Theodore Raymond Roelfs

Sept. 18, 1917-Sept. 8, 2011

Fairview resident Theodore Raymond Roelfs died Thursday, Sept. 8, in Portland. He was 93.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment will be at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Clackamas.

Theodore was born Sept. 18, 1917, in St. Francis, Kan., to Theodore Wesley and Lula (Chapman) Roelfs.

He married Magdeline Mary Caron on March 2, 1974, in Portland.

He was preceded in death by his wife on April 30; his brothers, Harry Roelfs and Bernard Roelfs; and sister, Dorris Baker.

Survivors include his daughter, Colleen Fathke of Moxee, Wash.; sons, Ray Roelfs of Wasilla, Alaska, and George Roelfs of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers, Roland Roelfs of St. Francis, Rex Roelfs of Mustang, Okla., and Fred Roelfs of McPherson, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and six-great-great grandchildren.

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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Leon Francis Vasey

Nov. 10, 1941-Sept. 9, 2011

Gresham resident Leon Francis Vasey died Friday, Sept. 9, in Portland. He was 69.

Viewing hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Leon was born Nov. 10, 1941, in Menomonie, Wis., to Francis Vasey and Clara Sjerven. The family resided on farms in Menomonie and Antigo, and then moved to Superior, Wis., where Leon's parents did home mission work for the Nazarene Church. The family moved to Rockwood in 1953. Leon attended Rockwood Grade School and graduated from Gresham High School in 1959.

Leon worked at Handy Nursery, the Gresham Berry Growers cannery and at Fred Meyer. He attended Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, where he played in a trumpet trio. He then took courses from the Royal Conservatory of Canada. Leon sang in the choir of Portland Youth for Christ and toured with Cam Floria's The Continentals. He attended Cascade College in Portland and after graduation, taught music in the Knappa School District from 1968 to 1974 before joining the Department of Defense to teach music at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. He received his master's degree in music education from the University of Michigan.

In 1989, Leon married Keiko Shimabukuro.

After teaching music for 28 years in Okinawa, Leon and Keiko retired to the family home in Rockwood that he had purchased from his parents.

Leon enjoyed bowling, playing pool and being a jokester. He was a member of the Retired Federal Employees and the Fairview Rockwood Wilkes Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife; sisters, Flossie Bussmeir of Federal Way, Wash., and Mae Huston of Culver; brother, Vernon Vasey of Portland; and stepmother, Bettie Vasey of Gresham. 

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert Clyde Wagner

Sept. 10, 1929-Aug. 19, 2011

Former East County resident Robert Clyde Wagner died Friday. Aug. 19, at the VA Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz. He was 81.

Military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Robert was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Omaha, Neb., to Harley and Teresa Wagner. Robert was raised and educated in Omaha. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

On Nov. 27, 1954, he married Johanna Eleanor 'Lori' Reiter in Munich, Germany. After Robert's honorable discharge, they settled on Lusted Road in 1962. Lori preceded him in death in 2002.

Robert worked as a self-employed floor-covering mechanic, retiring in 1998. He moved to Arizona in 2004.

Survivors include his son, Chris Wagner of Fairview, and two grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert 'Bob' D. Edwards

Nov. 12, 1939-Sept. 9, 2011

Former Gresham resident Robert 'Bob' D. Edwards died Friday, Sept. 9, at his home in Portland. He was 74.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., Portland. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd., Portland.

Bob was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Seattle to Melvin and Beulah Edwards. The family moved from Chehalis, Wash., to East County in 1948. Bob worked in pipeline construction with his father, the Russellville Water District superintendant. He graduated from Gresham High School.

Bob served in the Army from 1960 to 1963. He was a captain and received the Good Conduct Medal. He received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Portland State University and his master's degree in education from the University of Oregon.

On Aug. 14, 1965, he married Pat Schuster in Nampa, Idaho.

Bob taught in the David Douglas School District for more than 30 years. He was a mentor teacher and social studies department chairman. He served as a reader of Advanced Placement American history national exams at Princeton University and was a College Board consultant, conducting training for teachers throughout the Northwest.

Bob was a charter member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church and served on the board and in other leadership roles. He belonged to the Parkrose Masonic Lodge 179; volunteered with Snow-CAP Community Charities and Gideons; and was a board member with the David Douglas Historical Society, assisting with the book, 'History and Folklore of the David Douglas Community.' He enjoyed music, camping, hunting and especially fishing.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Alan Edwards of Portland and Ryan Edwards of Vancouver, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., Portland, 97216; or the American Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Helen Mae Jarvis

Oct. 18, 1924-Sept. 10, 2011

Gresham resident Helen Mae Jarvis, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 10.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave.

Helen was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Portland to Charles and Ida (Kinnamon) McFarren. She grew up in the Hood River, Parkdale and Odell area.

In 1946, she married Glenn Jarvis. They moved to Texas and then back to Bonny Slope in 1955.

Helen worked for Tiffany's Fine Food Services as a lead cook for 27 years in the Standard Insurance building in downtown Portland. She retired in 1989.

At age 47, Helen became a Christian. She was a member of Good News Church for several years and later became a member of East Hill Foursquare Church, where she participated in the Telecare Ministry.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1985.

Survivors include her daughters, Glenda Clark of Yacolt, Wash., Jackie Urie of Washougal, Wash., and Jenni Clark of Beaverton; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of gifts, memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 19477, Portland, 97219-0477; or to the Gresham YWCA, 1111 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland, 97205.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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