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Clarence Edward Jacobs Sr.

Jan. 1, 1917-Aug. 20, 2006

East County resident Clarence Edward Jacobs Sr., 89, died Sunday, Aug. 20, in Portland. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A graveside service with military honors will be held at noon, Friday, Aug. 25, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Clarence was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Danville, Ill., to Florence and Edna (McNeese) Jacobs. He was raised and educated in Georgetown, Ill. As a teen, he worked to help support his family.

On Nov. 4, 1939, Clarence married Ila Kephart in Spokane, Wash. On Jan. 6, 1945, he enlisted in the Army. He was honorably discharged Jan. 20, 1946, at Fort Lewis, Washington, having attained the rank of tech 5.

Clarence moved to East County in 1947. He made donuts for Mark's Bakery in Gresham for 10 years. He later worked for Page Construction in Gresham and was a number of the Local No. 320 union. Clarence retired in 1979, after 20 years with the company.

He was a talented artist and builder and enjoyed fishing, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

Clarence was preceded in death by his son, Clarence Jacobs Jr., in 1968. Survivors include his wife of Portland; sons, John Jacobs of Gresham and Ranz Johnson of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Eleanor Brokenshire of Portland and Linda Hull of Idaho; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Children's Cancer Association, DreamCatcher Wish Program, 7524 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite B, Portland, 97219. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donna Estiline Cox

Nov. 19, 1919-Aug. 19, 2006

Longtime Gresham resident Donna Estiline Cox, 86, died Saturday, Aug. 19, in Portland. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Donna was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Sharon, Kan., to Charles and Catherine (Leitzel) Dunkin. She graduated from high school.

In 1936, Donna married Clarence Cox in Wichita, Kan. They made their home in Wichita but moved to Gresham in 1949.

Donna worked as a clerk, seamstress and window decorator for JCPenney for many years. She then worked for Western Auto.

In 1977, she moved to the Oregon Coast with her family. She returned to Gresham in the mid-1980s.

Donna enjoyed traveling and particularly liked trips to Arizona. She was also a rock hound and enjoyed making jewelry from the pieces she found.

On Nov. 22, 1990, Donna was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Liemer of Woodburn and Peggy Trotter of Gresham; sons, Ronald Cox of La Pine and Jerry Cox of Gresham; sisters, Catherine Moore of Wichita and Berry Halsig of Denver; 12 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Providence Hospice. Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Edwin I. 'Mack' McCoy

April 29, 1909-Aug. 11, 2006

Gresham resident Edwin I. 'Mack' McCoy, 97, died Friday, Aug. 11. At his request, no formal services will be held. Private interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Portland.

Mack was born April 29, 1909, on a ranch in Macon County, Mo., to Stark Edwin and Mable (Funkhauser) McCoy.

Mack worked as a painter during the initial construction of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco and the North Bend Bridge. He also worked on the construction of the Alaskan Highway and the Alaskan Oil Pipeline, and was a carpenter on a number of high-rise buildings in downtown Portland and on Clackamas Town Center.

He was a lifetime member of the Carpenters Local Union No. 247.

Mack was preceded in death by his second wife, Margaret Jane Burns; third wife, Pauline Willis; daughter, Bonnie Hutchison; and sisters, Eunice Jepson, Maudie Keltner and Elizabeth Hansen.

Survivors include his first wife, Isabelle Laurila of Vancouver, Wash.; son, LaRoy 'Bud' McCoy of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Eula Mae Skinner

Aug. 21, 1921-Aug. 16, 2006

Longtime Gresham resident Eula Mae Skinner, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Clackamas. No formal services will be held. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Eula Mae was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Coos Bay to Cecil and Elsie (Sanders) Elwood. She was raised and educated in Coos Bay, where she graduated from Marshfield High School. She continued her education at Portland State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

On March 1, 1942, Eula Mae married William Skinner in Portland. She taught elementary school in the Portland Public School District for many years. Eula Mae moved to Gresham more than 30 years ago.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed doing craft projects.

Survivors include her husband of Gresham; son, Henry Skinner of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Suzan Zimmerman of Happy Valley and Patricia Clark of Coos Bay; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donald 'Don' V. Swift

Dec. 4, 1928-Aug. 16, 2006

Longtime Gresham resident Donald 'Don' V. Swift, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Gresham. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. Private interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.

Don was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Gresham to Ivan and Hazel (Theberg) Swift. He was raised and educated in Gresham, where he graduated from Gresham High School in 1946.

Soon after graduating, Don entered the Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1948.

He returned to Gresham and worked as a teller for First National Bank but was later promoted to branch manager. He also worked at the bank's Molalla and Newberg branches.

Don married Donna Jansen on April 30, 1949, in McMinnville. They made their home in Gresham, where Don worked for State Farm Insurance for many years, first as an agent, and later as district manager. He retired in 1993.

Don was a member of the Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805, Gresham Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2151, Knights of Columbus and St. Henry Catholic Church. He volunteered at Zarephath Kitchen and enjoyed golfing, scuba diving and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; daughter, Judi Luchsinger of West Linn; sons, Pat Swift, Tim Swift and Rick Swift, all of Gresham, Mike Swift of Boring, Chris Swift of Vancouver, Wash., and Dan Swift of Spokane, Wash.; sister, Eileen Rutherford of Gresham; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, OR 97055.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.