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Obituaries - April 30

Franklin D. Hebert

Jan. 30, 1934-April 12, 2008

Gresham resident Franklin D. Hebert, 74, died Saturday, April 12, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at River Hills Church, 1217 S.E. Fourth St.

Franklin was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Lowell, Mass., to Gene Baptist and Ida (Perrault) Hebert. He was raised and educated in Massachusetts. He lived in California, but moved to Gresham in 1999.

On April 14, 1956, he married Lorraine Auger. They divorced in 1974.

Franklin managed apartments in Gresham until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of River Hills Church.

Survivors include his companion, Diane Rikala of Gresham; daughters, Elizabeth Rawlings of Las Vegas, Barbara Hebert of New York, Diane DeLeo of Lunenberg, Mass., and Lisa Quinn of Acton, Mass.; sons, Richard Hebert of Timworth, N.H., and Jeffrey Hebert of Las Vegas; brother, Joseph Hebert of Bangor, Maine; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Memorial remembrances can be made to River Hills Church, 1217 N.E. Fourth St., Gresham, 97080.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Edward Charles 'Skip' Estes

Dec. 1, 1945-April 25, 2008

Gresham resident Edward Charles 'Skip' Estes, 62, died Friday, April 25, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., followed by a reception.

Skip was born Dec. 1, 1945, in American Falls, Idaho, to Charles and Evalyn (Walton) Estes. After his father's discharge from the military, the family moved to Portland. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1963 and attended Oregon State University for more than a year.

On Oct. 6, 1967, he married Ardis J. Burnett in Portland. They moved to Gresham in 1977.

Skip worked with computers for Willamette Industries for 35 years, retiring in 2001. He later returned to work for Stockamp Corporation, developing software for the healthcare industry. At the time of his death, he was doing consulting for Portland General Electric.

Skip enjoyed watching and playing sports. He was an avid Portland Trail Blazers and Oregon State University Beavers fan.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Traci Ann Gaidos of Gresham; sister, Marilee Estes of Sun City, Ariz.; brothers, Mike Estes and Randy Estes of Roseburg; and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions can be made to Providence Cancer Center care of Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, 97213, or to Children's Cancer Association, 433 N.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 100, Portland, 97209.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Harold O. Ellingson

March 1, 1921-April 25, 2008

Portland resident Harold O. Ellingson, 87, died Friday, April 25, at his home from congestive heart failure.

A public funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Harold was born March 1, 1921, in White Butte, S.D., to Enock and Lenora (Neff) Ellingson. He moved to Portland at age 2 and attended Lincoln and Benson high schools. He later served in the Army during World War II.

On Aug. 15, 1962, he married Dorothy Frances Troge at his home in Pleasant Valley, where he lived between 1958 and 1997.

Harold worked as a hardwood floor man until his retirement in 1983.

Harold was a member of the Mt. Hood Rebels and the Castle 8ers square dance clubs and was a lifetime member of the Carpenters Union. He volunteered with East County's Toy 'n' Joy Makers for 25 years, with Parents for Alternate Support Solutions and with the Multnomah County Gleaners.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Raymond Ellingson and Donald Neuhaus; and sister, Thelma Ellison.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Ronda Daus of Damascus, Deanna Burris of Pleasant Valley, Debi Allen of Portland, and Diane Fitzjarrell of Portland; son, Kevin Ellingson of Portland; sisters, Wynona Turley of Ocean Park, Wash., Elmo Fadling of Nehalem, and Lu Ell of Manzanita; brothers, Ardon Ellingson of Nehalem and Peter Ellingson of Seaside; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Providence Hospice, 1235 N.E. 47th Ave., Suite 148, Portland, 97213.

Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.

Jeffery 'Jeff' Alden Lawry

Oct. 8, 1957-April 22, 2008

Jeff Lawry, 50, a Troutdale resident, died at home Tuesday, April 22.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

He was born Oct. 8, 1957, at Emanuel Hospital in Portland to Laura and Jerry Lawry.

He lived his entire life in the Portland area, attending grade and high schools in the Centennial School District, graduating from Centennial High School in 1975. At Mt. Hood Community College, he studied emergency medicine, completing paramedic training at Oregon Health and Science University, where he was the first paramedic in Oregon to be certified under the age of 21.

He married Dawn Brown in February 1985. They were later divorced.

He returned to Mt. Hood Community College in 2002 to study phlebotomy and worked at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Most recently, he worked as a dispatcher for Life Flight at Emanuel in an office that once served as the delivery rooms where he was born.

A musician, he played bugle in a drum and bugle corps, played trumpet in jazz bands at Centennial High and Mt. Hood Community College and in recent years with the Mt. Hood Pops orchestra.

He liked the outdoors, and paired his photographs to music. He enjoyed historical research and was a humorist. During the winter of 2002, he and his father designed and built a new exhibit for the Troutdale Historical Society rail depot, creating whimsical life-sized historic figures called Depot People.

He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie R. Lawry of Milwaukie; his parents of Gresham; and aunts, uncles and cousins in Oregon and Montana. Remembrances can be made to the Troutdale Historical Society, 104 S.E. Kibling St., Troutdale, 97060, or Guide Dogs For the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 94915.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.