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Obituaries for Oct. 7

H. George Allen, Donald Gene Giddeon, Neva Rose Richmond, Clarice B. Roehm, John R. Webster and Winifred "Wini" Emily Rolfson

H. George Allen

Nov. 19, 1929-Oct. 3, 2006

Gresham resident H. George Allen, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Gresham. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

George was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Rochester, N.Y., to Frank and Laura (Ball) Allen. He was raised and educated in Rochester, where he attended Charlotte High School.

He enlisted in the Army on Nov. 21, 1946. He was honorably discharged on April 23, 1948.

George enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 26, 1950. He served during the Korean War. He was discharged on Feb. 24, 1952.

He married Joyce Martin on Jan. 3, 1952, in Seattle.

George spent 22 years working with the fire department in Milwaukie and Oregon City. He was fire chief of Happy Valley from 1978 to 1983, when he retired. He left retirement in 1986 to work as a civil construction engineer for the Navy and Coast Guard until 1993.

George was a member of the Elks for 45 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milwaukie and enjoyed woodcarving and travel.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Linda Karpstein of Gresham; sons, Gary Allen of Okinawa, Japan, and Glen Allen of Anchorage, Alaska; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Kaiser Hospice in Oregon or Harbor's Hospice in Long Beach, Wash.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donald Gene Giddeon

April 15, 1923-Sept. 26, 2006

Former Corbett resident Donald Giddeon, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, at his home in Fossil. A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fossil United Methodist Church. A potluck will follow. A second celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Columbia Grange, Grange Hall Road, Corbett.

Donald was born April 15, 1923, in Drumright, Okla., to Charles and Nannie Giddeon. He was raised and educated there and graduated from Drumright High School in 1942.

He enlisted in the Navy on June 14, 1942, and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II.

He was honorably discharged on Aug. 23, 1952. He was later drafted back into the Navy and served in Guam during the Korean War.

In 1943, Donald married Irma Wallace. She preceded him in death in February 1970. In 1972, he married Barbara Slifer.

He worked as a heavy equipment field mechanic for the Howard Cooper Corporation for 31 years. With his job, he traveled throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. He retired in 1985.

In 2002, he moved to the Winlock area near Fossil.

Donald was a member of Bridal Veil Community Church and an associate member of Fossil United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Columbia Grange No. 267 and the Oregon Mr. Longears Club.

Donald was preceded in death by his brother, O'Del Giddeon; sister, Charlene Cox; daughter, Laryn Slifer, in 1982; and son, Barry Slifer, in 1989.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Terry Giddeon and Randall Slifer of Portland; daughters, Cleo Slifer of Corbett and Patty Knapp of Portland; sisters, Delores Patton and Juliene Dorsey of Drumright, Lou Ella Hays of Eufala, Okla., and Sue Weatherford of Arizona; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Neva Rose Richmond

Oct. 3, 1930-Sept. 28, 2006

Former Gresham resident Neva Rose Richmond, 75, died of pneumonia Thursday, Sept. 28, in Olympia, Wash. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Rockwood United Methodist Church, Gresham.

Neva was born Oct. 3, 1930, in St. Francis, Kan., to John and Amy (Bannister) Eggers. She was raised and educated in Bird City, Kan., where she graduated from Bird City High School in 1948.

In November 1981, Neva married Kenneth Richmond.

Neva was the first female mail carrier at the Lents Post Office, where she worked for 22 years. She retired in 1989.

Neva lived in Gresham for almost 40 years before moving to Shelton, Wash., in 2003.

She was a longtime member of the Gresham Elks Lodge. Neva enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage, playing pool, reading and music. She also enjoyed shopping and surfing the Internet.

On May 13, 2006, Neva was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Kevin Venini, in 1989.

Survivors include her daughters, Roni Venini of Gresham, Cindy Vance of Portland and Joni Carlson of Shelton; sons, Dan Kaiser of Portland and Ed Ames of Corvallis, Mont.; sisters, Nina Welch of Chula Vista, Calif., and Emily Vallin of Long Island, Kan.; brother, John Eggers of Bird City; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one's choice. McComb Funeral Home in Shelton is handling arrangements.

Clarice B. Roehm

Aug. 7, 1921-Sept. 26, 2006

East County resident Clarice Blanche Roehm, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 26. A memorial gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Clarice was born Aug. 7, 1921, in Selman, Okla., to Clive and Portia (Rodkey) Carpenter. She graduated from Oklahoma Normal School in 1942. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a master's of business administration in 1962. She was a Wave in the Navy during World War II.

In 1944, Clarice married Bruce Cameron. They were later divorced. On April 19, 1957, she married Robert Roehm in Eugene.

Clarice taught at Mapleton High School in Mapleton from 1955 to 1964 and at David Douglas High School in Portland from 1965 to 1983. She moved to Gresham in 1998.

Clarice was a member of the American Business Women's Association, Oregon Guidance Counselors Association, University of Oregon Alumni Association and David Douglas Retired Teachers. She was an avid reader and enjoyed puzzles and traveling.

In 1999, her husband preceded Clarice in death.

Her daughter, Linda Larson, also preceded her in death, in 1990.

Survivors include her sons, Bruce Cameron of Salem, Keith Cameron of Vancouver, Wash., and Robert Roehm Jr. of Lancaster, Calif.; daughter, Sheryl Byrd of Boring; sister, Alice Hepner of Laverne, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the David Douglas Education Foundation, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave., Portland, 97233, or to the charity of one's choice.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

John R. Webster

June 19, 1942-Oct. 5, 2006

Longtime Gresham resident John R. Webster, 64, died Thursday, Oct. 5, in Gresham.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A reception will follow. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

John was born June 19, 1942, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Herman and Artie (Sprouls) Webster. As a child, he moved with his family to Fredonia, N.Y., where he graduated from high school.

In 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in Japan, Maine and Moses Lake, Wash. He was honorably discharged in 1969, having attained the rank of staff sergeant.

After his discharge, John moved to Ashland, where he attended Southern Oregon College.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

After college, John worked at various jobs throughout Oregon. In 1981, he moved to Gresham. In 1986, he took a job as an appraiser for Multnomah County's Division of Assessment and Taxation.

He retired in 2004, having attained the position of appraisal supervisor.

John enjoyed woodworking and was a member of the Woodworkers Guild. After he retired, he enjoyed playing golf and cooking.

Survivors include his brothers, Jim Webster of Cocoa, Fla., Ron Webster of Waynesboro, Tenn., Don Webster of Tampa, Fla., Ralph Webster of Orlando, Fla., and Bill Webster of Ocala, Fla.; and sister, Maryann James of Liberty, Ky.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Winifred 'Wini' Emily Rolfson

July 20, 1909-Oct. 5, 2006

Gresham resident Winifred 'Wini' Emily Rolfson, 97, died Thursday, Oct. 5, in Portland. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Wini was born July 20, 1909, in Ashford, Wis.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

A full obituary will be published at a later date.