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Obituaries - June 2, 2011

Helen Grigg

Lake Oswego resident Helen Dorothy Grigg died May 22, 2011. She was 90.

She was born Aug. 2, 1920, in Willmette, Ill.

In 1953 she and her husband William Walton 'Wally' Grigg moved to Lake Oswego and became involved in the Lake Oswego United Methodist Church. Mr. Grigg later died.

Mrs. Grigg started the Oswego Quilters, a small group of women from the church, and was a founding member of the Northwest Quilters.

Other interests included Lake Oswego history, Bible study and prayer, opera, political history, reading, poetry and life-long learning. She also played volleyball well into her 70s. She expressed a dislike for Western movies, fishing, gardening, unnecessary travel and pet ownership.

Mrs. Grigg was fortunate to twice meet her school-girl crush, Placido Domingo.

Survivors include her sons Robert, Thomas, Jerry and David and their wives, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.

Benjamin Harrell

Benjamin Thomas Harrell of Lake Oswego died after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer on May 30, 2011. He was 49.

He was born June 15, 1961, in Knoxville, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1984, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

After college he moved to Seattle, where he opened Gallery Earth and met his wife of 20 years, Diana. In 1988 they moved to Oregon, where Mr. Harrell began a career in medical sales. He was owner and president of Harrell Medical in Canby and more recently worked with his wife for Medstar.

Mr. Harrell had an entrepreneurial spirit and many friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, skiing and biking, and annual summer trips to the beach in Florida.

Survivors include his wife Diana Black Harrell; daughters Emily Rose and Elise Marie; his parents Nelda and Mel Kersey and Gail and Gus Harrell; his grandmother Harriet Harrell; his sisters Sherri Harrell and Jill Harrell Wheeler, a godson and nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life with reception following will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.

Contributions in Mr. Harrell's memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org or to CaringBridge at www.caringbridge.org.

Victor Ruh

Victor R. Ruh died at the age of 87 at his Lake Oswego home of cardiac arrest on May 23, 2011.

He was born in Kiel, Wisconsin, the third oldest of 13 children to Arthur and Irene Retlich Ruh on April 7, 1924. He attended a one-room school, graduated from New Holstein High School in 1941, the year of Pearl Harbor.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and was with the 5th Marine Division when they landed at Iwo Jima and where he witnessed the famous 'flag raising.' By an incredible coincidence, he met his brother Woody who was on a cargo ship off shore. Brother Art Jr. was on a battleship, bombing the island. Brother Gene was on a bomber over Europe. Later three more brothers enlisted. The Ruh family contributed 7 sons to serve their country. Vic never forgot the horrors of Iwo Jima. After he was discharged, he married his high school sweetheart Jeannette (Jan) Fuhrmann in May of 1947.

Under the GI Bill, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in entomology and agronomy completing four years of college in three years. He began his sales career with Chevron Chemical Co., rapidly advancing the corporate ladder with moves to Janesville, Wis.; Omaha, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Beaverton, Oregon; Fresno, Calif. and Lake Oswego where he retired as marketing and sales manager after 34 years.

Everywhere they lived, the Ruhs became involved in church and community, making new friends. After retirement, Jan and Vic traveled to many countries. The joys of his life were his children and grandchildren. He loved to fish and was talented at fly-tying. He fished many years with friends at the Madison River in West Yellowstone and also the Lewis River.

He grew beautiful roses, sharing them with friends. He was a gifted speaker and frequently was invited by other companies to teach young sales interns 'The Power of Speech.'

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jan, daughter Karilyn Ruh of Santa Monica, Ca., son Mark Ruh and wife Lori, and three grandchildren: Lauren, Christopher and Jimmy Ruh of Fresno, Ca. He is also survived by 4 brothers and 4 sisters and many relatives.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church where he ushered for 30 years. He was also a member of the Tualatin Valley B.P.O.E. Elks and Ducks and Trout Unlimited.

Services will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Church, A Avenue, Lake Oswego on June 4th at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at a later date at a country cemetery, adjoining St. Josephs, a charming old century church overlooking the peaceful Wisconsin farmland where Vic and Jan were married.

Remembrances may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Building Fund, the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

Semper Fi

Gone Fishing