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Obituaries for April 2

Austin Theodore 'Ted' Hockaday Jr.

Nov. 24, 1945-March 29, 2008

Former Fairview resident Austin Theodore 'Ted' Hockaday Jr., 62, died Saturday, March 29, in Eagle Creek.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Ted was born Nov. 24, 1945, in Yreka, Calif., to Austin and Charlotte (Guenther) Hockaday.

On Dec. 29, 1970, he married Janette Ford in Yreka.

Ted served in the Army as a communications sergeant until his discharge in 1969. He later worked as a general foreman of steamfitters for the Portland Public Schools until his retirement in 2001. He moved to Fairview in 1973 and to Eagle Creek in 2006.

Ted served on the Fairview Planning Commission, on the Fairview City Council, and as Fairview mayor from July 1993 to December 1994, after Mayor Fred Carlson stepped down because of health reasons. He hoped to improve the city's image and that the council would guide city growth in an environmentally friendly way, such as when the council established a buffer around Fairview Lake.

Hockaday Park, located by Fairview Lake, is named for him.

He also coached Little League and was a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 588, and he served on the boards of both organizations.

Ted loved to fish, hike, hunt, and create things with wood and metal. He loved to spend time with his family at camping trips, birthdays, holidays and any other time the family could get together.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Chuck, in 1994.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Austin Hockaday III of Gresham, Jeremy Hockaday of Eagle Creek, Dan Bennett of Eagle Creek and Steve Bennett of Fairview; daughters, Debbie Bennett of Eagle Creek and Jennifer Kelly of Damascus; brother, Rad Hockaday of Yreka; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Donations may be given to Providence Cancer Research, Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, 97213.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gerald Stephen Lutz

April 17, 1957-March 18, 2008

Gerald Stephen Lutz, 50, a former resident of Boring, died Tuesday, March 18, of cancer in Turner.

A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Hollyview Family Fellowship, 14095 S.E. 257th Ave., Damascus.

Gerald was born April 17, 1957, in Woodburn to Richard and Bette (Stauffer) Lutz. He was raised in Boring and graduated from Sam Barlow High School in 1974.

In January 1975, he married Trudy Rose in Vancouver, Wash. They were later divorced.

Gerald served in the Marines from 1974 to 1977, when he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He then worked as a carpenter.

Gerald's favorite pastime was fishing, and he enjoyed being in the outdoors. He was a drawer, and he loved joking and teasing with his granddaughters, nieces and nephews. He seemed to have a tough exterior, but anyone who knew him well saw a much softer side. After he moved to Fossil, he loved to fish, attend the yearly rodeo and help his mother with gardening.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Faye Sperb, and nephew, T.J. Lutz.

Survivors include his daughter, Tiffany Arlint of Boring; mother of Fossil; brothers, Richard Lutz of Turner, Mike Lutz of Pine Hollow, Scott Lutz of Stayton and Terry Lutz of Ontario; former spouse, Trudy Rose of Troutdale; sister, Christy Randall of Baker City; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be given to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, 39641 Scenic St., Sandy, 97055, or to Washington Mutual for the Noah Hunter Fund.

Lura J. Gilbert

April 2, 1924-March 30, 2008

Former Gresham resident Lura J. Gilbert, 83, died Sunday, March 30, in Sandy.

A viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Eureka Cemetery, 917 S.E. Yaquina Heights Drive, Newport.

Lura was born April 2, 1924, in Vandervoort, Ark., to Henry and Fannie (Blanton) Brewer. In the same year, the family moved to Texas, where Lura was raised and educated.

In the early 1940s, she married Delmar P. Long. After Delmar's death in World War II, she married Buster Gilbert on Jan. 15, 1946. They left Texas in 1946 and moved to Astoria. In 1956, they moved to Newport.

Lura worked as a waitress in several restaurants in the Newport area. In 1986, Buster and Lura moved to Sweet Home. After Buster's death in 1988, she moved to Gresham to be closer to her family.

Lura enjoyed fishing, and she loved to go to garage sales. She also had a great fondness for the African grey parrot, caring for one for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; son, Donald Long, in 2007; and daughter, Jean Graves, in 2001.

Survivors include her son, Buster Gilbert Jr. of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Susie Carr of Woodburn and Sandi Boyd of Sandy; brother, Henry Brewer of Oakridge; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, 73123-1718, or to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, 39641 Scenic St., Sandy, 97055.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leona Adeline Schuhmacher

March 21, 1934-March 30, 2008

East County resident Leona Adeline Schuhmacher, 74, died Sunday, March 30, at Village Health Care in Gresham.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1440 S.E. 182nd Ave. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, Minn., followed by a burial at Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery.

Leona was born March 21, 1934, in Farwell, Minn., to Noah and Beatrice (Benson) Gylsen. She graduated from high school in Glenwood in 1952.

On Aug. 27, 1955, she married Raymond H. Schuhmacher in Reno, Nev. They moved to Portland in 1956 after spending a year in Mount Shasta, Calif.

Leona worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for Multnomah County, retiring in 1989. She was an active member of Ascension Lutheran Church as a librarian, Sunday school teacher, and with vacation Bible school. She was also involved with Human Solutions.

Leona's interests included quilting, travel and reading.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Susanne Lynette Brittain of Chandler, Ariz.; brothers, Milton Gylsen of Glenwood, Mel Roy Gylsen of Brenham, Texas, Marlin Gylsen of Glenwood, and Armand Gylsen of St. Louis Park, Minn.; sister, Bernice Leahy of Prior Lake, Minn.; and one grandchild.

Contributions may be made to the Ascension Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1440 S.E. 182nd Ave., Portland, 97233.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Margaret 'Peggy' Joan McGinnis

March 2, 1924-March 25, 2008

Margaret 'Peggy' Joan McGinnis, 84, a resident of Boring, died Tuesday, March 25, in Gresham.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Peggy was born March 2, 1924, in Portland to John and Edna Lillian (Schanen) Jorgensen. She attended St. Philip Neri Catholic School and Washington High School. She later received her diploma from David Douglas High School in 1973.

On Jan. 30, 1943, she married James Roland McGinnis in Moscow, Idaho. In 1943, they moved to their home in Boring, which was built by Roland and his father.

Peggy was a homemaker. After her children left home, she worked part-time for a food service company and as a cashier in the dining room at Mt. Hood Community College.

Peggy enjoyed cooking, baking and canning vegetables from the family garden. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, dancing and traveling. For the past year and a half, she and her husband lived in an adult foster care home with their cat, Thomason, also known as Snoopy.

Survivors include her husband of Gresham; daughters, Nancy Matthews of Portland, Suzy Falk of Gresham, Judi Gipe of Gresham, and Polly Ozias of Boring; sister, Elizabeth Thatcher of Troutdale; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to Portland Hospice, 1235 N.E. 47th Ave., Suite 148, Portland, 97218, or to Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.W. Bluff Road, Gresham, 97080.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert William Loomis Jr.

Nov. 3, 1938-March 27, 2008

Robert William Loomis Jr., 69, a resident of Boring, died Thursday, March 27, in Clackamas from congestive heart failure.

A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Bob was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Robert William and Betty (Faoro) Loomis. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1956 and from the University of California at Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Science in forestry. He was Oski the Bear mascot for basketball and football games.

Bob served in the Coast Guard from March 1961 to November 1969, and worked for a short time in Alaska, cruising timber on Prince Edward Island. He started Bob Loomis Tree Service in Santa Barbara.

On Feb. 13, 1965, he married Linda Louise Hayes in Santa Barbara. They moved to Boring in 1971 and started Loomis Nursery.

Bob was passionate about his trees and would spend hours on his John Deere tractor, making sure the ground was just right for planting.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Lisa Hoffman of Madras; son, Russ Loomis of Portland; mother, Betty Loomis of Carlsbad, Calif.; and sister, Pam Cosma of Santa Maria, Calif.

Contributions may be made to Peter's Pence Collection, 3211 Fourth St. N.E., Washington, D.C., 20017-01194.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jean Loraine Louden

April 5, 1923-March 29, 2008

Former Gresham resident Jean Loraine Louden, 84, died Saturday, March 29, in Gladstone.

The family held private services.

Jean was born April 5, 1923, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Jack and Peggy (McConville) Kusler.

On July 12, 1941, she married Robert Louden. They lived in Minnesota and Montana before settling in Gresham from 1947 to 1964. She later lived in Palm Desert, Calif., and in Indio, Calif., before moving to Gladstone in 1999.

Jean enjoyed gardening, flowers and traveling throughout the West Coast.

Survivors include her son, Robert Louden of Live Oak, Texas; twin daughters, Ellen Kotzian of Gladstone and Elaine Weller of Portland; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to Alzheimer's disease research.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.