Charles Roy 'Chuck' Colman

June 15, 1932-March 17, 2011

Gresham resident Charles Roy 'Chuck' Colman died Thursday, March 17, in Mexico. He was 78.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at River View Cemetery, 0300 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland.

Chuck was born June 15, 1932, in Yakima, Wash., to Roy and Alice Colman.

Chuck was a registered pharmacist for many years. He loved to fish and square dance and was a member of the B'n'B Square Dance Club.

Steven Gordon Johnson

Oct. 6, 1942-May 20, 2011

Former Gresham resident Steven Gordon Johnson died Friday, May 20, at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. He was 68.

A celebration of his life with full military honors was held Tuesday, May 24, in Vancouver. Private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Steve was born Oct. 6, 1942, in Portland to Ross and Eleanor Johnson. He graduated from Franklin High School and enlisted in the Navy, serving during the Vietnam War.

Steve was a firefighter for the Gresham Fire Department. He was divorced.

His brother, Jon Johnson, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Dawn Anderson of Utah; son, Eric Johnson of La Center, Wash.; brothers, Don Johnson of California and Charles Johnson of Vancouver; sister, Leslie Johnson-Banks of Ridgefield, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, visit

Brown's Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Camas, Wash., handled arrangements.

Donald James Burns

Sept. 14, 1982-May 30, 2011

Gresham resident Donald James Burns died Monday, May 30. He was 28.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 39901 Pleasant St., Sandy.

Donald was born Sept. 14, 1982, in Portland to David and Linda (Ostergard) Burns. He was raised in Gresham and graduated from Sam Barlow High School in 2001. He owned and operated Burns Herefords and Cattle Service.

Donald was active in FFA and 4-H during his school years. He showed Hereford cattle through the Oregon Junior Hereford Association. He was a member of the Oregon Hereford Association and the American Hereford Association. He specialized in cattle sale clipping and in custom cattle fitting. He loved farming and agriculture and was known as a hard worker.

Survivors include his parents of Gresham; sister, Sarah Burns of Gresham; bothers, David Burns Jr. of Bend and Michael Burns of Vancouver, Wash.; and girlfriend, Kaitlan McKinnis of Gresham.

Contributions can be made to the Clackamas County 4-H Beef Program or to any US Bank for the Donald James Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund.

To share memories or view photos, visit Donald's page at

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edna Anna Schmidt

Sept. 18, 1917-May 29, 2011

Fairview resident Edna Anna Schmidt died Sunday, May 29, in Portland. She was 93.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 4, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Edna was born Sept. 18, 1917, in Ogallala, Neb., to Theodore and Amalia (Leybold) Elmshaeuser. Edna was baptized Nov. 11, 1917, and made confession of her faith in the rite of confirmation at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ogallala on May 24, 1931. She graduated from East Denver High School in 1935 and attended a business college in Grand Island, Neb.

On July 20, 1954, she married Jake Schmidt at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Colo. He preceded her in death July 22, 1959.

Edna moved to Loveland, Colo., in 1959. She worked for Denver Public Schools, Great Western Sugar Company and Hewlett-Packard. She retired in 1983.

Edna moved to Portland in 1986 and to Fairview in 2008.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Elnora Raibourn; and brothers, Emil, Leonard, Aaron and Ted Elmshaeuser.

Survivors include her son, Paul Schmidt of Fairview; daughter, Ruth Shay of Troutdale; sisters, Regina Elmshaeuser, Emma Stanek and Ruth Wetzel; and three grandchildren.

Visit Edna's page at to sign her guestbook.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Richard 'Dickie' Thomas Mott

June 22, 1962-June 1, 2011

Gresham resident Richard 'Dickie' Thomas Mott, 48, died Wednesday, June 1.

A public visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dickie was born June 22, 1962, in Portland to Richard and Kathleen (Garnett) Mott. He graduated from Reynolds High School.

Dickie owned and operated Alpine Drywall for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and his family.

Survivors include his daughter, Nichole Sanders of Battle Ground, Wash.; son, Cody Larson of Sioux City, Iowa; mother, of Gresham; and sister, Joan Mott Bush of Wenatchee, Wash.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert 'Bob' Jay Bell Jr.

Dec. 17, 1949-May 27, 2011

Former East County resident Robert 'Bob' Jay Bell Jr., 61, died Friday, May 27, at his home in Portland.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Puff's Pub, 22200 S.E. Stark St.

Bob was born Dec. 17, 1949, in Portland to Robert Sr. and Mildred (Miller) Bell. He attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Gresham High School in 1967.

In the 1970s, Bob opened his own auto body shop in Boring, Bob Bell's Body and Paint Shop. The shop closed in 1991 and he moved to Arizona, returning to Gresham in 2009.

Bob loved to build antique cars. He was also an artist and calligrapher.

Survivors include his son, Scott Pellecer; father, of Troutdale; brothers, J. Michael Bell of Beaverton and Kenneth Bell of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Sharon Burns of Troutdale; and two grandchildren.

Visit Bob's page at to sign his guestbook.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles Edmund Bledsoe

Sept. 13, 1922-May 31, 2011

East Portland resident Charles Edmund Bledsoe, 89, died Tuesday, May 31, at his home.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Charles was born Sept. 13, 1922, in Tucson, Ariz., to Hubert and Elizabeth (Halderman) Bledsoe. The family moved to California and resided in El Monte and Pomona, where Charles graduated from high school. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served for three years before enlisting in the Air Force. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater during the conclusion of World War II and then in Alaska, Okinawa and Japan before returning home. He retired from the Air Force in 1966.

On May 3, 1952, he married Betty Winkler in Pomona. Their first home was at Hamilton Air Force Base near San Francisco.

During his Air Force service, Charles became interested in electronics. After his honorable discharge, he worked for General Electric as an electronics technician. He retired in 1981.

Charles enjoyed gardening, electronics, computers, reading and spending time with his family. He built his home in East Portland in 1966 when it was still a rural area.

Survivors include his wife; son, Charles Bledsoe of Juneau, Alaska; daughters, Cindy Ault of Jamestown, N.D., and Maureen Noblitt of Gresham; sister, Evelyn Krizek of Lacey, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to any veterans' organization.

Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is handling arrangements.

Eugene 'Geno' David Henshaw

Jan. 10, 1920-May 27, 2011

Longtime East County resident Eugene 'Geno' David Henshaw died Friday, May 27, in Gresham. He was 91.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., followed by a committal service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Geno was born Jan. 10, 1920, in Everett, Wash., to Alexander and Grace (Cunningham) Conn. At age 7, Geno was adopted by Albert Henshaw of Portland. Geno grew up in Southeast Portland and in Corbett. As a youth he spent most summers in Seaside. He graduated from Columbian High School, where he was student body president, in 1938. Geno served in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

On July 2, 1942, he married Arlene Lundbom in Denver, Colo.

Geno did some logging, was in the banking industry, served in the military and then was a sheet metal worker.

Geno's interests included mushroom hunting, doing crossword puzzles, vegetable and floral gardening and fishing; he was a charter member of the Northwest Steelheaders Sandy River chapter. He built his own home. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was active with Zarephath Ministries for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Roger Henshaw of Vancouver, Wash., and Keith Henshaw of Portland; daughter, Elaine Henshaw-Marshall of Gresham; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Zarephath Kitchen or Pantry through Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

June Earlene Johnstone

July 31, 1916-June 1, 2011

Gresham resident June Earlene Johnstone died Wednesday, June 1. She was 94.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

June was born July 31, 1916, in Cavalier, N.D., to Earl and Flossie (Farrow) McConnell. She graduated from Jefferson High School.

June married Richard 'Buck' Johnstone. He preceded her in death in 1978.

June was a longtime East Portland resident. She later resided in Santa Maria, Calif., and in Gresham for many years. She was a past president and lifetime member of the Widows of the Elks. She loved gardening and grew prize-winning roses. She was also an avid bowler, winning many trophies. She excelled at fishing.

Survivors include her daughters, Deanne Brehm of Port Orford and Kathryn Hamilton of Olympia, Wash.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Martin James Sander

April 28, 1934-May 31, 2011

Gresham resident Martin James Sander died Tuesday, May 31, in Portland. He was 77.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Tri-City Baptist Temple, 18035 Webster Road, Gladstone. A concluding graveside service with military honors will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Martin was born April 28, 1934, in Portland to Martin and Elsie (Puhtz) Sander. Martin attended Bull Run Grade School and Sandy High School for two years before graduating from Benson Polytechnic High School.

On Oct. 28, 1961, he married Marjorie Cooper in Sandy.

Martin served as an instructor flight navigator in the Air Force, where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his military service, he returned to Oregon in 1978 and settled in Gresham.

Martin was an active member of Tri-City Baptist Temple. His hobbies included electronics, radio control model airplanes, piloting airplanes and gliders, quilting, sewing, building televisions, fishing, savoring chocolate and spending time with his family. He was also involved in various Masonic organizations.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Bryan Sander of Corvallis and Greg Sander of Gresham; daughters, Valerie Arthurs of Gresham and Kolleen Clayton of Aurora; brother, Cliff Sander of Vancouver, Wash.; and nine grandchildren.

Donations may be given to Tri-City Baptist Temple, P.O. Box 787, Gladstone, 97027; or to the American Amputee Foundation of Oregon, 5835 N.E. 27th Ave., Portland, 97211-6136.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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