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Jan. 23

Darlene Ellen Anderson

Nov. 10, 1928-Jan. 4, 2008

Darlene Ellen Anderson died on Jan. 4, 2008, at age 79.

She was born Darlene Ellen Townsend on Nov. 10, 1928, in La Crosse, Wis., and had lived in Oregon City for the last 63 years.

She graduated from Oregon City High School and business college, and was a homemaker.

She is survived by: daughters, Merri Jae Christiansen, Ellen M. West and her husband, Kevin Hanson and Denise Coffey and her partner, Geo Haney; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Richard W. Anderson, preceded her in death in 2003.

A memorial gathering will be held on Feb. 16, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon City Historical Society, Tumwater Room.

The family has requested that remembrances be given to a charity of choice. Arrangements: Crown-Milwaukie.

Howard William Becher

July 3, 1917-Jan. 16, 2008

Howard William Becher died on Jan. 16, 2008, at age 90. The cause of death was heart failure.

He was born on July 3, 1917, in Oregon City, where he lived all his life. He graduated from Oregon City High School and served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a radar repairman for the Air Corps.

He was self employed as a contractor.

Survivors include: wife, Dorothy Becher; son, Robert Becher; daughter, Susanne Liesegang; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Remembrances may be sent to Good Samaritan Hospital, Critical Care Unit. Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Debra Deann Davis

Nov. 7, 1951-Jan. 11, 2008

Debra Deann Davis died on Jan. 11, 2008, at age 56. The cause of death was breast cancer.

She was born Debra Deann Weigel on Nov. 7, 1951 in Salem, and lived in Gresham, Portland, Oregon City and most recently in Yuma, Ariz.

She was employed as a carpenter in the Portland shipyards and did secretarial work in general business.

She is survived by: daughters, Brooke Cross, Jennifer Martell and Nicole Moehnke; parents, Dan and Shirley Weigel; sisters, Brenda Barr, Kim Morales, Helen Gentry and Sharlene Muller; brothers, Rick Weigel, Ron Weigel and Robert Weigel; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by first husband, Rick Stout; second husband, Glen Grand; daughter, Michelle Stout; brother, Randy Weigel; and granddaughter, Isabell Martell.

A Celebration of Life was held on Jan. 19, 2008, in Oregon City.

Remembrances may be sent to Willamette Falls Hospice or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Arrangements: Crown-Milwaukie.

Jacqueline Anna Kaney

June 2, 1933-Dec. 30, 2007

Jacqueline Anna Kaney died on Dec. 30, 2007, at age 74.

She was born Jacqueline Anna Nyland on June 2, 1933, in Portland, and lived in Portland and Canby, before retiring to Prineville with her husband. When he died, she moved to Milwaukie.

She had been employed as a bartender at The Castle and the Willamette Valley Country Club.

Survivors include: daughter, Candice Chance; sons, Randy, Ronald and Regis Searle; four grandchildren and 10 step-grandchildren.

Her husband, Duane Kaney Sr. preceded her in death in 2003.

Remembrances may be sent to Dove Lewis. Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Freda Faye Peake

January 30, 1922-January 16, 2008

Freda Faye Peake died on Jan. 16, 2008 in Milwaukie, Ore. She was 85.

A funeral service for Freda Faye Peake, former owner of Peake Memorial Chapel, was held on Monday, Jan. 21 at Peake Memorial Chapel in Milwaukie.

A private family entombment was held afterward at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum. Gresham Memorial Chapel is in care of the arrangements.

Freda Faye Peake was born on Jan. 30, 1922 in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Russell) Farley. As Freda was growing up, she began her education in Nampa. She began high school in Payette, Idaho, and graduated from high school in Homedale, Idaho.

Freda then attended the University of Oregon, pursuing a degree as a dental assistant. Freda graduated being the 13th certified dental assistant in the United States. She was among one of the first people hired when Portland Community College was started in the old Failing School. Freda wrote the curriculum for dental assistants in 1964 at PCC and also taught there.

As a young woman, Freda was married to Cecil Roth in 1942. However, he preceded her in death in 1964. Freda's son John also preceded her in death in 1963 in a car accident.

As time passed after Cecil's death, Freda met Leslie Peake, who was the owner of Peake Memorial Chapel in Milwaukie. They were married in 1966 in Las Vegas, Nev. Les preceded Freda in death in 2002. She also was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

During her life, Freda shared a common interest and volunteered with the Shriners, Elks and Rotary. She also was one of the founders of the volunteer program that she helped establish at Dwyer Hospital, which is now Providence Milwaukie for many years. She and Les also dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Santa at the hospital every Christmas for many years.

Freda is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Sanden of Milwaukie; step-son, Ted Downs of Oregon City; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family prefers that contributions be made to Providence Milwaukie Hospital, attention 'Foundation,' 10150 S.E. 32nd Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97222.

Birdine Lacey

Oct. 31, 1916-Jan. 12, 2008

Birdine Lacey died on Jan. 12, 2008, at age 91.

She was born Birdine Derby on Oct. 31, 1916, in Eugene, and graduated from teacher training school in Monmouth.

She moved to Portland in 1945 where she owned her own gas station, and in 1947 she and her husband opened the famous Bomber gas station on McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie, with the World War II B-52 bomber parked above it.

She is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Punky and Fred Scott; grandson, Jayson Scott and his wife, Terry; granddaughter, Kelly McLain and her husband, Tom; and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Arthur W. Lacey, preceded her in death in 2000.

Remembrances may be sent to the Winds of Freedom Project at the Bomber. Call 503-654-6491. Arrangements: Crown-Milwaukie.

Jeffrey Grant Muller

Oct. 27, 1969-Jan. 13, 2008

Jeffrey Grant Muller died on Jan. 13, 2008, at age 38. The cause of death was complications due to cancer.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, and was raised in California. He graduated from Santa Fe Springs High School in 1988 and moved to Gladstone in 1994; he was employed as a painter.

He is survived by: wife, Brandy Williams Muller; daughter, Arkasha Muller; mother, Carolyn Muller; brother, Rob Muller; and grandmother, Inez Muller.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 19, 2008, in Oregon City.

Remembrances may be sent to Providence Hospice. Arrangements: Crown-Milwaukie.