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Obituaries - Jan. 16

Thomas William Brennan

Feb. 12, 1930-Jan. 7, 2008

Former Gresham resident Thomas William Brennan, 77, died Monday, Jan. 7, at his home in Tigard.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood. An inurnment will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Thomas was born Feb. 12, 1930, in Portland to Frederick and Florence (Fitzgerald) Brennan. He was raised in Portland and Salem and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salem in 1948. He graduated from Marquette University. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1947-49.

On Feb. 10, 1962, he married Patricia O'Rourke in Seattle.

Thomas worked as a news reporter and editor, including a year at the The Outlook in the early 1960s and for the Oregonian for 29 years.

He moved to Tigard in 1997.

He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. His hobbies included volunteering at church, skiing, gardening and hiking.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Joan Spiller of Portland; son, Mark Brennan of Sherwood; and five grandchildren.

Caldwell's is handling arrangements.

Howard B. Jones

Dec. 20, 1945-Jan. 13, 2008

Gresham resident Howard B. Jones, 62, died Sunday, Jan. 13, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Howard was born Dec. 20, 1945, in Clovis, N.M., to Rodman and Georgia (Hatch) Jones. He was educated in New Mexico and received his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1968.

On Aug. 1, 1970, he married Brenda Failor in Riverside, Calif.

He served in the Army, reaching the rank of captain. He worked for more than 40 years with the federal government and received numerous awards and commendations, including the Commander's Award for Civilian Service and the Superior Civilian Service Award.

In 1987, he moved to Gresham and was employed with the Army Corps of Engineers on the Bonneville Lock and Dam.

Howard was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was an active swimming official for Oregon Swimming for more than 15 years. He was also an avid reader, fisherman, cyclist and golfer.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Barton Jones, in December 2007.

Survivors include his wife; son, Chris Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and daughters, Kim Bailey of Arlington, Va., and Elisabeth Petree of Alamogordo, N.M.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, P.O. Box 22065, Milwaukie, 97269.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Terry D. Stiefbold

July 5, 1950-Dec. 12, 2007

Gresham resident Terry D. Stiefbold, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Gresham.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Gresham Eagles Aerie No. 2151, 117 N.E. Roberts Ave.

Terry was born July 5, 1950, in Oregon City to Carl and Eddith (Fairbrother) Stiefbold. He graduated from Gresham High School.

Terry began his lifelong career as a plumber by working for his dad, who owned 'Carl's Plumbing' in Gresham. After his father retired and the business closed in the late 1980s, he went to work for Boeing and worked as a plumber until his retirement in 2005.

He was a member of the Gresham Eagles Aerie No. 2151, the Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805 and the East Portland Moose Lodge No. 1891. He was also involved with hot rods and owned a 1946 Ford Coupe. He was known for entertaining at his home with family and friends.

Survivors include his brothers, Gary Stiefbold of Portland and Carl Stiefbold of Eugene.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Gufreda

March 13, 1918-Jan. 10, 2008

East County resident Mary Elizabeth Gufreda, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 10, at Portland Providence Medical Center.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Mary was born March 13, 1918, in Amarillo, Texas, to Joseph and Jessie (Miller) Chilton. She attended schools in Amarillo, graduating from high school in 1935.

On May 19, 1949, she married Sandy Gufreda in Los Angeles. They moved to East County in 1969.

Mary worked as a BPX Operator at Wilson Sporting Goods. After she married, she became a homemaker.

She was president of the Gresham Garden Club, and she was a member of the Woman's Club. She was a student of Ikeabana.

Her interests included gardening, flower arranging and traveling.

Survivors include her husband; sister, Dorothy Simons of Palmdale, Calif.; sons, James Vance of Hood River and Stephen Anthony of Oregon City; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Children, 9320 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 165, Portland, 97219.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William Harold Townsend

Dec. 14, 1940-Jan. 8, 2008

Former Gresham resident William Harold Townsend, 67, died Friday, Jan. 8, in Orting, Wash.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Spar Pole Restaurant, 120 Washington Ave., Orting.

William was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Portland to Robert and Regenia (Faust) Townsend. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1959 and attended Oregon State University.

He worked for Troutlodge Inc. in Sumner, Wash., and came up with many innovative ideas that are still in use today. He also ran a successful U-Fish in Orting, and he sold trout eggs throughout the world, including China and Europe.

In 1961, he married Sharon Bell in Ephrata, Wash.

William enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching football and the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Townsend Jr.

Survivors include his wife; sister, Betty Peterson of Gresham; daughters, Dianna Hauge of Gig Harbor, Wash., Julie Wingate of Spanaway, Wash., Kim Townsend of Orting; and five grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities or to any children's orthopedic hospital.