Reinholdt 'Ben' B. Ginther, Aline Johnson, Charlotte Jane Lee, William F. Roy
by: Submitted Photo, Ben Ginther

Reinholdt 'Ben' B. Ginther

Reinholdt 'Ben' B. Ginther of St. Helens died Jan. 25, 2008. He was 79.

Mr. Ginther was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Greeley, Colo., to Conrad and Anne Marie (Kissler) Ginther.

In 1944 he moved to St. Helens.

On July 6, 1958, he married Marlene in Kelso, Wash.

Employed at Boise Cascade for 46 years, he retired in 1990. He also worked at the Union 76 station for 12 years.

Affiliated with the First Christian Church and Sunset Park Community Church, the hobby he most enjoyed was fishing.

He is survived by his children: Connie Ramos of Rainier, Karla Burgess and Mike Ginther, both of St. Helens, and Corey Ginther of Caldwell, Idaho; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings Dan Ginther of Colorado, and Ruth Norman of California. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Marlene on Feb. 5, 2005.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Sunset Park Community Church in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Aline Johnson

Aline Johnson of St. Helens died Jan. 20, 2008, at an assisted living center in Scappoose. She was 79.

Aline Lerch was born April 13, 1928, in Booneville, Ind., to John and Truea (Bradley) Lerch.

Educated at schools in Booneville and Yankeetown, Ind., she moved to Washington in 1945. A year later she married Lewis in Milton, Wash.

Residing in Washington most of her life, she was employed as a secretary for 11 years at the Bingham-Willamette Pump Manufacturing Company. The past two years she lived in St. Helens.

A Protestant, she enjoyed her family and her dog Mindy. She was a 'queen' on the 'Queen for a Day' show, and was also a contributor to the Democratic Party. Among the other things she liked were crossword puzzles and sports of all kinds.

She is survived by her children: Margaret Shockley of St. Helens, Alexis Orr of Warren, and Soren Johnson of Puyallup, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Lonnie Lerch of Florida; and sister Janice Espino of Milton, Wash. She was preceded in death by daughter Lorna June; grandchildren Monique Espino, and JL Shockley; and sister Eloise Simpson.

A funeral service was held at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment were at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Charlotte Jane Lee

Charlotte Jane Lee of St. Helens died Jan. 19, 2008. She was 82.

Charlotte Jane Heller was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Arcadia, Wis., to Harry and Myrtle (Benson) Heller. She grew up in a large family of seven sisters and five brothers.

While working in the shipyard she met Howard E. Lee. They married on March 27, 1945, in Eau Claire, Wis., while Howard was on leave from the Navy. Because of the war their honeymoon was a night out on the town. The couple's first car was a Plymouth Coup.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the family lived in many places over the years including California, Japan, Las Vegas, Texas, and finally Oregon.

Enjoying travel, she especially liked going to family reunions in Wisconsin. Among the other things she enjoyed were camping with her grandchildren, and fishing with Howard where she found quiet time to read.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years Howard Lee; sons Earnest Lee of Santa Fe, N.M., and David Lee of Las Vegas, Nev., daughters Diane Kachaturian of Deer Island, and Bonnie Wade of West Linn; grandchildren; sister Joyce Wolfe of Raytown, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

William Roy

William F. Roy

William F. Roy of Scappoose died Jan. 23, 2008, in Longview, Wash. He was 90.

Mr. Roy was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Norris City, Ill., to Thomas and Lura Roy.

Employed in CC camps in the 1930s, he enlisted in the Army and served as a tech sergeant in the Pacific during World War II. He was also a boxer in the Army.

On Oct. 2, 1944, he married Georgie Willadean Qualls in Henderson, Ky. The couple moved to Oregon in 1955.

During his working years he was employed at Smithwick Block in Portland, Ross Island Sand and Gravel in pre-stress concrete, and Morse Brothers in Clackamas where he retired in 1979.

A disabled veteran, he was an active, lifetime member of Scappoose VFW Post #4362, and enjoyed their activities. These included selling poppies each spring, and visiting with his morning breakfast bunch at McDonald's restaurant in Scappoose.

Among the other things he loved were family gatherings, fishing and hunting with his sons and grandsons, and gardening.

He is survived by his sons: Thomas and his wife Alene, Alan and his wife Sharon, and James and his wife Diane; daughter Cathy Jo Wilson and her husband Steve; grandchildren: Wendy Lynn Merrill, Andy Roy, Benjamin Roy, Chelsea Roy Lorenson, Travis Wilson, and Chad Wilson; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Georgie Roy, four sisters, three brothers, and one grandson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Community Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

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