Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Obituaries Dec. 20

Anton 'Tony' 'Doc' Bernard Christianson

May 30, 1917-Dec. 15, 2006

Gresham resident Anton 'Tony' 'Doc' Bernard Christianson, 89, died Friday, Dec. 15, in Gresham.

A funeral with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive, Gresham.

Anton was born May 30, 1917, in Dunseith, N.D., to Benjamin and Josephine (Larson) Christianson. He attended Currie Grade School in Rolette County, North Dakota, but moved to Portland in the late 1930s.

On April 11, 1941, Tony enlisted in the Army at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was honorably discharged March 16, 1945, at Camp Lockett, Calif., having attained the rank of staff sergeant.

After his discharge, Tony returned to Portland and lived in East County. He owned and operated a dry cleaning facility in Portland for five years. He was self-employed as the owner of various rental properties throughout the Portland metropolitan area. He retired in 1991.

Tony was a member of the Elks, Eagles and American Legion Post No. 1. He enjoyed traveling, dancing, bird hunting and the rodeo.

Survivors include his brother, Raymond Christianson of Portland; and sister, Bernice Orren of Portland.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or to Adventist Medical Center, hospice program, 5835 N.E. 122nd Ave., Suite 135, Portland, 97230.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ann Marie Muller

Dec. 13, 1946-Dec. 16, 2006

Gresham resident Ann Marie Muller, 60, died Saturday, Dec. 16, in Gresham.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Ann was born Dec. 13, 1946, in Troy, N.Y., to Thomas and Leona (Vantine) Muller. She attended Rosemead High School in California.

She resided in California for many years, in Mexico for two years, Portland for four years and finally in Gresham since 2002. She was a homemaker.

Ann enjoyed puzzles, crocheting, bingo and reading.

Survivors include her son, Randy Muller of Portland; daughters, Tabitha Cruz, Rachael Cruz and Elizabeth Gallardo, all of Portland; mother of Gervais; brothers, Thomas Walter Muller Jr. of Clackamas, Bruce Muller of Oregon City, Robert Muller and J.P. Muller of Gervais; sisters, Victoria Satterfield of Gervais, Theresa Brown of Portland and Ileen Ayala of Oregon City; and 12 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Village Health Care activities fund, 3955 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tony Ruzicka

Feb. 20, 1958-Dec. 16, 2006

Gresham resident Tony Ruzicka, 48, died Saturday, Dec. 16, in Gresham.

A recitation of the Rosary was held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. A reception will follow.

Tony was born Feb. 20, 1958, in Portland to Tony and MaDonna (Frank) Ruzicka. He was raised and educated in Gresham. He attended St. Anne Catholic School and graduated from Gresham High School, where he was a member of the honor society, in 1976.

He continued his education at Portland State University and graduated with bachelor's degrees in English and political science. He also has a master's degree in English.

Tony worked in the payroll department for Fred Meyer from the time he was 16 years old. He was also a sports writer for the Portland State Vanguard and the Tacoma Tribune. He hosted a local radio talk show under the name 'Pool Side' for three years on KFXX radio.

On June 18, 1983, Tony married Laurie Mason at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham.

Tony was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where he taught faith formation classes. He was an avid reader and enjoyed all types of music and sports.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; son, Austen Ruzicka of Gresham; daughter, Ahle Ruzicka, of Gresham; mother and stepfather, MaDonna and Burl Manasco of Portland; and brother, Blair Ruzicka of Canton, Ga.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Helen Nell Ashmore

Sept. 20, 1921-

Dec. 15, 2006

Former East County resident Helen Nell Ashmore, 85, died Friday, Dec. 15, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Helen was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Gainsborough, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Gordon and Jennie Elizabeth (Lundeen) Houston.

In 1943, she graduated from Saint Bonfare Nursing School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She started her public health career at the University of Manitoba.

Helen then worked as a private nurse for a short time before joining the Canadian Navy at HMCS Naden in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was then transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

In 1945, Helen married Harry Ashmore in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They lived in Victoria for 10 years before moving to San Francisco.

When her children were young, Helen was a homemaker. She later took a nursing job at Sequoia Hospital in San Carlos, Calif. In 1965, she moved to Portland and soon began working as an emergency room nurse at Gresham General. She later became the director of nurses at the hospital.

When her husband was transferred for his job, Helen moved with him to Honolulu. They returned to Portland the following year. At that time, Helen returned to her job at Gresham General, where she developed a care unit for alcohol and drug abuse patients. She retired once the program was up and running.

After her retirement, Helen spent her time between Portland and Arizona. She moved to Sandy in 2000. In 2002, she moved to Mt. View Adult Care Facility, and later to Safe Haven.

Helen enjoyed traveling to Europe and particularly enjoyed trips to Scotland and England to research her family history.

Survivors include her sons, Gordon Ashmore of Gresham, Lindsay Ashmore of Sandy and Donald Ashmore of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Sharon Ashmore-Carnivale of Reddick, Fla.; sister, Bari Robinson of Victoria, British Columbia; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 Lyndon B. Johnson, Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Cora I. Gadbaugh

July 13, 1935-Dec. 17, 2006

Longtime Gresham resident Cora I. Gadbaugh, 71, died Sunday, Dec. 17, in Gresham.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Cora was born July 13, 1935, to Floyd Charles Sr. and Frances (Smoot) Watson. Cora was raised and educated in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School in 1954.

She was married and divorced. She was a homemaker.

Cora enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

Survivors include her sons, Tom Gadbaugh of Gresham and Dan Gadbaugh of La Costa Valley, Calif.; brother, Floyd Watson of Gresham; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 Lyndon B. Johnson, Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Daniel Richards

Oct. 5, 1986-Dec. 16, 2006

East County resident James Daniel Richards, 20, died in a hit and run accident Saturday, Dec. 16, in Norfolk, Va.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, at East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave. The time will be announced at a later date. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

James was born Oct. 5, 1986, in Portland to Gary and Mary Richards. He was raised and educated in Portland, where he attended Lynchwood Elementary School and Centennial Middle School. In 2005, he graduated from Centennial High School, where he was captain of the football team and a member of the baseball team.

On Feb. 21, 2005, James enlisted in the Marines. He graduated with honors from boot camp and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of private first class. He completed additional training in August 2006 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. James was then stationed in Norfolk, where he served as a field radio operator.

James enjoyed baseball, football and fishing.

Survivors include his parents of Portland; brother, Gary Richards of Portland; and sister, Desiree Richards of Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Centennial High School athletic department, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham, 97030.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.