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Roland Lester Eisenman

Sept. 21, 1939 - July 14, 2012

Roland Lester Eisenman, 72, of Milwaukie, died on July 14, at the Portland Adventist Medical Center.

Born in Portland on Sept. 21, 1939, he was the oldest son of Roland Gustavis and Pearl Eisenman. In 1957, he graduated from Benson Polytechnical High School. In the U. S. Air Force he spent a year in Iceland. In 1966, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Oregon State University.

That same year he married his beloved wife, Bonnie, and lived out of state, working for Blue Cross of Missouri, and the former Western Electric Corporation in Denver. In the early 1970s, he returned to Oregon with his family and lived in Oregon City and Gladstone, before residing in Milwaukie.

In Portland, Mr. Eisenman worked as an insurance group underwriter for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon from 1975 to 1989. In Clackamas, he also worked for PACC Health Plans as director of underwriting until 1995

Known as Lester, or “Les,” he was a thoughtful man and devoted to family. He had a contented nature and made life into a pleasant adventure with those he loved. He brought laughter to those around him, was a good listener and gave solid advice.

He was an avid gardener, a fan of OSU football and followed college basketball. He enjoyed the Oregon coast and travel to visit his grandchildren. He enjoyed the friendly competition of a game of bridge, a chess match or a challenge with the cribbage board. He participated in weekly duplicate bridge at the Milwaukie Center. In his final weeks, he came to a saving faith in Christ and was at peace when he passed.

Mr. Eisenman is survived by: his wife, Bonnie Eisenman; son, Roland Paul Eisenman; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Kristi Eisenman; his grandchildren, Andrew, Henry, Claire and Lauril Eisenman; his sisters, Vora Heintz, and Carolyn and brother-in-law, Carlos Ramos; his brother, Walter, and sister-in-law, Jeri Eisenman; as well as many nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby O’Leary, and brother-in-law, Thomas E. Heintz.

A memorial celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive.

Harold Hal” Craik Elder

July 30, 1925 - July 28, 2012

Harold “Hal” C. Elder, 86, of Clackamas, passed away surrounded by his beloved family on July 28.

He was born in Riddle, on July 30, 1925, the youngest of three brothers.

On June 10, 1950, he was married to Evelyn Laue, and they have had the most wonderful 62 years of marriage together. He was the most loyal and devoted man and loved by everyone he met. He loved raising roses and caring for family. He was a fantastic athlete and avid sports fan. It has been said by everyone who has met him that they have never met a finer man.

He served his country faithfully in the U. S. Marine Corps twice. He spent all of his life in the hardware business and remained actively working in the industry until he entered the hospital on July 3.

Mr. Elder is survived by: his loving wife, Evelyn; daughter, Sue; son, Terry; grandchildren, Heidi, Denny and Crystal; grandson-in-law, Cody; and five great-grandchildren, Drue, Paije, Zoey, Kyah and Iris.

A funeral service was held at the Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes on Aug. 6, followed by a military graveside service at Willamette National Cemetery.

Arrangements: Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes.

Florence Lefever

Aug. 9, 1936 - July 12, 2012

Oregon City resident Florence Lefever died at Providence Medical Center on July 12, at the age of 75.

She was born Florence Marie Harper to Harry and Juanita (Hamlet) Harper on Aug.9, 1936, in Riverside, Calif. The family moved to the Portland area in 1940, where she attended Carver Grade School and then Portland Union Academy High School. She studied nursing for two years at Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash.

She married William Lefever on Aug. 2, 1957, and they made their home in College Place. Due to his employment, the family lived in various areas on the West Coast. They settled in Oregon and made their home in Sandy, and Mrs. Lefever pursued her career in the health care industry and worked as a health clinic office manager.

In the mid 1980s, she took an early retirement due to health issues and for the next few years she owned and operated Lefever Ceramic & Gifts in Gresham. For the last 21 years she and her husband lived in Oregon City.

She enjoyed camping, traveling, quilting, gardening, parenting, being a loving grandmother and especially helping others.

Mrs. Lefever is survived by: her husband, Bill; her son, Bill Lefever; her daughter, Rebecca Fabian; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two oldest daughters, Debbie and Laurie.

A memorial service will be held at Sandy Seventh- Day Adventist Church located at 18575 Langensand Road in Sandy, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Springfield, on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. Directions will be given at the memorial service.

Arrangements: Sandy Funeral Home.

Ralph Paul Matile Jr.

June 8, 1927 - July 30, 2012

Ralph Paul Matile Jr. passed peacefully on July 30 of Lewy body disease and age-related causes; he was 85.

He was born June 8, 1927, in Willamette, to Ralph Sr. and Marie Matile.

He attended grade school in Willamette and was a 1945 graduate of West Linn High School. He was drafted into the U. S. Navy in 1945 and honorably discharged in July 1946. He then attended the University of Oregon. He married Wilma “Dean” Cantwell in 1951 in Portland.

Mr. Matile spent much of his life in the clothing business. He and his wife owned and operated Matile’s Men’s Shop in downtown Oregon City until retiring after 30 good years.

He was concerned with community well-being and worked to begin the blood program in Oregon City with the Red Cross. He was active in the Oregon City Junior Chamber of Commerce and was selected as outstanding local president for the state of Oregon. He was chosen Junior Chamber of Commerce First Citizen for 1957.

He enjoyed an active lifestyle and enjoyed athletics, especially basketball, baseball and track in his younger years. Later in life he enjoyed bicycling and tennis, which he played into his 70s.

Mr. Matile was a gentle and kind man. He will be remembered and loved by all those whose lives he touched.

Survivors include: his wife, Dean; two sons, Ralph Matile III, and his wife, Valerie, and Dr. David Matile; daughter, Denise Johnston, and her husband, Brian; brother, George Matile, and his wife, Opal; and five grandchildren, Alexandra Matile, Korynne Matile, Natalie Johnston, Paul Johnston and David Johnston.

He was preceded in death by his half brother, Edward Marrel; and his sisters, Mio Matile, Paula Taylor, Emma Elliott and Yvonne Bless.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Gerald Bernard Nichols

March 11, 1926 - July 28, 2012

Gerald Bernard Nichols died on July 28.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on March 11, 1926.

He retired from Clackamas County Road Department in 1987.

He is survived by: Suzanne, his wife of 61 years; son, Timothy, and his wife, Sally; son, Pat; grandchildren, Clinton and Krissy; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis.

A graveside service was held at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City on Aug. 2. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Thelma’s Place in Canby, thelmasplace.org, or a charity of choice. Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Hermann T. Opgenorth

Jan. 24, 1934 - Aug. 2, 2012

Hermann T. Opgenorth died on Aug. 2.

He was born in Germany on Jan. 24, 1934, and often referred to himself as “Hermann the German.” The fifth of nine children, he immigrated to Canada in 1955, where he met and married Gertrude Pisko in 1961. They celebrated 50 years of marriage last August.

A talented brick and stone mason, he ran Hermann’s masonry for 26 years and later became a building inspector. Hobbies included wine making, gardening, hiking, photography and mushroom hunting. He was a life member of both the Oregon Mycological Society and the German American Society. His positive attitude and ready sense of humor will be missed by all.

Mr. Opgenorth is survived by: his wife, Gertrude; son, Robert; daughter, Linda Hungerford, and her husband, Ben; five grandchildren; brothers Joe, Al and Henry; and sisters, Maria and Anna.

He was laid to rest on Aug. 7 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milwaukie. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Abby Foundation, P.O. Box 501, St. Benedict, OR 97373-0501.

Arrangements: Peake Funeral Chapel.

Walter (Bud) Rice

Oct. 3, 1926 - Aug. 17, 2010

Carolyn J. Rice

Jan. 20, 1931 - July 29, 2012

Walter (Bud) Rice died on Aug. 17, 2010, and his wife, Carolyn J. Rice, died on July 29.

He was born in East Greenwich, R. I., to parents Walter Rice Sr. and Velma Rice on Oct. 3, 1926. When he was 2 years old, his father passed away and his mother later remarried Lester Lawton, who raised Bud as his own.

In 1943 he joined the U. S. Air Force where he served until 1945. On April 23, 1949, he married Carolyn Jean Peckham in Wickford, R.I.

Carolyn was born in Providence, R. I., to parents Everett and Marion Peckham on Jan. 20, 1931. Together they had three children: Dennis, Debby and Darlene.

In 1962, United Airlines transferred the family from Rhode Island to Gresham, where they remained for most of their lives. In his youth, Mr. Rice enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter and was an amateur pilot. His wife loved to paint and, when Mr. Rice retired from United Airlines in 1985, they enjoyed traveling in their motor home together.

They are survived by: their children, Dennis Rice, Debby Seeley and Darlene Steiner; grandchildren, Noah Rice, Nathan Rice, Jessica McLeod (husband, Christopher) , Jacob Nowatchik, Daniel Rice (wife, Jodi), Jonathan Nowatchik, Dalton Steiner and Dylan Steiner; and great-grandchildren, Skylar McLeod and Marrin McLeod.

Bud and Carolyn Rice will be reunited in a private ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery.

For more information visit www.anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center.