Warren W. Oliver, Jr.
Warren Walton Oliver, Jr. died April 21, 2008. He was 81. He had won a singles tennis tournament for 80-year-olds the afternoon prior to his death, and suffered a massive heart attack after the match.
Mr. Oliver was born in Newton, Mass., on Aug. 25, 1927. After graduating from Newton High School in l945, he won a scholarship to Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in New York. He graduated in l950 after taking a year off to volunteer in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation, he received a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer's commission and worked a year as a yacht surveyor for a marine insurance company.
In l951, he was called to active duty and served as ship construction officer during the Korean War.
After the war, he and his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Bedwell, whom he married in l950, moved to Oregon. They lived with her parents in Portland until moving to Lake Oswego in l954.
Mr. Oliver worked as a representative for a Massachusetts manufacturer of municipal, governmental and industrial fire alarm systems as a sales manager and engineer.
In l967, the Olivers formed Warren Oliver Co., Inc. a distributor of fire prevention systems in the Northwest, Canada, Alaska and Northern California, which they owned and operated for 30 years. The company provided the emergency communication equipment for the last underground hydrogen bomb test in Alaska.
Mr. Oliver was an active member of the Lake Oswego community, serving as chairman of the Lake Oswego School Board and the Lake Oswego City Planning Commission. He was president of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center Foundation, the Lakewood Center for the Arts and of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club. He was co-founder of the annual Rotary Lobster Feed and Charity Auction, now one of the largest Lake Oswego fundraisers for the Lakewood Center.
Tennis was a sport Oliver enjoyed for more than 70 years. He started a drive for tennis in Lake Oswego by opening the schools, and then the Armory for indoor tennis. He then led a successful initiative campaign for bonds to build the Lake Oswego Tennis Center, and operated the center with volunteer help for two years to accelerate paying off the bonds.
Mr. Oliver is survived by his widow, Peggy; son Warren and his wife Susanne of London; sisters Jean Leiserson of California, and Ruth Allen of Maine; local nephews Doug Dickston and wife, Peggy; Mark Dickston and wife, Sandi; nephew-in-law Jack Bothwell and wife Jan; brother-in-law, Preston Brown; and one granddaughter, Sabina.
His sister, Lois Oliver Dickston Brown, died in Lake Oswego in 2007.
A private family memorial service has been held at Mary's Woods. Remembrances may be made to Lakewood Center of the Arts, P.O. Box 274, Lake Oswego, Ore., 97034 or to Lake Oswego Adult Community Center Foundation, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, Ore., 97034 or to Mary's Woods Resident Fund, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, Ore. 97036.
Long-time Lake Oswego resident Margaret Norma Jean Krafthefer died June 4, 2008, of heart failure. She was 71.
She was born Margaret Norma Jean Somers on June 21, 1936, to Norbert and Gladys Somers in Buffalo, N.Y. The family moved to Lake Oswego during Mrs. Krafthefer's childhood. She was a member of the Class of 1954, the first graduating class of Lake Oswego High School.
Mrs. Krafthefer earned a nursing degree from Providence School of Nursing in 1958, and enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1962, serving as an emergency room registered nurse, with a rank of first lieutenant. She was stationed at Scott Air Force Base, just outside St. Louis, Mo., and while there, met and married Edward James Krafthefer in 1962. Shortly before her discharge on July 21, 1965, the couple divorced. Mrs. Krafthefer moved back to Lake Oswego after her discharge.
After her return to Lake Oswego, she went to work as a nursing supervisor at what is now Oregon Health Sciences University. She retired in 1997.
Mrs. Krafthefer was a home volunteer for Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and knitted and crocheted items for the annual auction and for use by premature babies born at OHSU. She enjoyed gardening and spending time at the Oregon coast.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Steven J. and Wendy S. Krafthefer of Tigard, and her brother Ronald M. Somers, The Dalles.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 650 A Ave., in Lake Oswego. Interment will be during a private service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Oregon Humane Society.