Obituaries for Dec. 31, 2011


Margie P. Morris

Feb. 4, 1922-Dec. 25, 2011

East County resident Margie P. Morris died Sunday, Dec. 25. She was 89.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Margie was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Portland to James and Lillian (Legge) Browne. She graduated from Grant High School.

On April 6, 1947, she married Claude E. Morris.

Margie worked as a legal secretary for several Portland attorneys. She retired from Legal Aid after 25 years.

In addition to spending time with her family and her dogs, Margie enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, camping at 'The Property' (Three Rivers) in central Oregon and boating. She was a longtime member of the Beta Rho sorority.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1998.

Survivors include her daughters, Patty Heinze of Troutdale, Claudia Nystul of Gresham, Sandy Gerbish of Gresham and Joan Digby of Portland; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

James Lee Watters

Jan. 18, 1932-Dec. 26, 2011

Gresham resident James Lee Watters died Monday, Dec. 26. He was 79.

A private memorial service was held.

James was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Ada, Okla., the third of four children to James and Georgia Lee Watters. James started his first job at age 6, delivering newspapers. In high school he sold shoes at a local clothing store. He also was a Boy Scout leader while still in his teens. He enjoyed music and played a tuba in the high school marching band.

In 1950, he married Darleene Ryburn. They attended East Central University, both majoring in science. After graduating from East Central, they moved to Berkeley, Calif., where James attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. To support his family until he could pastor a church, he worked first in a lumberyard and then at a Heinz tomato plant.

While in seminary, James was called to pastor a church in Gridley, north of San Francisco. After graduating from seminary he was called to pastor the First Baptist Church in Manteca, Calif. From California, the family went to Japan as missionaries of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. They lived and worked 22 years in Kobe, Japan. James helped found a new ministry in Kobe called The Friendship House; eventually, six Friendship Houses were established in other cities.

In 1984, James became the editor of the Northwest Baptist Witness, the news organ of the Oregon, Washington and Idaho Baptist conventions. He resigned in 1997 for health reasons. In spite of declining health, he and his wife held Sunday afternoon worship services at the Gresham Manor Retirement Center for the next eight years.

James loved to design and build things. While in Japan, he designed several Japanese churches and about 10 houses for missionaries and a cabin in the Japanese Alps for his family. The cabin was unusual enough that it appeared in a Nagano Prefecture magazine at the time.

Survivors include his wife; children, Karen Cole of Gresham, Kathy Westfall of Troutdale, Georganne Watters of Camas, Wash., and Douglas Watters of Chicago; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Larry Mayer

Dec. 20, 1945-Dec. 28, 2011

East County resident Larry Mayer died Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Portland. He was 66.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the Fellowship Room at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Larry was born Dec. 20, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash., to Peter and Irene (Olsen) Mayer. Larry attended David Douglas High School. He served in the Air Force as an aircraft engineer.

On June 12, 1976, Larry married Patty Rubich in Virginia City, Nev.

Larry, a longtime East County resident, worked as a supervisor at Precision Castparts for more than 30 years. His hobbies included sailing. He was an avid reader and a huge Portland Trail Blazers fan.

His sister, Peggy Wilcox, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; son, Tristan Mayer of Vancouver; daughter, Heather Mayer of Portland; brothers, David Mayer of Gualala, Calif., Dan Mayer of Gresham and Kevin Mayer of Portland; and sister, Kathy Jacobsen of Woodland, Wash.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lillien Loraine Rogstad

Oct. 30, 1925-Dec. 22, 2011

Former Gresham resident Lillien Loraine Rogstad, 86, died Thursday, Dec. 22, in Sandy.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Lillien was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Stanley, N.D., to Joseph and Tonette Johnson, one of 14 children. She was raised in Stanley.

Lillien married Sam Rogstad on Feb. 12, 1943, and they moved to Los Angeles. After World War II, they moved to Portland and then to Gresham.

Lillien was a homemaker. She briefly worked at a bookbinding company in Portland.

Lillien enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, dancing and music. She played the piano and accordion and played in her brother's band, the Doc Johnson Silver Moon Band, as a young woman.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2002.

Survivors include her son, Myron Rogstad of Rhododendron; sisters, Sallie Sackett of Portland and Millie Lillegarde of Sandy; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Cascadia Village, 39495 Cascadia Village Drive, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Nancy Wilhelmina Tarter

March 6, 1920-Oct. 25, 2011

Gresham resident Nancy Wilhelmina Tarter died Tuesday, Oct. 25. She was 91.

No services were held at her request.

Nancy was born March 6, 1920, in Wenatchee, Wash., to Millard and Georgia Simmons. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1938.

On Feb. 21, 1947, she married Darrel P. Tarter in Vancouver, Wash.

Nancy worked for the Associated Press preparing and distributing photographs to West Coast newspapers, and was an Active 55 aerobic instructor. She resided in Portland until 1962, in Lake Oswego until 2005 and then in Gresham.

Nancy volunteered at the senior centers in Portland and Lake Oswego. She was a member of the Christian Science Church. She was a longtime member of the Trails Club and received the Mary Lou Greene High Miler Award in 1990 for traveling 290 miles.

She was preceded in death by her brother, George Simmons; and by her sisters Jewell Hardman, Ruth Johnson, Emma Lou Dougherty and Lucy Simmons.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Darrelyn Karczag of Gresham; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Trails Club of Oregon, P.O. Box 1243, Portland, 97207.

Aftercare Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Jeffery E. German

April 30, 1943-Dec. 20, 2011

Former Kelso resident Jeffery E. German died Tuesday, Dec. 20, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 68.

Services will be held Friday, Jan. 6, in Bakersfield, Calif. Another service will be held on the Clearwater River.

Jeff was born April 30, 1945, in Hood River to Thomas and Violet German. The family resided in Kelso for many years. Jeff graduated from Sandy High School in 1961.

On June 8, 1987, he married Christine Brley in Enumclaw, Wash.

Jeff worked in the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash. He moved to Bakersfield, Calif., and worked as a fabricator and welder for Kern Machinery. He loved making things with his hands and enjoyed cooking and baking.

Survivors include his wife of Bakersfield; children, Rick Cronister of Arizona, Tracy Boyd of Clarkston, Wash., and Dan German of Bremerton; and seven grandchildren.

Roy Wise

Sept. 10, 1920-Dec. 28, 2011

Gresham resident Roy Wise, 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 28.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St. Henry Catholic Church.

A complete obituary will appear in The Outlook at a later date.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.