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Obituaries for Jan. 5

Maurice Franklin Hippenstiel Sr.

April 4, 1916-Dec. 28, 2007

Gresham resident Maurice Franklin Hippenstiel Sr., 91, died Friday, Dec. 28, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Maurice was born April 4, 1916, in Lake Como, N.J., to Harold and Sadie Hippenstiel. He graduated from Lehigh High School in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1932 and from a plastering trade school. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 44th Infantry Division Band from 1941 to 1945.

In 1942, he married Eunice Tilrum.

He lived in Gresham for 45 years. Known by his nickname 'Pop-pop,' he worked as a professional union plasterer and was in demand throughout the Portland area for his services.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. His interests included playing trumpet and piano, carpentry and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Marie LaFollette of Portland, Linda Fargo of Skokie, Ill., and Joan Staples of Lake Oswego; son, Maury Hippenstiel Jr. of Damascus; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Edith Eileen Amundson

June 10, 1921-Jan. 2, 2008

Gresham resident Edith Eileen Amundson, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Portland.

There will be a public funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Suburban Mobile Estates Recreation Center, 21016 S.E. Stark Street, Gresham.

Edith was born June 10, 1921, in Little Falls, Minn., to Robert and Nelle Boxell. She was raised in Minnesota, graduating from Onamia High School in 1939.

In 1940, she married Irvin Amundson. He preceded her in death in 2000.

She retired from her job as a furniture sales clerk in St. Cloud, Minn., in 1979, and moved to Gresham in 1980.

Edith was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and was involved in community service for the Purple Heart Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was a Girl Scouts leader, she played a part in having a public high school built in Minnesota and she was involved with the March of Dimes in the 1950s for polio. Her interests included gardening, researching her family's genealogy and painting. She was also a lifelong poet and writer and one of her poem's was highlighted by The Outlook for a mother's day issue in 2006.

Survivors include her sons, John Amundson of Rice, Minn., Richard Amundson of St. Cloud and Jeffrey Amundson of Florence; daughter, Sandra Smith of Waldport; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kaiser Hospice.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ervin Everett Brong

Feb. 27, 1923-Dec. 29, 2007

Gresham resident Ervin Everett Brong, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 29, at Village Health Care in Gresham.

A public memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Village Health Care, 3955 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham.

Ervin was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Broken Bow, Neb., to Byron and Lilly (Longfellow) Brong. He graduated from high school in Broken Bow.

He worked as a retail clerk in the grocery industry until his retirement in 1986.

He married Dessie L. Caler in 1957.

Ervin enjoyed his retirement by gardening, visiting with family, reading farm journals, watching football and enjoying his great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling to the Midwest to visit his family, stopping along the way to see historical sites. Ervin also enjoyed playing bingo, listening to music, sharing the morning newspaper and interacting with other Village Care residents.

Ervin was preceded in death by his brother, Aaron Brong.

Survivors include his wife; sons, David Brong of Gresham and James Brong of Molalla; daughter, Carole Morris of Gresham; sisters, Esther Mills of Salem and Winnifred Currie of Portland; brothers, Donald Brong of Oswego, Ill., and Byron Brong Jr. of Santa Maria, Calif.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Janet Merlene Campbell

Oct. 25, 1951-Dec. 30, 2007

Gresham resident Janet Merlene Campbell, 56, died Sunday, Dec. 30, at her home in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Gresham Funeral Home, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Janet was born Oct. 25, 1951, in Portland to Bob and Nadine Eisele. She graduated from Gresham High School in 1970 and went on to earn a degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Oregon. She later studied jewelry design and fabrication at The Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Her creative interests were not limited to the arts. Janet's passion for nature and gardening led her to a Master Gardner degree in 2003. She could often be found planting and tending flowers, trees and vegetables in her yard for many days during the year. She also designed gardens for many of her friends.

In 1986, she married Mark Campbell. They were later divorced. As a stay-at-home mom, she volunteered her time to develop programs to help autistic children and hone her creative skills.

She was a true artist at heart. Her gift as a creative jewelry designer came to light in her business, Planet Janet Designs. Her imaginative and handcrafted jewelry designs were admired by all who saw her work and loved by the many who own her pieces.

Survivors include her daughter, Paige Campbell of St. Helens and son, Skyler Campbell of Portland; brothers, David Eisele of Sandy and Hugh Eisele of Boring; and father of Gresham.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Doll Laverne Marvin

April 3, 1943-Dec. 19, 2007

Gresham resident Doll Laverne Marvin, 64, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Gresham.

A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Troutdale Masonic Hall, 202 Dora St.

Doll was born April 3, 1943, in Flagstaff, Ariz., to Fred and Lona Williams. She was raised in Lakeview and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1961. She also studied as a beautician.

Doll worked in customer service. She was a 4H, Future Farmers of America and Amateur Pool Association team captain, an Oregon Hunter's Safety instructor, and was recognized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a fundraiser and invited to present her donations on a telethon.

In 1963, she married Larry Lee Marvin in Portland. He preceded her in death Dec. 2, 2000.

She lived in East County for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Williams.

Survivors include her sister, Delia Stauble of Albany; brothers, Fred Williams of Orchards, Wash., Cliffard Williams of Murphy; daughters, Lauri Pool of Portland and Doll LaLane Crain of Portland; son, Larry Lee Marvin Jr. of Portland; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dollpower, 156 N.E. Olvera Court, Gresham, 97030.

Diane I. Young

March 15, 1939-Dec. 14, 2007

Former Gresham resident Diane I. Young, 68, died Friday, Dec. 14, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

She was born March 15, 1939, in Portland to William and Christine (Wiley) Dethman. She was raised in Washington, where she attended Hudson Bay High School. She moved to Gresham in the mid-1950s.

On March 29, 1960, she married Gary Young in Vancouver, Wash. They moved to Damascus in 1960.

She worked for the Damascus School District for seven years, Buck Ambulance for eight years and was a retail clerk for Franz Bakery at the company's outlet stores for 12 years.

Her special interests include travel, children and grandchildren. She and her husband wintered in Yuma, Ariz., since 2000.

Survivors include her husband of Boring; son, Gary Young of Boring; daughter, Christy Ross of Coeur d'Alene; brother, Dave Dethman of Prineville; and six grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dennis N. Polen

Feb. 25, 1937-Dec. 28, 2007

Longtime Troutdale resident Dennis N. Polen, 70, died Friday, Dec. 28, in Gresham.

A funeral Mass was held Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham.

Dennis was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Portland to Kenneth and Helene (Coskey) Polen. He graduated from Grant High School in 1955.

He was in the Oregon National Guard for 28 years. After retiring from the Oregon National Guard, he was a Chief Pilot at Pope Talbot Inc. and Corporate Transportation Management Inc.

Dennis was of the Roman Catholic faith and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. His main interest was aviation. He made home-built aircraft that for many years held and still currently hold speed records in their class.

Survivors include his daughters, Lisa Waltos and Tracey Bradly; brothers, Robert Polen of Gresham and Richard Polen of Mesa, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Billie A. Baker

Dec. 20, 1918-Jan. 1, 2008

East Portland resident Billie A. Baker, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, in Portland.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Billie was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Rieth to William and Merle (Hunter) Miracle.

On July 24, 1934, she married George Baker in Vancouver, Wash. George preceded her in death in 1994.

Billie was a native Oregonian and a longtime Portland resident. She enjoyed Pinochle. Family was her life. She also enjoyed cooking.

She was preceded in death by three daughters, Georgie, Ruth and Patty.

Survivors include her sons, Hank Baker of Canby, Larry Baker of Damascus; daughter, Diana Baker of Portland; sister, Della Ada; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.