Obituaries for Oct. 1
Edith 'Edie' Faye Dierickx
July 22, 1923-Sept. 4, 2011
Gresham resident Edith 'Edie' Faye Dierickx, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 4.
A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 575 E. College St., Mount Angel. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Edie was born July 22, 1923, to Charles and Ellen Goodrich on an Indian reservation near Gopher, S.D. The family moved to Oregon during the Great Depression and farmed in Manning. Edie attended school in Banks, where she met Arthur 'Art' J. Dierickx. They married in 1943.
Art served in the Air National Guard as a flight line chief. Edie knew how to make her money stretch as she raised three children on a military salary and managed to send them to parochial school.
Edie loved to camp, fish and garden. She enjoyed a good salmon and crab feast. She was also feisty and enjoyed a good fight from time to time.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1992.
Survivors include son, Arthur Dierickx Jr. of Troutdale; daughters, Donna Hubbard of Katy, Texas, and Debra Fluere of Old Bridge, N.J.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to disabled veterans; or Providence Hospice, 6410 N.E. Halsey St., Suite 300, Portland, 97213.
Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.
Adrienne Janelle Whitten
July 18, 1982-Sept. 24, 2011
Former East County resident Adrienne Janelle Whitten died Saturday, Sept. 24, in Portland. She was 29.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.
Adrienne was born July 18, 1982, in Portland to Wayne and Margaret (Smith) Whitten. She was raised in Portland and attended Mt. Scott Alternative School and Centennial Learning Center. She resided in Gresham for four years.
Adrienne enjoyed arts and crafts, playing cards, camping and fishing.
Her mother preceded her in death in 2006.
Survivors include her life partner, Mathew Dunn of Portland; father and his life partner, Wayne and Sharon Whitten of Estacada; children, Hannah, Madison and Marcus; brother, Brian Whitten of Estacada; grandmother, Ilene Whitten of Estacada; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family suggests contributions to The Dougy Center, P.O. Box 86852, Portland, 97286; or the Native American Rehabilitation Association, Oyate Family Services Building, 1776 S.W. Madison St., Portland, 97205.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Arnold August Heller
Nov. 16, 1928-Sept. 14, 2011
Former Damascus resident Arnold August Heller, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Spokane, Wash.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Spokane.
Arnold was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Portland to August and Emma Heller. He grew up on a farm in Damascus and attended Damascus Grade School and Gresham High School.
Arnold married Patricia Scheer, and they moved to Spokane in 1953. He served in the Oregon National Guard and then transferred to the Washington National Guard.
Arnold worked for Utter Cadillac for 39 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Sun Tune-Up Club, serving as president and secretary for two years each, and was a charter member of Plymouth Congregational Church.
Arnold enjoyed working on cars, trucks and boats and helping family and friends with their automobiles. He and his family shared a cabin at Conkling Park on Coeur d'Alene Lake and enjoyed fishing, boating and building for 49 years. Arnold was the main driver of the family speedboat and took family and friends water skiing and on boat trips.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Craig Heller of Salt Lake City, Utah, David Heller and Shaun Heller of Spokane; daughters, Annette Heller Herring of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Jean Heller Sayler of Shidler, Okla.; twin sister, Arlene Hoard of Las Vegas; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St., Spokane, Wash., 99217; to Union Gospel Mission, 3 N.W. Third Ave., Portland, 97209; or to a charity of choice.
Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane handled arrangements.
Thurman Carlos Meadows
June 14, 1923-Sept. 27, 2011
Former Fairview resident Thurman Carlos Meadows, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Gresham.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.
Thurman was born June 14, 1923, in Lego, W. Va., to Joseph and Clydia (McGrady) Meadows. He served in the military during World War II.
In 1990, he married Carolyn (Holt) Smith.
Thurman worked as a concrete finisher. He was an avid gardener.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Maxine Taylor of Easton, Md., Kaye Meadows, Nancy Meadows of Kalama, Wash., Linda Azadi of Frederick, Md., and LaVerne Meadows of Henderson, Md.; stepchildren, Lori Thompson of Brightwood, Greg Smith of Boring and Rose Fleming of Rhododendron; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Omega Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Edward John Tate Jr.
April 13, 1922-Sept. 28, 2011
Edward John Tate Jr., a resident of Boring, died Wednesday, Sept. 28. He was 89.
Visitation hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Cornerstone Funeral Services, 18625 S.E. Bakers Ferry Road, Boring. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Abundant Life Church, 17241 S.E. Hemrich Road, Damascus. Interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Ed was born April 13, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., to Edward Sr. and Chrystal (Richardson) Tate. He graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit and enlisted in the Marines in 1942. He served in World War II and was discharged in 1945.
On April 6, 1946, he married Beverly Scott in Portland.
Ed worked as a truck driver. He boxed under the name Fancy Eddie Tate and was inducted into the Boxers Hall of Fame at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2004 and by his daughter, Linda Shores.
Survivors include his daughter, Shellea Newberry of Portland; sons, Edward Tate III of Boring and Daniel Tate of Portland; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Cornerstone Funeral Services is handling arrangements.