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Obituaries - Sept. 8, 2011

Josephine Simpson

Josephine H. 'Jo' Simpson died in Portland Aug. 26, 2011. She was 74.

She was born March 20, 1937, in Brush, Colo., the daughter of Archie Lynn Heald and Wilena Mae Barker Heald.

She graduated from McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore. On the day she graduated with a degree in journalism from Willamette University, she married Robert 'Bob' Simpson of Ashland.

The couple moved to the Dunthorpe area of Portland in 1961 and lived in that same home ever since. Mrs. Simpson was a homemaker and volunteered for numerous parent and student organizations at Riverdale School.

She was instrumental in the creation of Tryon Creek State Park and was on the board of the Mann Home in Portland. After many years of helping with Republican political campaigns, Mrs. Simpson served in the Oregon State Legislature from 1979 to 1980.

After her children were raised, she took on a family history project for her husband's family and transcribed 52 diaries.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, Bob of Dunthorpe, survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Jenifer Morrissey and Don Ewy of Walden, Colo., and Mary Martin and Chris of Portland; her son and daughter-in-law Tom and Anne-Marie Simpson of Lake Oswego; four grandchildren; her brother Jed Heald of Sun River, Ore., and her sister Jan Heald Robinson of Portland.

A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego.

Remembrances may be sent to Friends of Tryon Creek or the Willamette Fund at Willamette University.

Patricia Herington

Patricia Colton Herington of Fairfield, Calif., died of a brain tumor Aug. 27, 2011, in Fairfield. She was 80.

She was born March 29, 1931, in Spokane, Wash., to Clarence and Alice Rowland.

Her husband, Perry Colton, preceded her in death.

On July 18, 2007, she married Don Herrington in Lake Tahoe.

In addition to her husband Don, survivors include her sons Bill and Tim Colton and her daughter Leanna Dulong, all of Lake Oswego, her sisters Arlene Reynolds of Lewiston, Idaho, and JoAnn May of Everett, Wash., her brother Frank Dillon of Lewiston, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 Borland Road in Tualatin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rolling Hills Community Church.

Shirley Letcher

Shirley Letcher of Lake Oswego died Aug. 29, 2011, at her home in Lake Oswego. She was 86.

She was born July 7, 1925, in Spokane, Wash., to Archie and Gladys (Lounder) Milner.

She was a longtime member of Saint Peter Catholic Church in Portland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Letcher Sr., her brother Jack Milner and her daughter Katherine Letcher.

Survivors include her children Judith Heath, Jack Letcher, Patrick Letcher, Maureen Letcher, Michael Letcher and Elizabeth Schleth, her sister Lorraine Weaver and six grandchildren.

A service was held Sept. 2 at Saint Peter Catholic Church.

Remembrances may be made to the church.

George Pittelkau

Longtime Lake Oswego resident George Benjamin Pittelkau of Canby died Sept. 5, 2011. He was 82.

Mr. Pittelkau was born May 10, 1929, to George and Cecilia Pittelkau in Seattle, Wash., where he was raised. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and then attended the University of Washington.

He married Genevieve Lockman on March 18, 1949, in Seattle. The couple lived in Lake Oswego from 1972 until they moved to Canby in 1999.

Mr. Pittelkau enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and made a career of his service. He served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He took his family around the world with his career.

Following his discharge in 1972, Mr. Pittelkau began a second career with Columbia Helicopters and the FAA. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Pittelkau was a member of Canby United Methodist Church, numerous military organizations, and the Canby Vietnam Veterans Memorial committee. He also served as president of the Lake Oswego Swim Team and was a certified AAU starter for many years.

Survivors include his wife Genevieve of Canby, sister Jean Sutherland of Olympia, Wash., daughters and sons-in-law Judy and Allan Schrader, Lake Oswego, Nancy and Jeff Foro, Seattle, Wash., Lori and Mike Matthews, Tualatin, and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at Canby United Methodist Church, 1520 N. Holly St.