William J. Lang
November 29, 1918 - July 12, 2008
William J. Lang, the great-great-grandson of Oregon pioneer Joel Palmer, died on July 12 from peripheral vascular disease at his home in Lake Oswego. A resident of the Lake Oswego area since 1947, Mr. Lang was born in Tacoma, Washington, on November 29, 1918, to William Lang and Flora Rawlings Lang. After a brief residence in San Francisco, the Lang family moved to Portland, where Mr. Lang's father established Lang Brothers Rose City Upholstery, which operated on Sandy Boulevard from 1926 to 1989.
No one who met Bill Lang forgot his infectious passion for the non-work activities: alpine skiing, jazz music, Northwest history, and golf. During his long residence in Lake Oswego, Mr. Lang participated in local activities, including serving as assistant scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop. His love of skiing began with trips to Mount Hood, where he and others often climbed the Glade Trail from Government Camp to Timberline and skied down the 3 mile-run. He was an early member of Cascade Ski Club, helped prepare the ski-jumping hill at Multorpor, and worked on junior ski races during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1959, he shifted his skiing interest to Mount Bachelor, where he skied every winter until his 80th year as a member of the Over the Hill Gang.
In 1941, he married Norma K. Johnston, a legal secretary who had moved with her family to Portland from Grants Pass. They had three children, William, Rodger, and Kathleen. During World War II, Lang worked at the Troutdale aluminum plant and the Oregon Shipyards. He was a dedicated gardener, who created large rhododendron and azalea gardens and tended exotic greenhouse plants. His early love of jazz music blossomed during those years, and he became friends with local and Northwest jazz artists, especially Sidney Porter, Elmer Gill, and Gene Harris.
After his wife Norma died in late 1992, Mr. Lang married Carol Henry in 1993 and moved to the Sunny Hill neighborhood in south Lake Oswego. Carol died in 2002. Mr. Lang belonged to Oswego Lake Country Club from 1947 until his death, playing golf until 2004, even though he often questioned why anyone would take up such a frustrating sport.
Mr. Lang is survived by William L. Lang of Milwaukie and Kathleen Copenhagen of Canby, plus five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will take place at Oswego Lake County Club on July 30 at 3:00 pm.
Remembrances should be sent to William J. Lang Endowment Fund, Portland State University Foundation.
Julie Emerson Huth
Julie Emerson Huth died July 23, 2008, after a lengthy illness. She was 55.
She was born Feb. 16, 1953 in Lake Oswego, the youngest of Phil and Babe Huth's four children. She grew up in Lake Oswego and West Linn and graduated from West Linn High School in 1971.
She attended nursing school at North Idaho College in Couer d'Alene, and was employed as a registered nurse for Bright Star and at an assisted care facility for the elderly in Newberg.
Ms. Huth had been married twice: First to Wayne Jose and Joe Hollick.
Survivors include her brother Kent Huth of Turkey, nieces Izin of Las Vegas and Aylin of Tualatin.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. at Oaks Pioneer Church, 455 S.E. Spokane in Portland. It will be followed immediately by a Celebration of Life event at Mountain Park Recreation Center in Lake Oswego.
Remembrances may be made to a Young Nurses Scholarship Fund set up in Ms. Huth's name at any U.S. Bank branch.
Maryann Lamb died of natural causes on July 20, 2008 in West Linn. She was 79.
She was born in Pendleton on Oct. 10, 1928 to Art and Velma Holmes.
She graduated from Pendleton High School and attended Oregon State University.
In August of 1949 she married Paul H. Lamb. The couple had five children and moved to Lake Oswego in 1971.
Mrs. Lamb was an active member of the Lake Oswego Methodist Church. She taught volunteers to type braille and served as treasurer for the Lamb Foundation.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Scott and Debbie Lamb of Auburn, Wash. and Greg and Linda Lamb of Dayton, Ore., and daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle and John Horton of Keizer, and Kay and Mike Full of McMinnville.
Her husband, Paul, who died in March, l986, her son Steven Lamb, and her brother, Art Holmes, Jr, preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be held on Aug. 6, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Lake Oswego United Methodist Church or your local Hospice.
Sven John Nylund
Sven John Nylund, former resident of Lake Oswego, died of natural causes on July 17, 2008. He was 83.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1925 in Portland to John August and Elin Johanna Hagner Nylund. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and then the University of Portland with a degree in psychology.
He served in the Navy from l943 to l946 and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
In l945, he married Naomi Virginia Anderson. In l955 the couple moved to Lake Oswego to raise their three children.
Mr. Nylund worked as president of the Pacific Adhesives Company, and retired in l999.
He was an avid sailor, and he and his wife made many sailing trips up and down the Columbia River and in the San Juan Islands.
His survivors include his daughters Kristine Inclan of Lincoln City, Ore., and Randee Peek of Lake Oswego; his son Mark Nylund of Ontario, Ore.; his sisters Inga Schneider of Gaildorf, Germany and Joanne Scott of Wilsonville, Ore., six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His wife of 61 years, Naomi, died in 2006. His sister Ethel Miehe and brothers Leroy Nylund and John Nylund precede him in death.
His family will scatter his ashes on Aug. 2 in the Pacific Ocean near Depoe Bay.
Ericka Maria (Tron) Bastian died of natural causes on July 25, 2008. She was 82.
Mrs. Bastian was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a youth she competed in gymnastics, track and field and played volleyball.
She worked as a secretary for several firms in Manhattan and in 1945, married Paul Bastian. The couple had five sons.
The Bastians moved to Lake Oswego in 1995, to be closer to their children. Mrs. Bastian was an active member and volunteer at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, where she enjoyed visiting with friends and playing bridge.
Survivors include her twin sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Jim Lane and son Richard Bastian, all of New Jersey, son and daughter-in-law Michael and Linda Bastian of Lake Oswego, sons Dennis Bastian and Gordon Bastian of New York, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Bastian preceded his wife in death in 2005.
A service was held July 29 at Riverview Abbey Chapel, with a private family inurnment at Willamette National Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
Mark Andrew Roberts died July 23, 2008. He was 53.
Mr. Roberts was born Jan. 20, 1955 in West Covina, Calif., to Edward and Myra Ro-berts. He was raised in West Covina and attended Pepperdine College.
He married Shelly Barris in 1983 and the couple had two sons, John and Adam. The family moved to Lake Oswego in 1986.
Mr. Roberts was the creator and founder of Waterfront Living, a catalog company that he later sold to Norm Thompson Outfitters. He became a real estate broker for Windermere Cronin and Caplan RGI in 2002, specializing in waterfront properties.
Survivors include his sons John Roberts and Adam Roberts of Lake Oswego, father and stepmother Edward and Gail Roberts of St. George, Utah, mother Myra Roberts of Littleton, Colo., sister Suzanne McIntosh of San Francisco, sister and brother-in-law Deborah and John Tinsley of Colorado Springs, Colo., brother and sister-in-law David and Nancy Roberts of Littleton, Colo., and sister and brother-in-law Milissa and Mike Olenik of Upland, Calif.
A celebration of Mr. Robert's life was held on July 30 at Mountain Park Recreation Center, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, Lake Oswego.
Remembrances may be sent to Oregon Humane Society, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland, Ore., 97211.
Robert Stanley Oslund
Robert Stanley Oslund, formerly of Lake Oswego, died in his home in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., on June 28, 2008. He was 87.
He was born on March 26, 1921 in Portland to Gladys and Axel Oslund. He grew up on a chicken ranch in Santa Rosa, Calif. and was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. He attended junior college and then served in the Pacific as a Navy Lieutenant during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in forestry.
In l965, he married Alice Hail Chaney, and they settled in Lake Oswego to raise their two children.
Mr. Oslund had a 30-year career as a property tax manager for the Georgia Pacific Corporation.
After retiring, he and his wife moved to Rancho Bernardo where they enjoyed playing golf.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Alice; daughter and son-in-law Caron and Dennis McNamara of Hailey, Idaho; son and daughter-in-law John and Sallie Chaney of Seattle; and two grandchildren.
No services were held per Mr. Oslund's request. The family suggests remembrances be sent to The Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego, the Alzheimers Association or the American Lung Cancer Association.
Otto 'Tom' Hogg
Former Lake Oswego and West Linn resident Otto 'Tom' Thomas Hogg died July 19, 2008. He was 74.
Mr. Hogg was born Feb. 16, 1934 in Portland. He spent his life in the Portland metropolitan area, living in Oregon City, West Linn, Lake Oswego and Beaverton.
Mr. Hogg earned a bachelors degree in business from Lewis and Clark College. He was part owner of Hogg Bros. Furniture in Oregon City.
He married Nancy Hess in 1958.
He was a horse racing official in the states of Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Texas.
Survivors include his wife Nancy of Beaverton, children, Jay Hogg, Susan Hogg, Dale Hogg and Holly Taylor, and one grandchild.
A private service will be held.
Long time Lake Grove resident Evelyn Blodgett died July 22, 2008. She was 100.
Mrs. Blodgett was born Nov. 14, 1907 in Caldwell, Idaho, to Ernest and Anna Hunt. The Hunts moved their 7 children to Oregon in 1916, and settled in Northeast Portland, where Mr. Hunt was in the grocery business. Mrs. Blodgett outlived her three brothers and three sisters.
She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland in 1924.
Mrs. Blodgett met her husband Ray Blodgett at church, and they married March 19, 1927. They moved to Lake Grove in 1938, and remained there until Mr. Blodgett's retirement in 1968.
Mrs. Blodgett was the first secretary of the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and also worked for Grimm's Fuel for many years.
In their retirement, the Blodgetts moved to Arizona. Mr. Blodgett died in 1988, and Mrs. Blodgett moved back to Oregon in 2001, and settled in Tigard, where she could be closer to family members.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Ronald and Sonni Blodgett and Jim and Gun Blodgett, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
At Mrs. Blodgett's request no service will be held.
Alvin John Weiers died July 22, 2008. He was 86.
Mr. Weiers was born April 28, 1922 in Heidelberg, Minn., to John and Laura Weiers.
He married Ann M. Kabusreiter on April 14, 1947 and the couple moved to Lake Oswego in 1962.
Mr. Weiers was a mechanic by trade and retired from the city of Lake Oswego in 1987. He enjoyed working on his daughter's cars, as well as camping, fishing and hunting.
A Funeral Mass was held July 26 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and Mr. Weiers was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Yvonette M. and Stanley Zak of West Linn and Rosann M. and Robert Karby of Astoria, his sister Lorraine Brown of St. Peter, Minn. and three grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death in 2004.
Remembrances may be sent to the American Heart Association in care of Holman, Hankins, Bowker and Waud, 503-656-2661.