Shiro Takeuchi

July 25,1918 - Nov. 22, 2011

Former Troutdale resident Shiro Takeuchi died Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Portland. He was 93.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Shiro was born July 25, 1918, in Troutdale to Sakajiro and Yae Takeuchi. He was raised and educated in Troutdale and served in the Army during World War II. Shiro married Misawo Uyeoka in 1950 in Portland.

Shiro worked in the grocery industry and was the owner of Busy Corner, Division Food Center and Woodstock Food Center before he retired. He moved to East County in the mid-1940s.

Shiro enjoyed bowling and golfing with his friends. He was also an avid Portland Trail Blazers fan.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Peggy Takeuchi and Susan Takeuchi, both of Gresham; and brother, Hiro Takeuchi of Gresham.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Steven Ray Allison

May 9, 1964 - Nov. 26, 2011

Former Gresham resident Steven Ray Allison died Saturday, Nov. 26, in Kennewick, Wash. He was 47.

A rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m., with private family interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Steve was born May 9, 1964, in Gresham to Keith and Jeanette Allison. He was raised and educated in Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School in 1982. Steve was a store director for Albertsons and had lived the last 15 years in the Bend/Redmond area.

Steve was an active outdoorsman. He had a tremendous passion for hunting and fishing, as well as his dog, Hondo. Steve was also a runner and recently ran in the Hood to Coast Relay with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his mother, of Gresham; sisters, Catherine Johnson and Pamela Allison, both of Gresham, and Teresa Rickert of Waldport; brothers, Daniel Allison, Dennis Allison, David Allison, Paul Allison and Anthony Allison, all of Gresham, and Darrell Allison of Sandy.

Robin Lynnette Abelsen

March 12, 1958 - Nov. 26, 2011

Troutdale resident Robin Lynnette Abelsen died Saturday, Nov. 26, at her home. She was 53.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Inurnment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Robin was born March 12, 1958, in Seattle to Richard and Louise Dixson. She grew up in Springfield, where she graduated from Thurston High School. She completed her associate's degree at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham and was pursuing a bachelor's degree at the time of her death.

Robin married David Abelsen on Nov. 30, 1985, in Vancouver, Wash. They lived in Gresham for more than 20 years, before moving to Troutdale in 2006.

Robin worked for Legacy Health Systems in the finance and legal departments for nearly 12 years. She was also employed by Well Med and ADP, where she worked as a senior contract negotiation manager for three years.

She enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling, especially to Alaska, New York and Palm Desert, Calif. One of Robin's favorite places was Odell Lake, a location she visited every year. She had a passion for shoe shopping and the Oregon Ducks and was known for her sweet and caring personality.

Survivors include her husband; daughter Becci Hull of Gresham; parents, of Newport; brothers, Ted Cuthburt and Vince Cuthburt, both of California; sisters, Sondra Pickett of Vancouver, Wash., Tami Maier of Eugene and Vivia Weller of Diamond Bar, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shepherd's Door.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Virginia 'Gini' Carol Burback

Oct. 10, 1942 - Nov. 16, 2011

Gresham resident Virginia 'Gini' Carol Burback died Wednesday, Nov. 16, at her home. She was 69.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9711 N.E. St. John's Road, Vancouver, Wash. Private burial has been held at the George Pioneer Cemetery in George.

Gini was born Oct. 10, 1942, in Portland to Roy and Violet Henrickson. She was raised in the Adventist Missionary field and spent most of her young life in Karachi, Pakistan. She attended Vincent Hill Academy in Mussoorie, India, and often spoke of her trips home to the United States aboard various freighters.

Gini went on to attend Andrew University in Michigan and accepted a job with Portland Adventist Hospital. She married William 'Bill' Gladden in 1966. They divorced in the early 1970s.

Gini moved to California and went to work at Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif. While on a family visit in Estacada, she met a handsome Frito Lay salesman name Robert Roy Burback. They were married June 21, 1975, in Vancouver, Wash., and made their home on Gini's family farm in Estacada. Over the years, they opened the property for Boy Scout campouts and tree plantings, family reunions and weddings.

Gini retired from the Adventist Conference Office, Trust and Legal Department. She enjoyed reading the Bible, going on long drives and spending time with family. She was also fond of her cowboy hat, cowboy boots and horses. She moved to Gresham in 2000.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Brian Gladden of Edmonds, Wash., and Michael Burback of Boring; sisters, Heather Perry of Walla Walla, Wash., and Linda Rule of Estacada; brothers, Wayne Rule and Leo Rule, both of Estacada; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice.

Rose City Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Theodore Martin Davenport

July 4, 1935 - Nov. 23, 2011

Theodore Martin Davenport, a former Corbett resident who was often called the 'mayor' of that unincorporated community, died of lung cancer Wednesday, Nov. 23, at his home in The Dalles at the age of 76.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 101 W. 10th Street, The Dalles.

Ted was born July 4, 1935, in Eugene to Theodore and Ruth (Martin) Davenport. He grew up in the Corvallis and Eugene areas and lived briefly in Palmer, Alaska.

Ted graduated from Eugene High School, then attended Oregon State University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He served on the USS Brane after graduation. He married Patricia Elizabeth Helm in December 1958, eventually settling in Portland.

He worked as a salesman for the Eagle Metals Co., a production manager at Anodizing Inc., and as a design and production manager in the archery equipment field.

He owned and operated Coyote Archery Inc. from 1977 to 1997, and until 1992 lived in Corbett near the business. He also owned and operated a window manufacturing company, Aloha Visulite Ltd., which is still in operation in The Dalles.

During his time in Corbett, the community was dealing with the major development factors involved with creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act and the historic designation of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Davenport never missed a debate and was a frequent contributor to The Outlook, discussing local issues, writing letters to the editor and as a community gadfly, pointing out flaws and making comments about nearly every community issue.

A 'joiner,' he made a point of belonging to most civic and cultural organizations in the community, and after frequent bouts with Friends of the Columbia Gorge, was proud to say that he was the only person to be thrown out of the organization.

The gorge watchdog group disputed his claim, saying that they had refused to accept his membership, though Davenport failed to see the difference.

Regardless, when the National Scenic Area was passed, Davenport set out to work on committees to improve the development and business opportunities of the Corbett area under scenic area guidelines.

Davenport was fascinated by local, gorge and state politics and loved interaction, focusing on how to help people improve their lives.

Even after his move to the Mosier area in 1992, he kept in close touch with Corbett friends and the community's politics.

He was involved in Toastmasters, Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity and two local churches in The Dalles, Gateway Presbyterian and Zion Lutheran.

He enjoyed nature, wildlife and travel.

He is survived by his wife; sons Mark and Eric; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to the Mid Columbia Senior Center, The Dalles.

Howard Leonard Jones

Oct. 11, 1921 - Nov. 25, 2011

Former longtime Gresham resident Howard L. Jones died Friday, Nov. 25 at an assisted living facility in Forest Grove. He was 90.

Visitation is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth St. Private interment with full military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Howard was born Oct. 11, 1921, in American Falls, Idaho, to Charles and Grace Jones. He was raised and educated in Aberdeen, Idaho. Howard attended the University of Idaho, where he received his master's degree in commercial education.

Howard was stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He then enlisted in the Army Reserve and retired with the rank of major after 20 years of service.

Howard became a teacher in St. Maries, Idaho. He married Thelma Miller in 1949, and they moved to Gresham in 1953. Howard was a business teacher and activity director at Gresham High School for many years before retiring. He also served as president of the Oregon Business Education Association and as a representative to the Western Business Education Association.

Howard enjoyed traveling the world, entertaining and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1998 and sister, Marion Hamilton. Survivors include his sons, Cecil Jones and Rick Jones, both of Forest Grove; daughter, Kay Rufener of Keizer; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gresham United Methodist Church. To send a condolence to the family, visit

Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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