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OBITUARIES--March 25, 2008

Keith Arasmith, Lonny Friberg, Leonard Heilers, Elvin Kasch, Beryl Miller

Keith E. Arasmith

Keith E. Arasmith died March 23, 2008, in St. Helens. He was 44.

Mr. Arasmith was born Feb. 14, 1964, in Portland to Keith D. and Mary Ann (Schmeizer) Arasmith.

In 1982 he graduated from Scappoose High School. He lived in the area most of his life, and worked for James River for 15 years.

Among the things he enjoyed were camping and fishing.

He is survived by his parents Keith and Mary Ann Arasmith of Scappoose; brothers David Arasmith and his wife Mary Ann of Hillsboro, and Mike Arasmith of Scappoose; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Plantation Pizza in St. Helens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Lonny Gene Friberg

Lonny Gene Friberg, 'The Yacht Doctor,' of Scappoose died March 18, 2008, in a car accident on Cornelius Pass Road and Highway 30. He was 62.

Mr. Friberg was born July 4, 1945, in Astoria to John and Jeanette (Ecklund) Friberg. The family resided in Chinook, Wash.

As a child he attended Chinook Elementary. In 1963 he graduated from Ilwaco High School.

On Aug. 8, 1969, he married Beverly Brasmer in Vancouver, Wash. The couple lived in the Portland area until 1979 when they moved to Scappoose.

Well-known as 'The Yacht Doctor,' he made his living repairing and painting yachts and boats.

An avid car and racing enthusiast, he also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

A loving husband and wonderful father, his life was lost too soon. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years Beverly; children Erika and Lyndsey, and their husbands Andrew and Luke; sisters Debbie Ceccanti, and Joanne Leech and her husband Geno; many nieces, nephews, and extended family; and his loyal canine companion Miles. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and brother Stanley.

A celebration of life was held at Warren Community Fellowship Church in Warren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Taija Belwood Foundation 'For A Safer Cornelius Pass' at any US Bank, or to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, Attention 'Donations,' 1945 N.W. Pettygrove, Portland OR 97209, or online at www.dovelewis.org.

Leonard LaVerne Heilers

Leonard LaVerne Heilers of Bakersfield, Calif., died March 19, 2008, at his home. He was 71.

Mr. Heilers was born Jan. 25, 1937, in Stratton, Neb., to Leonard and Dorothy (Brown) Heilers.

Educated at a junior college in Bakersfield, he went on to graduate from Humbolt College in Arcadia, Calif.

Residing in Bakersfield for over 40 years, he started his career as a deputy parole officer for the Kern County Juvenile Probation Department there on Feb. 1, 1966. He retired on May 3, 2002.

A member of the Hot Air Balloon Federation, he rode in hot air balloons in all 50 states. He also liked travel, logging over one million miles on two different airlines. Among the other things he enjoyed were flowers, and his yard at home.

He is survived by his brother Bill and sister-in-law Carol Heilers of Scappoose; nieces Theresa and Cory Trotter, Meredith 'Duffer' and Jerry Vick, and their children Joey and Haley; and many friends in the Kern County Probation Department.

A graveside service and vault interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Helens Booster Club, PO Box 321, St. Helens OR 97051.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

Elvin R. Kasch

Elvin R. Kasch of Scappoose died peacefully March 14, 2008, with his family by his side. He was 81.

In 1944, at the age of 17, he joined the Navy and sailed all over the world, but mostly in the Pacific. After serving until 1947, he went to work for Shaver Transportation as a tugboat captain. He retired 40 years later.

An active member of the Danish community, he loved salmon fishing and baseball, and traveled extensively overseas with his wife.

He is survived by his wife Grete; sons Bo, Lars, and Per; eight grandchildren; brothers Paul and David; two nephews; and three nieces.

A memorial service was held at Hustad Funeral Home in St. Johns.

Burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial gifts may be made to the N.W. Danish Foundation Language Camp, 1847 S.E. Clinton St., Portland, OR 97202.

Beryl B. Miller

Beryl B. Miller, formerly of St. Helens, died March 17, 2008, in Spokane, Wash., from pneumonia and other medical complications. She was 91.

Beryl B. Kinney was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Hankinson, N.D., to Eugene and Ethyl Kinney.

A lifelong homemaker, she enjoyed gardening, outdoor walks, visiting with family and friends, and daily reading. She was also a lifetime member of Eastern Star, and a skilled Scrabble player who played the game for decades.

In addition to St. Helens she resided in Westport, Westfir, and Banks.

She is survived by her son Roger Reynolds of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.; stepson Bob Miller of Vacaville, Calif., six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Glen Kinney of Redmond; and sisters Donna Kneeland, and Audrey Howell, both of St. Helens. She was preceded in death by husbands Raymond C. Reynolds in 1958, and G.D. 'Bing' Miller in 2002; brother Dale; and sister Carol.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at First United Methodist Church in St. Helens.