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Obituaries - Jan. 12

John Maxwell Harmon Jr.

Oct. 1, 1931-Jan. 8, 2008

Gresham resident John Maxwell Harmon Jr., 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, at his home in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3500 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham. A private inurnment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date.

John was born Oct. 1, 1931, in Modesto, Calif., to John Mitchell and Edith (Longcore) Harmon. He was raised in Southern Oregon and attended Riddle High School.

In 1950, John enlisted in the Navy, serving during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1954.

On Jan. 28, 1955, John married Marjorie Anderson in Carson City, Nev.

John and Marjorie moved from Portland to Gresham in 1990. John worked for Honeywell as a fire and burglar alarm installer, retiring in 1994.

John was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and volunteering at Toy 'N Joy.

John was preceded in death by his wife in 2002.

Survivors include his daughters, Susan Bonnell of San Diego, Elizabeth Wilson of Oregon City, Cynthia Seger of Beaverton, Amy Svetich of Seattle, Martha Fitts of Oregon City; brothers, Erwin Harmon of Fresno, Calif., Fred Harmon of Rancho Cordova, Calif., Dick Harmon of Gresham, and Robert Grimes of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269 Sandy, 97055.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margaret Mildred Crowder

Oct. 12, 1909-Dec. 29, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Margaret Mildred Crowder, 98, died Saturday, Dec. 29.

A memorial service was held Jan. 8 at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring, where she was a member.

Margaret was born Oct. 12, 1909, in Princeton, Mo., to Albert and Hazetine (Griffin) Sparks.

In 1936, she married John Crowder. He preceded her in death in 1945.

She worked as a journeyman proofreader for the state of Oregon in the Department of Administrative Services branch. She was also a legislative proofreader in 10 different languages.

Survivors include one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and one great-great grandchild.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Norman Orlando Hovet

May 25, 1925-Jan. 9, 2008

Portland resident Norman Orlando Hovet, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at his home.

A public funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Central Christian Church, 1844 S.E. 39th Ave., Portland. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Little Chapel of the Chimes, 1515 N.E. 106th Ave., Portland. Interment will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive, Gresham.

Norman was born May 25, 1925, in Reynolds, N.D., to Edith and Thor Hovet. He was raised in North Dakota and Minnesota.

On Nov. 9, 1947, he married Mary Josephine Chandler in Bemidji, Minn. They moved to the Portland area in 1948 and made their home here, with their children attending the Centennial School District. He attended two years of Bible College in the Portland area.

He worked as a diesel mechanic at Howard Cooper Corporation for 37 years and retired in 1989. He was a member of the Gresham Church of Christ until 1965 and a member of Central Christian Church until his death, where he was an elder and adult Bible school teacher.

His mechanical and building talents and skills always involved him in assisting churches, members, neighbors and family members with car and house projects.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Kline and grandchild, Colin Martin.

Survivors include his daughters, Catherine Myers of West Linn, Barbara Robison of Sandy, Diane Croy of Portland and Joanne Martin of Sweet Home; son, Jonathan Hovet of Creswell; sisters, Millie Dufseth of Fairbanks, Alaska, Louise Lindberg of Bel Aire, Kansas, Judy Trygg of Spokane, Wash.; brothers, Maynard Hovet of Bemidji, Richard Hovet of Washington; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.