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Obituaries - June 27th

Joshua Maurice Miller

June 26, 1979-June 16, 2012

Damascus resident Joshua Maurice Miller died Saturday, June 16, at his home. He was 32.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Abundant Life Church, 17421 S.E. Hemrich Road, Happy Valley.

Josh was born June 26, 1979, in Portland to Lloyd and Kathleen (Ryburn) Miller. He was raised in Beaverton, graduating from Westview High School in 1997. Josh went to work for several different companies before ending up at the city of Lake Oswego as a utility worker. He was certified as a heavy equipment operator in 2001.

On Jan. 28, 2006, he married Julie McKinney.

Josh started volunteering as a firefighter in the Boring Fire District in 2010 and was named rookie of the year. He was known as a people person with a sense of humor who could tell stories and leave you wondering whether they were true or not.

Josh also liked camping, going to the beach, barbecuing and playing video games. He attended Barton Community Church.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Morgan Miller and Wrilee Floyd; son, Jadon Floyd; mother of Portland; father of Warren, Ohio; and brother, Ryan Miller of Portland.

Contributions can be made to Josh's memorial fund through the Boring Volunteer Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 85, Boring, 97009.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ralph Edward Sweeney

Oct. 2, 1926-June 23, 2012

Sandy resident Ralph Edward Sweeney died Saturday, June 23, at Adventist Medical Center in Portland. He was 85.

A private family graveside service with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at St. Paul of Damascus Lutheran Church, 24510 S.E. Highway 212.

Ralph was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Alhambra, Calif., to Louis and Vera (Goodell) Sweeney. When Ralph was a young boy, the family moved to Oregon and made their home in the Portland area. At the age of 17, Ralph enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 30, 1943, and served in the South Pacific. After his honorable discharge on Jan. 14, 1946, he returned to Portland and sailed in the Merchant Marines.

On June 29, 1947, Ralph married Sally Poulson in Milwaukie. They made their home in the Portland area where Ralph sailed as a chief electrician with the Merchant Marines. In 1955, Ralph went to work for Edmondson Shade and Blind Company in Portland. In August 1959, Ralph and Sally became the owners of the company and changed the name to Edmondson Drapery. They ran the business until retiring and selling it in the late 1990s. Ralph and Sally remained in the Damascus area until 2003, when they moved to Sandy.

Ralph was an avid golfer and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening vegetables, fruits and flowers, especially roses. He was a longtime member of St. Paul of Damascus Lutheran Church. He also belonged to Persimmon Country Club and was one of the first members of Pleasant Valley Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Patrick Sweeney of Gresham and Lonn Sweeney of Sandy; daughters, Judy Knehans of Boise, Idaho, and Maureen Butterworth of Meridian, Idaho; sister, Verajean Trussell of Othello, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312; or for a new church sign at St. Paul of Damascus Lutheran Church, 24510 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus, 97089.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joe Coleman

Sept. 17, 1937-June 24, 2012

Joe Coleman, a resident of Boring, died Sunday, June 24, at his home. He was 74.

At his request, no services will be held.

Joe was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Wheeler County to J.D. and Alice (Stevens) Coleman.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Catherine, in 2007.

Survivors include his daughters, Christi Coleman of Boring and Cindi Coleman of Gresham, and one granddaughter.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lillian Ruth Robinson

May 25, 1918-June 21, 2012

Former Orient resident Lillian Ruth Robinson died Thursday, June 21, at her home in Fairview. She was 94.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A private entombment will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Lillian was born May 25, 1918, in Gresham to Irvin and Ruth (Wheeler) Neibauer. After graduating from Gresham High School in 1936, she received her bachelor's degree from the Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University). Lillian began teaching school on Sauvie Island in a two-room schoolhouse.

In the 1940s, she married Burton A. Kindred. They built a home in the Orient area and raised their three children. They were divorced in the late 1960s. After her children entered grade school, Lillian returned to teaching at Orient Grade School in 1956.

On Nov. 21, 1971, Lillian married Roland Robinson in Gresham. Lillian continued her teaching career until retiring in 1983. After retiring, Lillian tutored many children until 2004. In 2003, she moved to Fairview to be near her children.

Lillian enjoyed crocheting, gardening, traveling with her husband, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Sandy and in her younger years she was a member of the Grange.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2002.

Survivors include her sons, Burt Kindred and Arnold Kindred, both of Fairview; daughter, Shirley Staatz of Ridgefield, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to any hospice of choice.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thomas L. Swanton

Sept. 14, 1934-June 19, 2012

Former Sandy resident Thomas L. Swanton, 77, died Tuesday, June 19, in Gresham while holding the hand of his wife, Sue.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd.

Tom was born Sept. 14, 1934, in San Diego to Robert and Mary (Cotter) Swanton. Tom grew up in Boston and was a lifelong Red Sox fan. He served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War.

Tom moved to Oregon in the 1960s, where he met and married Gloria Gaulke. They were later divorced.

Tom worked for Pacific Power & Light for 21 years as a long-haul truck driver; he held the company safety record.

On Aug. 27, 1994, Tom married Sue Harlan. They resided in the Gresham community since 1994.

Tom enjoyed sports as an athlete in his youth and as a spectator his whole life. He loved classic cars and trucks, travel, good food and telling jokes and stories about his life adventures. He was patriotic and proudly flew his American flag.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Tahnee Swanton of Gresham; stepdaughter, Tammy Doss of Gresham; stepson, Jeff Gaylord of Gresham; and his golden retriever, Ginger.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.