Obituaries Oct. 28
Bentley, Sprague, Case, Helfrich and Cox
Loren W. Bentley
June 1, 1919-Sept. 20, 2006
Gresham resident Loren W. Bentley, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Providence Portland Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St.
Loren was born June 1, 1919, in Hubbard, Iowa, to Frank and Edna (Wallace) Bentley. He was raised and educated in Grundy Center, Iowa, and Rhodes, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1936.
On May 23, 1942, Loren married Velma Diehl in Grundy Center. He worked as a machinist for various companies, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin for a number of years. He retired in the late 1980s.
In 1998, he moved to Gresham.
Loren was a member of the Baptist church.
In July 2005, Loren was preceded in death by his wife. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Keith Bentley; and grandsons, Walter Frank Bentley and Ethan Jon Bentley. Survivors include his sons, Larry Bentley of Gresham and Leonard Bentley of Cameron Park, Calif.; daughters, Linda Bentley of Gresham and Lynette Fulton of Ontario, Calif.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Wherity Family Funerals in Tualatan is handling arrangements.
Roy A. Sprague
Feb. 24, 1937-Oct. 21, 2006
Gresham resident Roy A. Sprague, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 21, in Gresham. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1015 S.E. 182nd Ave., Portland. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.
Roy was born Feb. 24, 1937, in Minot, N.D., to Roy and Margaret (McGuire) Sprague. When he was young, he moved to Portland where he graduated from Washington High School.
On Aug. 8, 1955, he enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was honorably discharged Aug. 7, 1958, having attained the rank of private first class.
In 1960, Roy married Jean Rickert at St. Cecilia Church, Portland.
Roy worked for Chet's Candy Service, Portland Bottling Co., Blitz Weinhard and Hormel Meats. He also worked at the Portland shipyards, where he was a union representative. He retired in 1998.
Roy lived in the Rose City Park neighborhood in Portland for 31 years and helped coach Little League there. He moved to Gresham in 1998.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing pinochle, watching golf tournaments on TV and camping or traveling to the beach with his family.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Jordan Laird Case
July 3, 1986-Oct. 21, 2006
Former Troutdale resident Jordan Laird Case, 20, died Saturday, Oct. 21.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Riverview Park Amphitheatre, which is along the main street in downtown Independence.
Jordan was born July 3, 1986, in Salem to Laird and Jill Case. He was raised and educated in Troutdale, where he graduated from Reynolds High School in 2004.
Jordan worked for Novellus Systems in Tualatin, but planned to attend Oregon State University to study physics.
He enjoyed cross country, track and wrestling.
Survivors include his mother, Jill Griffith, and her companion, Jamie Boe; father and stepmother, Laird and Debbie Case; sister, Shannon Case; stepbrother, Ben Stagl; stepsister, Mellissa Stagl; and grandparents, Fred Carl and Elaine Griffith.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jordan Case Memorial Fund at any Washington Mutual branch to benefit the cross country program at Reynolds High School.
Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence is handling arrangements.
Helen E. Helfrich
July 16, 1926-Oct. 26, 2006
Gresham resident Helen E. Helfrich, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 26, in Gresham.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, followed by a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.
Helen was born July 16, 1926, in Inwood, Iowa.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. A full obituary will be published at a later date.
Alvin Clarence Larsen
Feb. 24, 1918-Oct. 23, 2006
Gresham resident Alvin Clarence Larsen, 88, died Monday, Oct. 23. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Redeemer Evangelical Church, 795 E. Powell Blvd., Gresham.
Alvin was born Feb. 24, 1918, in McHenry, N.D., to Christian Peder and Ingeborg Annetta (Walen) Larsen. He was raised and educated on a farm near Glenfield, N.D.
On Sept. 24, 1939, Alvin married Elaine Kallberg in Carrington, N.D. They made their home in Carrington, where he farmed.
They later moved to Eugene and to Portland, where he worked in the shipyards during World War II.
They then moved to Minneapolis, but eventually returned to Portland. They have lived in East County ever since. Alvin worked as a body repairman for International Harvester. In the 1950s, he took a job as a heavy-equipment claims adjuster for Oregon Auto Insurance. He worked for the company for 22 years until he retired in the mid-1970s.
Alvin enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of Gresham; sons, Gary Larsen of Gresham and Darris Larsen of Canby; sisters, Hannah Larsen of Portland, Verna Wils of Beaverton; brother, Leo Larsen of Gresham; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.
Mt. Scott Funeral Home in Portland is handling arrangements.
Scott Robert Cox
March 6, 1958-Oct. 24, 2006
Aims resident Scott Robert Cox, 48, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, in an accident in front of his home. A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A reception will follow at Aims Community Church, 44510 S.E. Connett Road, Corbett.
Scott was born March 6, 1958, in Peoria, Ill., to Herbert and Elaine (Flenner) Cox. He graduated from Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Ill.
Scott then worked as an apprentice machinist for E.M. Smith Company. He later worked as a journeyman machinist for R.R. Donelly.
On Oct. 10, 1987, Scott married Cindy Rice in Peoria Heights, Ill. The following year, they moved to Oregon, where he worked in the construction and excavation industry. In 1993, Scott founded Bull Run Enterprises.
Scott was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of Aims; daughters, Rachel Cox and Chelsea Cox, both of Aims; son, Jordon Cox of Aims; parents of Hudson, Fla.; brothers, Dwight Cox of Harrisburg, N.C., and Grant Cox of Williamsfield, Ill.; and sister, Tonya Meadows of Hudson.
Memorial contributions can be made to any Clackamas County Bank for the Cox family, or can be mailed to P.O. Box 38, Sandy, 97055.
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.