Crystal Lillian Bayley

Sept. 1, 1912-July 25, 2011

Gresham resident Crystal Lillian Bayley died Monday, July 25. She was 98.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Columbia Life Church, 27938 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. Private interment will be at Sunset Cemetery, also known as Pounder Cemetery, in Corbett.

Crystal was born Sept. 1, 1912, in Corbett to James and Minnie (Crozier) Pounder on the 80-acre farm her parents owned at the junction of Knieriem and Littlepage roads. She attended Hurlburt Grade School and graduated from Corbett High School in 1930. She then attended Oregon Normal School in Monmouth and completed the two-year program to gain a teaching certificate.

Crystal taught in the logging town of Brower on the slopes of Larch Mountain from 1932-33, according to a profile story in the Sept. 23, 2009, issue of The Outlook. Her sister, Elizabeth, was a missionary serving in North Dakota and invited Crystal to teach school there for three years. She then taught in Wallowa before returning to the Corbett area in 1942.

Crystal married Harry R. Bayley on May 30, 1942, in Corbett. They were later divorced.

Crystal retired in 1976 after a 36-year teaching career, including 29 years at Troutdale Grade School. The delight of her career, she told The Outlook, 'was to see the progress' with her second-grade students.

'At first-grade level, they forget it all over the summer, but at second grade, there is such a big progress,' she said. 'Their eyes would just sparkle when they got it.'

Crystal was active in church and community affairs for many years, particularly the Crown Point Country Historical Society.

Her son, Bill Bayley, preceded her in death in 1987.

Survivors include her grandsons, Michael Bayley of Boring and Tim Bayley of Lake Tapps, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Columbia Life Church, 27938 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, 97060.

Visit Crystal's page at for more information.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' Sylvester Luebbers

Sept. 4, 1931-July 22, 2011

Gresham resident William 'Bill' Sylvester Luebbers, 79, died Friday, July 22.

A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 1, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Bill was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Osmond, Neb., to William and Ida Luebbers. Bill served in the Army from January 1953 to December 1954. A week after he joined the Army, Bill married Donna O'Connell on Jan. 6, 1953. They moved to Oregon in 1956.

Bill was an ironworker and worked on many of the bridges and dams in the Portland area, including the John Day Dam and Fremont Bridge, as well as St. Vincent and Good Samaritan medical centers. He spent most of his energy finding ways to take care of his family.

Bill's neighbors knew him as the tomato man; he would plant and harvest more than 20 plants, setting aside each batch for the intended recipient. He preferred his tomatoes with sugar. He enjoyed clam digging with his family and saving money for them by clipping coupons.

Survivors include his wife; son, Ron Luebbers of Boring; daughters, Josephine Myron of Portland, Debbie Dalby of Salem, Bonnie Sue Seela of Vancouver, Wash., and Linda Gutierrez of Salem; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visit Bill's page at for more information.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joshua J. Wall

Sept. 8, 1917-July 26, 2011

Troutdale resident Joshua J. Wall died Tuesday, July 26. He was 93.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 N.E. Glisan St., Portland. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Joshua was born Sept. 8, 1917, in Lincoln Valley, N.D., to August and Mary (Sulzle) Wall. He graduated from Laurelwood Academy in Oregon. Joshua served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He then received his degree in industrial arts from Walla Walla College in 1952.

Joshua married Harriette Wiseman, and they had a daughter, Brenda. They later divorced. Joshua married Joy Wilson. They were married for many years until her death in 1977. Joshua then married Barbara Hough.

Joshua worked in construction for three years. He helped build the girls dormitory in Keene, Texas, and later helped build Milo Academy in southern Oregon. He began his teaching career in 1954 at Columbia Academy in Battleground, Wash. From 1963 to 1977 he taught industrial arts at Campion Academy in Colorado. Joshua kept in contact with his students and would even hire them to work with him on projects. He moved back to Portland and worked at Adventist Medical Center, doing special maintenance projects.

Joshua attended Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland. He was passionate about gardening and became a master gardener. He also was an expert in woodworking. While living in Corbett, he was involved in the community.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jerry Wall of Louisville, Colo., Stephen McNally of Denver and Kevin McNally of Troutdale; daughters, Brenda McGee of Springfield, Janenne Rosen of Denver, Joan Minten of Calhoun, Ga., and Karen Sass of Genesee, Idaho; brother, Ernest Wall of Salem; sister, Marian Sharp of North Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to International Children's Care, P.O. Box 820610, Vancouver, Wash., 98682.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rose Marie Hough

Nov. 28, 1936-July 27, 2011

Gresham resident Rose Marie Hough, 74, died Wednesday, July 27, at her home, surrounded by family and friends.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Rose was born Nov. 28, 1936, in South Boston, Mass., to Michael and Mary Carroll, one of seven children.

Rose was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. She resided in Southern California for most of her life. She loved life and flowers, and was known for her generosity, compassion and positive attitude.

Survivors include her sons, Richard Hough of Gresham and Kenneth Walker of Anaheim, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Institute, 960 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 130, Atlanta, Ga., 30342.

Joseph F. Lafrenz

Sept. 19, 1946-July 26, 2011

Former East County resident Joseph F. Lafrenz, 64, died Tuesday, July 26, in The Dalles.

A private service will be held.

Joe was born Sept. 19, 1946, in Wallace, Idaho, to Nicholas and Loretta (Brunelle) Lafrenz. Joe was raised in The Dalles and attended The Dalles High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and served in Vietnam. Joe received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He was discharged in 1967.

Joe was a maintenance technician and retired from Boeing in 2006. He was divorced. He resided in Troutdale from 1976 to 1991 and in Corbett from 1991 to 2006.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and cycling.

His sister, Marguerite Jorgensen, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Jeff Lafrenz of Gresham and Jason Lafrenz of Milwaukie; companion, Patty Hyde of The Dalles; brothers, Nicholas Lafrenz of Tigard, Alvan Lafrenz of Tucson, Ariz., and Anthony Lafrenz of Portland; sister, Mimi Jett of Portland; and one grandchild.

Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles is handling arrangements.

Maxcine Viola Smith

Aug. 29, 1940-July 5, 2011

Gresham resident Maxcine Viola Smith, 70, died Tuesday, July 5, in Missoula, Mont.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave.

Maxcine was born Aug. 29, 1940, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Loren and Eva (Smith) Rusk. She was raised and educated in Whittier, Calif., and graduated from Whittier High School in 1959.

In 1959, she married Jack Smith and they had two children. They later divorced.

Maxcine worked as a bank teller for First Interstate Bank for 10 years before becoming a secretary for the Internal Revenue Service. She retired in 2005.

Maxcine attended East Hill Church and was active with the singles group. As hobbies, Maxcine enjoyed walks, country dancing, skiing, rafting, roller coasters, shopping, swimming, traveling and waterslides.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Lund of Missoula; son, Kenneth Smith of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Karen Lund Benefit for Maxcine Smith through Two Rivers Bank, P.O. Box 248, Milltown, Mont., 59851.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Thomas Gary Frielink

April 19, 1951-July 25, 2011

Gresham resident Thomas Gary Frielink, 60, died Monday, July 25, Portland.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Tom was born April 19, 1951, in Detroit, Mich., to Thomas and Helen (Williams) Frielink.

Tom resided in California before coming to Oregon in 1985 to settle in the Portland/Gresham areas. He was a devoted father to his sons and a caregiver for his parents.

Survivors include his parents of Gresham; sons, Devin Frielink, of Tigard and Brittin Frielink of Portland; brothers, Jim Frielink, of Sandy and Dave Frielink of Hillsboro; and sister, Susan Morgan of Boring.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Denise Sue Denniston

Feb. 28, 1949-July 15, 2011

Former East County resident Denise Sue Denniston, 62, died Friday, July 15, in Portland from lung cancer.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Denise was born Feb. 28, 1949, in Redmond to Melvin and Willie (Kindred) Amsberry. As the daughter of a master sergeant in the Army, Denise spent her childhood in various cities and countries from Canada to Germany. Denise later earned her associate degree in business.

In 1992, she married Leonard Denniston and moved to Portland.

Denise worked for the Internal Revenue Service, holding both customer service and teaching positions. She enjoyed spending time with her family and pursued interests in gardening, dancing, bowling, sewing, painting and reading. She served as vice president in the Women's Auxiliary at the Gresham Eagles.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Paula Gaines of Gresham and Julie Sobel of Jefferson; brother, Michael Amsberry of Gilbert, Ariz.; sister, Gayle Rich of San Diego; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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