2012

Maurice J Larsen September 20 1931 - May 11, 2012 Maurice Larsen of Clackamas unexpectedly passed away on May 11. He was born to John and Minnie Larsen in Rapid Rocks, Iowa and grew up on a farm in Oldham, South Dakota during the Great Depression along with his older brother Lyal. After graduating from High School he traveled west looking for a better climate due to his asthma. He worked in...
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Shelley Lynn Fisher

December 10, 1973 - May 11, 2012

Shelley Lynn Fisher was born in Portland Oregon on December 10, 1973 to Bellvena and Gerald Fisher. She was the oldest of three daughters and is survived by her sisters Jill and Suzanne; both parents and her step-father, Luris. She grew up in southeast Portland and attended school in the Centennial District. Her greatest joys were music and her beloved cats. She loved to attend concerts and...
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Clifford Lea Apsley

April 12, 1922 - April 30, 2012

Clifford Lea Apsley died April 30, 2012 In Vancouver, WA at his home in The Park Lido Assisted Living. He was born April 12, 1922 to William Perry and Arlie Mae Apsley on the family farm in Beaver Co. OK. He completed his education and served in the Navy 9/17/42 -1/10/46, was a Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class and an Aviation Metal Smith. He was stationed in Hawaii and repaired airplanes damaged...
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Todd Christopher Meucci

September 29, 1974 - April 23, 2012

Todd C. Meucci September 29, 1974 – April 23, 2012 Todd was born in Portland, Oregon in 1974. As a child, his family moved to Milwaukie, Oregon where he attended Candy Lane elementary school, Ogden Jr. High, and Oregon City High School. He attended Clackamas Community College and Portland State University where he studied Administration of Justice and was a member of Phi Delta Theta...
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John Richard Roggenkamp

June 22, 1937 - April 23, 2012

John R. Roggenkamp June 22, 1937 - April 23, 2012 John (Jack) Roggenkamp passed away April 23, 2012 at the age of 74. As he had wished, he died at his home in Portland, and his wife, Janice, and daughter, Dawn, were at his side. Jack was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, on June 22, 1937. At the age of 5 he and his sister...
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Jerry Joann Phelan

May 16, 1933 - April 20, 2012

Jerry Joann Phelan (Beaudoin) May 16, 1933 - April 20, 2012 Jerry Joann Beaudoin was born in North Dakota and moved to Portland, Oregon, in December 1942 when she was 9 years old. Jerry passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland on Friday, April 20th. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, family members and friends. Jerry grew up with big sister, Patty, and younger...
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Bonnie Nealeigh

December 14, 1935 - April 11, 2012

Bonnie May Nealeigh Dec 14, 1935 ~ April 11, 2012 Bonnie was born in Jennings Lodge, Oregon. She worked for DMV for over 25 years. Bonnie was a pioneer single mother of two daughters, Rhonda and Roxanne (Randy). A dedicated grandmother, she had 4 grandkids, 5 great-grandkids, 6 nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews. She is survived by her sister/best friend Janet. Bonnie...
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James Matthew Amuro

February 21, 1966 - April 10, 2012

James passed away suddenly on April 10, 2012. He resided in his early years in West Haven, and Branford, CT, before moving to Lake Oswego, OR in 1994. James graduated from Platt Voc-Technical School in Milford, CT and after numerous jobs including cooking and auto mechanics, found his calling as a Truck Parts Manager with Northside Trucks. Jimi was such a devoted father to his three children. ...
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Patrick M. McCole

February 5, 1958 - April 5, 2012

Beloved husband, stepfather, son, brother and uncle; fabulous loyal friend and life of the party died peacefully on April 5 from colon cancer. Patrick was born to Frances Elizabeth Guise and Dennis Hugh McCole February 5, 1958 in Seattle, Washington. He was, however, a true Oregonian as his parents lived behind the bowling alley on N. Interstate Ave. in Portland where he was conceived. ...
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Mamie Fenton

July 29, 1915 - April 2, 2012

Mamie Helen Fenton nee Lindi Milwaukie, Oregon Mamie Fenton, 96, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great grandmother, passed away Monday April 2nd 2012, at her home in Milwaukie Oregon. Mamie was born in Brown County, South Dakota, 07-29-1915 to Charles W. and Lydia Marie Lindi. She moved to Oregon in 1941. On March 5th, 1944 she married Donald McCartney Fenton. They remained married until his...
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Oradell Jean Major

June 5, 1928 - April 1, 2012

Oradell Jean (Seiffert) Major was born in Portland, Oregon, on June 5th, 1928. She was the fourth child born to Albert Walther Seiffert and Wilhelmina (Tolke). Oradell attended Woodstock Elementary school, and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1946. She attended Midland College for two years in Nebraska before returning home to Portland. She married Gerald Keith Major on December...
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George Homer Johnson

September 9, 1921 - March 19, 2012

George H. Johnson September 9, 1921 – March 19, 2012 George Homer Johnson went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the age of 90. Dad was born in St Paul, Minnesota, the son of Baptist Minister Dr. Linus Johnson, who had emigrated from Sweden, and his wife Clancee. Four children were born, Beulah, George, Earl and Marion. Upon the early and unexpected death of his wife,...
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Doris Jeanette Brolliar

September 29, 1918 - March 16, 2012

Obituary for Doris Jeanette Brolliar: September 29, 1918 to March 16, 2012 Mom was born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Bertha Mae Bromley and David Dewitt Higgins. She moved with her family to Goshen, Oregon when she was about 6 years old. They later moved to the small town of North Bonneville, Washington where she met a handsome young man, named Everill Erwin Brolliar, who was the love of her...
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Harry Francis Moyer

June 14, 1915 - March 10, 2012

Harry Francis Moyer June 14, 1915 - March 10, 2012 Harry was born in Three Rivers, Michigan. His family moved to Portland in early 1919. Harry became famous in the Portland boxing community after his start at Milwaukie High School. He then went on to become the 1934 runner-up in the Pacific Coast Amateur Lightweight Championship. He also spent time coaching his brothers and two sons. In the...
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Patty Fredricksen

October 19, 1933 - March 8, 2012

Patty M. Fredricksen (Patty McAdams) Oct 19, 1933 – Mar 8, 2012 Patty was born Patty Midge Brewer, in Hershey, Nebraska and moved to Hobbs, New Mexico where she graduated from Hobbs Senior High School. Patty married Valdean McAdams in 1951 in Hobbs, New Mexico and the couple moved to Pendleton, Oregon, and later to Portland, Oregon, where they raised three sons. They spent family summers...
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David L. Bryan

February 26, 1936 - March 2, 2012

After just eight short months since his diagnosis, Dave lost his valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice; two children and their spouses, Barbara and Jim Wakefield and Michael and Karen Bryan; six grandchildren; Jamie, Daniel, Timothy, and Benjamin Wakefield; Elizabeth and Matthew Bryan; a sister, Paula Hays. He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Bryan;...
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Thomas John Cameron

April 9, 1987 - February 28, 2012

Survived by his parents, John and Elizabeth "Bette" Cameron: brother, Alex Cameron: and grandmother, Alice Wagener. A Vigil will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7525 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 12, at the church. Committal services with Coast Guard Military Honors will follow a reception at the...
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Faye Correa

June 25, 1934 - February 28, 2012

Faye Ellen Correa, born June 25, 1934 was swept up into angels wings on February 28, 2012. A local resident of Sellwood for over half a century, Faye loses her life to a series of strokes over a two-day period. She had been a fighter of colon/lung cancer for seven years. In the very end, she simply closed her eyes and went to sleep, which is all any of us could hope for, a peaceful death. ...
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Laura Ann Heuvelhorst

July 18, 1981 - February 28, 2012

With her family at her side, Laura lost her battle with cancer and passed away on February 28, 2012. Laura was born on July 18, 1981 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She was the beloved daughter of Debra Katter and Michael Heuvelhorst; and sister of Kara Finley. Laura grew-up in the Clackamas area, graduating with honors from Clackamas High School. She was a cheerleader and...
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Kimberly Rene Cunningham

June 18, 1958 - February 20, 2012

Kimberly Rene (Hogan) Cunningham 6/18/1958- 2/20/2012 We mourn the passing of our beloved sister, mother, friend, daughter, and wife, Kimberly. Kim was a graduate of Centennial High School Class of 1976. Kim worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield for almost two decades. In 1999 Kim decided to change careers working as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, until her passing. Kim had a wonderful...
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Yong-Cha Wandle

August 9, 1942 - February 2, 2012


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Sylvia Maria Garza

September 9, 1955 - January 30, 2012

Sylvia Maria Garza was born on September 9, 1955 in Castro County, Texas. She was born to Daniel and Juanita R. Dominguez. She came to Oregon in 1966, at the age of 10 as a migrant worker with her parents, siblings, and uncle and aunt. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1974. Thereafter, she also studied to be a flight attendant in Oakland, Ca. Sylvia married her long time friend,...
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Paul Mullany Bean

April 30, 1927 - January 28, 2012

Paul M Bean passed away peacefully at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Washington on 1/28/12. Paul achieved a childhood dream of becoming a railroad engineer and worked for the BNSF for 44 years. He served as the President for the Brotherhood of Local Motive Railroad Engineers for many years. Paul had a passion for cars, he was a sought out mechanic and won several trophies for...
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Andrea Michelle Kulwicki

June 20, 1974 - January 27, 2012


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Margaret Elaine Bissett

August 4, 1927 - January 26, 2012

Margaret Elaine Bissett was born on August 4th 1927 in Klamath Falls Oregon and finished her journey on January 26th 2012. Her loving children and grandchildren surrounded her. She lived most of her adult life in the Portland area. She worked as a waitress for many years and later was an in-home daycare provider. She was preceded in death in 2004 by her Husband of 57 years Russell Harvey...
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George Richard Slanina

February 22, 1923 - January 18, 2012

George R. Slanina, Sr. February 22, 1923 - January 18, 2012 Words can never adequately describe the complexity and beauty of the human spirit or how it shapes the world during its lifetime. So, what follows below is just a fraction of what can be said about the spirit of George R. Slanina, Sr. Origins George was born on a farm in Sweet Home, Texas. His parents were Louis and Louise. They had...
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C. Clyde Ashe

May 1, 1934 - January 16, 2012

To know Clyde was to feel known; to feel drenched in his love. His tenderness, spirit and love for the Lord defined his strength. While his business career was notable, our fondest memories were not his accomplishments, but the way he lived his life with unsurpassed joy. He embraced family, friends and co-workers with care and time. His kindness and way to inspire people is his greatest legacy....
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Melissa Anne Woodruff

April 17, 1982 - January 8, 2012

Melissa was born on April 17th 1982 and passed away January 8th 2012. Melissa was living in California. She is the best most beautiful daughter anyone could ever have. From the moment she was born she was pure joy. She loved to dance play music and grow!
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Lillian Frances Inman

December 25, 1914 - January 7, 2012


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John Edward Webster

December 14, 1919 - January 5, 2012

John Edward Webster passed away on January 5, 2012 at the ripe old age of 92 at the Knapp Adult Foster Care Home where he had been staying for the last 6 months. He struggled this last year with progressively debilitating dementia, but is finally now at peace. Born in Manchester, England to John and Gertie Webster in 1919. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1952 to be with his sisters who moved...
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Emile Menard

April 29, 1934 - January 3, 2012

Ray was born April 29, 1934 in New Bedford, Mass. Ray retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Instrumentman General after serving and being wounded in the Korean war. He married Betty Beck in 1956. Ray and Betty had five children: Raylene Rowin, Larry Menard Sr., Rick Menard, Cheryl Scudder, Billy Fuhrer and many grandchildren. Service, January 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Wilhelm's Portland Memorial...
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Blanche Calanthe Crombie

January 16, 1912 - January 3, 2012


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Jean Kramer

April 19, 1926 - January 2, 2012

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Steven C. Kelly

September 14, 1951 - December 25, 2011

Steven C. Kelly was born in Portland on Sept. 14, 1951 to Dr. Donald and Margaret Kelly. He passed away shortly before Christmas 2011. He is survived by siblings Mark, Diane, Carol, Rick, Susan, and Heather. He also has a daughter, Misty; and two grandsons. He attended St. Therese grade school and graduated from Park Rose H.S. in 1969. Steve lived most of his life in the Portland area,...
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Frances Virginia Deschenes

September 18, 1917 - December 25, 2011

Frances Virginia Roby was born in Breckenridge, Co. on September 18, 1917. She was raised in Denver where she met Ernest A. Kendrew. They were married on January 16, 1938 and they had one daughter, Jacqueline Louise, before they moved to Portland, Oregon in 1941. After having another daughter, Judith Ann, she went to work for Burlington Northern Rail Road in the terminal-timekeeping department as...
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Lloyd Coffey

April 25, 1923 - December 19, 2011

Lloyd Coffey was born in Salem, Oregon in 1923 to Louis Coffey, a carpenter and Effie Lillian Connett, a housekeeper. Lloyd was one of 5 children, sister Faye survives him; Dorothy, Alva and Carl preceded him in death. Lloyd quit school in the 8th grade, as he thought he knew enough to do what he wanted to do. Lloyd became an American Merchant Marine during WW II, providing ocean-going...
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Fern Christine Mason

August 16, 1916 - December 15, 2011


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Stephen Alan Robbins

December 6, 1945 - December 15, 2011

Stephen Alan Robbins Dec.06,1945 - Dec. 15,2011 Stephen Alan Robbins passed away Thursday Dec. 15th at Portland Adventist Hospital. He was born in Tucson, Arizona and lived most of his life in Portland, Oregon. He was currently living at Powell Valley Assisted Living in Gresham Or. He was a graduate of Cleveland High school in Portland, Oregon. Stephen was preceded in death by his wife of...
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James Clark Apperson

March 13, 1939 - December 15, 2011

In loving memory of James "Jim" Clark Apperson. Jim was born in Valentine, NE on March 13th, 1939 and died on December 15th, 2011 of natural causes. Jim was raised in Roseburg, Oregon, but has called Portland his home since 1965. Jim will be greatly missed by all of those who loved him especially by his wife of 49 years, Sandy, his son, Kevin, daughter and son-in-law, Kerri & Todd, and...
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Janis Murtha

July 9, 1946 - December 12, 2011

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Lillian Elizabeth Reyes-Kestell

November 7, 2006 - November 29, 2011


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Gunnar Unger

April 11, 1913 - November 25, 2011

Gunnar passed peacefully on November 25, 2011 in Portland, OR. Wife Florence, brothers John and Helgy and sisters Jenny and Lydia preceded him in death. He is survived by brother Rudy, age 95, Seattle, WA, and children, Gunnar F. Jr., St. Paul, MN (wife Sharon); Dr. Karen Unger, Portland, OR; Ray, Harrison, ID (wife Mary); Douglas, Boise, ID (wife Karen); Cindy Shannon, Harrison, ID; 12...
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Violet Toedtemeier

April 15, 1917 - November 18, 2011

Violet (née Berkholtz) was born in Lester Prairie, Minnesota and moved to Portland as a child. She had vivid memories of life during the Depression, of working at Meier & Frank, and of her wartime travels with her husband Lloyd, who died in 1994. She loved their fishing trips, her garden, and all animals; and was happiest when she was outdoors. Violet's only child Terry (b. 1947) died in 2008....
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Richard Grant Cribbs

July 16, 1956 - November 4, 2011

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Donald Raymond Markham

December 28, 1946 - November 3, 2011

Donald Raymond Markham passed away November 3rd, 2011 at the age of 64 after a valiant fight with cancer. Donald was born in Portland, OR the youngest of two sons of Helen Markham (Halderman) and Floyd Markham. He attended Beaumont Grade School and graduated from Grant High School. Don was passionate about baseball and Oregon State University athletics, inheriting the love of sports from his...
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Frank Edward Roth

February 16, 1940 - October 29, 2011

All of us whom had the privilege of knowing and sharing in Frank's life will remember him for his gentle kindness and contagious laugh. Frank was born on February 16, 1940 in Aberdeen, South Dakota and passed away on October 29, 2011. Frank was a resident of Gresham, Oregon and is survived by one brother and two sisters.
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Mike E. Ent

September 20, 1954 - October 28, 2011

Michael Edward Ent was born in Anderson, Indiana on September 20th, 1954. He was the first born of two children to Walter and Joan Ent. He moved to New Jersey for several years then came to Oregon when he was 13 years old. As a young man he had to take on the role as the man of the house and earned a place of love and respect in the heart of his sister Kathy. Mike was a protector and an advisor...
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Rose Eleanor Pedersen

January 6, 1942 - October 27, 2011

Rose went home to be with the Lord October 27, 2011, Rose had her daughter and grand daughter by her side. Rose leaves behind her daughter Kim Fragall and her son-in-law Chris Fragall. Along with her four grandchildren Christina VanWormer, Natasha VanWromer, Elijah Fragall, and Amber Fragall. She also leaves behind her great grandson Logan VanWormer. We can't forget her dog Lilly Mae she was...
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Peter Samodurov

August 27, 1941 - October 27, 2011

Long time Gresham resident Peter Samodurov passed away October 27, 2011. Peter was born August 27,1941 in Astrabad, Iran and immigrated with his family to the United States, eventually settling in Independence, Oregon. This is where he met the love of his life Joann, whom he married in 1962. The married couple settled in Gresham where they raised their two children Brenda Samodurov, of Portland...
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Sadie L. Dardis

January 22, 1940 - October 24, 2011

Sadie was born on January 22, 1940 and passed away on Monday, October 24, 2011. Sadie was a resident of Portland, Oregon.
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