Obituaries for Dec. 2

Adam Jerome 'Jerry' Dietz Jr., Edward Michael Butanavage, Price Hampton Russom, D.B. Smith, Charles 'Chuck' Howard Beezley Jr., Reid Adney and Doris Kerslake

Adam Jerome 'Jerry' Dietz Jr.

Nov. 12, 1946-Nov. 26, 2006

Gresham resident Adam Jerome 'Jerry' Dietz Jr., 60, died Sunday, Nov. 26, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Jerry was born Nov. 12, 1946, in Vanport to Adam and Mildred (Lowe) Dietz. He attended The Dalles High School.

On May 3, 1969, Jerry married Jacquelyne 'Jackie' Sue Windsor in Reno, Nev. They divorced in 1980.

Beginning in 1969, Jerry worked for Platt Furniture Assembly. He then worked as an apprentice under a man who had done custom upholstery work in Hollywood, designing furniture for movie sets.

In 1974, Jerry moved to Dufur. He later started his own business, Dietz Custom Upholstery, in The Dalles. He took pride in creating unique pieces of furniture for his clients.

Jerry moved to Portland in 1981, and later settled in Gresham. He did custom upholstery work from his home for a period of time. He was retired.

Jerry enjoyed spending time outdoors and particularly liked camping, boating and fishing at Timothy Lake. After he retired, Jerry also enjoyed gambling, playing bingo and riding and maintaining his Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Survivors include his daughters, Susan Dietz of Corbett and Diana Dietz of The Dalles; brother, Antone Dietz of The Dalles; sister, Sandra Winters of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edward Michael Butanavage

July 5, 1927-Nov. 27, 2006

Gresham resident Edward Michael Butanavage, 79, died Monday, Nov. 27, at his home in Gresham. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Edward was born July 5, 1927, in Gilberton, Pa., to William and Agnes (Zuban) Butanavage. He was raised and educated in Gilberton.

Edward enlisted in the Army in 1946. He served in the Korean War.

He made a career in the military and retired as a sergeant from the Army in 1966.

Edward married Daisy Hill on Sept. 25, 1965. They were divorced.

After his military career he worked as a smelter for the Anaconda Company in Anaconda, Mont., for 12 years retiring in 1978.

He moved to Boring in 1992.

Survivors include his daughter, Joell Fagan of Boring; cousin, John Zuban of Gilberton; and two grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Price Hampton Russom

May 23, 1927-Nov. 26, 2006

Former East County resident Price Hampton Russom, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 26.

No formal services will be held.

Price was born May 23, 1927, in Ronald, Wash., to Clyde R. and Dolas (Harris) Russom. He was raised and educated in Washington.

He served in the Army Air Corps and the Navy during World War II.

Price was a painter and worked in the logging industry. He moved to East County in 1988 and lived in Gresham, Troutdale and Southeast Portland.

Survivors include his brothers, Paul Russom of Yuma, Ariz., James Russom of Puyallup, Wash., and Raymond Russom of Yuma; sister, Alice West of Hood River; and stepbrother, Ernest Tate of Modesto, Calif.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, 97239.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

D.B. Smith

Feb. 21, 1925-Nov. 30, 2006

East County resident D.B. Smith, 81, died, Thursday, Nov. 30, in East County. A funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 3233 N.E. 162nd Ave., Portland. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.

D.B. was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Homer, Neb., to George and Anna (Frey) Smith. He was raised and educated in Nebraska.

He moved to the Pleasant Home area in 1945 with his sister and brother-in-law, who owned a berry farm.

In 1948, he went to work for Reynolds Metal Company and on the family farm where he became a row boss.

He married Lucy Petty in Springfield, Mo., in 1952.

They settled in East County, where D.B. attended electronics college for two years.

D.B. performed electronics repair in Sandy and Gresham for eight years. He then worked for Parker Furniture Manufacturing for three years.

He was also a plumber for Starks Plumbing and Heating and Fullman Plumbing.

In 1978, D.B. went to work for the Gresham School District. He retired in 1988.

D.B. enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and boxing. He played the harmonica, was a Boy Scout Master and lifetime member if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Smith in 2003, and his great-granddaughter, Milenium Webb.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Smith of East County; daughters, Jan McKenzie of Gresham and DeeAnn Smith of Portland; son, Jeffrey Smith of Oregon City; brother, Glen Smith of South Sioux City, Neb.; and sister, Martha Fremouw of Northfield, Minn.

Gresham Memorial Chapel in handling arrangements.

Charles 'Chuck' Howard Beezley Jr.

Sept. 1, 1957-Nov. 27, 2006

East County resident Charles 'Chuck' Howard Beezley Jr., 49, died of a heart attack Monday, Nov. 27, in Portland. A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Chuck was born Sept. 1, 1957, in Portland to Charles and Elaine (Redinger) Beezley. He was raised and educated in Portland. He graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1975.

Chuck worked for Standard Steel for more than a decade. He also worked as a dump truck driver at Cutter Construction Company for five years.

Chuck was a NASCAR fan. He enjoyed watching his stepfather compete in demolition derbies held at the speedway. He also participated in a few derbies.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Elaine and Ron Simonsen of Gresham; father and stepmother, Charles Sr. and Reatha Beezley of Irrigon; sister, Debra Netherton of Portland; brother, William Beezley of Portland; three nephews; and one niece.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Reid Adney

Dec. 24, 1951-Nov. 30, 2006

Gresham resident Reid Adney, 54, died Thursday, Nov. 30.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Cornwell Colonial Chapel, 90 N. Second St., Woodburn.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, also at Cornwell Colonial Chapel. Interment will follow at Belle Passi Cemetery, 997 Belle Passi Road, Woodburn.

Reid was born Dec. 24, 1951, in Redmond to Raymon 'Ray' and Wanda Adney. He was raised and educated in Woodburn and graduated from North Marion High School in Aurora.

He earned his real estate brokerage license and sold real estate for a couple of years before beginning a career as a truck driver.

Most recently, Reid served as a tour bus driver. He followed a tour boat up and down the Columbia River from Astoria to where the Columbia met the Snake River, narrating the shore tours.

Reid moved to Gresham eight years ago. In 2004, he married Patty Fain in Gresham.

He was a member of the Gresham Elks Lodge. He enjoyed NASCAR, trips to the beach and western dancing.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; sons, David Adney of Woodburn and Jason Adney of Damascus; mother of Woodburn; and brother, James Adney of Woodburn.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Affiliate, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104, or the Gresham Elks Lodge, 3330 N.E. Division St., Gresham, 97030.

Cornwell Colonial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Doris Kerslake

Nov. 17, 1924-Nov. 30, 2006

Doris Kerslake, 82, who with her husband, Dan, operated a Century Farm at Corbett, died Thursday, Nov. 30, in Gresham.

A funeral service for the longtime Corbett resident will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave, Gresham. Visitation is from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Gresham Memorial. Burial will be at Douglass Pioneer Cemetery in Troutdale.

She and her husband were part of four generations on the family farm on Christensen Road. They went to the Oregon State Fair in 2004 to receive their Century Farm honors.

Dan Kerslake and Doris had then been married 59 years, and he told The Outlook in 2004 that Doris patched all the family's denim jeans, an unending job on a family farm. 'That old gal can patch,' he said.

The pair were grand marshals in the Corbett July 4th parade in 2005.

She was born in Corning, Iowa, to Sylvester and Matilda Gravett. She married Dan Kerslake on Jan. 22, 1946, while he was home in Corbett on a 30-day furlough from the U.S. Navy.

After his discharge, Dan Kerslake formed a partnership with Fred Kerslake in a dairy farm that included the 20 acres that Dan's father, Allan B. Kerslake, bought in 1904. In addition to raising three children Doris helped run the farm. The Kerslake family owned 400 acres in 2004 and grew mostly hay, cattle and some fruit and vegetable crops.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Steven Kerslake and Nicholas Kerslake, both of Corbett; daughter, Carol Rose, Corbett; sisters, Nola Comstock of Omaha, Neb., Irene Williams of Peoria, Ariz., and Juanita Howell of Gresham; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.