Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas
Donald Earl Ficken
June 16, 1930-Sept. 6, 2011
After a long series of illnesses, Donald Earl Ficken died Sept. 6 at the age of 81.
He grew up in Sherwood and retired as a Nalleys truck driver in Tacoma, Wash. He returned to Sherwood his last four years.
His life here blessed many people, and he will be missed by all for his positive attitude and unique wit. His piano music brought joy to all who heard him play. His love of family and friends was uncompromised, and his gentle nature was an inspiration to everyone.
The family gave special thanks to everyone at Cedar Creek Assisted Living for their genuine care and love for Mr. Ficken and his wife and soulmate of 61 years, Marian (Andrews) Ficken, who survives him.
Also surviving are children Kristie Turner, Gary Ficken and Tracey Prangley; grandsons Kenny, Don, Karson and Mike; sister Annabelle McCann; and an extended family who love and miss him.
A tribute to the life of Donald Earl Ficken will be held Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 17500 Cedarview Way in Sherwood.
The family of Mr. Ficken would appreciate donations to St. Paul church and school.
Raymond Walter Hubert
Oct. 5, 1946-Sept. 2, 2011
Raymond (Ray) Walter Hubert died Sept. 2 after a long fight with brain cancer. He was 64 years old.
He was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Bedford, Maine, to Roland and Mary (Dussalt) Hubert. He had three brothers and two sisters.
His family moved from Maine to California, where he married and had three sons: Ray, Troy and Mark.
Over 36 years, Mr. Hubert rose from mechanic to truck driver and spent most of the last 25 years specializing in heavy-haul oversize loads for Gresham Transfer.
In 1974, Mr. Hubert moved to Oregon, where he divorced, and in 1982, married Lynda and gained stepchildren Shane and Shannon.
Surviving are Lynda, his wife of 29 years; brothers Richard, Roy and Patrick; sister Diane; sons Troy, Mark and Shane; daughter Shannon; grandchildren Mitchell, Troy, Kyle, Casey and Sjanneke; and stepsister Kathy Greer.
Mr. Hubert was known for his beautiful brickwork. He lit up the neighborhood at Christmas, made a tasty omelette and was a true handyman. He loved watching the Rams play football and playing Keno and poker with his friends. He also loved coffee with whiskey, fishing at the lake and campfires.
He was an active member of Sherwood Elks No. 2342 and American Legion Argonne Post No. 56.
Through all his long illness Mr. Hubert never lost his great sense of humor. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Preceding him in death were son Ray; his parents, his sister Jean; and mother-in-law Beverly.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sherwood Elks Lodge, 22770 Elwert Road, in Sherwood.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Betty Hise Trust for Cancer Research or to the Sherwood Elks East Yard Beautification Project.
Gregory Paul Regimbal
Sept. 17, 1960-Aug. 30, 2011
Gregory Paul Regimbal died Aug. 30. He was 50 years old.
He was born on Sept. 17 1960, in Spokane, Wash.
When he was about 2 years old, his family moved to Portland, and for 49 years, he lived in Portland and surrounding communities.
His love of the fire service began from the time he was 5 years old. He said he remembered a day when his father took him out to see a fire truck and he knew from that moment on that he wanted to be a firefighter.
His passion was encouraged in a class during high school when he was allowed to work in Multnomah District 10.
In August 2003, he became a TVF and R volunteer firefighter. He was named Volunteer of the Year in 2009. He loved his engine and being the engineer, and he had eight great years.
He fought the most valiant fight. When diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, he knew the odds were long. When he was told it had spread to the liver, the odds were dire. He never once complained, never asked 'why me?' and didn't quit or give up.
He often told people he didn't want to leave his wife Annette, whom he called 'his once in a lifetime love.'
Gregory Paul Regimbal's pastor said it best when he explained that Gregory didn't fight so hard because he was trying to stay out of heaven; but that he fought hard to stay with the ones he loved for a little while longer. He was seven days shy of being a 25-month cancer survivor.
Surviving are his loving wife Annette; daughters Shannon and Rachael; sons Preston and Patryk; stepdaughter Marin; stepson Ben; grandsons Christian, Joshua and Ryan; brothers Bill and Tom; sister Shelley; 'lil' sisters' Heather, Randi and Jessica; and many friends.
Services were held on Tuesday at New Life Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Private interment was at Skyline Memorial Gardens.
Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Celia Elizabeth Smith (Kowal)
Jan. 28, 1926-Aug. 28, 2011
A gathering will take place on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion in Sherwood for Celia Smith, who died Aug. 28 at the age of 85.
Celia Peters was born Jan. 28, 1926, in Dickenson, N.D., to Frantz and Frances Peters.
In 1981, she married David Smith.
Mrs. Smith was co-owner and operator of Kowal's Korner from 1966 to 1976.
She loved gardening, painting and her family.
Survivors include her husband David; son Ron Kowal; daughter Patricia Cook; sister Rose Larsen; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by Autumn Funerals, Cremation and Burial in Tigard.