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Obituaries for March 30, 2011

Glenda Marie Hale Morgan

July 8, 1965-April 20, 2011

'Marie' Glenda Marie Hale Morgan died near her home in Molalla on Sunday, April 20. She was 45.

A graveside service was held by her family at 2 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Elwood Cemetery in Colton.

Marie was the first of three children born to Edward Everett and Glenda Lavelle (Floyd) Hale in Newberg on July 8, 1965. Marie spent her first seven years in Yamhill, and then the family moved to Colton, where she finished growing up and completed her schooling.

Marie loved the outdoors and learned to ride horses at a young age. She enjoyed gardening. She was a natural caregiver and was very tenderhearted toward the older members of her family. Marie was a caretaker for her great-grandmother and several others in her family. She was a 'people person' and always willing to help.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Christina Kraft and son, Brandon Kraft; mother, Glenda Johnson of Molalla; and sisters, Ramona Brewster of Eagle Creek and Lena L. Richardson of Estacada.

Contributions in Marie's name may be made to Grace House in Estacada.

Howard R. Beguelin

Aug. 3, 1919-March 25, 2011

Longtime Estacada resident Howard Beguelin died at Cascadia Village in Sandy on March 25. He was 91.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1919, in Bristow, Iowa, to Alfred and Emma (Mange) Beguelin. Howard was raised in Bristow, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at Iowa State University. He was a member of the Army Corps of Engineers.

He was united in marriage to Vada Truex in Greene, Iowa. They were married 66 years. He worked as a civil engineer in the U.S. Forest Service.

Howard enjoyed woodworking, train travel and nature.

He is survived by his wife, Vada Beguelin of Sandy; son, Edward Beguelin; daughters, Celia Turner and Miriam Hunt of Estacada; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Jack William Kellendonk

Feb. 20, 1919-March 22, 2011

Jack William Kellendonk died March 22 in Portland. He was 92.

Jack was born Feb. 20, 1919, at the family home on River Mill Road in Estacada.

He attended grade school at Currinsville and graduated from Estacada Union High School, class of 1938. After high school, Jack was trained in the welding field at Benson Technical College in Portland. He was employed at Oregon Brass Works and the Portland Ship Yard as a welder before joining the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in San Francisco and Hawaii from Jan. 15, 1943, to Oct. 22, 1945.

After his military duty, he returned to Estacada, where he worked briefly in logging followed by 37 years of employment with Portland General Electric. He was an operator at the Faraday, North Fork and River Mill plants.

Other than during his military duty, he lived his entire life in Estacada and spent the last three years in an adult care home in Portland.

Jack lived in the house on the property where he was born. In addition to his job with PGE, Jack farmed and raised cattle and was known for his thriving garden. He shared the bounty with neighbors and friends for many years. He loved the outdoor life, and in his youth he hunted, trapped and fished in the area. He also loved picking huckleberries.

One of Jack's biggest joys was his back yard, where he made and placed more than 40 bird houses and provided feathers for the birds each year on their return to build nests in the cleaned bird houses. He loved watching their activity and spent many summer evenings sitting on his bench in the back yard watching the sun set.

Jack was a member of the I.O.O.F. and Eagle Creek Grange for many years and was well known for helping people in the community. He was especially committed to his mother, May, who lived to be nearly 108 years. Jack also was always available to provide assistance to his Aunt Josephine.

Jack did not marry, but enjoyed a 36-year loving relationship with his former high school friend, Hazel Harmon. In their later years of life, they enjoyed helping one another and, as both agreed, were able to stay in their respective homes by being a strong support for one another. They loved the community and the state and traveled on numerous day trips to the Oregon Coast and Eastern and Central Oregon and Washington, including an excursion on the Snake River, which was an especially wonderful trip for them. They visited Expo in Vancouver, Canada, and made several visits to Hazel's daughter in Seattle. They enjoyed trips to Northern California to visit family. One trip that was very meaningful to Jack was when he traveled to Czechoslovakia to experience the land his family had emigrated from.

Jack was always an ardent lover of the community, which, he felt, had given him a bounty in life. In return, Jack has bequeathed his farm to Friends of the Community Center.

Jack is survived by a number of cousins and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Estacada Funeral Chapel, 110 S.W. First Ave. in Estacada. Family and friends are welcome and invited to attend a gathering at the Estacada Community Center, 200 S.W. Clubhouse Drive, for refreshments and socializing immediately following.

Comments may be left on the chapel's website, estacadafuneralchapel.com. If desired, remembrances may be made to Friends of Estacada Community Center or any organization of your choice.

Richard M. Curry

March 19, 2011

Colton resident Richard M. Curry died at his home on March 19. He was 88.

At his request, no services will be held, but his remains will be buried with his wife at Willamette National Cemetery.

He is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Curry of Portland, Patricia Curry of Sandy and Kathryn Gregg of Baker City; and his son, Wayne Curry of Portland.

Sandy Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Duncan M. Richter

April 10, 1927-March 15, 2011

Duncan M. Richter of Estacada died of cancer March 15 in Harbor City, Calif. He was 83.

Duncan was born April 10, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., to Clifford E. Richter and Inda O. Duncan Richter. He was raised in Portland and later joined the Army.

He married Dolores A. Negrinelli on July 4, 1948, in San Pedro, Calif. She preceded him in death on July 15, 2010.

Duncan was an electrical contractor/inspector before he retired. His interests included sailing, expanding on his homes and loving the electrical field in San Pedro and Lomita, Calif., and Estacada.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Richter Johnson (Jack) of Harbor City, Calif.; son, Craig J. Richter of Corona, Calif.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Neptune Funeral Home is handling arrangements. A private service will be held at a later date in California.