Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Obituaries - April 19

Donald Lloyd Litzenberg

Feb. 8, 1931-April 10, 2008

Gresham resident Donald Lloyd Litzenberg, 77, died Thursday, April 10, in Portland.

A private service was held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Donald was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Wapato, Wash., to Alexander and Anna (Gettman) Litzenberg. He was raised and educated in Washington. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953.

Donald attended school after the war to learn how to repair televisions. He owned and operated Don's Top Value TV in Gateway for 30 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

On May 30, 1980, he married Rosemary Nielson-Covert in Vancouver, Wash.

Donald was a member of the Optimist Club. He enjoyed repairing antique radios, gardening, hunting and fishing. He also coached Little League for nine or 10 years when his sons were younger.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Dec. 1, 1994.

Survivors include his sons, David Litzenberg of Portland, Jeffrey Litzenberg of Portland and Doug Litzenberg of Boring; sisters, Frances Glidewell of Seattle, Elsie Gamache of Yakima, Wash., and Katie Stewart of Moxee, Wash.; brother, Daniel Litzenberg of Idaho; and five grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Florence M. Miner

Nov. 8, 1915-March 18, 2008

Troutdale resident Florence M. Miner, 92, died Tuesday, March 18, at her home from pneumonia.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Reynolds High School Performing Arts Center, 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road.

Florence was born Nov. 8, 1915, in Springfield, Mass., to Thomas and Clare Stokes. She graduated in 1932 from high school in St. Petersburg, Fla. She earned her two-year degree in business education from Bay Path Junior College in Springfield, Mass., in 1934, and her bachelor's degree in 1963 and her master's degree in 1968 from Oregon State University.

On June 11, 1943, she married Earl A. Miner in Boston. They moved to East County in 1964 and lived on Arata Road in Troutdale since 1967.

Florence worked as a teacher for 45 years. She taught full-time at Reynolds High School from 1963 until 1980, and then worked as a substitute teacher from 1980 to 1995. She was the department head of business administration at Reynolds, and she was a club adviser to the Future Teachers of America and for the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

Florence also volunteered for Meals-On-Wheels and as a reading mentor at Hall Elementary School. Her hobbies included traveling, shopping and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was known for her spirit of independence and adventure.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; daughter, Clare Harris in 2008; brother, Thomas Stokes; and sisters, Vista Dodson and Helen Grothe.

Survivors include her sons, George B. Miner of Goldendale, Wash., Earl A. Miner Jr. of Milwaukie and John C. Miner of Gresham; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

James David Brown

Sept. 9, 1946-April 13, 2008

Gresham resident James David Brown, 61, died Sunday, April 13.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Regency Gresham Care Facility, 5905 S.E. Powell Blvd.

James was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Burns to Hank and Roberta Brown. He was raised in Ashland and graduated from high school.

He was married to Loretta O'Brien. They divorced in 1984.

James worked for the Oregon State Highway Division, retiring in 1988. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his sons, Jeffrey David Brown of Medford and Gregory Brown of Gresham; daughter, Charity Nicole Aguirre of Salem; and six grandchildren.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Norma Jean Murphy

Dec. 6, 1924-April 13, 2008

East County resident Norma Jean Murphy, 83, died Sunday, April 13.

No public services will be held. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Norma was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Bend to Fred and Lillian (Wolfe) Van Matre. She graduated from Bend High School in 1941.

On April 14, 1944, she married Bill Murphy in Montgomery, Ala.

Norma raised her children in the Parkrose neighborhood. She was present for every activity and event that her children took part in. She enjoyed watching golf and sports on television. Her husband played football for the University of Oregon Ducks, and they followed the team since 1942.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004.

Survivors include her son, James Murphy of Troutdale; daughter, Madeline Connell of Palm Desert, Calif.; sister, Margo Burgess of Tigard; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thelma Smith

Aug. 11, 1913-April 16, 2008

Gresham resident Thelma Smith, 94, died Wednesday, April 16.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive.

Thelma was born Aug. 11, 1913, in Orangeville, Utah, to William Henry and Armeline (Laramie) Taylor. She graduated from high school in Carvon County, Utah.

On Aug. 9, 1940, she married Harold W. Smith in Castle Gate, Utah. They moved to Gresham in 1960.

Thelma was a homemaker. She attended the Grant Butte Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981; sisters, LaRue Gilbert and Letha Griffin; and brothers, William Melvin Taylor and Chester Taylor.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy Peterson of Gresham.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Brenda Fay Crum

Sept. 11, 1960-April 12, 2008

Lifelong East County resident Brenda Fay Crum, 47, died Saturday, April 12.

At the request of the family, no services will be held.

Brenda was born Sept. 11, 1960, in Portland to J.D. and Ilah Fay (Lewis) Crum. She graduated in 1978 from Sam Barlow High School.

Brenda worked as a claims analyst for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2007 because of health reasons. She enjoyed working on cars, including her Chevrolet Nova, gardening, spending time with her family and pets, traveling and going to the Oregon coast.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tyler Williamson, in 2003.

Survivors include her daughter, Andrea Williamson of Portland; mother of Gresham; and sisters, Theresa Rangner of Albany, Dianna Crum of Gresham, and Sandra Roberts of Gresham.

Remembrances can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.