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Pat Hoberg

Patricia Jeannette Benson Hoberg died June 19, 2008 of abdominal cancer. She was 79.

Mrs. Hoberg was born May 28, 1929 in Portland. Her father was a traveling salesman and the family moved nearly every year of her childhood, causing her to change schools frequently. She graduated from Vancouver (Washington) High School.

Mrs. Hoberg graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland in 1951 and that year met Bob Hoberg. The couple married and moved to Lake Oswego in May 1951.

Survivors besides her husband include daughters Gayle and son-in-law Art DeRosia, Jani and son-in-law Jeff Hicks, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her daughter Terry preceded her in death, on Aug. 24, 1973.

A private graveside service was held at Riverview Cemetery, where Mrs. Hoberg was buried beside her daughter Terry. A gathering of family and friends will occur at Oswego Lake Country Club on July 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice in Mrs. Hoberg's honor.

Arthur James Baker

Arthur James 'Butch' Baker died June 13, 2008 of natural causes. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Baker was born on Oct. 23, 1921 in Payette, Idaho to Arthur James Baker and Ruth Hilda Evans.

He grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland. He then earned his bachelors in philosophy from the University of Oregon. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

In l951, he married Carol Diane Smith. The couple moved to Lake Oswego in l964, where he lived with his family for more than 40 years.

He occupation was in sales, but his life's work was as a writer. He wrote pulp westerns in the 1950s and mystery and true crime novels throughout his life.

He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping at Lake Billy Chinook, salmon fishing in the ocean, hunting in Eastern Oregon, and spending time on Oswego Lake. He served as president of the Lake Oswego Springbook Easement for 25 years.

Mr. Baker is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne Cummings and Tom Basey of Lake Oswego; son, James Arthur Baker and daughter-in-law Laurel Wallingford of McMinnville; daughter Kellie Raglione of Corbett; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

His wife of 51 years, Carol Baker, and his sister, Dolores Faw, precede him in death.

A private service and interment was held at Riverview Abbey in Portland.

Remembrances may be made to Springbrook Recreational Corporation, c/o David Ludwig, 15818 Springbrook Court, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Dee A. Thomason

Dee A. Thomason died in Walla Walla, Wash. on July 7, 2008. He was 86.

He was born on July 8, 1921 in Milton, Ore., the son of Albert A. and Lula C. Clark Thomason. He was raised in Milton-Freewater where he graduated from McLoughlin Union High School.

After his graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II.

In l946, he married Jeannie Staggs, and in l947 he started a grocery store in Milton-Freewater.

After selling his interest in the store, Thomason joined Teague Motors and later purchased the company in l950. In l955, he sold Teague Motors and purchased and remodeled a bowling alley in Lake Oswego.

In l954, he moved his family to West Linn and opened the Oswego Motors in Lake Oswego, which he eventually renamed Dee Thomason Ford.

In l982 he moved the dealership to Gladstone, and in the mid-eighties, he sold it to his son, Scott Thomason.

Upon retirement, Thomason and his wife moved to Warrenton, Ore., and then to Walla Walla, Wash.

Mr. Thomason is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Barbara Thomason of Port Orchard, Wash., and Scott Thomason and Debbie Autzen of San Francisco; three sisters, Iris Dyer of Portland, Metha Yantis of Walla Walla, and Fern Tompkins of College Place, Wash. and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeannie on Jan. 16, 2007.

Services were held on July 11, 2008 at the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice or the Adventists Home Health.

Ada May McCormack

Ada May McCormack died June 12, 2008. She was 48.

She was born on July 12, l960 to Chris and Palmer Smith of Lake Oswego. She was raised in Lake Oswego and was a l978 graduate of Lakeridge High School where she earned varsity letters in cross country, skiing and track. She currently was the planning committee chair for her 30th class reunion.

Ms. McCormack went on to Washington State University, and graduated in l982 with a bachelor's degree in communications.

On Aug. 31, l985, she married Jack McCormack with whom she shared 17 years and raised two sons, Jackson, 20, and Earl, 17.

In l985, she began her 27-year-career as an account executive at KXL radio. She set an all-time revenue record for the station and was the recipient of 31 of 35 awards given to the entire sales staff.

She loved to ski, run, and work out at the Multnomah Athletic Club. She was an enrolled tribal member of the Makah Nation (Neah Bay, Wash.), and an active member of the Catholic Church in the St. Clare Parish.

She is survived by her father, Palmer Smith from Lake Oswego; her mother, Chris Smith from Portland; her two sons, Jackson and Earl McCormack; her brother, Jeff Smith from Seattle; her sisters Andrea Alexander and Betsy Tulee from Seattle.

Ms. McCormack's ashes were spread among three places: The Makah Reserva-tion; the Nez Perce reservation in Lapwai, Idaho; and in Portland. A Mass was held on June 21 at St. Clare Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ada May McCormack Memorial Fund at Washington Mutual to benefit her two sons.