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Kennedy, Krosniunas, Nestor

Gene D. Kennedy

Aug. 21, 1948 - April 8, 2008

Gene D. Kennedy, 59, died April 8 in his Sherwood home.

The son of Paul D. and Rachel Addie (Sommers) Kennedy was born in Winner, S.D. Aug. 21, 1948. He was raised and educated in Newberg, graduating with the class of 1966.

Following high school he attended Portland State University, and Syracuse

University in New York.

He then joined the Air Force and served from 1974 to 1980. He was a staff sergeant and earned the Meritorious Service Medal and three Aid Medals.

Before residing in Sherwod he had lived in Newberg, Beaverton and Tigard. He had also lived in Ainsworth Neb., Okinawa, Japan, Monterey Calif., and Stayton.

He was an environmental law attorney and civil class action administrator for Epic Class Action and Claims Solutions.

He was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ in Tigard as well as the Oregon Bar Association.

His hobbies included hiking, rafting and family geneology. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and spoiling his wife and grandchildren.

In April 2006 he married Priscilla Nickell in Newport, who survives him.

He is also survived by three sons and daughter-in-laws Kipp and Rhonda Kennedy, and Bryce and Jennifer Kennedy of Vancouver, Wash., and Gabriel and Brenda Kennedy of Ft. Riley, Kan.; parents Paul and Rachel Kennedy of Newberg; brothers Raymond Kennedy in Arizona and Paul Guy in Bend.; brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Fran Kennedy, of Bend; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Gale Hughes, also of Bend; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 15 in the Southwest Church of Christ in Tigard. Interment with military honors took place at Willamette National Cemetery April 14.

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

Irena Gala Sinadskis Krosniunas

June 9, 1920 - March 23, 2008

Irena Gala Sinadskls Krosniunas died March 23 at the age of 87.

She was born June 9, 1920, in Kaunas, Lithuania, and married Stasys Krosniunas there in 1940, soon after the beginning of World War II in Europe. In 1944 the family escaped to Germany in advance of the invading Soviet Union army and there they lived as displaced persons until 1950 when they emigrated to the United States.

Their first home was in Chicago, where they lived for more than 20 years.

They then lived for several years in Santa Barbara, Calif. She and her husband retired to Tigard in 1977 and settled permanently in Sherwood in 1984.

In their later years they spent some time living in Ireland and Lithuania.

Throughout her life Mrs. Krosniunas worked in various occupations. At one time she owned her own millinery business. During most of her working career she engaged in clerical work for the railroads.

Very creative in her personal life, she was an accomplished baker and cook, and excelled in many forms of needlework and sewing.

She loved the natural world and animals and was a keen gardener. She was active in the Oregon Herb Society and a long-time member of the Sherwood Senior Center.

She read avidly, especially in areas of philosophy, astronomy and world religions. She was fluent in five languages and conversant in several more.

Following her retirement, she attended and graduated from Portland Community College.

Sociable, friendly and generous, she made friends wherever she went.

Her husband, Stasys, preceded her in death.

Surviving are sister,Eugenia Smadskis of Kaunas, Lithuania; son, Algimantas Krosniunas of Wilmington, Ill.; daughters Jurate Krosniunas of Reseda, Calif., Egle Krosniunas of Baraboo, Wis., and Ramune Arlauskas and her husband, Paul, of Wilsonville; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Elwood A. Nestor

May 2, 1920 - April 6, 2008

Elwood (Woody) A. Nestor died April 6 at age 87.

Mr. Nestor was born May 2, 1920, in Parsons, W. Va., where he graduated from Parsons High School on his birthday in 1937.

After graduation he drove a truck for a meat company.

In February 1940 he enlisted in the Army, in which he served for 51 and #8260;2 years as a medic and a truck driver at many military posts, his longest assignment being 21 and #8260;2 years at the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, and then his last assignment at Baxter General Hospital in Spokane Wash.

On Sept. 5, 1956, he married Patsy Bowers.

After his military discharge he worked as a school bus driver, bought a truck and became a long haul driver.

During his 44 years as a teamster he worked for United Truck Lines, Arrow Transportation, United Buckingham Truck Line, Ringsby United Truck Line, and retired from Oregon-Washington Truck Lines in 1982.

He worked as a charter driver for Laidlaw Bus Company and for Lamb's Thriftway in Garden Home as a delivery driver, finally retiring in 2002.

He volunteered at the Portland Veterans Hospital as a van driver, helped with the veterans' gift shop at Christmas and at the Rose Festival VeteransWheelchair parade.

He earned more than 10,000 volunteer hours with the V.A.

He and his wife joined the Tigard American Legion in 1976. He served as Department Sergeant-At-Arms for three commanders and was also an

Assistant-Sergeant-At Arms for many commanders and an Aide to the Department Commanders for his wife when she was the first lady commander in Oregon.

He was a paid-up for life member of the American Legion, the Veterans of

Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was very proud of his connection with the veterans' organizations.

He was a Post Commander at Beaverton Post No. 124, Tigard Post No. 158, and had also belonged to Sherwood Post No. 26. He was goal district commander and had volunteered at Boys State.

Surviving are his wife Patsy, to whom he was married for 511 and #8260;2 years; daughter and son-in-law Georgia and Nick Brown; son Alan; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 27 in the Tigard American Legion Post No. 158.

Memorial donations in the name of Elwood A. Nestor may be made to the American Legion Emergency Fund, American Legion Department of Oregon, P.O. Box 1730, Wilsonville 97070.