Obituaries - March 30 edition

by: Submitted photo Charlotte Ann Harm of St. Helens passed away March 27, 2011, at her home surrounded by her husband, sister and family. She was 60.

Charlotte A. Harm

Charlotte Ann Harm of St. Helens passed away March 27, 2011, at her home surrounded by her husband, sister and family. She was 60.

Charlotte Ann Green was born Dec. 14, 1950, in Aberdeen, N.D., to Warren Leroy and Audrey Muriel (Silva) Green, and was the oldest of three children.

Her family moved to Oregon a short time later where she attended South Salem High School.

On March 18, 1977, she married John Michael Harm in Reno, Nev. They moved to the St. Helens area in 1984.

A licensed medical aide at Fairview Hospital in Salem for over 15 years, she left in 1983.

Loving to cook, the center of her world was her family. She spent many hours volunteering for both the PTA and at many school activities for her daughter.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, John Harm of St. Helens; children, Mike Harm and Brian Harm, both of Salem, and Brandy Whalen of St. Helens, grandchildren, Nichole, Chelsia, Dylan, Christina, Sydney and Abby; great-grandson, Kyler; sister, Sharon Preston of St. Helens; niece, Serena Rice; and nephew, Raymond Rice. She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Green.

A graveside service will be held at noon Friday, April 1, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Donald P. Jepson

Donald P. Jepson, of McMinnville, died March 24, 2011, at the Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. He was 76.

Mr. Jepson was born June 26, 1934, in Clatskanie to Lawrence Jepson and Mary Katherine Jepson.

He was raised and received his education in the communities of Birkenfeld and Vernonia.

On June 28, 1958, he was united in marriage to Lois in Seaside. Following their marriage they lived in several communities, most recently McMinnville. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary this past June.

For over 50 years he worked in the timber industry. Self-employed, he co-owned and operated with his father and two brothers, L. Jepson and Sons Logging.

Among his special interests he enjoyed hunting, fishing and cars, but his biggest playground was his work.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lois; son, Donald Ross Jepson of Kelso, Wash.; daughters, Jody Jepson Baker of Warren, and Jill Davidson and her husband Tim of Clatskanie; grandchildren and their spouses, Andrea and John Ulitsch of Issaquah, Wash., Ali and Damon Massey of Portland, Amy and Alex Mestas of Beaverton, Kenzi Baker and her fiancée' Chris Pfeiffer of Portland, Katy and Ryan Tuttle of Seattle, Wash., Kristen Jepson and Meghan Jepson of Longview, Wash., and Jacob Davidson of Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Alauna, Ava, Gage, Olen, Gabriel, Clyde and Louise; brother, Dennis Jepson of McMinnville; sister, Betty Ann Thompson of Ontario; sister-in-law, Barbara Jepson of Banks; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delmar; and granddaughter, Shannon.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday March 30, and 9-10 a.m. Thursday March 31, at the Fuiten, Rose, and Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. The casket will be closed at the service.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Fuiten, Rose, and Hoyt Funeral Home. David Bowden will officiate.

Rites and vault interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Fishhawk Cemetery in Birkenfeld.

A reception immediately following the cemetery rites will be held at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 930 N.E. 5th St., Clatskanie.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dean R. Marsh

Dean Russell Marsh, of La Pine, formerly St. Helens, died March 24, 2011. He was 58.

Mr. Marsh was born Aug. 24, 1952, in Oregon City to Lowell and Anna (Chinn) Marsh. For more than 20 years he lived in St. Helens and worked as a funeral director at the Columbia Funeral Home before moving to La Pine in 2010.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Warren Baptist Church.

Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is in charge of the arrangements.

Ardell J. Mileti

Ardell Joseph Mileti of Columbia City passed away March 24, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer and is now in the presence of our Lord. He was 79.

Mr. Mileti was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Florence, Ohio, to Anthony and Frances Mileti, and was one of four children.

In 1950 he graduated from Birmingham High School.

From 1951-1955 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant.

He became a carpenter in 1956 and completed his journeyman certificate in 1959.

During this time he met Elvira Szabo at a square dance in Ohio. They were married on Nov. 28, 1957. The couple ventured out west and settled in Warren in March of 1964. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November of 2007.

In 1968 he became a longshoreman for ILWU Local 8. After 23 years of hard work, he retired in 1991.

During retirement, he enjoyed going on vacations with his wife which included worldwide destinations and cruises. They also enjoyed attending the Professional Rodeo Circuit in Las Vegas.

Among the things he enjoyed were hunting, fishing, and watching Professional Bull Riding.

He is survived by his daughters, Debra Baxter of Utah, and Diane King of Vancouver; son, David Mileti of St. Helens; and grandchildren, Aubrey, Jenise, Alyssa, Madison and Nolan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elvira.

A Mass of Christian burial was held March 26 at St. Frederic Catholic Church in St. Helens.

Anna B. Scotto

Anna B. Scotto of St. Helens died March 24, 2011, at a hospice center in Longview, Wash. She was 91.

Anna B. Opulente was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Christine (Wolber) Opulente, and was the fourth of seven children.

Educated in Brooklyn, she graduated in 1938.

On April 9, 1946, she married Dominick Scotto in Brooklyn. The couple lived there until moving to St. Helens in 1957.

A member of St. Frederic Catholic Church, she was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, gardening in her early years and family.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dominick Scotto of St. Helens; daughters, Chris Gainer of Warren and Lisa Domenighini of St. Helens; sons, Jeff Scotto of Portland and Salvatore Scotto of Vernonia; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Christine Opulente of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Columbia Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at St. Frederic Catholic Church in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment will follow at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to Community Home, Health and Hospice in Longview, Wash.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Vern Sivers

Vern Sivers of Warren passed away peacefully March 24, 2011. He was 89.

Mr. Sivers was born July 13, 1921, in Clearbrook, Minn., and was the middle child of seven on an 80-acre farm. Early in his life he farmed, trapped, and hunted with a slingshot to help feed his family. Growing up in the depression, he learned the value of hard work and making what he had last.

In 1937 he followed his family to Scappoose. He started but didn't finish schooling as earning money for the family was more important than an education at the time.

At the age of 20 in 1942, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and spent the next three years serving his country in the engine room of the USS Little Rock, a Mine Sweeper, in the Aleutian Islands and Hawaii. His was the only Mine Sweeper in the Pacific not hit by a mine.

Upon discharge from the Navy on Oct. 3, 1945, he was paid a sum of $192.04 and joined the rest of his incredible generation in building the U.S. to the super power it is today.

While on leave he married his sweetheart, Lois Waugh, on April 4, 1944. They spent their honeymoon at the Orcadia Hotel in St. Helens.

His first son, Ron was born Nov. 9, 1945, followed by Mike and Patricia. He taught his children to work hard and love nature, raising everything from cattle to pheasants on their farm in Warren.

Throughout his life he worked as a pipe welder, in a steel mill, and in a pickle factory, spending his best 33 years as a driver/salesman for St. Helens Ice and Beverage where he proudly earned awards throughout his career as top salesman for brands such as Budweiser, Rainier, and Blitz. With no high school education, he was proud of these achievements.

In 1983 he retired and spent his free time fishing, hunting, being there for his family, and tinkering in his barn and garden.

He and his wife spent every spring planting the garden and every fall canning and pickling; which was something that had been important throughout his life.

As he aged and his knee pain prevented him from the activities of his youth, he spent his days working crosswords and feeding the birds, squirrels, deer, pheasants, quail, skunks and endless stray cats that frequented his back yard he called his 'little piece of heaven.'

In his final days, he was surrounded by three generations of family. Shortly after his death, on a rainy Thursday, a ray of sunlight broke through the clouds onto his family reminding them of his love and giving them peace in knowing that he's on the path loved ones prior had traveled.

He nearly made it to his 67th wedding anniversary and 90th birthday. He had muscled his way over many tough obstacles in life and ultimately, his body was the only thing that could beat him.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lois; children, Ron and Pat; grandchildren, Eric and Kelli; great-granddaughter, Amalie who loves her 'Gate Gampa' very much; and siblings, Pearl, Judy, and Alice. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike; brothers, Si and Leslie; and sister, Violet.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Randall E. Stafford

Randall Eugene Stafford of Scappoose died March 25, 2011. He was 62.

Mr. Stafford was born Nov. 30, 1948, in Concordia, Kansas, to James H. Stafford and Gladys 'Marge' Stafford.

After his family moved to Warren in 1955, he attended Warren Grade School and Scappoose High School, where he graduated in 1966. During high school he was a gifted athlete in cross country and track under Coach Anderson, and excelled in high jump.

Between 1966 and 1972 he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force as a fuel systems specialist.

Following he went to work for Oregon Steel Mills in maintenance, and later was a maintenance planner until his passing.

A free spirit, he lived life his way.

An avid salmon and steelhead fisherman, he was also a photographer and bicyclist.

In his later years, he combined his photography with his love of bird watching, and was a fixture at many popular birding spots in Oregon, particularly Retenaur Road on Sauvie Island.

His gruff manner, which was always overshadowed by his generosity and kindness, will be missed.

He is survived by his son whom he dearly loved, Shaun Stafford; and siblings, Linda Joseph of Centennial, Colo., JoAnn Montgomery of Peoria, Ariz., Joe Stafford of Portland, Rod Stafford of Warren, Tom Stafford of Fortine, Mont., and Brad Stafford of Scappoose. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A life celebration will be held Saturday, June 18, for his family and friends.

Charles D. Stotts

Charles Donald Stotts of Scappoose passed away Feb. 26, 2011, in St. Helens. He was 86.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.