Robert William Hostetler

Aug. 8, 1946-Sept. 25, 2011

Gresham resident Robert William Hostetler, 65, died Sunday, Sept. 25.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. A celebration of his life will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Abundant Life Church of Happy Valley campus, 17241 S.E. Hemrich Road, Damascus.

Robert was born Aug. 8, 1946, in Gresham to Roy and Alvene Hostetler. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1964 and served in the Army from Dec. 10, 1965, until Dec. 9, 1971.

In 1984, he married Sue Gregg in Wilmington, Del.

Robert worked as a boilermaker, first for Fraser Boiler Service and most recently as an inspector for the state of Oregon.

Robert enjoyed working on projects around the house, coaching his son's baseball team and playing anything his kids were involved in, as well as a good nap. He traveled often, especially to Mexico.

Survivors include his wife; son, Jacob Hostetler of Eugene; daughters, Nicole Ponce of Troutdale, Katelan Hostetler of Gresham and Richelle Moore of Frazier Park, Calif.; sister, Christie Hostetler of Portland; and seven grandchildren.

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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Adelia Mae Hassett

Oct. 29, 1925-Sept. 25, 2011

Sandy resident Adelia Mae Hassett died Sunday, Sept. 25, at Marquis Care at Centennial in Gresham. She was 85.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Dover Community Church, 42180 S.E. Kitzmiller Road, Sandy. A private cremation will be held.

Adelia was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Saline, Mich., to Harvey and Lucille (Robison) Ellis. She moved to Brookings with her family in 1942.

On May 20, 1945, Adelia married George Raymond Hassett at the First Baptist Church in Brookings after a five-month courtship. They made their home in Brookings and raised their children.

Adelia and George became Christians on Jan. 1, 1957. In addition to being a homemaker, Adelia worked as a bookkeeper for many years at Multnomah School of The Bible. In 1996, Adelia and George moved to Sandy to be near their family.

Adelia was a member of Dover Community Church. She enjoyed fishing, knitting and doing puzzles. She loved cats and was a competitive board game player.

Her sister, Eleanor Vaughn, and brother, Willard 'Bill' Ellis, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Nancy Thiessen of Sandy; sons, Ronald of Albuquerque, N.M., Dan of Crocker, Mo., Glenn of Tillamook and Wayne of Wallowa; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorials donations can be made to Dover Community Church, 42180 S.E. Kitzmiller Road, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Eileen M. Henderson

Feb. 5, 1931-Sept. 22, 2011

Eileen M. Henderson died Thursday, Sept. 22, at her home in Happy Valley. She was 80.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Montavilla Baptist Church, 9204 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

Eileen was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Portland to Henry and Minnie (Kirsch) Weiss. She graduated from Washington High School, where she was a Rose Festival princess, in 1948.

Eileen met Norman Henderson at Bob Jones University, and they married at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland on Aug. 20, 1954.

Eileen worked for the state of Oregon as the supervisor for East Multnomah County Family Services, where she retired in 1993.

Eileen was a member of Montavilla Baptist Church. Along with frequent motorcycle trips with her husband and friends, she enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting and walking. Following retirement, she enjoyed international travel related to short-term mission work.

Her brother, Joseph, and sister, Marion, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; children, Gerald Henderson of Key West, Fla., Janet Hill of Seattle and Sharon Henderson of Santa Fe, N.M.; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delta Ministries International, 1400 N.E. 136th Ave., Suite 201, Vancouver, Wash., 98684.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dorothy M. Brown

Sept. 20, 1930-Sept. 23, 2011

Gresham resident Dorothy M. Brown died Friday, Sept. 23. She was 81.

No public service is planned.

Dorothy was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Portland to Clinton and Anna (Matheny) Fleenor.

Dorothy made purses for Jaylee Handbag Co. She resided in the Portland and Gresham areas all of her life. She was previously married.

Dorothy was a big-time fan of John Wayne. She loved her family dearly.

Survivors include her son, Dean Brown of Portland; daughters, Carol Ludwick of Damascus, Cristy Petersen of Gresham and Cathy Brown of Portland; sister, Thelma Estey of Washington; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Stanley Eugene Farmer

Oct. 3, 1925-Sept. 21, 2011

Former East County resident Stanley Eugene Farmer, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Vancouver, Wash.

At his request, no memorial service will be held.

Stan was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Le Grand, Calif., to Carl and Daisy Bridges Farmer. Stan graduated from Corona High School and received his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology at age 19. He served as an ensign in the Navy during World War II.

On July 19, 1947, he married Irene Grace Churchill in Stayton.

Stan worked at Willamette Iron and Steel, at Hyster and, for 31 years, at Cascade Corp., where he was vice president of engineering. He resided in Gresham, Corbett and then in Battle Ground, Wash., since 1991.

Stan was known for his high standards, hard work, intelligence and fair-mindedness.

His son, Gerry Farmer, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Susan Denney of Battle Ground and Sharon Farmer of Seattle; son, Daniel Famer of Battle Ground; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to North County Community Food Bank, 17 N.E. Third Ave., Battle Ground, Wash., 98604.

Gary Irvin Harden

March 1, 1938-Sept. 23, 2011

Gresham resident Gary Irvin Harden died Friday, Sept. 23, at his home surrounded by his family. He was 73.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 29, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Gary was born March 1, 1938, in Portland to Marvin and Maxine (Miller) Harden. Gary graduated from David Douglas High School, where he was among the very first senior class to attend. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1955 and received an honorable discharge in 1958 at the rank of sergeant.

Gary owned and operated Harden Remodeling in Gresham for more than 25 years. On Aug. 18, 2004, he married Retha Lewis at their Gresham home.

Gary was a member of the Pacific Cascade Plymouth Club and adored old cars. He owned a 1941 Plymouth that he won multiple awards for and showed at cruise-ins around the area. He also was a collector of model ships and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Julie Kahooilihala of Lihue, Hawaii; sister, Victoria Trembly of Beaverton; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Serenity Hospice, 6975 S.W. Sandburg St., Suite 190, Portland, 97223.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Patricia Lynn Geiter

Feb. 20, 1950-Sept. 25, 2011

Troutdale resident Patricia Lynn Geiter, 61, died Sunday, Sept. 25.

A memorial service will be held after Thanksgiving.

Patricia was born Feb. 20, 1950, in Portland to John Dean Adams and Grace Shirley Smith. Patricia graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1968. She married Jim Geiter in July 1968.

Patricia worked in data processing and was a medical receptionist for some time. She worked nearly 13 years with Boise Cascade in human resources. She retired as a receptionist from Mt. Hood Mental Health Center in 2004.

Patricia was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed knitting and cross stitching and was a member of the knitting groups Knit Wits and Stitch 'N Bitch.

Survivors include her husband; son, Thomas Geiter of Kaneohe, Hawaii; brother, John Adams of The Dalles; numerous nieces and nephews; and one granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland, 97230.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

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