Lee McCollum

Oct. 30, 1976-Oct. 10, 2011

East County resident Lee McCollum died Monday, Oct. 10, in Portland. He was 34.

Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Lee was born Oct. 30, 1976, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to David McCollum and Mary Rhodes. He grew up in Sacramento, Calif., where he attended school. He moved to the Portland/Gresham area in 1993.

Lee enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1994. He was called to active duty to serve in Iraq and received an honorable discharge in 2006 at the rank of specialist 4. Upon his discharge, he became a master mechanic; he had a passion for rebuilding old cars.

Survivors include his mother of Grass Valley, Calif.; brothers, Major Michaiah McCollum of Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jasper McCollum of Austin, Texas, Rafael Giacoma of Houston, Texas, and Christian McCollum of Austin; and sisters, May Rhodes of Vancouver, Wash., and Cherisha Giacoma of Grass Valley.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

National Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Larry Lee Johnson

Aug. 22, 1957-Oct. 14, 2011

Gresham resident Larry Lee Johnson died Friday, Oct. 14, at his home after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 54.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Faith Community Church, 12414 E. Burnside St., Portland.

Larry was born Aug. 22, 1957, in North Bend to Magnus 'Mike' and Lois Johnson. Larry grew up and was educated in the Reedsport area. Larry became a DJ on an early morning radio show under the name Lazy Larry. He would often appear in a big yellow bird suit in parades and various social events, doing advertising for radio station KDUN. Larry also worked in the advertising department for The Courier newspaper and for the Senior Citizen newspaper out of the Portland office.

He married Diane Zimmerman.

Larry moved to Gresham and worked at various hospitals and treatment centers. He made an effort to bond with his patients and would often sing and play his Martin acoustic guitar for them.

Larry kept up on the news around the world and could talk for hours about history, politics and other social issues. He was a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include his wife; stepson, Michael of Gresham; sister, Judy Shepherd of Reedsport; nieces, Rona Shepherd of Bend and Leah Wise of Redmond; one great-nephew; three great-nieces; and one great-great-niece.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Alice Juanita Morgan

Sept. 25, 1932-Oct. 13, 2011

Gresham resident Alice Juanita Morgan, 79, died Thursday, Oct. 13.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Alice was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Pawnee, Okla., to Grady and Nellie (Betterton) Whitmire.

On Nov. 1, 1963, she married William Clyde Morgan in Portland.

Alice traveled for many years while she managed recreational vehicle parks with her husband. She resided in Salem for many years and recently moved to Gresham.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Dorothy; and by her grandson, Ray.

Survivors include her sons, Steve Morgan of Wasilla, Alaska, Bill Morgan of Bend and Corey Morgan of Happy Valley; daughters, Connie Morgan of Eagle Creek and Pam Douglas of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, William Whitmire of Medford and Orville Whitmire of Lebanon; nine grandchildren; and 17 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.

Kathleen 'Kathy' Jean Smith

June 6, 1936-Oct. 15, 2011

Gresham resident Kathleen 'Kathy' Jean Smith died Saturday, Oct. 15. She was 75.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Bateman Carroll, followed by a committal service at Jason Lee Mission Cemetery in Salem.

Kathy was born June 6, 1936, in Portland to Russell and Lillian (Schmidt) Lambert. She grew up in Portland, where she attended Portland Christian Grade School. She also resided for six years in Argentina, where she also attended school.

On Feb. 17, 1973, she married Dale A. Smith in Reno, Nev. They resided in Salem where Kathy worked as a cook at Faye Wright Grade School in Salem. She later worked at the airport as a luggage scanner. She moved to Gresham in 1993.

Kathy enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and woodworking. She was also known for giving her family members pet names.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, David Wilson of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Debra White of Gresham, Ruth Pachaco of Vancouver and Sandy Muldrow of Gresham; brother, Russ Lambert of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Shirley Watzlawick

Aug. 26, 1935-Sept. 6, 2011

Former Wood Village resident Shirley Watzlawick, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Jacksonville, Fla.

A service was held. Interment was at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Shirley was born Aug. 26, 1935, in Greenville, Mich., to Jay and Bertha Cook. Shirley's father died in a hunting accident when she was a small child, so she and her brothers were raised by her mother and stepfather, Lloyd Hopper. Her mother couldn't find work in Michigan to support her children, so she moved the family west and got a job at the Kaiser shipyards in Portland. The family settled in Wood Village.

Shirley graduated from Gresham High School in 1953 and from Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland in 1956.

In May 1957, she married David Watzlawick in Fairview.

Shirley worked as a registered nurse.

Her brothers, Francis Cook and Robert Cook, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; and son, Scott Watzlawick of Jacksonville.

Memorial donations can be made to the Lloydena Grimes Nursing Scholarship Fund, Linfield College, College Relations, 900 S.E. Baker St., Unit A476, McMinnville, 97218.

Hewell and Son Funeral Home of Jacksonville is handling arrangements.

Donna LaVaque

July 30, 1928-Oct. 16, 2011

Gresham resident Donna LaVaque, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 16.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Donna was born July 30, 1928, in Polk, Neb., to Lloyd and Mildred Wright. Donna graduated from Girls Polytechnic High School in Portland in 1947.

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

Donna volunteered more than 7,000 hours of service at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, caring for patients and touring children as the Sunshine Bear. She was an avid Gresham Gophers fan and attended as many of the football games as she could since 1982. 

Her husband preceded her in death Oct. 6, 2011.

Survivors include her sons, Gregory, Marc and Russell LaVaque of Gresham and Arthur LaVaque of Portland; daughters, Linda Coulter of Portland and Christine LaVaque of Gresham; brothers, Dennie Wright of Portland and Loran Wright of Gresham; sister, Gayleen Lucas of Portland; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visit Donna's page at for more information.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kelly Blaine Meeko

Feb. 27, 1961-Oct. 13, 2011

Gresham resident Kelly Blaine Meeko died Thursday, Oct. 13. She was 50.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Kelly was born Feb. 27, 1961, in Alexandria, Va., to Gerald and Joyce Blaine. Kelly graduated from Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn., where she was homecoming queen and a cheerleader. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1983 and moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she worked for Hyatt Hotels and became a Christian. She later moved to Washington, D.C., and worked in the private sector and for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

On June 13, 1992, she married Joseph George 'Jay' Meeko in Fairfax, Va. They moved to Oregon in 1995 and settled in Gresham.

Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Kelly was diagnosed with a rare cancer requiring heavy radiation treatment; the treatment cured her cancer but took its toll on her health. Kelly homeschooled her children and enjoyed scrapbooking and crafts. Before her treatment, she also enjoyed running and biking.

Survivors include her husband; children, Joseph Meeko and Kayla Meeko of Gresham; parents; and brother, G. Scott Blaine of Pleasanton, Calif.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Loreen Hope Marshall

Sept. 29, 1936-Oct. 14, 2011

Gresham resident Loreen Hope Marshall, 75, died Friday, Oct. 14.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Mattie Younkin Manor, 2400 N.E. 27th Drive.

Loreen was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Caribou, Maine, to Claude and Cleora Butterfield. She was raised in Tinley Park, Ill., and graduated from Bremen High School.

In 1977, she married Frank Marshall.

Loreen was a certified nursing assistant and home-care provider.

Loreen attended a Southern Baptist church in Tinley Park. She loved spending time with her family, doing word-search puzzles, camping, the beach and lighthouses. She resided at Mattie Younkin Manor since 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her daughter, Donna Kay Murray.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Banta of Houston, Texas; sons, Louis Murray of Antigo, Wis., and Robert Murray of Gresham; brother, Veryl Butterfield of California City, Calif.; sister, Erdine Butterfield of Littleton, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Crown Memorial Center is handling arrangements.

Jack Nelson Kight

Dec. 26, 1928-Oct. 17, 2011

Gresham resident Jack Nelson Kight, 82, died Monday, Oct. 17.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Visit Jack's page at bateman to sign the register. A complete obituary will appear in The Outlook at a later date.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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