Warren L. Carpenter
May 14, 1948-July 12, 2011
Damascus resident Warren L. Carpenter died Tuesday, July 12, at his home from a brain tumor. He was 63.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Warren was born May 14, 1948, in Portland to Edgar and Clara Carpenter. Warren was raised in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School. Warren enlisted in the Army in June 1967 and served in the Green Berets, receiving the rank of sergeant. He served in Vietnam and spent more than a year assisting the South Vietnamese Special Forces and Irregular Defense Groups, according to a Feb. 5, 1970, article in The Outlook. He was honorably discharged in January 1970 and was the 250,000th man to process through the transfer station at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Warren received a Bronze Star in addition to the Army Commendation Medal for valor. Warren received the latter for saving the lives of two wounded soldiers in March 1969 after his unit came under enemy machine-gun fire, forcing the newly formed company of local recruits to disperse.
According to The Outlook article, Warren assumed command and, with help from his Vietnamese counterpart, closed the company formation. He then radioed for a medical evacuation helicopter. As the helicopter approached, Warren dashed out to where the two wounded soldiers lay, carried one of them to safety and then returned for the other. His company had no fatalities.
On March 2, 1982, he married Nancy Robbins in Gresham.
Warren worked as a carpenter with Portland Parks and Recreation. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from Portland State University in 1990.
Warren loved complicated woodworking projects, restoring antique clocks and radios and reading about history and science, especially astronomy. He loved dogs and made a point of rescuing old or injured dogs, believing they might not find a good home otherwise.
Survivors include his wife; brother, Stan Carpenter of Portland; and sister, Yvonne Hicks of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Memorial donations can be made to any veterans' organization; or to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Allan M. Metcalf
Dec. 26, 1923-July 29, 2011
Gresham resident Allan M. Metcalf, 87, died Friday, July 29, in Portland.
A private family service will be held.
Allan was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Conneaut, Ohio, to Frank and Velma (Jack) Metcalf. He grew up and attended school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and attended Cleveland College. He served in the Army from 1949 to 1950 and was honorably discharged.
Allan worked for the state of Oregon for many years in Salem, Canyonville, Grants Pass and Pendleton. He also worked in Oakland, Calif., and in Seattle.
Allan enjoyed painting, lawn bowling and traveling. He also enjoyed collecting stamps, coins and maps.
Survivors include his sister, Marian Churchill of Salem; nephew, Tom Churchill of Gresham; niece, Katie Givens of Gresham; four great-nieces; and one great-nephew.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of choice.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Jan. 26, 1922-Aug. 1, 2011
Former Gresham resident Mary Story, 89, died Monday, Aug. 1.
No formal services will be held.
Mary was born Jan. 26, 1922, in Aberdeen, Scotland, to William and Mary (Thompson) Duncan. Mary grew up in Scotland and served in the Royal Air Force as a sergeant in the Women's Auxiliary during World War II.
She met Wayne William Story, and they were married April 25, 1944, in Lytham St. Annes, England. They moved to Gresham in 1958.
Mary lived in Gresham for more than 50 years before moving to Russellville Park Retirement Community in Portland. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, dancing and classical music.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000 and by her granddaughter, Keri Kirkpatrick.
Survivors include her daughters, Suzanne Kirkpatrick of Gresham and Pamela Johns of Portland; son, Scott Story of Portland; sisters, Anne Parker and Jean Sharp, both of Aberdeen; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.
Memorial donations can be made to the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, 400 Mercer St., Suite 504, Seattle, WA, 98109.
Visit Mary's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign her guestbook and to share memories.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Myra Hualalai Ward
Nov. 20, 1916-July 31, 2011
Former Gresham resident Myra Hualalai Ward died Sunday, July 31, in Portland. She was 94.
No services will be held. Private entombment will be at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum in Portland.
Myra was born Nov. 20, 1916, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to William and Myra (Sniffen) Ferrey. She grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and graduated from King Kamehameha High School in 1934. In 1939, she moved to Bremerton, Wash., where she met Russell Ward, a career merchant mariner.
Myra and Russell were married July 25, 1952, in Seattle. They moved to Gresham in 1969. In the late 1950s, Myra and Russell owned and operated the Cooper Spur Inn in Hood River and later the Sierra Court Motel in Ilwaco, Wash. They ran the warming hut between Hood River and Mount Hood Meadows and oversaw the concession stands at Mount Hood Meadows during the very first year of operation.
Myra worked in timber management for the U.S. Forest Service and retired as a licensing clerk from the Federal Communications Center in the early 1980s. She moved to Portland to be closer to her son.
Myra was an avid bowler. She belonged to the Women's Bowling Association and was active in three different leagues a week. She also enjoyed gardening and was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham.
Her husband, Russell, and her brother, Bill, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Dean Ward of Portland and Glenn Ward of Portland; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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