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John P. Gilbert

John P. Gilbert died May 27, 2008 from Parkinson's disease. He was 72.

Mr. Gilbert was born Dec. 6, 1935 in Tillamook, Ore., to Allen and Erma Gilbert. He was raised in the Tillamook area, and graduated from Tillamook High School. He was most proud of his football teammates naming him 'most inspirational player' his senior year. He enrolled in Pacific University on a football scholarship, and then served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Agency, spending part of his service time in Korea.

Following his military service, he graduated from the University of Oregon. He spent his professional career in the wholesale lumber business, founding Gilbert Forest Products in 1975, and raised his family in the Lake Oswego area.

Mr. Gilbert was an active member of Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, serving on the vestry and volunteering with Potluck in the Park soup kitchen. He had been a member of the Lake Oswego Rotary and served on the board of the American Heritage Association.

Survivors include his wife Susann of Lake Oswego, son and daughter-in-law Allen and Debbie Gilbert of Lake Oswego, daughter Linda Gilbert of Seattle, son Dan Gilbert of Seattle, daughter and son-in-law Laura Gilbert and Geoff Anderson of Seattle, brother Edgar Gilbert of Santa Cruse, Calif., and three grandchildren.

A Celebration of Mr. Gilbert's Life was held June 4 at Christ Church Parish.

Remembrances may be made to OHSU Foundation, Parkinson's Center of Oregon, 1121 S.W. Salmon, Suite 200, Portland, Ore.

Arrangements were made by Crown Memorial Center, Tualatin.

Florence Borchers

Florence B. Borchers died June 1, 2008. She was 90.

Mrs. Borchers was born May 22, 1919 in Tioga, N.D. As a child, her family immigrated to Washington state, pioneering in the South Bend area. She grew up in South Bend, Ballard, Hood River and Portland, Ore. She graduated from high school in South Bend.

Mrs. Borchers married B. Sheridan Bunnell in 1937. The couple had a son named Irish and a daughter named Sandra. The marriage ended in divorce and Mrs. Borchers moved with the children to Lake Oswego in 1951.

At that time she went to nursing school and worked as the office nurse for Drs. Woolcott and O'Shea. She left the nursing profession in 1963 and embarked on a career in the airline industry, working for TWA and retiring from Northwestern Airlines in 1976.

She married Bill Borchers in October, 1979; he preceded her in death in October 2004.

Her son Irish preceded her in death in February 2005.

Mrs. Borchers was a member of the Mazama Mountain Climbing Club and the Women's Golf Club at the Lake Oswego Municipal Course.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Sandie Bunnell-Benton and Jim Benton of Medford, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery on Saturday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m.

Remembrances may be sent to Dornbechers Children's Hospital or to the Oregon Food Bank.

Jeff Walter

Jeffrey 'Jeff' L. Walter died May 20, 2008. He was 57.

Mr. Walter was born May 3, 1951 in Dunthorpe and lived most of his life there. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1969 and from the University of Oregon.

He married Susan Van Kleek on June 1, 1979.

Mr. Walter was co-owner of Stagecraft Industries and retired in 2007. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting art and traveling.

Survivors include his wife Susan Walter, son Jakob Walter, daughter Simone Walter, father William Walter, all of Dunthorpe, brother Mark Walter of Portland and sister Letitia Beltz and nephew Jordan Beltz of Wilsonville.

A memorial service will be held June 20 at 3 p.m. at Unity World Healing Center, 366 Third St., in Lake Oswego.

Remembrances may be sent to the Dougy Center, in care of Columbia Funeral Home, 503-397-1154.

Norman Acker

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Norman Bolton Acker died June 2, 2008. He was 76.

Mr. Acker was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Amsterdam, N.Y. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1954, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honorary societies, and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1956 at Edwards Air Force Base as a flight test engineer on the X-2 rocket engine research aircraft program.

Mr. Acker began his professional career as a process engineer at Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich. Subsequently, he worked in the computer industry, beginning with IBM as a systems salesman and retiring from Tektronix as a project manager in marketing.

Survivors include his wife Barbara, son Brian Acker of Portland, daughter Ellen Maxey and granddaughters Audrey and Wrigley Maxey of Gibson City, Ill.

A memorial service will be held June 12, at 1 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road.

Remembrances may be made to Christ Church Outreach or to the charity of one's choice.