Obituaries for Oct. 12


Russell Thomas LaVaque

Nov. 25, 1926-Oct. 6, 2011

Gresham resident Russell Thomas LaVaque, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 6.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Russell was born Nov. 25, 1926, in St. Paul, Minn., to Arthur and Agnes LaVaque. Russell served in the Navy and Air Force as a thermonuclear weapons specialist. He retired from the Air Force in 1971 after 24 years of service.

Russell met Donna Wright while he was serving in the Navy during World War II. They were married on June 21, 1947, in Portland.

Russell was a woodworker and a member of the carpenters' union.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Gregory, Marc and Russell LaVaque of Gresham and Arthur LaVaque of Portland; daughters, Linda Coulter of Portland and Christine LaVaque of Gresham; sisters, Arlene and Rose Marie, both of St. Paul, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Roger Bruce Sweisberger

July 10, 1942-Oct. 9, 2011

Wood Village resident Roger Bruce Sweisberger, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 9.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Pilot Rock Cemetery in Pilot Rock.

Roger was born July 10, 1942, in Portland to Charles and Opal (Cissna) Sweisberger. Roger was raised in Portland and graduated from David Douglas High School in 1961. He enlisted in the Navy in 1961 and served during the Vietnam War on a minesweeper. He was honorably discharged in 1963.

On April 25, 1964, Roger married Danell Link in Portland. They settled in the Portland-metro area.

Roger worked in maintenance the past 10 years for Leathers Oil Co.

Roger was a cowboy at heart, enjoying bow hunting, rifle hunting and fishing. He participated with the Turkey Creek Desperadoes and competed in the world's fast draw and cowboy fast draw competitions. Roger was a member of Good Shepherd Community Church.

His brother, Charles Sweisberger, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Michelle Baird of Portland; sister, Sharon Sacrison of Pilot Rock; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Roger's Parking Crew through Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring, 97009.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Donald L. Haughton

Oct. 1, 1946-Oct. 3, 2011

Gresham resident Donald L. Haughton, 65, died Monday, Oct. 3.

A celebration of his life and potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Fairlawn Good Samaritan Community Center, 1280 N.E. Kane Drive.

Donald was born Oct. 1, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Herbert and Ruth Traefald Haughton. Donald served in the Army from 1967 to 1969.

Todd Allen Ostrer

Dec. 15, 1967-Oct. 7, 2011

Gresham resident Todd Allen Ostrer, 43, died Friday, Oct. 7, in Clackamas.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Bateman Carroll.

Todd was born Dec. 15, 1967, in Seattle to Gerald and Suzanne (Stewart) Ostrer. He grew up in the Seattle/Bellevue area and moved to Vancouver, Wash., to attend Hudson's Bay High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1985.

Todd married Mary Keller on July 31, 1993, in Reno, Nev. They were later divorced.

Todd worked as a chef on Orcas Island and as a forest firefighter, where he was a foreman and responsible for replanting trees after a fire. He also owned and operated several companies for more than 17 years and was involved in Internet commerce.

Todd enjoyed computers, sports, politics, television and good food.

Survivors include his daughters, Mandy Jalo of Corvallis, Joecee Keller of Gresham, Ashley Keller of Gresham, Larisa Keller of Gresham and Hannah Ostrer of Gresham; father, of Vancouver; sisters, Dina Ostrer of Bellevue, Wash., and Melissa Hinze of Kirkland, Wash.; brother, Kenneth Ostrer; stepbrother, Aaron Allina of Colorado; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 220, Portland, 97209; or the American Diabetes Association, 4380 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 210, Portland, 97239.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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