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Obituaries Dec. 13

Miller, Bosworth, Johnson, South, Lehman, Suhr, Alvarado, Skelton, Niemi

Michael Larry Miller

Jan. 19, 1952-Nov. 30, 2006

Cascade Locks resident Michael Larry Miller, 54, died Thursday, Nov. 30, at his home. No formal services will be held.

Michael was born Jan. 19, 1952, in Rochester, Minn., to Robert and Elizabeth (Polzin) Miller. He was raised and educated in Rochester, where he graduated from John Marshall High School.

He married JoAnn Ehlers in May 1980.

He received an associate of science degree from Mt. Hood Community College in 1980.

Michael was a longtime employee of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Bonneville Fish Hatchery, where he was instrumental in the 'Captive Brood' program.

He enjoyed computer flight simulations, canoeing, camping and bird watching.

Survivors include his wife of Cascade Locks; son, Ian Miller of Cascade Locks; parents of Rochester; brothers, Terry Miller of New York City and Jeff Miller of Rosemont, Minn.; and sisters, Pam Ryan of Burnsville, Minn., and Julie Dylin of Rochester.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elmer L. Bosworth

March 3, 1924-Dec. 9, 2006

Former Gresham resident Elmer L. Bosworth, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 9, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. A reception will follow.

Elmer was born March 3, 1924, in Tacoma, Wash., to Roy and Mary Jane 'Maime' (McCoubrey) Bosworth. He was raised and educated in Tacoma, where he attended Stewart High School.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served in England and France during World War II.

On April 20, 1945, Elmer married Helen Campbell McKinnon in Glasgow, Scotland. They divorced in May 1966.

Elmer was honorably discharged in 1946 having attained the rank of sergeant. He earned two Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal.

Elmer continued to serve in the Army Reserves and was called to active duty during the Korean War. At that time, he was stationed in Massachusetts, where he trained other soldiers.

He retired from the Army Reserves in 1965, having attained the rank of sergeant first class.

After his retirement, Elmer moved to Gresham. He worked for Reynolds Metals for 20 years before he retired in 1986.

In May 2004, he moved to the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 1, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4032, Gateway Elks Lodge No. 2411 and National Association for Uniformed Services, Chapter 41.

Elmer was an avid golfer. He enjoyed spending time with his dogs, traveling and gardening.

On July 24, 1995, Elmer was preceded in death by his companion, Margaret Schoolcraft. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Roy 'Bud' Bosworth and Lloyd Bosworth; sisters, Beulah Irvine and Elvera Erickson; and his half sister Gwendolyn Norman.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Gardner of Raymond, Wash., and Denise Brown of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.; son, David Bosworth of Puyallup, Wash.; sisters, Mildred Lorraine Schlueter of Goshen, Ind., and Phyllis Armstrong, of Roy, Wash.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Johnson

Sept. 2, 1917-Dec. 7, 2006

Gresham resident Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 89, died of a heart attack Thursday, Dec. 7.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Metro Church of Christ, 1525 N.W. Division St., Gresham.

Mary was born Sept. 2, 1917, in Milton, Texas, to Charles and Ida (Martin) Fisher. She was raised and educated in Milton.

On Nov. 13, 1933, Mary married James B. Johnson in Clarksville, Texas.

She owned Allstate Real Estate in Portland for 30 years, and was a broker for the company. She retired in 1982. After Mary retired, she and her husband moved to the Gresham area.

Mary was a member of Metro Church of Christ and helped in the church office. She enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In 2002, Mary was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her daughter, Angilena Totten of Gresham; sisters, Hattie Norville of Mesa, Ariz., and Reba McMurray of Elizabethtown, Ky.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the World English Institute, c/o Metro Church of Christ, 1525 N.W. Division St., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harold Noonen South

April 1, 1934-Dec. 10, 2006

Sandy resident Harold Noonen South, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 10, in Portland.

A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow.

Harold was born April 1, 1934, in Paden, Miss., to John and Edna (Gortney) South. He was raised and educated in Portland. He graduated from Parkrose High School in 1952.

Harold married Ruth Dunning in 1956. They were later divorced.

Harold spent many years in body shop management in Portland. He retired in 1999.

He moved to Prineville and then to Sandy.

Harold enjoyed restoring and collecting classic automobiles and sharing his passion for motorcycles and classic cars with family and friends.

Survivors include sons; Kelly South of Gresham and Ricky South of Portland; mother of Eugene; companion, Edna Burgett of Sandy; brothers, Ray South of Boring, Jerry South of Eugene and John South of Portland; sister, Sherry South of Montana; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eugene 'Gene' Lehman

Jan. 4, 1928-Dec. 9, 2006

Sandy resident Eugene 'Gene' Lehman, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 9, at his home.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1809 Langensand Road, Sandy. Private interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery.

Gene was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Circle, Mont., to Max and Grace (McDonald) Lehman. He was raised and educated in Circle.

Gene attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and St. Edwards Seminary in Kenmore, Wash.

Gene enlisted in the Army on Dec. 8, 1950. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 25, 1952.

Gene returned to Montana and attended Montana State University and the University of Montana. He received his teaching certificate and began studying for his master's degree.

Gene married Emmy Kelly on June 26, 1954, in Circle, Mont.

They moved to Terry, Mont., where he began his career as a teacher. They moved to Rudyard, Libby and Deer Lodge, Mont., before moving to Cascade Locks in the late 1960s, then to Gresham.

Gene worked as a substitute teacher for 12 years in Gresham, Sandy and Estacada school systems.

The couple lived in Boring for 33 years before settling in Sandy.

Gene enjoyed reading, writing, gardening and classical music. He published the monthly newsletter 'Learning Unlimited Network of Oregon.' He was a member of St. Michael's and St. Henry the Worker Catholic Church.

His sister, Maxine Dwyer, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Jane Lehman of Silver Spring, Md., and Cathy Niliaram of Rockton, Ill.; son, Bob Lehman of Gresham; sister, Gretchen Peterson of Novi, Mich.; brothers, Norman Lehman of Tillamook and Alan Lehman of Seattle; and eight grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to St. Vincent DePaul.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Leola June Suhr

June 14, 1917-Dec. 11, 2006

Gresham resident, Leola June Suhr, 89, died Monday, Dec. 11, in Portland.

A viewing will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts, Ave., Gresham. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. Private interment will follow at Belcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Salem.

Leola was born June 14, 1917, in Crofton, Neb., to Clayton and Iva Inez (Tatum) Potter. She was raised and educated in Nebraska. She graduated from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, Neb.

Leola married Walter Suhr in March 1937 in Nebraska.

The couple moved to Mt. Angel in June 1937, then to Silverton and settled in Portland in 1939.

Leola was a homemaker. She also provided babysitting and housed military serviceman's families during World War II.

In 1957, the family moved to Albany where they owned and operated a saw shop. She retired in 1975.

After retiring, Leola and Walter traveled throughout North America.

Leola was a member of the Lutheran Church. She participated in Bible study groups and visited residents at the Mennonite Nursing Home. She enjoyed playing cards and pinochle. Leola also helped with her husband's band.

They moved to Gresham in January 1993.

Walter preceded Leola in death in February 1993.

Survivors include her daughters, Joy Lee Scarberry of Gresham and June Iva Malson of Trout Creek, Mont.; brothers, Wilbur Potter of Salem and Clayton 'Bud' Potter of Gresham; sister, Hazel Lillie of Albany; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Remembrances can be made to Providence Hospice, 1235 N.E. 47th Ave., Suite 148, Portland, 97213.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jeanne Marie Alvarado

Aug. 23, 1963-Dec. 8, 2006

Former Corbett resident Jeanne Marie Alvarado, 43, died Friday, Dec. 8, in Westbury, N.Y.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave. Portland. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Therese Catholic Church.

Jeanne was born Aug. 23, 1963, in Portland to Fred and Ann Marie Sanchez. She was raised and educated in Corbett, where she graduated from Corbett High School in 1980.

Jeanne married Anthony Alvarado on Aug. 26, 1985, in Texas.

She was employed as a flight attendant with American Airlines for more than 15 years.

Survivors include her husband of Bayside, N.Y.; son, Kyle Alvarado of Bayside; daughters, Katie Alvarado and Kirsten Alvarado of Bayside; parents, of Troutdale; brothers, Fred Sanchez of Gresham, Mark Sanchez of Boring, Michael Sanchez of Troutdale, Joseph Sanchez of Westbury, N.Y., and Thomas Sanchez, Brad Sanchez and Alan Sanchez of Portland; and sisters, Linda Sanchez of Portland, Sheryl Doyle of Albuquerque, N.M., and Debra Edwards of Cornelius.

Remembrances can be made to AMS Myositis Foundation.

Lloyd Funeral Home of Bayside is handling arrangements.

Nancy Skelton

Sept. 29, 1942-Dec. 10, 2006

Gresham resident Nancy Skelton, 64, died Sunday, Dec. 10, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Halsey Road, Boring. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Nancy was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Murrieta, Calif., to Lora and Ola Arthur. Her family moved to Dilley in 1952. She graduated from Forest Grove High School.

Nancy married Dick Skelton in Forest Grove on March 11, 1961.

She moved to Gresham in 1965.

Nancy worked at Gresham Internal Medicine Clinic for 25 years. She retired in 2002.

She enjoyed traveling and walking. She completed several relays from Portland to the coast with her team 'Girls from the Hood.' Nancy attended Cornerstone Church and Good Shepherd churches.

Survivors include her husband of Gresham; daughters, Lorie Shearer of Renton and Cheryl Simonis of Gresham; one brother; four sisters; and five grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon, PMB 243, Suite 102, 16420 S.E. McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98683-3461.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Eileen 'Jean' Niemi

Oct. 6, 1922-Dec. 8, 2006

Gresham resident Eileen 'Jean' Niemi, 84, died Friday, Dec. 8, in Gresham.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Jean was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Decatur, Ill., to John and Nellie (Justice) Ralph. She was raised and educated in Granite City, Ill., where she graduated from high school.

Jean married Herbert Bentley in 1941.

They lived in many states and were involved in multiple businesses, such as restaurants, a golf course and the heating and cooling business.

Herbert preceded her in death in 1968.

Jean married William Niemi in 1971.

The couple moved to Gresham in 1989.

William preceded her in death in 2003.

Jean enjoyed traveling, music and gardening.

Survivors include sons, Gary Bentley, Glenn Bentley and Gregg Bentley; two sisters; two brothers; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.