Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Joseph H. Gute

Jan. 11, 1948-Sept. 20, 2011

After a brief illness, Joseph H. Gute died on Sept. 20. He was 63 years old.

The second son of Joseph Gute Jr. and Barbara Yates Gute, he was born Jan. 11, 1948, in Somerville, N.J.

Growing up in rural New Jersey, he loved to explore, hunt and fish with his brother Bill.

He was a member of Somerville High School's class of 1966 and went on to earn his BA with honors from San Jose State University.

His career in sales and marketing spanned more than 35 years, primarily in aerospace, aviation and industrial equipment. Various employers moved him from the Bay Area to Southern California, Arizona, and finally to Oregon. He retired from Applied Industrial Technology in Albany in 2009.

His success in both his business and personal lives was aided in large measure by his wry sense of humor.

A child of the 1960s, Mr. Gute loved rock 'n' roll in addition to fishing, reading, cats and the New York Times crossword puzzle. He traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, both for pleasure and business. His true delight, however, was spoiling his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving companion Pat Shepherd; sister Karen Day and her husband David and their sons Kyle and Ross; and his late wife's nieces Casey and Kelly Quinlan.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 24 years Virginia (Jini) Gute; his parents and older brother Bill.

Family and friends will hold a celebration of the life of Joseph H. Gute Saturday at Young's Funeral Home, 11831 S.W. Pacific Highway.

Rev. David G. Harms

Nov. 11, 1936-Sept. 21, 2011

After a two-year struggle with cancer, the Rev. David G. Harms, a retired Lutheran pastor, died Sept. 21, surrounded by his family.

David Harms was born Nov. 11, 1936, in Minneapolis to Earnest and Alvina Harms. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

He graduated from Washburn High School in 1954, enlisted in the Army in 1955 and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan, in the Army Security Agency.

On May 30, 1958, he married Joan Stengel in Minneapolis.

In September 1958, he entered Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill. He completed his studies there and at Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1963.

He was first called to serve as assistant pastor at St. Paulos Lutheran Church in San Francisco. In 1965, he was called to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Cedar Mill area, where he remained until his retirement in 1998.

In ministry, he served as circuit counselor and on the committee of Professional Church Workers for the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

In retirement, he served other local parishes: Good Shepherd Lutheran in Southwest Portland, Hope Lutheran in Woodburn and Our Redeemer Lutheran in Tigard.

He loved nature and the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and camping. He loved people and easily became friends with the smallest child to the elderly of the congregations he served in a genuine way.

He loved his family and enjoyed planning several fun trips with all the children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife Joan; children Jennifer Leung of Eugene, Steve of Wilsonville and Julie Gallagher of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren Andrew and Stephen Leung, Nathan, Sarah and Emily Harms and Joshua, Jacob and Hannah Gallagher; sister Gen Carlson of Bloomington, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

The celebration of life service will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. in Savior Lutheran Church, 8740 S.W. Sagert St., in Tualatin.

Memorial gifts may be given to any Lutheran Church or to the Northwest District Office designated to the Professional Church Workers Fund (1700 N.E. Knott St., Portland 97212).

An online memorial may be visited at

Claudia Irene Iturra

Jan. 15, 1956-Sept. 18, 2011

Claudia Irene Iturra died Sept. 18 in her Tigard home. She was 55 years old.

Born on Jan. 15, 1956, in Bellevue, Wash., she was raised in Texas and moved to Oregon in 1972.

On March 31, 1993, she married the love of her life, John Iturra, at the Adventure Inn wedding chapel in Reno, Nev.

Claudia Iturra touched many lives and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband John; sons John Iturra of Albany and Mike Sampels of Eugene; daughter Tina Deless of Eugene; and five grandchildren.

Interment was Sept. 22 at Crescent Grove Cemetery.

Memorial condolences may be made to the Oregon Humane Society.

Arrangements were by Crown Memorial Center - Tualatin.

James R. West Sr.

Jan. 10, 1948-Sept. 1, 2011

James R. West Sr. of Stockton died unexpectedly at his home Sept. 1. He was 63 years old.

He was born to Ed West Sr. and Jeanne Teed West on Jan. 10, 1948, in Seattle.

In 1968, he was drafted into the Army, in which he served for four years. He was stationed in Fort Lewis before going to Vietnam, where he earned the Purple Heart. After Vietnam, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan.

After he was discharged from the Army, he worked as a tree surgeon for Kennedy Tree Service. He would mend broken limbs on trees and even remove decay and patch them up so that in time bark would grow over the tree. He always said it was a tree that saved his life in Vietnam.

He was proud of his service in the Army and everyone else who has served.

Surviving are his first love and mother of his children, Sandy Roush; children Tonya Serafino and James West Jr.; grandchildren Nicole Serafino, Alyssa Serafino, Anthony Serafino, James West III and Mathew West; and siblings Ed West, Donnie West and Tina Marie.

Funeral services were held Sept. 12 at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point.

Services were held at the Shuda Funeral Chapel, and burial with full military honors was at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, Wis.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Joellyn Kay Zolnoski

Feb. 9, 1972-Sept. 23, 2011

Joellyn Kay Zolnoski died Friday following a battle with cancer. Her friends and family surrounded her at her residence in Beaverton.

She was born Joellyn Kay Sunnarborg in Portland and graduated from Tigard High School and Michigan Technological University.

She worked at Albertina Kerr for nine years as a caregiver.

Surviving are her loving husband of eight years, Scott Zolnoski; daughter Elise; parents Marshall and Joanne Sunnarborg of Tigard; sister Janelle Sunnarborg of Arlington, Wash.; and brother Justin Sunnarborg of Tigard.

A service was held Wednesday at Murray Hills Christian Church.

Young's Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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