Obituaries for March 23, 2011


James Eugene Gallagher

Oct. 29, 1943-March 17, 2011

Sandy resident James Eugene Gallagher died Thursday, March 17, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. He was 67.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Jim was born Oct. 29, 1943, in Watsonville, Calif., to Edward and Marjorie (Plasker) Gallagher. He grew up in Santa Clara, Calif. After graduating from Santa Clara High School in 1961, he entered the United States Coast Guard and served aboard the cutters Winona and Ivy during the Vietnam War. He used the GI Bill to earn his degree in fire science from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, where he also served on the advisory board for the fire science curriculum as the representative for the State Fire Marshal's office from 1974 to 1978.

In July 1965, Jim began a 29-year career in the Oregon Fire Service, serving as a firefighter and then as fire marshal in Astoria until October 1971. He was then employed as deputy state fire marshal by the state of Oregon until March 1978, when he accepted the fire marshal position with Sandy Fire District 72. He retired from the department in 1994.

Jim married Bonnie Jean Lippincott on Aug. 22, 1980, in Portland. After retirement, Jim and Bonnie enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, as well as England and Ireland as they furthered their joint interest in genealogy. For several years, they hosted the Lippincott Family Reunion at their home in Sandy, when 100 members of Bonnie's close extended family arrived from all over the country and England to celebrate the 'Gathering of the Clan.'

Jim and Bonnie were active in various Coast Guard groups, including the USCGC Winona WPG/WHEC-65 Crews' Association, the Bering Sea Patrol Alaska Veterans Association and the Owasco Class 255 Cutters' Association. Jim was co-chairman of the USCGC Winona All Crews Reunion in Port Angeles, Wash. For nine years, he was editor of the 'Ship's Bell' newsletter for the USCGC Winona.

Jim also enjoyed working on the restoration of his 1941 Lincoln Zephyr, which he and Bonnie gave to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

For the past 26 years, Jim and Bonnie restored Fiddler's Green, their 100-year-old cabin on the Oregon Coast. With help from friends, they finished the restoration in time for Jim to enjoy it.

Survivors include his wife; and brother-in-law, James E. Lippincott Jr. of Cook, Wash.

Memorial donations can be made to Harrison Pioneer Cemetery, care of Judith Goldmann, 32455 N.W. Padgett Road, Hillsboro, 97124.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Arnold Ray Huggins

Dec. 10, 1923-March 6, 2011

Eagle Creek resident Arnold Ray Huggins died Sunday, March 6, at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was 87.

A private funeral service was held Thursday, March 17, at Sandy Funeral Home. Burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Arnold was born Dec. 10, 1923, in Eagle Creek to John and Georgia (Walker) Huggins. Arnold was raised and educated in Eagle Creek. In 1943, he joined the Army and served in World War II. After his discharge in 1946, Arnold returned to Oregon and began his career in the logging and trucking industry.

On July 26, 1958, he married Martha Jane Block. They resided in Gladstone prior to moving to Eagle Creek, where they raised their family. Martha preceded him in death in 2009.

Arnold worked for Park Lumber, which was later acquired by Crown-Zellerbach. He retired from James River Corporation.

Arnold enjoyed the outdoor activities of hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling. He was a member of Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church and the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273.

Survivors include his daughters, Molly Emery of Portland, Chloe Huggins of Eagle Creek, Carolyn McGahan of West Linn and Janet Wilson of Beaverton; stepdaughter, Melody Cazares of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Ethel Wood of Medford; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Michael Donald Cochran

Oct. 2, 1935-March 20, 2011

Sandy resident Michael Donald Cochran died Sunday, March 20, at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland. He was 75.

No service will be held.

Michael was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Gary, Ind., to Charles and Vera (Brewer) Cochran. Michael moved to Spokane, Wash., and then to Troutdale. He attended Gresham High School and was a member of the National Guard.

On Dec. 18, 1965, he married Shirley Nelson in Gresham.

Michael worked as a truck driver for L and E Trucking in Portland. He enjoyed hunting and spending his retirement traveling in his recreational vehicle and park hosting. He assisted his wife, who was a park ranger, at Goose Lake State Park near Lakeview.

Survivors include his wife; son, Charles Cochran of Sandy; daughters, Dixie Conley of Sandy, Nancy Peters of Anderson, Calif., and Cheryl Whelchel of Tangent; sister, Ruth Smith of Onalaska, Wash.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.