Obituaries for Oct. 26


Frank Parks

Aug. 2, 1943-Oct. 22, 2011

Former Gresham resident Frank Parks, 68, died Saturday, Oct. 22, in Beaverton.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Frank was born Aug. 2, 1943, in Eureka, Calif., to L.D. and Ida Mae Parks. As a child, he lived in Mesa, Ariz., until his family moved to Gresham, where he graduated from Gresham High School.

He married Peggy Kinzer on May 14, 1983, in Forest Grove and they moved to Hillsboro in 1974.

Frank worked in the nursery industry for 48 years. He was a nurseryman at Speer and Sons Nursery, before opening his own company, Frank Parks Nursery, which he managed for 30 years.

He enjoyed restoring old cars and fishing.

Frank was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife of Hillsboro; mother of Hillsboro; sons, Tony Parks of Milwaukie, and Kelly Parks and Jason Parks, both of Hillsboro; daughter, Lisa McMillin of Gresham; brothers, Tom Parks of Happy Valley and Ed Parks of Mesa; sisters, Patricia Vinson of Beaver Creek, Nancy Vinson of Beaverton, and Linda Parks of Tucson, Ariz.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tony F. Giordano

April 6, 1921-Oct. 14, 2011

Longtime Gresham and East Multnomah County resident Tony F. Giordano, 90, died Friday, Oct. 14, at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, 1515 N.E. 106th Ave., Portland.

Tony was born in Camden, N.J., to Salvatore and Concetta Giordano. He was raised and educated in Camden, and in 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Tony served in the Pacific during World War II, including on Guadalcanal and the Marshall Islands, including the battle of Eniwetok. He served stateside during the Korean War.

Tony met Jean Edmunds at a USO gathering in Klamath Falls. They were married in Portland in 1946 and raised two daughters before their divorce in 1964.

He worked at First National Bank in the early 1950s, until taking a job with the U.S. Postal Service at the main branch in downtown Portland. He retired in the mid-1980s, after working the last several years as an artist illustrator.

In 1983, Tony received a national award through the postal service for creating the best design for a savings-bond poster and was flown to Washington, D.C., for the presentation. He also opened his own business, 'Tony's Signs,' where he furnished much of East Multnomah County with paper grocery store banners, fold-leaf office door lettering, advertising on trucks and vans and holiday window illustrations.

In 1963, Tony began his acting career at Portland Civic Theater. He married Patricia Miles, a theater associate, in Welches in 1967. They had a son in 1970 and divorced in 1972.

Tony was well known within the local theater community, after a more than 20-year career with lead roles in productions at the Civic and Lake Oswego community theaters, as well as Sylvia's Class Act Dinner Theater in Portland. He was also a regular on the night-club circuit and was a recognizable face in local advertising.

In 1988, he married fellow actor and dancer Dotty Fields in Portland. They were divorced a year later.

Tony enjoyed his retirement, filling his time with gardening, restoring old cars, freelance sign painting, reading, solving crossword puzzles and building furniture. He also referred to himself as a 'whiz with a sewing machine.' Tony was an ardent supporter of the Marine Corps and veterans in general, as well as several Native American charities.

Survivors include his daughters, Jean Gilbert of Vancouver, Wash., and Marie Brain of Summer Lake; son, Scott Giordano of Gresham; brother, Salvatore Giordano of West Berlin, N.J.; sister, Jean Colligon of Atco, N.J.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, PVOL, Portland, 97239, in Tony's name.

Steven Edward Palmquist

May 22, 1958 - Oct. 18, 2011

Lifelong Gresham resident Steven Edward Palmquist, 53, died unexpectedly at his Gresham home Tuesday, Oct. 18.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the M and M Restaurant, 137 N. Main Ave.

Steven was born May 22, 1958, to Edward and Nedra Palmquist. He attended Harold Oliver Grade School and Gresham Union High School.

He enjoyed the outdoors and was a rafter on rivers in Oregon, Idaho and Colorado. He rafted the Grand Canyon several years ago. He operated White Water Rafting for years and most recently worked installing granite, tile and carpet.

Survivors include his parents, of Gresham; brothers, Scott Palmquist of Maupin, and Clark Palmquist of Gresham; and sister, Heather Palmquist of Gresham; great aunt, Nancy Cox; and numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews and a niece.

Irene M. Lukes

July 21, 1917-Oct. 23, 2011

Longtime Gresham and Boring resident Irene M. Lukes, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 23, in Portland.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd, Gresham. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

A full obituary will run at a later date.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.