Obituaries Oct. 11
Skinner Jr., Rolfson, Wood, Heeley, Boyce, Rygh, Tighe, Wilson and Wolters
Ka'Leef Demitre Skinner Jr.
Sept. 22, 2006-Oct. 5, 2006
Gresham resident Ka'Leef Demitre Skinner Jr., 13 days old, died Thursday, Oct. 5, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. No formal service will be held.
Survivors include his parents Ka'Leef and Jerry Skinner of Gresham; brothers, Ryan Brown of Gresham and Anthony Urquides of Arizona; and grandmother, Carolyn Street of Gresham.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Winifred 'Winnie' Emily Rolfson
July 20, 1909-Oct. 5, 2006
Gresham resident Winifred 'Winnie' Emily Rolfson, 97, died Thursday, Oct. 5, in Portland. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Winnie was born July 20, 1909, in Ashford, Wis., to Fred and Emily (Howard) Scribner. In 1920 her family moved from St. Paul, Minn., to Portland. She attended St. Mary's and Franklin High School.
Winnie married Cornelius 'Al' Rolfson on Aug. 10, 1940, in Portland. They owned and operated Mac's Pit in Milwaukie for 15 years. Winnie also worked for Bonneville Power throughout the 1940s.
Al preceded her in death in August of 1979.
Winnie worked for JayVee Brand in Lake Oswego as payroll manager for 10 years. She retired in 1979.
She moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., then settled in Gresham in 2005.
She was a 55-year member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Mt Hood Chapter. She enjoyed needlepoint, collecting giraffes and travel.
She was preceded in death by sisters Helen Prairie in 2000 and Maxine Daniels in 2006.
Survivors include nieces, Barbara Ayanian of Cambria, Calif., Janet Nelson of Solvang, Calif., Cathy Daniels of Santa Barbara, Susie Dingle of Sunriver and Jean Shannon of Gresham; and nephews, Mike Prairie of Milwaukie and Bill Prairie of Colton.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Macular Degeneration Center Fund, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, 3375 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, 97239-4197.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Meredith Wendell 'Red' Wood
June 2, 1917-Oct. 5, 2006
Gresham resident Meredith Wendell 'Red' Wood, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 5, at a foster care home in Gresham. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.
Red was born June 2, 1917, in Camas, Wash., to John and Mildred (Bodey) Wood. He was raised and educated in Gresham.
Red helped pave the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park and the Sand Point Naval Air Base in Seattle.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. He served in India building air fields with the 51st Fighter Group. He was discharged in 1945.
Red married Trudy Lambert.
He served as a fireman and fire chief at Fire District Nine in Twelve Mile Corner. He also performed equipment manufacturing with Raygo Wagner for 28 years.
Red retired in Boring but remained involved with the Gresham Historical Society. He helped compile historical books about the region such as 'Gresham - Stories of Our Past.'
Survivors include his wife of Gresham; and son, John Wood of Issaquah, Wash.
Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Lillian 'Jane' Heeley
April 19, 1923-Sept. 30, 2006
Former Gresham resident Lillian 'Jane' Heeley, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 30, in Portland. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Lifegate Baptist Church, 208 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland.
Jane was born April 19, 1923, in East Cleveland, Ohio, to John Kellogg and Lydia Buskirk. She was raised and educated in Ohio.
She married Alfred Heeley in 1943.
Jane moved to East County in 1979.
During her career she worked as a secretary and organist for Lifegate Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Judy Tomlinson and Marge Tomlinson of Troutdale; sons, Thomas Heeley, Donald Heeley, Paul Heeley and David Heeley; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Remembrances can be made to the American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter Blood Services, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, 97227.
Crown Funeral Home of Milwaukie is handling arrangements.
Richard Allen Boyce
June 11, 1937-Oct. 6, 2006
Gresham resident Richard Allen Boyce, 69, died Friday, Oct. 6, at Providence Portland Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St.
He was born June 11, 1937, in Elko, Nev., to Charles and Cora (Abbott) Boyce. He was raised and educated in Seaside, Vernonia and Vancouver, Wash., where he graduated from high school in 1955. He attended college for a short time.
After his graduation, he worked for Jantzen Woolen Mills and later for Coca-Cola. In 1959, he took a job with Pepsi. He retired in 1996 after working for the company for 37 years.
On Dec. 31, 1987, Richard married Beverly Steffanson. They enjoyed traveling to Arizona in the winter and spending time at the family gold mine.
Richard also enjoyed old cars.
Survivors include his wife of Gresham; sons, Danny Boyce of Bend, Jeffery Boyce of Battleground, Wash., and Jason Boyce; daughter Annie 'Shelly' Boyce-Clingman of Portland; stepsons, Bruce Steffanson of Washougal, Wash., Doug Steffanson of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Dean Steffanson and Shane Steffanson, both of Portland; brother, Gary Bellinger of Gaston; sister, Linda Nedrow of Orchards, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Verna E. Rygh
Oct. 28, 1923-Oct. 5, 2006
Longtime East County resident Verna E. Rygh, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 5, at her Portland home. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at First Baptist Church of Gresham. Private interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.
Verna was born Oct. 28, 1923, in Roseau, Minn., to Eric and Clara (Severson) Axel. She was raised and educated in Roseau.
On June 8, 1941, Verna married James Rygh in Wannaska, Minn. In 1963, she moved to Portland. She was a media specialist for the Multnomah County Education Service District. She retired in the late 1980s.
Verna was a member of Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church, which is now known as Greater Grace Lutheran Church, in Portland. She was the church organist for more than 25 years and helped make quilts for the needy. She enjoyed singing.
In March 1992, Verna was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Douglas Tygh; and great-grandson, Chase Adovnik.
Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Rygh of Roseau and Donald Rygh of Boring; daughter, Janice Meyers of Kalama, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Greater Grace Lutheran Church, 3707 S.E. 162nd Ave., Portland, 97236. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Rebecca 'Becky' Jean Tighe
June 7, 1976-Oct. 10, 2006
Gresham Resident Rebecca 'Becky' Jean Tighe, 30, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Gresham.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.
Becky was born June 7, 1976, in San Bernardino, Calif.
Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. A full obituary will be published at a later date.
Jimmy 'Jim' G. Wilson
Dec. 13, 1950-Oct. 7, 2006
Jimmy 'Jim' G. Wilson, 55, a former resident of Boring, died Saturday, Oct. 7, in an automobile accident. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Baird Memorial Chapel, 16468 Finley Butte Road, La Pine. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at La Pine Community Cemetery.
Jim was born Dec. 13, 1950, in Portland to Prentiss Garland and La Vois (Johnson) Wilson.
On May 23, 1975, Jim married Debra Sutton in Boring. He owned and operated Jim Wilson Trucking, and drove a logging truck.
Jim lived in Boring for many years before moving to La Pine in 2000.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and spending time with his family.
Jim was preceded in death by his stepfather; three sisters; and a grandchild.
Survivors include his wife of La Pine; parents, Prentiss Wilson of Guymon, Okla., and La Vois Wilson of Boring; sons, Jimmy Wilson Jr. of Sandy, John Wilson of Boring, and Lucas Wilson and Dallas Wilson, both of La Pine; daughters, Cheryl Wilson-Ottman of Oregon City, Brandy Wilson of Savannah, Ga., and Deidra Bennett of La Pine; one brother; six sisters; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Deidra Bennett, 52665 Ranch Drive, La Pine, 97739. Baird Memorial Chapel in La Pine is handling arrangements.
Carrie Jean Wolters
Oct. 21, 1955-Oct. 7, 2006
Gresham resident Carrie Jean Wolters, 50, died Saturday, Oct. 7, at her home.
Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.
Carrie was born Oct. 21, 1955, in Portland to Charles and Marlene (Meskel) Satterfield. She was raised and educated in Portland, where she graduated from Washington High School in 1973.
She continued her education at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham and Oregon State University in Corvallis.
On July 23, 1983, Carrie married Dan Wolters in Gresham.
In 1976 Carrie moved to Gresham, where she was a title clerk at Murray Chevrolet until 1986.
She later worked as a bridal consultant at Dee's Studio in Gresham for five years.
She enjoyed coordinating pageants, proms and bridal events. She also liked interior decorating and shopping.
Survivors include her husband of Gresham; son, Brandon Wolters of Gresham; daughter, Brittany Wolters of Gresham; brothers, Brian Satterfield of Santa Margarita, Calif., and Richard Satterfield of Portland; and sisters, Sherry Reamer of Portland and Sandy Barraclough of Beaverton.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.