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Michael Robert McCoy

Sept. 13, 1960-Sept. 11, 2006

Troutdale resident Michael Robert McCoy, 45, died Monday, Sept. 11, in Gresham. A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 24, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Robert was born Sept. 13, 1960, in Portland to Robert M. McCoy and Kathleen M. Tibbetts. He was raised and educated in Tigard, where he attended Tigard High School from 1975-77. He graduated from Jackson High School 1978.

On July 29, 1979, Robert married Cheryl Ann Brooks. He moved to Troutdale in 1985.

He served as a sales representative and manager at a number of auto dealerships in the Portland-metropolitan area, most recently at Armstrong Buick. He left the industry in 1997 to sell commodities and operate an auto brokerage firm.

Robert volunteered as a Reynolds Little League coach and served on the board of directors. He also helped with Oregon prep basketball and served on the Troutdale Parks Advisory Committee.

He enjoyed poker, collecting comic books, playing fantasy football and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Troutdale; sons, David McCoy of Beaverton, and Nicholas McCoy and Aaron McCoy, both of Troutdale; father of Vancouver, Wash.; mother of Tigard; brother, Colin McCoy of Tigard; sister, Gloria Tibbetts of Oregon City; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kory's Foundation, 1910 N.W. Florence Ave., Gresham, 97030.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jessie I. Doig

June 16, 1927-Sept. 20, 2006

East County resident Jessie I. Doig, 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, at her Portland home. No formal services will be held.

Jessie was born June 16, 1927, in Portland to Charles and Emily (Kasweter) Lettow. She was raised and educated in Portland and graduated from Gresham High School in 1943.

On June 19, 1948, Jesse married James Doig in Portland.

Jessie enjoyed gardening and playing bridge and pinochle.

Survivors include her husband of Portland; son, William Doig of Klamath Falls; daughter, Kathy Ellertson of Grandview, Wash.; sister, Anna May Sorlien of Portland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Providence Hospice, 1235 N.E. 47th Ave. Suite 148, Portland, 97213.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Averill Mann Anderson

Oct. 28, 1913-Sept. 19, 2006

Gresham resident Averill Mann Anderson, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Tigard. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805, 3330 N.E. Division St. A private graveside service with military honors will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Averill was born Oct. 28, 1913, in Castana, Iowa, to Leonard and Mabel (Mann) Anderson. He graduated from high school in 1931. He continued his education at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he played football and basketball.

On April 1, 1944, Averill enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged Jan. 3, 1946, in Bremerton, Wash., having attained the rank of seaman first class.

After his discharge, Averill moved to East County and lived in Troutdale and Gresham. He was the main postal clerk for Railway Mail Service for 25 years. He retired in 1973.

On Oct. 13, 1962, Averill married Susan Burns in Reno, Nev.

Averill was a lifetime member of the Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805. He enjoyed sports, playing bingo, going to the casino and traveling to Reno.

In 2001, Averill was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include his daughter, Julie Hennenhoefer of Missouri; stepson, Kurtis Osborn of Hood River; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles Henry Van Housen Jr.

Sept. 24, 1926-Sept. 16, 2006

East County resident Charles Henry Van Housen Jr., 79, died Saturday, Sept. 16, in Portland. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at East Hill Church, 529 N. Main Ave., Gresham.

Charles was born Sept. 24, 1926, in Philadelphia to Charles Henry Van Housen.

He enlisted in the Army and served as captain for 20 years. During his service he toured Vietnam, Japan and Korea.

Charles married Jean Smith on April 27, 1953, in New Jersey.

He retired from the Army in 1964 and settled in Portland.

Charles is a 1968 graduate of Mt. Hood Community College. He also attended Portland State.

He opened a daycare and kindergarten in 1965. It closed in 1990.

He was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ and East Hill Church.

Preceding him in death were his wife and grandson, James Tower, in 1993. Survivors include his son, Charles Van Housen III of Milwaukie; daughter, Jeanette Tower of Portland; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to East Hill Church Youth Ministries, P.O. Box 650, Gresham, 97030.

Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon in Sherwood is handling arrangements.

John O. Weeks

July 11, 1923-Sept. 11, 2006

John O. Weeks, 83, a former resident of Boring, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Baker City. A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 22, at Elkhorn Community Church in Baker City.

He was born July 11, 1923, in Baker City to Anderson and Mildred Weeks. His family moved to Boring when he was 6 years old. He was educated in Sandy graduated from Sandy High School in 1941.

John enlisted in the Navy in 1941. He was discharged in 1945.

He married Maire Burqhardt on Feb. 22, 1945, in Boring.

During his career he worked as a machinist at Cascade Manufacturing Company. He retired in 1989.

John moved back to Baker City, where he raised horses.

A brother, Billy Weeks, preceded him in death in 1942.

Survivors include his wife of Baker City; son, Michael Weeks of Clackamas; daughters, Pam Benjamin of Gresham, Peggie Hoffman of Beaverton and Beverly Mason of Baker City; sister, Elizabeth Radford of Bremerton, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Gordon Gerald Galbasini

Oct. 25, 1954-Sept. 16, 2006

Former Gresham resident Gordon Gerald Galbasini, 51, died of liver cancer Saturday, Sept. 16. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Wash.

Gordon was born Oct. 25, 1954, in Denver to Dolores Galbasini. He was raised and educated in Gresham, where he attended Gresham High School.

He then served in the Navy.

After his service, Gordon continued his education at Mt. Hood Community College and graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He was a special education teacher at Orchards Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash., for a number of years.

Survivors include his daughter, Sylvia Galbasini of Vancouver; sons, Glen Galbasini and Dale Galbasini, both of Vancouver; mother of La Pine, sisters, Gwen Edge of Clackamas and Gigi Tipton of Redmond; and former wives, Cindy Garfield of Grants Pass and Carrie Schrof of Vancouver.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gordon Galbasini Scholarship Fund at any Washington Mutual branch.