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Obituaries for May 28, 2011

James Franklin Swofford

May 7, 1931-May 22, 2011

Gresham resident James Franklin Swofford died Sunday, May 22, at his home. He was 80.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Jim was born May 7, 1931, in Bemidji, Minn., to John and Edna Swofford. The family moved to Vancouver, Wash., during World War II to work in the shipyards.

On April 20, 1951, he married Lois Riley in Vancouver.

Jim was a drywall finisher. He was a member of the Northwest Steelheaders Association and the Knights of Columbus. He had 10 children and loved being with them and his grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. He passed his passion for the outdoors to his many sons and grandsons.

Jim resided in Southeast Portland from 1967 to 2000 and in Gresham since 2000.

His son, John Swofford, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, JoAnn Robison of Troutdale and Kathy Goebel of Gresham; sons, Jim Swofford of Bend, Joe Swofford of Portland, Mick Swofford of Bend, Tim Swofford of Spokane, Wash., Dan Swofford of Oregon City, Jeff Swofford of Ariel, Wash., and Chris Swofford of Gresham; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Patricia Jeanne Brennan

Aug. 22, 1933-May 22, 2011

Former Gresham resident Patricia Jeanne Brennan died Sunday, May 22, in Sandy. She was 77.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3500 S.E. 182nd Ave. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Patricia was born Aug. 22, 1933, in Portland to Earl and Allene (Hosner) Ridings. Patricia was raised in Portland and attended Lincoln High School. She served in the Air Force from 1952-56.

In August 1956, she married Gary Brennan in Stevenson, Wash. They divorced in 1966.

Patricia received her associate degree in nursing from Mt. Hood Community College and worked as a nurse. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her hobbies included genealogy and bird watching.

Survivors include her sons, Gerald Brennan of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Michael Brennan of Boring; daughter, Karen Trandum of Sandy; brothers, Earl Ridings Jr. of Fairview, Stanley Ridings of Tulare, Calif., and Dick Montag of Portland; sister, Carole Burns of Las Vegas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Autumn Funerals, Cremation and Burial in Tigard is handling arrangements.