Obituaries and death notices

Kenneth Eugene Parker

Dec. 3, 1958 - March 26, 2008

Kenneth Eugene Parker died March 26 at the age of 49.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 5, at 3 p.m. in the Westside Community Church, 18390 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha. Private interment is in Union Point Cemetery in Banks.

Mr. Parker was born Dec. 3, 1958, in Seattle, to Eugene and Rebecca Parker, joining an older brother, Stephen. The family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where a brother Phillip was born.

His parents later divorced and he moved to Oregon with his mother and lived in the Beaverton area for more than 40 years.

He attended Cooper Mountain Grade School, Mt. View Jr. High School and graduated from Aloha High School in 1977. Later he graduated from the Hillsboro School of Beauty, attended Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College, where he received an associate degree.

As a young boy he was full of love and laughter with anyone he met. He played Little League baseball and was a practicing Boy Scout. As he grew older he became very active in sports including football, track, basketball, skiing, bowling and boating. Coaching, however, was his great passion. He coached Pop Warner football in Aloha, coached girls' fast-pitch softball, and this sport was where he found his niche. He coached Aloha Breeze softball for more than 20 years at Jesuit High School as the JV coach, and then as the varsity softball coach at Sunset High School.

He loved the University of Oregon Ducks and held season tickets for years. His favorite college basketball team was the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Indianapolis Colts held a special place in his heart.

He spent many summers in Indiana or Kentucky, hanging out with his mother's side of the family. He also spent summers in Salt Lake City, went on camping trips with his Parker grandparents, and spent much time on Whidbey Island at the family summer home.

His parents married others and he had another brother, Justin Thomas Parker.

When his mother married Glenn E. Dawson, his stepbrothers Mike, Greg and Bill came into his life.

In 1985 he married Mary and they had three daughters: Samantha Jane born in 1988, and twins Alexandra Nicole and Kaitlyn Marie born in 1990.

His employment history included hair styling at The Mane Place, which he owned with his brother Stephen and his father; and landscaping and home building. He was a journeyman plumber for 20 years.

His work also included a joint venture with his father and brother in building a summer place on Detroit Lake.

In 1992 he met Chrissy and they were together for 16 years. Mr. Parker loved her and her son Jason. She was the angel beside her husband day and night for the past 15 months as he fought to beat lung cancer, losing that battle on March 26. His only grandchild, Hailey Jane, had been delivered just 12 hours earlier.

Kenneth Parker was preceded in death by brothers Phillip James and Justin Thomas Parker; both sets of grandparents and his stepfather Glenn E. Dawson.

Mr. Parker had told his mother that he never went into a game without a plan to win, but this one he had to learn to lose with dignity and he achieved his game plan.

Arrangements have been handled by Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home.

Mary A. Armstrong

Aug. 25, 1923 - March 27, 2008

Native Oregonian Mary A. Armstrong of King City died as a result of heart disease on March 27. She was 84.

Mary A. Armstrong, whose maiden name was Waterman, was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Portland. She graduated from Washington High School in 1939.

In 1944 she married Lynn Armstrong. He died in 1980.

She lived in Welches before moving to Portland and then to Tigard and King City.

Mrs. Armstrong was a communications supervisor at Pacific NW Bell for 35 years, retiring in 1980.

Surviving are son Michael Armstrong of Summerfield, and son Marvin Armstrong and his wife Debbie of Beaverton, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service was held Wednesday in Willamette National Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Mary A. Armstrong may be made to Legacy Hospice.

Young's Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Lyle Howard Cobb

June 13, 1906 - March 29, 2008

Native Oregonian Lyle Howard Cobb, a resident of Beaverton since 1939, died March 29, at the age of 101.

He was born June 13, 1906, in Aumsville and graduated from Stayton High School.

He owned and operated Cobb Rock for approximately 40 years.

He rode horses in the Rose Festival Parade for more than 50 years and was active in the Washington County Sheriff's Posse.

Surviving are son Day Jenson Cobb, nephews Oliver Cobb and Allan Cobb, and niece Dorothy May Larson.

Donations in memory of Lyle Howard Cobb may be made to the Oregon Heart Fund.

No services have been held and Pegg, Paxson, and Springer Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

Doris Elizabeth Drake

Aug. 16, 1920 - March 31, 2008

Doris Elizabeth Drake, 87, died Monday in Maryville Nursing Home.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in the Maryville Nursing Home Chapel, 14645 S.W. Farmington Road in Beaverton.

Born Aug. 16, 1920, in Bancroft, Iowa, she was one of 10 children born to Jack and Ella (Murray) McDonald. She was raised and attended high school in Ledyard, graduating from the Ledyard High School class of 1938.

Following high school she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the FBI as an administrative assistant.

She met her husband Paul Edwin (Ed) Drake on a blind date and soon married him on July 26, 1952, in Ledyard. Following their marriage they made their home in Omaha, Neb., until moving to Aloha in 1967.

After 21 years of marriage, Mr. Drake died in 1973, and Mrs. Drake continued living in Aloha until 1998, when she moved to Beaverton.

First and foremost a mother to her four children, she also worked as a receptionist for the Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton for more than 25 years.

Mrs. Drake had few hobbies and would often say her hobbies were her children. Because of this she looked forward to the holidays so that she could do her second favorite thing - 'shopping.' She enjoyed reading, traveling and current events.

In addition to her husband, preceding her in death were her parents, five siblings and a daughter-in-law.

Survivors include children and their spouses Ed Drake of Hillsboro, Frank Drake of Madera, Calif., Theresa and Jeff Shrum of Beaverton and Mary and Dean Warner of Portland; three sisters; two brothers; and grandchildren Frank, Jessica, Patricia, Tim, Paul and Sarah.

The family of Doris Elizabeth Drake suggests that donations may be placed in her name to Maryville Nursing Home.

Services were handled by Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home.

People who wish to offer online condolences can do so at .

Helen Ruth Thomsen

May 23, 1918 - March 25, 2008

Helen Ruth Thomsen of Aloha died March 25 at the age of 89.

Mrs. Thomsen, whose maiden name was Walkley, was born May 23, 1918, in Malvern, Iowa.

In July 1937 she married Alvin Frederick Thomsen.

She was employed at Tektronix for 10-plus years.

She lived in the Beaverton, Portland and Hillsboro areas since 1940.

Surviving are daughters Shirley Wynn, Karen Anderson and Joyce Pickering and son Jim Thomsen, plus 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin in 1984 and by three grandsons.

Donations in memory of Helen Ruth Thomsen may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

A private service was held for Mrs. Thomsen and Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home handled arrangements.

John Richard Campanelli

Jan. 13, 1927 - March 29, 2008

John Richard Campanelli of Beaverton died Saturday, March 29, at age 81.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m. in the home of his daughter, Angela Campanelli Markgraf, at 14255 S.W. Cherryhill Drive in Beaverton.

Mr. Campanelli was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Los Angeles, where he was reared and educated, graduating from Inglewood High School.

During World War II he served in the Navy.

He moved to Portland in 1976.

He was employed in sales at United Distributors, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife Patti Jo, whom he had married in 1963; daughters Angela Campanelli Markgraf of Beaverton and Elizabeth Andrist of Aloha; plus five grandchildren.

Donations in memory of John Richard Campanelli may be made to Oregon Diabetes, 5811 S.E. Salmon St., Portland 97215.

Riverview Abbey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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