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Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

David Michael (Mike) Albo

Dec. 4, 1938-Aug. 5, 2011

David Michael (Mike) Albo, 72, died in Newberg Aug. 5, 2011. Health complications were the cause of death.

Mr. Albo was born to Joe and Elsie Albo in Trinidad, Colo., on Dec. 4, 1938.

He attended high schools in the Northwest, including Cleveland High School, and graduated from Klamath Falls High School in 1957. He attended the University of Oregon.

In 1957, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in the 1st Marine Division from 1957 to 1961. He was awarded medals for good conduct and excellent marksmanship.

On June 23, 1961, he married Sandra Kitchen in Stevenson, Wash.

Before retiring in 2007, he was in automobile management and sales, a jeweler and a mortgage broker.

He was a Rotary member of the Newberg and Tigard Early Bird clubs, president-elect of Newberg Early Bird from 1999 to 2000, Rotary president of Newberg Early Bird in 2000-01, District 5100 international grant chairman 2000-2001, co-chairman 1999, Community Services director Newberg and Tigard Early Bird Rotary.

His hobbies included golfing and crabbing, and he was an antique car enthusiast. He was an avid sports fan of the University of Oregon and his grandchildren's sporting events.

His volunteer activities included the Tigard High Boosters. Tigard Stadium Committee and Tigard youth sports.

He was a former member of the Elks Lake Oswego and Sherwood Kiwanis and the chambers of commerce in Tigard, Portland and Lake Oswego.

In addition to his wife Sandra, survivors include children Pam Irish of Sherwood, Jeff Albo of Seattle, Barry Albo of Newberg; and grandchildren Ashley Jech, Tim Jech, Grant Irish, Kelsey Irish, Milan Albo, Lacey Albo and Carson Albo.

A funeral service was held Friday in Willamette National Cemetery.

Arrangements were in the care of Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon.

Thelma Swinson Gilman

Aug. 3, 1918-Aug. 5, 2011

Thelma Swinson Gilman died peacefully with her family around her on Aug. 5, two days after her 103rd birthday.

She was born Aug. 3, 1918, to Bertha (Moody) Swinson and William Swinson in Stoke-on-Trent, England, growing up there and in Burton-on-Trent. She attended St. Dominic's School, where she excelled academically and played on the school grass hockey team.

After serving for most of World War II in the British civil service, she was accepted at Charing Cross Hospital, University of London, graduating with a nursing degree in 1948. In 1949, she was commissioned as an officer in Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, British Army.

Among her assignments, she served in the United Kingdom at the British Military Hospital in Hanover, Germany, and on a troop ship assignment that took her to many places, including Gibraltar, Malta, Egypt, Aden, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

She left the QARANC as a captain in 1954 and came to the United States, where she became a citizen in 1962.

She worked for Stanford University Hospital in the mid-1950s and married Edward Roger Gilman in 1957. They divorced in 1966.

They had three children, Daniel, Nicholas and Melanie, and moved to Sonoma, Calif., in 1964.

Mrs. Gilman was active in her children's school, St. Francis Solano, and worked for the state of California at Sonoma State Hospital and later as part of a Medi-Cal compliance team inspecting rest homes.

In 1983, she began a well-deserved retirement. She volunteered with Loaves and Fishes, the Daughters of the British Empire, Jacks and Jills, and Tuality Hospital.

Her children Dan Gilman, Nick Gilman and Melanie Swinson mourn her loss but are intensely proud of her indomitability, fortitude and spiritual strength, which persisted in face of the Great Depression, World War II and other great personal losses and challenges. She was 'tough as nails' about all the right things, but bore no hatred in her heart toward anyone.

She loved and cherished her grandchildren, Patrick and Jennifer Mendoza and Alexander (Alex) Gilman, who bestowed on her the moniker 'Ama Ginger' because of his grandmother's love of candied ginger.

After a private graveside service, a celebration of the life of Thelma Swinson Gilman will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at New Life Baptist Church, 3440 E. Main St., in Hillsboro.

Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Donajeanne Howick

July 5, 1928-March 7, 2011

Donajeanne M. (Hedwall) Howick, 82, died in Portland March 7 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease.

She was born July 5, 1928, in Everett, Wash., to Mabel and Stan Hedwall, and grew up in the Seattle and Olympia, Wash., areas.

After high school, she briefly attended Pacific Lutheran University in Washington.

In 1951 she marred Sidney O. Howick. They lived briefly in Seattle and Eureka, Calif., and then established their home in Beaverton.

Mrs. Howick was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed community theater and square dancing with the Valley Squares of Aloha. She also picked up tennis in her retirement years, which were spent in Mesa, Ariz., where she loved the sun.

Her name Donajeanne was synonymous with the color purple. With great style she wore purple every day and tastefully used that color in her homes.

Preceding her in death was her husband Sidney in June 2000.

In 2006, she returned to Portland.

Survivors include her twin brother Don Hedwall of Lacey, Wash., and his family; son Drew of Madison, Wis.; daughter Antigone (Tig) Brown of Portland; and grandchildren Anna and Claire of Madison, Wis., and Kaleigh and Conor of Portland.

Mrs. Howick's ashes were placed with those of her husband in Willamette National Cemetery.

A memorial for Donajeanne M. Howick will be held Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. at 2105 N.W. 135th Ave., Portland 97229.

William E. Medick Jr.

Nov. 19, 1958-Aug. 10, 2011

William E. Medick Jr., a resident of Hillsboro since 1960, died Aug. 10 at the age of 52.

Born Nov. 19, 1958, to William E. Medick Sr. and Karen L. Taisey in Coeur d'Alene. Idaho, he attended Hillsboro High School.

He was a craftsman and worked in construction.

His hobby was building rustic furniture with crooked willow from the family farm in Hillsboro. He had a love for the outdoors and nature's beauty.

Survivors include his parents; brothers Mike and Jeff Medick; daughters Sarah and Jessica Medick; and granddaughter Gianna English.

A private service was held at the Crooked Willow Farm. Springer and Son handled arrangements.

Allan M. Metcalf

Dec. 26, 1923-July 29, 2011

Allan M. Metcalf died July 29 in Portland. He was 87 years old. He was a resident of Tigard for many years and later in life moved to East Multnomah County to be close to family.

Born Dec. 26, 1923, in Conneaut, Ohio, to Frank and Velma (Jack) Metcalf, he graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and attended Cleveland College.

From 1949 to 1950, he served in the Army.

Before retiring, he was a clerk for the state of Oregon.

He enjoyed painting, lawn bowling and traveling. He also enjoyed collecting stamps, coins and maps.

Surviving is Marian Churchill of Salem.

A private family service and interment were at Belcrest Memorial Gardens in Salem.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home handled arrangements.