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

William F. Gilham

April 7, 1926-Nov. 21, 2011

William F. (Bill) Gilham succumbed to cancer on Nov. 21 at the Vancouver. Wash., Veterans Hospital. He was 85 years old.

A longtime supporter and co-founder of the city of Durham, he later served as planning commissioner, city council member and mayor.

A champion of the little guy, he had a ready wit and a gift for storytelling that he used to support those causes that meant so much to him: Tualatin River Keepers, the Tualatin Historical Society and his close and extended family.

He was an avid race fan and historical car buff. He passed his love of sailing on to his sons and enjoyed sailing on the Columbia River.

For the majority of his 85 years, with the exception of a World War II enlistment in the Marine Corps, Mr. Gilham resided on the family property at the end of Ellman Lane.

Survivors include his former wife Anita Gilham; sons Bryan and Mark; daughter Alison; daughter-in-law Margo; and granddaughter Amanda.

Preceding him in death was his son Jeffrey.

Memorial services are planned for Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 S.W. Sweek Drive.

The family requests that donations be made to Tualatinriverkeepers.org or to Semperfifund.org.

Helen Margorie Hays

Jan. 25, 1921-Nov. 21, 2011

Helen Marjorie Hays died in Portland on Nov. 21. She was 90 years old.

She was born on Jan. 25, 1921. in Portreeve, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Leola and James Broad.

Raised in Lindsey, Calif., and Portland and Beaverton, she attended Beaverton High School and Girl's Polytechnic in Portland.

On Feb. 12, 1938, she married William Arden Hays in Portland. He died Dec. 6, 1996.

Mrs. Hays had been a kindergarten teacher for 17 years at Hazeldale Bible Church, where she was a member, a Sunday School teacher, a vacation bible school director and Missionary Society president. She was also a member of Deer Island Community Church.

Her hobbies included sewing and making dolls' clothes.

She lived in Portland and Beaverton, moved to Columbia City in 1986 and returned to Beaverton in 1998.

Surviving are daughters Barbara Gray of Hoodsport, Wash., Judi Christensen of Vernonia, Kathi Bramblet of Central Point, and Melody Chalk of Hillsboro; son Steve Hays of Gresham; sisters Mildred Freece of Portland and Thelma Freece of Seattle; and brother Loren Broad of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; brother Wendell Broad; and sisters Erma Lamb Wallace and Donna Wollam.

A service will be held on Saturday (Dec. 3) at 2 p.m. in Southwest Bible Church, 14605 S.W. Weir Road in Beaverton.

Interment at a later date will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Mill City.

Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Michelle Ann Hikade

March 25, 1951-Nov. 20, 2011

Michelle Ann Hikade died peacefully with family at her side on Nov. 20. She was 60 years old.

The oldest of seven siblings, she was born March 25, 1951, to Earl and Doris Cole. Her siblings were Kathy, Michael, Jami, Earl Jr., Kelly and Staci.

She graduated from Estacada Union High School in 1969 and was employed as an assistant underwriter in the Life and Health Insurance field.

She had three children, Andrew, Jennifer and Stephanie, and was the proud grandmother of nine: Matthew, B.J., Ariel, Brant, Emily, Maliena, Blake, Madison and Mason. She was a loving wife and companion to Robert.

Mrs. Hikade was most known for her loving and generous outreach to friends and strangers alike. She enjoyed volunteering her time in the Sherwood community and spent her time doing so at Sherwood Charter School and the past seven years at Willowbrook Food Pantry.

She will be greatly missed not only by her family but by every heart she has touched, She never met a stranger.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday (Dec. 3) at 3 p.m. in Sherwood Community Friends Church, 23264 S.W. Main St., in Sherwood.

Donations in the name of Michelle Ann Hikade may be made to Willowbrook Food Pantry, 19200 S.W. Edy Road, Sherwood 97140.

Carl Leonard Schaber

Aug. 10, 1917-Nov. 22, 2011

Carl Leonard Schaber died Nov. 22 at age 94.

He was born Aug. 10, 1917, in rural Stafford, to Emma and Leonard Schaber.

From January 1942 to November 1945 he served in the Army Air Corps.

He was employed as a farmer until retiring in 1985.

Surviving are his daughter Linda Until; son Michael Hellberg; grandson Gregory Hellberg and great-grandchildren Ryleigh, Bailey and Dylan Hellberg.

Preceding him in death were his wife Elsie Emma Schaber; sisters Nora, Rose, Margaret, Norma and Ellen; and brothers Bill and Louie.

A celebration of the life of Carl Leonard Schaber is being held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Oregon City Elks Lodge, 610 McLoughlin Blvd., with interment at Lake Oswego Pioneer Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Carl Leonard Schaber may be sent to the Elks Eye Clinic.

Arragements are in the care of Holman, Hankins, Bowker and Waud.

Elmer Thorne

Nov. 29, 1953-Nov. 12, 2011

Elmer Thorne, whose nicknames were 'E.T.,' or 'Elm,' died of natural causes on Nov. 12. The resident of Aloha was 57 years old.

Born Nov. 29, 1953, in Seaside to Ronald Andrews and Harriett Fay (Brown) Thorne, he was raised in Nehalem and attended Neah-Kah-Ne High School.

He worked as a purchaser for lumber products in Tualatin.

He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 1862 in Hillsboro.

He loved golf and also enjoyed cooking.

Surviving are his wife Barbara; daughters Aimee Middelhoven and JoAnna Yip; son Richard Andreasen; grandchildren Brieanna Thorne, Alex Yip and Natalie Yipp; brothers Tim and Ron Thorne; and sister Ida Thorne.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., at Elks Lodge No. 1862, 21865 N.W. Quatama Road in Hillsboro. Dress for those attending the service is casual.

Arrangements are in the care of Springer and Son.