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OBITUARIES--4/15/08

Evan Armstrong, Sterling Blades, Barney Chabala, Violet Koehn

Evan Alexander Armstrong

Evan Alexander Armstrong was born silently on March 31, 2008, at 4:45 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland.

He is survived by his parents Jessica Lazott and Dustin Armstrong, and brothers Ashton and Ethan, all of St. Helens; grandparents Jeff and Melaune Lazott, Mike and Janie Wodesky, Lois and Mike Dering, and Everett Beaston and Susan Woolum; great-grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the area.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A private graveside service will follow at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a memorial fund activated at Washington Mutual Bank in the name of Jessica Lazott or Dustin Armstrong.

Sterling Blades

A memorial service will be at noon Saturday, April 19, at Holbrook Bible Church on Morgan Road south of Scappoose.

The service is open to friends, neighbors, and nice people.

Bernard 'Barney' Joseph Chabala

Bernard 'Barney' Joseph Chabala of Scappoose died April 12, 2008, in the company of three of his children at Autumn Hills in Portland. He was 74.

Mr. Chabala was born in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich., in the business and automotive program.

During the Korean War he was a naval supply officer, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany and the destroyer escort USS Spangler.

A salesman and entrepreneur all his life, he worked largely in the automotive industry for Pontiac Motor Company over the years, and started the auto dealership that still remains on the highway in St. Helens. He was also employed in the computer industry where he worked for the forerunner of IBM (SBC), started his own computer services company, and later sold computer systems for Automatic Data Processing Inc. in their dealer services division.

At the age of 60 he had a major aneurysm repaired, and he was forced to take an early retirement soon after. Eight years later he had another aneurysm. The aneurysms left him with progressive short-term memory loss. At age 70 he had a stroke, and moved to Rose Valley Assisted Living Community in Scappoose.

His memory loss and general health significantly worsened in the last six months, and he was attended by Legacy Hospice. He later spent a week at Legacy Hopewell House Hospice before transferring to the memory care unit at Autumn Hills in Portland.

Among the things he liked were star gazing, photography, and travel to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. He also loved beagles and had several over the years. Later in life he spent a lot of time at the Scappoose Senior Center where he greatly enjoyed visiting, going on the gambling trips, and even took up square dancing.

He is survived by his children: Carol Goff of Vancouver, Wash., Cathy Kuhl of St. Helens, Craig Chabala of St. Helens, and Mike Chabala of Millani, Hawaii; grandchildren Morgan Bradeen of Scappoose, and twins John and Peter Chabala; and his aunt who helped raise him, Babe Kozak of Chicago.

A private gathering will be held to scatter his ashes.

Violet Ruth Koehn

Violet Ruth Koehn of St. Helens died April 11, 2008, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. She was 86.

Violet Koehn was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Lyons, Kan.

A homemaker, she also held numerous jobs throughout her life including professional driver, health care, sales, the insurance business, food service, and interior decorating. She retired in 1986.

Residing in the area for 13 years, she was a member of the Methodist Church and Warren Community Fellowship.

Passionate about volunteering, she was active in many organizations including the Republican Party, American Legion, VFW, and grange.

Among the other things she enjoyed were reading, traveling and sightseeing in Oregon, and houseplants.

She is survived by her husband Virgil Koehn of St. Helens; son John Koehn of White Salmon, Wash.; daughter Carolyn Koop of St. Helens; grandchildren: Connie Baker of Portland, Mike Koop of Talent, Sam Koehn of Camas, Wash., and Laura Koehn of Yakima, Wash.; six great-grandchildren; brother Dale Fundenberger of Sedgwick, Kan.; and sisters Virginia Hershberger of Newton, Kan., and Margaret Swindler of Salina, Kan. She was preceded in death by her son Dan Koehn, and brother Glenn Fundenberger of Ocean Shores, Wash.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Warren Community Fellowship in Warren.

Interment will be in Klamath County.

Memorial gifts may be made to Warren Community Fellow-ship Missions or the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.