Uel Williams

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Uel Harvey Williams died April 3, 2011. He was 91.

Mr. Williams was born Sept. 9, 1919 in Rhine-hart, Mo., to William and Ida Williams. He grew up in Mis-souri and in the Portland area and graduated from Beaverton High School.

He married Jennie Bertino on July 23, 1944 in Seattle. She preceded him in death in 1999.

Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, serving on the West Coast primarily in British Columbia and Seattle.

Following his discharge he worked as a truck driver and foreman for Oregon Transfer Company. He retired from the company in 1984.

Mr. Williams enjoyed hiking, bird watching, hunting and restoring historic rifles and reading poetry.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Richard and Julie Williams of Portland and daughter and son-in-law Janet and Leo Kurkoski of Washugal, Wash., siblings and spouses Genevieve Cannon, Oviedo, Fla., Darrell and Florence Williams, La Quinta, Calif., Gaylord and Shirley Williams, Independence, Mo., George and Sharon Williams, Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held April 15 at 11 a.m. at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 6705 S.E. 14th Ave., Portland. Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, April 14.

Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to Housecall Providers, 4531 S.E. Belmont, St., Suite 250, Portland, Ore., 97215-1675 or to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, OR, 97034.

John Shaw

Former Lake Oswego resident John F. Shaw died March 30, 2011 in Vancouver, Wash. He was 81.

Mr. Shaw was born March 19, 1930 to John F. and Ruth (Foster) Shaw of Terre Haute, Ind.

He met Sally Baldwin at the University of Wash-ington and the couple married in 1952, after Mr. Shaw became an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.

Mr. Shaw came to Portland to work for Molded Container Corp., a plastics molding company in Sellwood. He helped found the Society of the Plastics Industry in the Northwest, becoming its first president. He founded Shaw Plastics in Tualatin in 1976, and began Shaw Tech Sales, Inc., a manufacturer's representative firm selling equipment to the plastics industry. He retired in 1992.

Upon his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Shaw moved to Tacoma, Wash., where they became members of the Tacoma Yacht Club. Mr. Shaw became commodore of the club in 1996, and was involved with the Daffodil Festival Marine Parade, the tug boat races, Tall Ships Festivals and was on the board of the Maritime Museum of Tacoma. He received the club's RJ Makinsky Humanitarian Award, and was declared a Living Legend of the Working Waterfront by the City of Tacoma.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, John F. and Sheri Shaw III, James B. and Pat Shaw, Carol Joy and Gary Peiss, Joel F. and Angela Shaw; brother and sister-in-law Joseph B. and Joyce Shaw, Wickenburg, Ariz.; and 10 grandchildren.

His wife of 58 years, Sally Shaw, preceded him in death seven months ago.

A memorial service will be held April 21 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 15751 Quarry Road in Lake Oswego.

Myreen Wedge

Myreen Carol (Gavle) Wedge died April 11, 2011. She was 67.

Mrs. Wedge was born Aug. 4, 1943 in Albert Lea, Minn., the first of four children born to Reuben C. and Carol A. (Sorbo) Gavle. She graduated from Albert Lea high School in 1961 and from the University of Minnesota in 1965. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She was an elementary school teacher by profession and taught in LaGrange, Ill., and Albert Lea, Minn.

She married John J. Wedge of Clarks Grove, Minn., in 1965. The couple lived in Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia before moving to Oregon in 1974. They lived in Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Mrs. Wedge was an avid gardener, enjoyed collecting antiques, playing bridge and discussing politics and faith. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Jefferson and Misty Wedge of Perth, Australia and daughter and son-in-law Libby and Brian Anglin, Pismo Beach, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law Karen and Dan Klassen, Parker, Colo., and brother and sister-in-law Darrel and Susan Gravle of Crystal Lake, Ill.

A memorial service will be held Monday April 18 at 7 p.m. at RiverWest Church, 2000 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego.

Remembrances may be sent to LoveWorks Ministry online at