Obituaries published Aug. 21
- Independent staff
- Woodburn Independent - News
David Rodriguez Loera
May 30, 1941-Aug. 9, 2013
David Loera died on Aug. 9, 2013 in Portland at the age of 72.
He was one of 10 children born to Manuel Loera and Porfiria Rodriguez.
David is survived by longtime compañera Luz Villarroel; friends Owen Dailey, Estella and Alberto González (Trés Amigos music partners) and many others; siblings Isabel Loera, Manuel Loera, Martha Guider, Mary Dillon, Estella Loera; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, as well as his siblings Enriqueta Allen, Francisco Loera, Carmen Whitaker and Joe Loera.
David was born on May 30, 1941, in Real De Catorce, Mexico, and was raised in Texas and Oregon.
He attended school in Nyssa and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1962. He attended Treasure Valley Community College, Portland State University and Mount Angel College, where he received his B.A. in behavioral science. He also attended Oregon State University and received his masters degree in education, guidance and counseling. He received numerous certificates of training in bilingual education, Chicano studies, social, cultural and multicultural training, drug and alcohol counseling, literacy, vocational and academic guidance and counseling.
As a child and youth he worked as a migrant farmworker and dedicated his early years (1966-1991) to the United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez. He was one of the original founders of Pineros Y Campecinos and CAUSA. He also organized one of the first Chicano plays, Bernabe, and promoted the arts through acting and music.
In the last 50 years, David dedicated his life to serving, guiding, advocating, organizing and teaching at numerous agencies, organizations and institutions: Valley Migrant League, Oregon Rural Opportunities, Marion County Migrant Education, Labor and Industry, Liquor Control, Salud de la Familia and Virginia Health Clinics, and Woodburn, Salem and Beaverton school districts. He taught Chicano studies at Portland Community College and PSU and English for non-native speakers. He organized literacy programs for new immigrants of Spanish speaking through the Plaza Comunitaria for the Mexican Consulate in Beaverton and Woodburn school districts. David also received a lot of recognition, awards and scholarships for his commitment and dedication to our migrant, farmworker, multilingual and multicultural populations.
He was a very active member of the Democratic Party, serving on several committees and representing the party locally and nationally. He ran for senator in 2008 for the Democratic Party in Oregon. Two of his missions in the last 30 years were to pass two bills for universal health care for all and immigration reform.
He was a true friend of the less fortunate, the powerless and the voiceless. Although a very quiet, caring and thoughtful soul, he was very witty, funny and brilliant. May his legacy and dreams live forever.
A celebration of life will be Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, 1040 C Ave., Lake Oswego. Sign the guestbook at www.rosecityfuneralhome.com.
Alan Curtis Inahara
Nov. 8, 1953-Aug. 10, 2013
Alan Curtis Inahara, 59, of Canby, died Aug. 10, 2013, from a rare form of brain cancer.
He was born in Portland to Yosh and Heidi Inahara.
He graduated from Franklin High School in Portland and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy at Oregon State University.
He worked as a pharmacist at BiMart, most recently in Woodburn.
He married Neale Marie McMahon on June 29, 1985.
Alan was an avid fisherman and athlete. He spent many hours patiently waiting to hook the big one. Our Superman competed in seven sprint triathlons, the last one on May 11, in which he placed second in his age bracket.
He is survived by his wife, son Ryan, daughter Emily, his parents, sister Chery (Steve) Pomp and brother Rob (Tracy) Inahara.
Alan leaves behind a large, amazingly supportive, extended family. He will be remembered for his quiet, kind, gentle demeanor. He was passionate about his family, friends, work, fishing, movies and live music. Please celebrate with us by wearing Alans favorite color, blue, to his celebration of life.
The celebration of life will be in the Gregory Forum at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Department of Neurology/Neuro-Oncology Brain Tumor Fund at University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 N.E. Pacific St., Seattle, Wash. 98105.
Oct. 20, 1929-Aug.14, 2013
Albert Russell Jeffers, 83, of Woodburn, went into the arms of Jesus at his daughters home, surrounded by his loving family, on Aug. 14, 2013.
Russ was born to Frank Albert and Myrtle May Jeffers on Oct. 20, 1929, in Omaha, Neb. He was one of six children.
Russ is survived by his wife Dora of 64 years; son Randall and his wife DeAr of Las Vegas; daughters Rhonda and her husband George of Wintergarden, Fla., and Renee and her husband Randy of Hubbard; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; his oldest brother Sam Jeffers of Roseburg; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Russ was preceded in death by sons Richard and Ronald, father Frank, mother Myrtle, sister Minnie, and brothers Elmer, Milton and Charles.
Russ was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all. Russ was a minister and master carpenter. In fact he was known as a jack of all trades. Russ loved to play his guitar and wrote many songs. Russ and his wife were missionaries to Mexico for many years, where they ministered to those in need. He was a man of great wisdom and was always ready to lend godly council.
Everyone that met Russ loved him and his enthusiasm for life. He loved people and was always ready to share a joke or two.
A special thank you to Gentiva Hospice of Salem for their loving care and support.
The family will receive guests for the viewing, Friday, Aug. 23, at Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn from 1 to 7 p.m.
A celebration of Russ life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, 390 N. Second St. in Woodburn.
Arrangements by Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, Woodburn.
Edward Arthur White
April 7, 1924-Aug. 15, 2013
Edward Arthur White, 89, of Aurora, died Aug. 15, 2013.
Edward was born April 7, 1924, to Arthur and Melvina White in Oregon City and was raised on a Century Farm near Butteville. As a young boy Ed attended Butteville Grade School and then graduated in 1943 from Canby High School in Canby.
Edward served in the Army with the 475th Infantry in Burma as part of Merrills Marauders from 1944-1946. During his service he was a member of the rifle squad in combat and was trained as a cavalry trooper.
His career with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spanned 32 years and he particularly enjoyed working with water fowl. During his career he participated in a study on migratory patterns of snow geese in the Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon.
Ed married Frances Stauffer-White on Dec. 4, 1995, and shared a love and interest in the home they shared and the fuchsias they grew.
Edward is survived by his spouse Frances, stepchildren Doug and Merilee Stauffer and several nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his sister Vida Clark.
Contributions can be made to Legion Post 10 of Aurora.
Funeral service was held Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel. Interment service is Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.
Arrangements by Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel.
Ellen B. Snider
June 4, 1940-Aug. 15, 2013
Ellen B. Snider of Woodburn died at the age of 73 on Aug. 15, 2013, in Woodburn.
Ellen was born June 4, 1940, in Jerome, Idaho, to William B. and Leone (Hall) Butler.
She married Raymond Snider March 2, 2001 in Portland. Ellen enjoyed sewing in her spare time. She served for 10 years at the Mormon Temple in Portland.
Ellen is survived by her children Thomas R. Rasmussen of Emmett, Idaho, and Karla L. Hecker of Otsego, Minn.; brother William D. Butler of Joseph; sisters Ruth Butler of La Grande, Leah Allen of Corvallis and Gena Packham of Woodburn; 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond.
Funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Woodburn.
Interment service at Finley-Sunset Hills in Portland.
Arrangements by Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, Woodburn.
Sept. 2, 1917-Aug. 17, 2013
Alice Louise Brauckmiller, 95, passed away peacefully Saturday at French Prairie Nursing & Rehab in Woodburn, near Cascade Park Retirement Community where she resided since 2006.
Born in East Orange, N.J., to Florence and Alfred Carse, she graduated from Columbia High School as Miss Personality in Maplewood, N.J.
She was a switchboard operator for New Jersey Bell.
Memorial services will be held at St. Marys Episcopal Church in Woodburn on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Private interment will be at Belle Passi Cemetery.