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Obituaries - Dec. 14 edition


Doney L. Battrick

Doney L. Battrick of Hillsboro died Dec. 5, 2011, at her home. She was 73.

Doney Louise Fagin was born Nov. 18, 1938, in Buckeye, Ariz., the daughter of the late Theodore Fagin and Lidia (Shaddon) Fagin.

On June 15, 1961, she was united in marriage to Kent Ellsworth Battrick in Portland. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past June.

Following their marriage they made their home in Beaverton until 1973, when they moved to Vernonia. In 1982, they moved to Hillsboro.

A homemaker, she was an active member of the Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Cornelius since 1961.

Among her special interests she enjoyed her ministry, bible study activities and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Kent E. Battrick of Hillsboro; son and daughter-in-law, David and Lisa Battrick of Hillsboro; daughters and a son-in-law, Leora Peterson of Scappoose, and Christina and Matthew Utting of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Cheyenne and Kenston Battrick, Brenden, Adrian, and Kaila Utting, and Sevda and Landon Peterson; and sisters and brothers-in-law.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, 2175 S. Dogwood St., Cornelius, with Brother Ab Crader officiating. Private interment will follow at Forest View Cemetery, 1161 W. Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.

Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the church ceremony to be held at a place to be announced.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fuitenrosehoyt.com.

Merle D. Hess

Merle 'Dan' Daniel Hess died peacefully Dec. 12, 2011, in Vancouver Wash., with his family at his side. He was 79

Mr. Hess was born April 18, 1932.

He was a much loved and respected retired teacher and coach, with tenures at Scappoose, Sunset, and Hillsboro high schools.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marvelyn (Davison) Hess; daughter, Dana Farland and her husband Gary; son, Robert and his wife Christie; two grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one great-grandchild; step brother, Joe Barnes and his wife Debbie; and step sister Patricia Barnes.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 17, at First United Methodist Church in Vancouver, Wash.

Jeffrey A. Kuiper

Jeffrey Alan Kuiper of Scappoose passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2011, at OHSU in Portland with Christmas music playing in the background. He was 48.

Mr. Kuiper was born Feb. 28, 1963, in St. Helens to Fred Kuiper and Sara Barker-Kuiper, and was the youngest of three children.

Educated at Scappoose schools, he graduated with the class of 1981.

Employed at Parr Lumber for 12 years, he then started Kuiper Lumber in 2007.

He was a dedicated father and an active community member.

One of his greatest attributes was being a coach for his two daughters' softball and basketball teams as they were growing up, and throughout high school. His proudest moments were watching his daughters play sports.

Being a big football enthusiast, he loved the Miami Dolphins, Oregon Ducks and was a closet Beaver fan. He enjoyed spending his Fall Saturdays with friends and family watching the Duck football games.

Father, best friend, coach, and leader, he was loved by many and admired by all. His presence will be missed greatly.

He is survived by his daughters, Tia and Kara Kuiper; mother, Sara Kuiper; step father, Marty Sells; sister, Rhonda Fountain; brother, Jerry Kuiper; friend, Larry Johnson; favorite dog, Dudley; and many other friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Warren Community Fellowship Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the Scappoose branches of the St. Helens Federal Community Credit Union and Chase Bank.

Dennis J. White

Dennis James White of St. Helens died Dec. 7, 2011, in Portland surrounded by his wife, children and family. He was 69.

Mr. White was born March 31, 1942, in Green Bay, Wis., the son of Bernard James White and Mary Louise (Starrine) White, and was the eldest of two children.

In 1960 he graduated from Premontre Catholic High School in Green Bay and that fall enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving on active duty until 1964.

After returning from the service, he married and had two children from that marriage. Then in 1978, he wed his second wife and the love of his life, Patty Varuolo at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Green Bay. They had two children together.

In 1973 he began working for Mobil Oil in Green Bay as a truck driver. After 29 years and five job transfers, he retired as the terminal manager in Portland. During this time he also attended the University of New Hampshire and obtained a Bachelors Degree in business administration graduating summa cum laude.

A man of very strong faith, he was a member of St. Frederic Catholic Church where he served as president of the Pastoral Council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and loved the Knights and all it did. He was a fourth degree Knight and held many positions in both the council, assembly and state level and eventually was elected the State Deputy of Oregon from 2007-2009. He was then asked to serve on the board of directors and advisory committee for Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary and continued to serve until his death.

He loved life and enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, traveling, the love and joy his family provided him, and football; in fact at the hour of his death he assured his family that the Packers would win the Super Bowl!

He left his footprints in the lives of many and all would agree that he had a million dollar smile; he will truly be missed.

He is survived by the love of his life, wife Patty; children, Denise Whan, Patti Freeman, Anthony White, Christopher Bergh, Matthew White, and Jessica Stead; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Joan Piron. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Frederic Catholic Church in St. Helens. A rosary service will precede the funeral at 10 a.m.

Interment will be at Allouez Catholic Cemetery in Green Bay, Wis., during the summer of 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mount Angel Seminarians, 1 Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, OR 97373.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.