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Arnold B. Wight

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Arnold B. Wight died Dec. 23, 2008. He was 81.

Mr. Wight was born July 2, 1927 in Portland to Thomas and Jean Wight. He grew up just north of Portland in Burlington, where his father owned a gas station and garage. Machinery and cars were a large part of his life. Mr. Wight was a practical man growing up and learned about machines, maintenance, electricity and carpentry from his father and others.

He graduated from Scappoose High School in 1945, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He married Betty Ann Knouse on March 12, 1949 and the couple moved to Lake Oswego in 1955. They lived on a farm where they raised cows and chickens and always had a dog and cat. He loved the beach and fishing and built a cabin for the family at Pacific City.

Mr. Wight worked for Portland General Electric as an assistant general line foreman for over 40 years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty; his daughter and son- in-law Laurel and Ben Mahar of Lake Oswego, daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Allan Beattie of Snoqualmie, Wash., brother and sister-in-law Neal and Boots Wight of Scappoose and four grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his brother McKie Wight who died at age 10.

Remembrances may be sent to the Oregon Food Bank.

William Ralston

William Knight Ralston of Charbonneau died on Dec. 22, 2008.

He was 81.

A native of Portland, he was born on Aug. 17, 1927 to Marcia Knight and William Cato Ralston.

He graduated from the University of Oregon in l950 where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Upon graduation, he began his lumber-industry career in Eureka, Calif., then moved to Merced, Calif. to work for Weinrich Lumber.

He married Nancyclare Roduner in December 1952.

In l959, he went to work for Georgia-Pacific in Portland, and later worked for MacMillan-Bloedel, Blanchard Lumber and American International. He formed his own business, Ralston Forest Products, before retiring in l990.

The Ralstons moved to Lake Oswego in l960, and lived there for 24 years, raising their four children.

Mr. Ralston enjoyed spending time with his fraternity brothers and playing golf.

He is survived by his wife, Nancyclare, his sons Bill Ralston, Jr., of Los Altos Hills, Calif., David Ralston of Bellevue, Wash., Stuart Ralston of Tualatin; his daughter, Judy Ralston of Kenmore, Wash.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 29, at River View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon at 018 S.W. Boundary Ct., Portland, OR 97239, 503-222-9661.