Obituaries for Aug. 13
Arthur Ross Johnson
Sept. 30, 1925-Aug. 5, 2011
Corbett resident Arthur Ross Johnson, 85, died Friday, Aug. 5.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Corbett Community Church, 34309 N.E. Mershon Road, Corbett.
Ross was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Corbett to Arthur and Geneva (Wright) Johnson on the family farm, which was established in 1909. He was the youngest of three children. Ross's ancestral tree includes several prominent Oregonians: Harvey Scott, editor of The Oregonian; Abigail Scott Duniway, a well-known suffragette; and maternal grandmother Annie Wilkes Wright, the family for whom the Wilkes neighborhood was named.
Ross graduated from Corbett High School in 1943 and served in the Navy, stationed on Manus Island. He served from 1943 to 1946 and was honorably discharged. Upon his return, he worked on the family dairy farm. In 1955, dairy operations ceased, and it became a beef farm.
In 1949, Ross married Thelma Lundbom of Gresham.
Ross worked for the Army Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam, retiring in 1986 after 31 years.
Ross was a member of Corbett's volunteer fire department for 32 years and served on the budget committee for many years after that. Ross also volunteered for the Helping Hands Food Bank at Corbett Grange Hall since its inception in 2002.
Ross was preceded in death by his wife in 1989; and by his sister, Arlene Marble, in 2011.
Survivors include his sons, Curt Johnson and Carl Johnson, both of Portland; sister, Margaret Warren of Corbett; companion, Doris Lagging of Gresham; nieces and nephews; and his dog, Killer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District 14, P.O. Box 1, Corbett, 97019.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Gordon W. Parr
Aug. 28, 1923-Aug. 4, 2011
Gresham resident Gordon W. Parr, 87, died Thursday, Aug. 4, at his home.
A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Portland. Interment was at River View Cemetery in Portland.
Gordon was born Aug. 28, 1923, in Portland to Lynn and Mildred Parr. Gordon was raised in Coos Bay and graduated from Marshfield High School. He attended the University of Oregon before he joined the Army during World War II. He received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After the war, he returned to the University of Oregon and received his bachelor's degree in business.
On Feb. 12, 1949, he married Barbara Fossen in Bend.
Gordon and his father worked in the lumber business. He attended First Presbyterian Church, sang with the Portland Symphonic Choir and was a member of the Roseway Lions.
Survivors include his wife; twin sons, Bradley Parr of Tualatin and Dr. Stephen Parr of Gresham; and two granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055; the Roseway Lions Club; or to First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St., Portland, 97205.
River View Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Virginia 'Jinny' Barcus
Aug. 3, 1920-Aug. 2, 2011
East County resident Virginia 'Jinny' Barcus, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 2.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 11, at Faithful Savior Ministries in Portland.
Jinny was born Aug. 3, 1920, in Great Falls, Mont., to Russell and Alice Thompson. Jinny was raised in Yakima, Wash., and graduated from Yakima Valley High School in 1938. She moved to Portland in 1946.
On Nov. 8, 1942, she married August D. Johnson. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1980. On June 6, 1981, she married Melvin C. Barcus. He preceded her in death on June 11, 1997.
Jinny retired in 1980 after 16 years as a cook for the Parkrose School District.
Jinny was a Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher. She served as president of the Young at Heart senior group at her church as well as chairwoman of the Rebecca Circle, a Bible-study group. She was a Girl Scout leader for more than 13 years. She volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels and helped in the soup kitchen for the homeless.
Jinny enjoyed playing cards, cribbage, board games and working the Daily Jumble. She loved gardening, baking and sharing with friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Orris Thompson, Eunice Tuttle and Robert Thompson.
Survivors include her son, Dave Johnson of Portland; daughters, Jan Proby of Tacoma, Wash., and Nancy Povey of Damascus; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial donations can be made to Faithful Savior Ministries, 11100 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland, 97220.
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Alice Louise Jefferies
Dec. 15, 1931-Aug. 6, 2011
Gresham resident Alice Louise Jefferies, 79, died Saturday, Aug. 6.
No services will be held. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.