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

Donald Charles Ashmanskas

Aug. 26, 1935 - July 18, 2011

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Charles Ashmanskas, a longtime resident of Beaverton, died the afternoon of July 18. He was 75 years old.

He was born to Albert Ashmanskas and Anna (Wolusky) Ashmanskas Aug. 26, 1935, in Boston, Mass.

On May 14, 1960, he married Joyce-marie Crockett in Summit, N.J. In 1966 they moved to Oregon, living in Eugene, Salem, Portland and eventually settling in Beaverton in 1970.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce-marie, on Aug. 26, 2008, after celebrating more than 48 years of marriage. Also preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Alby and his sisters Ruthie and Lois.

Survivors include children Adrienne Ashmanskas of Tigard, Gardner Ashmanskas of Portland and Brooks Ashmanskas of New York; sister Millie Berei of West Milford, N.J.; brother Alan Ash, of Essex Fells, N.J.; granddaughter Olivia Ashmanskas; and several nieces and nephews, including Chris and Terri Albee and their children Connor and Allison of Sherwood.

Private interment rites will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery.

A casual public outdoor gathering will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. Fifth St.

Also, in honor of Mr. Ashmanskas' long service to the legal community, an event will be held at the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m.

The family of Mr. Ashmanskas suggests contributions to The Classroom Law Project at classroomlaw.org, GrowingGardens at growing-gardens.org or SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) at getsmartoregon.org. The family also encourages people to enjoy and support the performing arts in their community.

Lawrence Eugene McCarthy

March 9, 1919-Aug. 18, 2011

Lawrence Eugene McCarthy died in his Tigard residence Aug. 18. The resident of Tigard since 1996 was 92 years old.

He was born March 9, 1919, in Franklin Park, Ill.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army in 1942, serving until 1946.

On Sept. 25, 1948, he married Clary Ann Lofgren in Illinois.

He was employed as a claims clerk with the U.S. Postal Service.

Surviving are his wife Clary Ann; brother John Francis McCarthy; daughter Patricia Herst; son Robert James McCarthy; and five grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward Valentine McCarthy and Kathryn Blanche McCarthy, and son Craig Lawrence McCarthy.

A graveside service is being held today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, 9905 S.W. McKenzie St., in Tigard.

Young's Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Randall Lee Mills

Dec. 3, 1944-Aug. 18, 2011

Randall Lee Mills died Aug. 18 at the age of 67. He was born in Portland on Dec 3, 1944, to Kenneth A. and Violet V. (Humphrey) Mills.

He spent his life on the family homestead that was settled by his grandparents in 1906. He attended Hazeldale Grade School and Beaverton High School, graduating in 1963.

From 1965 to 1967 he served in the Army, spending one year in Vietnam.

After his honorable discharge from the military, he worked in small engine repair and construction until he retired due to a back injury.

In 1978, he married his childhood sweetheart, Connie Wayland.

Mr. Mills was a kind, quiet and softspoken man who was very close to his family. He dearly loved animals, birds and his hybrid wolf. His Akita dog Rocky was always at his side.

He enjoyed fishing, crabbing and reading nonfiction. He subscribed to several local newspapers and was an avid fan of talk radio. He loved to work on his 1959 and 1967 Ford pickups. He enjoyed planting a garden and was especially proud of the giant dahlias he grew and shared with family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Ken and daughter Katina.

Surviving are his wife Connie and brother Art Mills who reside on the family homestead in Hazeldale; daughter Chrisi Mills Badrick of Portland; niece Julie Mills of Forest Grove; nephews Kenny Mills of Newberg and Matt Lind of Beaverton; and great-nephew Devin Sene of Forest Grove.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Springer and Son Chapel, 4150 S.W. 185th Ave., Beaverton.

The family suggests that remembrances of Randall Lee Mills be made to Wolf Haven International, 3111 Offut Lake Road. S.E., Tenino, Wash. 98589.

Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements.

Leroy Jacob Stern

May 3, 1928-Aug. 16, 2011

Leroy (Roy) Jacob Stern, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Aug. 16. He was 83 years old.

He was born May 3, 1928, in Freeman, S.D., to Martha and Robert Stern.

He graduated from Freeman High School in 1946, received a bachelor of arts degree from Augustana College in 1954, a master's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1957 and a doctorate in education from the University of South Dakota in 1968.

During the Korean war, he served in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

Mr. Stern had an extensive career in education, beginning with teaching elementary school in South Dakota, followed by four years of teaching children of American military personnel in Germany and five years at Flandreau Indian High School as business teacher and department head. In 1968, he moved into administration as the assistant area director of education for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in South Dakota.

In 1972, he moved to Portland and accepted the position of director of Indian Education in a four-state area (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska), working for the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. He retired from the bureau in 1980 and worked as a career manager for Haldane Associates until 1992.

In 1953, he married Betty Koerner of Freeman, and throughout their marriage they enjoyed extensive travel, visiting countries in Europe, Russia and Japan.

During retirement, Mr. Stern wrote a book tracing the Stern family lineage from the 1600s and showing its migration from Russia.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He never passed up an opportunity to celebrate and always had a joke to share.

Survivors include Betty, his wife of 57 years; daughters Heide Maize, Nancy Anderson and Sonia Niebergall; grandchildren Connor and Carly Anderson and Zach, Savannah and Stephanie Niebergall; sisters Maxine Christensen of Hurley, S.D., and Evelyn Walker of Tucson, Ariz.; and brother Dennis Stern of Fair Oaks, Calif.; and six nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14175 N.W. Cornell Road.

Donations may be made to Prince of Peace or to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Md. 20871.