West Linn resident Dale Sleeman died due to complications of ALS at Providence Medical Center Portland on April 18, 2011. He was 75.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, April 28, at Damascus Pioneer Cemetery in Damascus.
He was born Dale Allen Sleeman on Sept. 24, 1935, to Bertram Clarence and Cecile Grey (Simmons) Sleeman in Butte, Mont. When he was 7, the family moved to Oregon, eventually settling in Lake Oswego. He attended elementary school in West Linn and for two years attended West Linn High School, where he was on the swim team. He attended his final two years at Lake Oswego High School where he was on the track and field team and specialized in shot put. He graduated in 1953.
After graduation Mr. Sleeman attended Portland Art Institute for a short time. He served in the Army Reserve for six years and achieved the rank of staff sergeant.
On Jan. 17, 1959, he married Beverly Buckner in Vancouver, Wash. They settled in West Linn and began their family. Mr. Sleeman was working for the family businesses Oswego Asphalt and Pavers and Sleeman Enterprises. In the mid-1970s he purchased the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store on 42nd and Powell streets, and after selling that one he purchased the Baskin Robbins in Gladstone. He worked for 35 years in the ice cream business before retiring in 2010.
Mr. Sleeman was a member of the Berean Christadelphian Church, and he enjoyed studying the Bible. He was also a gifted artist and loved doing portraits in chalk.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly, daughters Linda Riley of Oregon City and Lori Vanderberg of Damascus and four grandchildren.
Longtime Lake Oswego resident Ruth Henry died of emphysema April 16, 2011. She was 85.
She was born the only child of Elmer and Naomi Kredel Dec. 1, 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was an accomplished pianist and graduated valedictorian at Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for one year.
While working as a stenographer, she met her future husband Glenn; they were married in 1948. They lived in Cleveland, Ohio, Beaumont, Texas, Connersville, Ind., and Rockford, Ill., before moving to Lake Oswego in 1963. Mr. Henry died in 1993.
Mrs. Henry liked to read, listen to jazz music, knit, crochet, play cards, work crossword puzzles and keep up with world news. She volunteered at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and for a number of years sponsored a local softball team.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Ken and Sheila of Reno, Nev., and Jack and Mary of Lake Oswego, her son Mark of Lake Oswego, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Mountain Park Recreation Center.
Remembrances may be sent to FISH Emergency Services of Portland or a charity of one's choice.
John Desautels of Lake Oswego died April 11, 2011. He was 79.
He was born March 5, 1932, in Middlebury, Vt. Mr. Desautels moved to Lake Oswego in 1976, after having served 22 years in the U.S. Army. He fought in both Korea and Vietnam and retired with numerous citations, badges and medals.
For the next 18 years, he operated his own trucking business. His favorite pastime was spending summers with his family and friends at his camp in Northern Canada.
His wife Maxine died in 1992. Mr. Desautels is survived by his son Stephen and daughter Traci, both of Lake Oswego; his sisters Theresa Eggleston (Seward) and Aline Pettit; his brothers Harland and Joe and grandsons Sean and Casey.
A service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Willamette National Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the John Desautels Memorial College Fund at any U.S. Bank.