Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Michael K. Bixel

June 23, 1958-Nov. 11, 2011

Michael K. Bixel died suddenly in his Tualatin home on Nov. 11. He was 53 years old.

He was born June 23, 1958, in Portland, where he was raised and graduated from Franklin High School. He earned a bachelor of science with an honors degree in education at Portland State University in 1986.

For 25 years he was a teacher at Mt. Tabor Middle School.

On June 20, 1987, he married Jennifer McCarthy, whom he met when working as an Outdoor School counselor for Multnomah County, going by the name of 'Thor.' This was work he loved.

Surviving are his wife Jennifer, daughter Sarah and sons Brendan, Paul and Daniel, all of Tualatin; mother Isabella Osmond of Wilsonville; and sisters Lisa Perry of Portland and Teresa Jackson of Durham.

A Mass will be celebrated in St. Francis Catholic Church, where Mr. Bixel was a member, Saturday at 10 a.m. Everyone, including former students, is welcome at the service and at a reception in the church hall afterward. The church is located at 15651 S.W. Oregon St., in Sherwood.

Arrangements are in the care of Crown Memorial.

Darlene Dawn Butcher

May 30, 1953 - Nov. 4, 2011

Following an illness, Darlene Dawn Butcher died Nov. 4 at Oregon Health and Sciences University. The resident of Sherwood was 58 years old.

She was born May 30, 1953, to Elmer and Dawn Hall in Ukiah, Calif., and raised in Portland and Vernonia. She attended St. Mary's grammar school and Vernonia High School and graduated from Wilson High School in 1971.

In August 1979 she married Jeff Butcher, and they lived in Sherwood.

Mrs. Butcher owned and operated North's Plumbing from 1981 until this fall. She operated the offices of Rosewood Construction in prior years.

She was a member and past board member of the Beaverton Rotary club and was Rotarian of the Year in 1996. She was a past board member of Care to Share, where she organized and conducted the annual fundraising auction for many years. She was a board member of Youth Contact and sat on the board of the plumber's apprenticeship organization. She was also a board member of X-Fidos Flyball Club.

Mrs. Butcher will be remembered for her kindness, her beautiful smile, contagious laugh and sense of humor as well as her desire to give back to her community to help others.

She and her husband were members of the Weimaraner Club of America and with their five Weimaraners traveled to shows, obedience trials, hunting tests and flyball tournaments in the Pacific Northwest and California for many years. Darlene handled many dogs besides her own to show championship and retrieving titles and made friends with dog owners at all these events over the years. She was a beloved mentor to many Weimaraner owners, a loyal advocate to all dogs and a mainstay of the Willamette Weimaraner club, acting as the chairperson and secretary for multiple club events.

Survivors include her devoted husband Jeff Butcher of Sherwood; son Kelly of North Plains; brothers Elmer Hall of Gresham and Mike Hall of Bay City; cousins Judy Budge of Vernonia and Karen Crandall of Portland; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved Weimaraners Gibson, Holly and Frankie.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 960 Missouri St., in Vernonia.

For memorial contributions, the family has designated the Weimaraner Foundation Fund Rescue Committee, 324 Sundew Drive, Belleville, Ill. 62221.

Arrangements are in the care of Springer And Son Funeral Home.

Craig Lydell Davis

Sept. 25, 1957-Nov. 9, 2011

Craig Lydell Davis died in Hillsboro on Nov. 9 at the age of 54. Cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

On Sept. 25, 1957, he was born to Paul and Arlene Davis in Portland and was raised in Beaverton. He attended Beaverton and Tigard high schools.

Awarded a water system operator certificate, he was employed as a water distribution technician for the city of Beaverton for more than 25 years.

On Sept. 29, 1990, he married Maurya (Molly) Mitchell in Sherwood.

Mr. Davis was a family man and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Maurya, include sons Cody of Portland, Nathan of Hillsboro and Tanner of Hillsboro; his father and mother; brothers David of Beaverton and Darrell of Tigard; and granddaughters Riley and Taylor, both of Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the city of Beaverton's Community Center, at the corner of Fifth and Hall.

Donations in memory of Craig Lydell Davis may be made to Tuality Cancer Center or to Hospice of Washington County.

Arrangements are in the care of Springer And Son Funeral Home.

Ivan T. Strand

Aug. 15, 1929-Nov. 10, 2011

Ivan T. Strand died in Portland of natural causes on Nov. 10. The resident of Hillsboro since 1968 was 82 years old.

Born on Aug. 15, 1929, in Hurdsfield, N.D., to Henry and Olivia (Hendrickson) Strand, he was raised in Hurdsfield and Bowdon, N.D.

He served in the Army in Korea.

In 1959 he married Irene Moser in Fessenden, N.D.

Mr. Strand had been employed as a union carpenter.

His enjoyments included bingo and casino-hopping.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brothers Lester, Harry, Allen, Alvin and Lawrence.

He is survived by his wife Irene and his daughter Kelly Jean (Strand) Coronado.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Happy Valley.

Arrangements are in the care of Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home.

Ann Violet Waltz

Feb. 22, 1914-Nov. 6, 2011

Ann Violet Waltz died Nov. 6. The longtime resident of the Silver Cloud Ranch Retirement Home in Forest Grove was 97 years old.

She was born Feb. 22, 1914, in Gaston to R.J. Bates and Jane (Kirby) Bates.

Raised and educated in Gaston, she was a graduate of the Gaston High School class of 1932, after which she attended Linfield College in McMinnville for two years.

On Aug. 19, 1934, she married Homer H. Waltz in Livingston, Mont., just outside Yellowstone National Park.

After their wedding, they lived in Madras and then Bend, where Mr. Waltz became supervisor of music in Bend public schools.

In 1943, the family moved to Gaston and in 1945 to Forest Grove, where they purchased the T.E. O'Neil Insurance and Real Estate Agency and started The Homer H. Waltz Agency. The company later became Waltz and Wieber Real Estate Co. in Forest Grove, where Mrs. Waltz worked as a real estate agent for several years, until 1973, when she and her husband retired.

Mrs. Waltz was an active member of the Forest Grove United Church of Christ (Congregational) and had served as a president of the Women's Fellowship, was a member of the Forest Grove Garden Club and PEO DJ Chapter in Forest Grove.

Among her special interests she enjoyed gardening, needlework and painting.

Preceding her in death were her husband Homer on Sept. 15, 1985, in Portland, after celebrating more than 51 years of marriage; her parents; sister Rosa Axene; and brother Harold Bates.

Survivors include daughter Winifred (Winnie) Beu and son Loren Waltz, both of Forest Grove; and grandchildren Lori Beu of Cincinnati, Mary Scifres of Laguna Beach, Calif., Margie Waltz-Actor of Forest Grove, Marilyn Brown of Beaverton, and Amy Waltz of Forest Grove; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family of Ann Violet Waltz suggests that donations in her memory be made to the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way, P.O. Box 265, Forest Grove 97116.

Private burial rites were held at the Forest View Cemetery, 1161 W. Pacific Ave.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove handled arrangements.