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Obituaries for Dec. 28, 2011

John R. Metsger

Oct. 3, 1923-Nov. 30, 2011

Former Sandy resident John R. Metsger died Wednesday, Nov. 30. He was 88.

At his request, no services will be held.

John was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Peter and Lenore Metsger. His parents died when he was an infant, and he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Marie and Thomas Slater, in Schroon Lake, N.Y.

He graduated from high school in Schroon Lake in 1941, and joined the U.S. Marines in 1942, along with his lifelong friend, Ed Noxon.

John spent most of World War II in operations and intelligence, and served in the Pacific, with stints at Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal. After falling ill, he spent several months in a military hospital and was discharged in San Diego in December 1945.

He married Velma Anderson after the war and, after a brief return to upstate New York, moved with her and her parents to Sandy. There he was appointed postmaster in 1954, a position he held until his retirement in 1981.

He married his second wife, Kay Oldenkamp, in 1963, and the couple were together for 47 years before Kay died on Oct. 9, 2010. The couple lived mostly in Sandy but also resided for a few years each in Long Beach and Longview, Wash.

John loved gardening and spent summers carefully tending his fruit trees and vegetables. He loved golf, but probably more for the camaraderie of friends than in wistful pursuit of mastering the flight of a little white ball.

John and Kay also loved Christmas and delighted in decorating their house and tree.

In later years, he and Kay enjoyed spending winters with friends in Yuma, Ariz.

John had a number of brothers and sisters who were raised by various families in New York and New Jersey, yet he never met them and died without ever knowing what became of them.

He was preceded in death by his three daughters, Judy Metsger Schwager, Jeanette Metsger Crawley and Janice Metsger Keith as well as one stepson, Keith Oldenkamp.

John is survived by his son, Rick Metsger of Salem; stepdaughter, Starla Oldenkamp of Portland; stepsons, Ken Oldenkamp of Roy, Wash., and Gary Oldenkamp of Cookeville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations should be made to the Sandy chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273.

Rosalee Ann Rawls

April 26, 1936-Dec. 18, 2011

Former Sandy resident Rosalee Ann Rawls died Sunday, Dec. 18, in Troutdale. She was 75.

A memorial service will be held in March 2012. Private Inurnment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Rosalee was born April 26, 1936, in Portland to Glen and June (Hill) Ray. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955 and later attended Marylhurst College and Portland State University where she studied education.

On May 18, 1957, Rosalee married Stanley Wayne Rawls at The Salvation Army in Portland. In 1976 they moved to Hillsboro, where she worked for Hillsboro High School as a teacher's assistant for 20 years. She retired in the late 1990s. In 2010, she moved to Sandy and in 2011 to Troutdale.

Rosalee enjoyed reading, shopping and having tea with her friends. She was a snowbird in Arizona with her husband for several years and absolutely loved the Christmas season. Her greatest love, however, was her family. She adored time spent with them and the memories they made.

Rosalee was a member of Sunset Covenant Church in Portland and grew up as a part of The Salvation Army.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003 and by her sister Jackie in 2010.

Survivors include her sons, Robin Rawls of Cornelius and Drew Rawls of Bend; daughter, LeWaynne Jungert of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister, JoAnne Frogge of West Linn; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1350, Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles 'Charlie' Benjamin O'Neal

Oct. 13, 1926-Dec. 24, 2011

Sandy resident Charles 'Charlie' Benjamin O'Neal died Saturday, Dec. 24. He was 85.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 16317 S.E. Bluff Road. A viewing will be held prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. in the Relief Society Room. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Charlie was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Conyers, Ga., to Edgar and Carrie (Hollingsworth) O'Neal, the youngest of eight children. Charlie was raised and educated in Conyers. Shortly after graduating from high school, he went to Vallejo, Calif., and worked in the Navy shipyards. He later entered the Army in 1944 and served during World War II and the Korean War. Charlie was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1953.

Charlie received his bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of San Francisco.

On July 3, 1953, Charlie married Jeanne Rowley in Vallejo. They began a family in Vallejo, and Charlie began his career with Yuba Manufacturing Co. as the director of marketing. He later went to work for Fluor Corporation in Southern California. In 1970, Charlie became a real estate broker and was a developer.

In 1991, Charlie and Jeanne moved to Oregon and became the owners and operators of The Woodsman Country Lodge in Crescent. At the age of 78, Charlie retired, sold the lodge and moved to Sandy to be near family.

Charlie was actively involved and loved serving at his church. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ruben, and daughter, Cynthia.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Michelle Haage of Gresham; son, Charles O'Neal of Redlands, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Glen R. Wynandts

June 3, 1946-Dec. 19, 2011

Glen R. Wynandts, a resident of Boring, died Monday, Dec. 19. He was 65.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Committal service will follow at noon at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Glen was born June 3, 1946, in Avonlea, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Lorne and Mabel (McRae) Wynandts. He moved to Oregon when he was 8 and graduated from Madison High School in Portland in 1965.

He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. On Nov. 1, 1968, he married Sylvia DeLeon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in the Water Service Department, retiring in 1981.

Glen was a longtime Gresham-area resident and enjoyed traveling, especially to the Maritimes in Canada. He belonged to the FMCA, Family Motor Coach Association, and loved his 1974 Barracuda. He also enjoyed sports, especially baseball and his beloved Oregon Ducks.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Treana Caldwell of Boring, and Tracy Revel of Gresham; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Providence Hospice Program or to the Providence Cancer Research Center.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.