August 31 obituaries
Sherman Lee Roach
July 17, 1930 - July 6, 2006
Longtime Portland resident Sherman Lee Roach died July 6 in Beaverton as the result of Alzheimer's disease.
He was born July 17, 1930, in Parsons, Kan., and his family moved to Portland to work in the shipyards in the early 1940s.
He proudly served his country in the Army for 21 years, retiring as a sergeant first class in 1969. Over the years he was stationed in Korea, Japan, Vietnam and all over the United States. Awards he received during his service years included four Bronze Stars, the Gallantry Cross, Korean and Vietnam, National Defense Service, Visual Counter Measures, and Sharpshooter.
He had served as an Army recruiter at Pioneer Courthouse.
Mr. Roach admired John F. Kennedy and was a fine example of living and honoring Kennedy's famous quote, 'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.'
Even late in life he contributed to society by participating for years in Alzheimer's studies at Oregon Health and Science University. Ultimately the last study led to the approval of new Alzheimer's drugs for the United States. Again, he risked his life for his fellow Americans, even as his own life was ending.
Survivors include daughter Cindy Roach; sister Gloria Roach; brothers Don Roach and John Sebring; and ex-wife Yvonne Roach, to whom he had been married for 25 years.
A military service in honor of Mr. Roach was conducted Wednesday at Willamette National Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Sherman Lee Roach may be sent to Oregon Health and Science University, Neurology - Aging and Alzheimer's.
June 28, 1904 - Aug. 19, 2006
Edward Bloch, a resident of King City since 1989, died Aug. 19 at age 102.
He was born June 28, 1904, in St. Joseph, Mich.
In 1926 he married Norma Kayser.
Mr. Bloch had been a claims adjuster and businessman, retiring in 1965.
He was preceded in death by his wife 2000 and by daughter Beverly Berger in 1986.
Surviving are sons J.R. and Robert; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been handled by Omega.
Jan. 14, 1925 - Aug. 26, 2006
A private service will take place at Willamette National Cemetery for Edgar (Dave) Davidson, 81, of Aloha, who suffered heart failure and died Aug. 26.
Born Jan. 14, 1925, in Prescott, Ariz., he spent most of his life in the Portland area and graduated from Grant High School.
He served as lineman in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific theater during World War II.
He was employed as a technical supervisor at Western Union, retiring after 32 years.
In 1978 he married Lorraine Lukesh, who survives him.
He is also survived by son Richard Roadman; daughters Diana Richfield and Kimberly Viera; stepson Craig Lukesh; stepdaughter Linda Lindsay sister Dorothy Voge; plus 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Donations in memory of Edgar Davidson may be made to the Northwest Medical Teams or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home has been in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Leland Fogo
Dec. 1, 1918 - Aug. 26, 2006
Kenneth Leland Fogo, 87, of Tigard died Aug. 26. Cause of death was lung cancer.
He was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Burr Oak, Kan.
In 1940 he moved to Tigard, where he married Mary Ann Amack.
Mr. Fogo was an auto mechanic for Millers Automotive.
Survivors in addition to his wife Mary Ann include sons James and Michael; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Contributions in memory of Kenneth Leland Fogo may be made to Providence Hospice.
Young's Funeral Home has handled arrangements.
Marie Alice Kusch
April 1, 1923 - Aug. 26, 2006
Native Oregonian Marie Alice Kusch, 82, died Saturday afternoon at her home in Aloha.
She was born April 1, 1923, in Portland and moved with her family to Sherwood when she was 6-years-old. She was a graduate of Sherwood High School.
In 1943 she married Wilfred J. Kusch at the Taft Army Base in California. Following her husband's service commitment during World War II the couple made their home in Banks, where they lived until 1944, when they moved to their present home in Aloha.
Wilfred Kusch died in 1983.
Mrs. Kusch worked as a line worker for several food-processing companies in Washington County, including Birdseye, Frito-Lay, Nalley, Teufel-Holly and Ponderosa Provisions, retiring in 1992.
She was also a homemaker and always claimed that her hobbies were her children. She enjoyed them very much and was always willing to help them. She was also an animal lover and would help her daughter Berni with her dog shows.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by children Roger and Patricia Kusch.
Survivors include daughter Bernice Kusch of Aloha and daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Greg Siegberg of Milwaukee; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Private service arrangements are at Willamette National Cemetery.
The family of Marie Alice Kusch suggests that memorial donations be placed in her name to Providence St Vincent Hospice.
Cremation service is provided by Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home.
Warren Eugene Simpson
Jan. 16, 1940 - Aug. 22, 2006
Warren Eugene Simpson, 66, died Aug. 22 at his home in Sherwood following an extended illness.
Born Jan. 16, 1940, in Florence, Ariz., he was raised and educated in Texas, graduating with Ysleta High School's class of 1958 in El Paso, Texas. He attended the University of Texas in El Paso and Arizona Western College.
In 1961 he married Ethel Banks. They moved to Sherwood in 1980.
Mr. Simpson was employed as a construction manager for the Providence Health Care Systems, working on projects at Providence and St. Vincent hospitals.
He enjoyed racecars and classic cars. He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America and the Mt. Hood Ford Mustang Club. He worked at PIR for the Portland Trans AM and Cart races as a pit inspector. He also worked the Rose Cup races.
He loved his family and enjoyed attending soccer, football and baseball games with his sons in Sherwood.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood.
Survivors include his wife Ethel of the family home in Sherwood; daughters Mary Lou Raney of Troutdale and Robyn Jean Simpson of Tigard; sons Dr. Warren Lee Simpson of Salem and Brian Neil Simpson of Dallas, Texas; brothers Neil Simpson of Tucson, Ariz., and Harry Simpson in Arkansas; plus seven grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 25, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood, followed by inurnment in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Church Memorial Fund either direct or to Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon Funeral Home, 14889 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Suite No. 404, Sherwood 97140, who are entrusted with the care of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.alternativeburialandcremationoforegon.com.
James Joseph Sisk
Jan. 5, 1937 - Aug. 21, 2006
James (Jim/Jimmy) Joseph Sisk, a resident of Apache Junction, Ariz., for the past 10 years, died Aug. 21 at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. The former longtime resident of Beaverton was 69.
Born Jan. 5, 1937, in Glasgow, Mont., he was raised and educated in Portland, graduating from Cleveland High School.
He spent four years in the Air Force, stationed in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he met his future wife Carol, and in various areas of Korea.
Mr. Sisk became a plumber by trade and invented a machine to sharpen drill bits.
He loved fishing, golf and all sports.
Survivors in addition to his wife of 47 years, Carol Davis Sisk, include daughters Jill, Joni and Jeanne; and seven grandchildren Jennifer, Robert James, Joseph, Jenise, Justine, Raena and Kaysha.
Donations in memory of James Joseph Sisk may be sent to Banner Baywood Heart Center, 6750 E., Baywood Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206, to the attention of BBHeart.
Howard William Smith
April 5, 1914 - Aug. 25, 2005
Howard William Smith died Aug. 25. The resident of Beaverton since 1942 was 92.
He was born April 5, 1914, in Mitchel, Neb., and attended high school in Wheatland, Wyo.
He was a truck driver for Global Van Lines.
Survivors include wife Alta Smith, whom he married in 1969; son Jerry Smith; sisters Myrtle Strong and Zel Gilbert; stepson Conrad Propp; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Son Michael Smith preceded him in death.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at Southminster Presbyterian Church.
Donations in memory of Howard William Smith may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Wilhelm Funeral Home has conducted arrangements.