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Obituaries - March 16 edition

by: Submitted photo Kurtis Dean Baggett of Sauvie Island died Feb. 10, 2011. He was 52.


Kurtis D. Baggett

Kurtis Dean Baggett of Sauvie Island died Feb. 10, 2011. He was 52.

Mr. Baggett was born Nov. 24, 1958, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland.

Employed as a heavy haul truck driver, he loved his work.

Among the things he enjoyed were riding ATVs, going fishing, hunting, and searching for arrow heads.

He is survived by his sons, Jason and Dustin Baggett; parents Luther and Patricia Baggett; and brother, Rick Baggett.

A remembrance get together will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Sauvie Island School.

Mary L. Deblock

Mary L. Deblock of Scappoose captured the love surrounding her as she passed away March 8, 2011, peacefully at the Hopewell Hospice House in Portland after fighting breast cancer for five years. She was 53.

Mary was born June 25, 1957, to George and Mary Eaton of Condon, and was their eighth child and youngest daughter.

Growing up on a farm brought her an early sense of nurturing, caring and sharing. She shared many adventures and memories with her seven siblings, Florence, James, Frances, Joann, Martha, Rita, and Anne.

Knowing at a young age she wanted a family, she decided to broaden her options and moved to the 'big' city of Portland at the age of 17.

This is where she met her husband of 32 years, Randy. They wed Aug. 4, 1979. Together they raised daughters, Rachel (29) and Renae (27), and son, Matt (22), at their home of 26 years in Scappoose.

Being a mother was her finest and proudest accomplishment.

Known to her community of friends and loved ones as the bright, smiling, mild-tempered optimist, she embraced everyday and relished in her love for tea, gardening, frogs, rainbows, camping, dancing, listening to music and the beach.

Thankful for everyday she lived, she looked at life as a gift of celebration.

A celebration of her life will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the St. Helens Elks Lodge.

James 'Bill' Kern

James 'Bill' Kern of St. Helens died March 7, 2011, at his home. He was 83.

Mr. Kern was born June 12, 1927, in Council Hill, Okla., to William and Maudy (Boyer) Kern.

Educated in Oklahoma and California, he received his GED in the U.S. Air Force where he served from 1951 until his discharge in Texas as a sergeant in 1955.

Previously wed to Dorothy and Ethelyn, the marriages ended in divorce. Also married to Ruby, she preceded him in death in 2007.

After living in Texas and California, he moved to Oregon in 1978 and St. Helens in 2007.

A member of Columbia River Foursquare Church, he enjoyed reading and fishing.

He is survived by his children, Russell Kern of California, Lerrina Collins of Island Park, Idaho, and Ervin Kern of St. Helens; four grandchildren; and siblings, Carl Kern of Pagosa Springs, Colo., Pearl Meyers of Corning, Calif., and Chuck Kern of Beaverton.

A celebration of life service was held March 11 at Columbia River Foursquare Church.

Committal service and interment were at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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

Herbert E. Kroschel III

Herbert Ellsworth Kroschel III of Salem died Feb. 20, 2011, in a car accident in Bend. He was 41.

Mr. Kroschel was born May 6, 1969, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Herbert and Leanna Kroschel Jr.

Previously residing in Pine Bluff, Wyo., from 1969-1974, the Scappoose/St. Helens area from 1974-1988, and College Place, Wash., from 1989-1990, he settled down in Salem in 1991.

He graduated from St. Helens High School in 1988.

On June 30, 1991, he married Peggy Wolfswinkel.

In 1996 he graduated from Western Oregon University in Monmouth with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

Employed at Holliday Retirement Corporation in Salem from 1996-2005 as a staff accountant, he next worked as controller/general manager of Action Wood Products in Turner from 2005 until his death.

A member of the East Salem Seventh-Day Adventist Church, he served as church treasurer, and was a charter member of both the Salem Adventist Men's Chorus and the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus.

Among the things he enjoyed were spending time with his family, golfing and four-wheeling in the snow and mud with their four-wheeling group.

He taught his sons that serving the Lord and helping others was very important.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Peggy, and sons, Pierce and Harrison Kroschel of Salem; parents, Herbert and Leanna Kroschel Jr. of Walla Walla, Wash.; sisters, Shelly (Steven) Groulik and Jessica (Michael) Murff, both of College Place, Wash.; brother, Shawn Kroschel of Walla Walla, Wash.; niece, Megan Groulik of Fairview; nephew, Patrick Murff of College Place, Wash.; in-laws, Ben and Patricia Wolfswinkel, and sisters-in-law, Becky Wolfswinkel and Wendy Wolfswinkel, all of Vancouver, Wash.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jon Michael.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the East Salem Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 5575 Fruitland Rd., N.E. in Salem.

Alfred 'Allan' D. Land

Alfred 'Allan' Dean Land of Scappoose passed away March 7, 2011. He was 61.

Mr. Land was born Dec. 9, 1949, to James Edgar and Agnes Mae (Park) Land, and was the oldest of three children.

Raised in Oregon, he attended Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.

During the Vietnam conflict he served his country in the U.S. Army.

On Aug. 10, 1999, he married Charlotte in Aloha.

The couple lived in Washing-ton County for many years before coming to Scappoose in October of 2010.

A jack of all trades, he was willing to help many a friend or family member.

Active in Narcotics Anonymous, he had a home group in Forest Grove and celebrated his 21st year of sobriety in August of 2010.

For many years he and his wife voluntarily worked with Clean and Sober Living and Celebrate Recovery in the Greater Willamette Area.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Charlotte of Scappoose; son, Dean Allan Land of Rexburg, Idaho; step daughter, Beth Campbell of Scappoose; step son, Dorral Lukas of Battle Ground, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Leona Akers and Emma Whitchurch-Ivy, both of Eugene.

A celebration of life service was held March 13 at True Life Fellowship in Beaverton.

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

Bradley G. Parnell

Bradley Gary Parnell of St. Helens passed away March 11, 2011, at his home. He was 36.

Mr. Parnell was born May 27, 1974, in Portland to Russ and Sandy Parnell, and was the youngest of four children.

A lifetime resident of St Helens, he attended Yankton Elementary School and graduated from St. Helens High School in 1992.

After high school he worked in the lumber industry both as a choker setter and faller. He then went to work at Boise Cascade running a paper machine for several years before starting his own trucking company. He owned and operated Parnell Trucking for seven years before closing it down in 2010. His most recent employment was with Taylor Trucking.

A devoted father to his two sons Kyle and Cody, he loved people and had many gatherings at his home in Yankton.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved the outdoors.

He excelled at anything that he tried including, golf and motocross.

His dream was to own his own company, and he was proud to have created Parnell Trucking.

He is survived by his sons, Kyle and Cody Parnell of St. Helens; mother; Sandy Parnell and her husband Steve Jenkins of Deer Island; sister Angie Ragan and Jerry Case of St. Helens; grandfather, Bernard Weber of Scappoose; grandmother, Phyllis Parnell of Grants Pass; nephews, Nate, Holden, and T.J.; niece, Hannah Ragan; and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Russ; and brothers, Kenny and Bobby Parnell.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Warren Community Fellowship.

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

Iris T. Pasero

Iris Thelma Pasero died March 12, 2011, at Avamere in St. Helens. She was 91.

Iris Thelma Beard was born March 21, 1919, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Ezra Samuel and Maude (Crone) Beard, and was one of seven children.

Her family moved to the St. Helens area when she was young, and she graduated from St. Helens High School in 1936.

On Sept. 13, 1941, she married Angelo Pasero Jr. at the United Methodist Church in St. Helens. Her husband preceded her in death in 1992.

For many years she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Jack Smith, an optometrist, before retiring.

A life member of the United Methodist Church, and a longtime member of the Women's Guild, she was also a past president of the St. Helens Garden Club.

She is survived by her sons, Paul Pasero and his wife Judy of Boise, Idaho, and Karl Pasero and his wife Donna of Portland; granddaughters, Kristi, Karen, Nicole, and Natalie, seven great-grandchildren; and siblings, Bonnie Seely of Hemet, Calif., Phyllis Moss of St. Helens, and Vernon Beard of Wilsonville.

A private family graveside gathering will be held at a later date.

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