Obituaries - Nov. 2 edition


Louise B. Gilstrap

Louise B. Gilstrap of Scappoose passed away Oct. 29, 2011, at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was 89.

Louise Bertha was born July 17, 1922, in Piper, Kan., to Earl and Della Allensworth, and was one of thirteen children.

Raised in Kansas, it was where she met and wed her husband, Richard A. Gilstrap. They were married on Feb. 4, 1950, in Leavenworth, Kan.

About 1956 she and her husband moved the family to the area of Cornelius Pass where they lived for about 15 years before relocating to the Scappoose area where they built their home and resided the last 40 years.

For many years she worked for what is now known as Columbia Care Center, first as an aid then later she went to college at the age of 53 and received her certificate as an LPN from Rock Creek PCC. She moved up to being a supervisor before retiring.

All about her family, she spent time with them on a bowling league, and walking and swimming for exercise.

Although shy outside the home, she was the center of the family in her house. She enjoyed making clothing for the family, as well as dolls, quilts and other homemade items.

She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of over 61 years, Dick; children, Glenn Edmonds of Benton City, Wash., Sherrie Fehn of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Zaneta Lain of St. Helens, Richard Gilstrap of Scappoose and Ray Gilstrap of Portland; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and twin sister, Lillian Shrader of McLouth, Kan. She was preceded in death by her son, Royce in January of 2011.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal and vault internment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the Oregon Chapter of the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852 or 1-800-638-8299.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Clinton E. Hansen

Clinton Hansen of Alvarado, Texas, died Oct. 20, 2011, after succumbing to a lengthy battle with heart disease and diabetes. He was 49.

Mr. Hansen was born Aug. 7, 1962, in St. Helens to Jack and Helen Hansen.

Most of his life he lived and worked in the St. Helens/Scappoose area where he grew up, until relocating to Texas with his wife and sons.

When he was younger he did volunteer work for the Scappoose Rural Fire Department. A jovial person, those who knew him, knew that he possessed the 'gift of gab.'

He was dedicated to his family, and even though he lived in another state, he always made time to phone and stay in touch.

Loved very much, he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Patti, and sons, Keith and Kevin, of Alvarado, Texas; brothers, Rodney Hansen of Rainier, Carlan Hansen of Deer Island, Ronald Hansen of Scappoose, Michael Hansen of Scappoose and Kevin Hansen of Rainier; and sister, Sharon Garritson of LaGrande. He was preceded in death by both parents.

No services are planned at this time.

Pursuant to his request for cremation, his ashes will be spread at a later date.

May God be with you, little brother.