Benjamin S. Aberle Sr.

Benjamin S. Aberle Sr. of St. Helens died June 2, 2011, at home in Deer Island surrounded by his family. He was 50.

Mr. Aberle was born May 15, 1961, in Portland.

Employed as a truck driver, he served in the Army National Guard, and married his best friend, Michelle Aberle.

His interests included coaching softball, restoring boats, RC cars, boating, fishing, camping, cruises, riding quads, and a love of Chevy cars.

Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family.

He is survived by his son, Ben Aberle Jr.; daughters, Mylissa, Kristina and Eryka; son-in-laws, Jason and Drew; grandchildren, Ryen, Elyse and Caden; parents, Bruce Aberle and Karen Kuhl; and brothers, Bill, Bruce and Bob. He was preceded in death by his sister, Toni Gross.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Yankton Community Fellowship.

A celebration of life will follow at 3 p.m. at the St. Helens Elks Lodge.

Memorial gifts may be made to his family.

Norman T. Cooper

Norman Theodore Cooper of St. Helens passed away June 5, 2011, in St. Helens. He was 76.

Mr. Cooper was born March 31, 1935, in St. Helens to Orren 'Babe' and Nina (Pierce) Cooper, and was one of eleven children.

Raised in St. Helens, he graduated in 1954.

Serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, he was honorably discharged in 1960.

On March 9, 1962, he married Francis Garlene Jones at the First United Methodist in St. Helens.

For over 40 years he worked for Boise Cascade, retiring in 1994 as a maintenance supervisor.

He was an avid duck hunter and golfer. For over 20 years he served as director for the Crooked River Ranch Golf Tournament, now named after him, The Norman Cooper Classic.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Garlene; children, Michael Cooper and Marcy Ousley; grandchildren, Alex and Samantha Riddle; and siblings, Mary Dunn, Lois Moore, and Jack Cooper, all of St. Helens, and Joyce Nolte of Eugene.

Services are pending.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Eddie E. Dryden Jr.

Eddie E. Dryden Jr. of Kelso, Wash., died June 5, 2011, in Scappoose. He was 20.

Mr. Dryden was born Oct. 30, 1990, in Portland to Edward Ernest Dryden Sr. and Una Irene King, and was one of seven children.

Sur-rounded by many family and friends, he was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.

He adored animals, especially his dog, Stash.

Among the things he enjoyed were riding his four wheeler, and working on his dad's 1991 Camaro.

He dated and loved his high school sweetheart, Nichole Walker.

He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his parents, Una and Rod Wiley of Kelso; sisters, Misty Perkins of Battle Ground, Kristal Deschamps of Longview, Nicole Dryden of Colorado Springs, Jessica Dryden of St. Helens, Lacey Dryden of Kelso and Emilee Wiley of Kelso; grandmothers, Florence Dryden and Linda King of St. Helens; three nieces; and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Ernest Dryden Sr. in 2001.

Visitation with be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Columbia Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Clarence L. Funk

Clarence Lester Funk, formerly of Scappoose, passed away May 31, 2011, at Greenwood Manor in Lehi, Utah, where he had lived since May of 2007. He was 89.

Mr. Funk was born May 26, 1922, in Harrison County, Ind., to Harry Edward Funk and Myrta Viola (Gunterman) Funk.

In 1940 he graduated from Laconia High School, and was thrilled to be able to go back to the school reunion earlier in May of this year and see a prior classmate and some dear relatives who had attended at Laconia.

He began work at Allis-Chalmers in La Porte, Ind., before serving in the US Army Air Corps during World War II (1942-1946) as a navigator and air plane mechanic in the Pacific Theater with the 398th Bomb Squadron.

After the war he returned to his job in La Porte, and on March 6, 1948, married Violet Cureton from Louisville, Ky. Together they had two children, Opal Lynn (Funk) Yule and David Lester Funk.

While in La Porte, in 1956 he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and remained active until his death.

He continued working as an inspector at Allis Chalmers until right before the plant in La Porte closed.

Taking early retirement, he continued to live in La Porte until 1988 when he and his wife moved to Scappoose. They enjoyed the northwest and he especially enjoyed working at the Scappoose Senior Center helping with the gleaning and bread collections.

While in Scappoose he lost most of his sight, and later when his wife passed away he said he had gone blind again because she was his second set of eyes.

He continued to live by himself in Scappoose and work at the Senior Center until he left in May 2007 to move to Lehi, Utah, to live in Greenwood Manor.

While at Greenwood he was able to make great friends both among the residents and among the workers. He loved many people there and enjoyed playing bingo and complaining about exercise.

He always had a joke to tell and no one ever knew if he was telling a tale or his story was really true, especially when he talked about fishing trips or doctor's instructions not to exercise.

He will be missed, but will be glad to see prior friends that have passed and will look forward to seeing everyone on the other side.

He is survived by his daughter, Opal and her husband Warren Rudolph Yule, and their children, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Matthew and Luke; son, David and his wife Jean Ruth (Porches) Funk, and their children, Jennifer, Jonathan, Peter, Timothy, Mark, James (JEF), and Mary; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Violet on Feb. 14, 1998; father, Harry E. Funk in 1974; mother, Myrta V. Funk in 1960; and older brothers, James Oscar Funk in 1992 and Kenneth Edward Funk in 1991.

A viewing was held June 2 at the Wing Mortuary in Lehi.

A gravesite service was held June 4 at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren, where he will be buried next to his wife.

Kenneth 'Bruce' Hall Sr.

Kenneth 'Bruce' Hall Sr. of St. Helens died peacefully June 1, 2011, at his home. He was 93.

Mr. Hall was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Portland to L.C. (Lynn Carl) and Beulah (Post) Hall.

Educated at Deer Island Elementary School and St. Helens High School, when it was what is now the old John Gumm School building, he graduated in 1935.

On Dec. 31, 1951, he married Wanda L. Bunnell, also of St. Helens, in a ceremony in Longview, Wash., on her night off, and honeymooned at the Monticello Hotel there.

His dad was in the trucking business and established L.C. Hall's Truck Lines, Inc. when he was 3 years old. The family moved to the area in 1926 and lived in Deer Island, Columbia City, and St. Helens. It became a family business that grew and thrived for many years.

At the age of 7 he learned to drive, and got his driver's license when he was just 15, which was legal back then. The police even did a double take when they saw his five-digit license number. At that time, he had one of the few cars that were driven to high school, so he was pretty popular. He continued driving up until the last couple weeks of his life.

His whole life he worked in trucking. When he was 65, the freight portion of the company was sold to another trucking firm which is still in existence as L.C. Hall's, to this day.

When most people his age were retiring and taking it easier, he and his wife took the moving and storage side of the company, and established a new company, New Way Moving and Storage (Mayflower agents) which they ran for 11 ? years before selling. That company is also in existence today. Together, they remained busy, working and taking part in their community.

A born again Christian, he was active in the Sunset Park Community Church. He was also still an active member of Gideons International where he spoke in churches and continued to distribute Bibles at every opportunity.

Additionally, he was Past President of the Kiwanis Club, Past Mason, and most recently, loved being part of the St. Helens Historical Society.

He had so much history in his head and enjoyed sharing stories of life and times from early St. Helens and the surrounding area. He could rattle off the street names, in order, of Portland when they were still cobblestone, and still could. A wealth of knowledge and history go with him.

He is survived by his wife of 59? years, Wanda Hall of St. Helens; children, Barbara Adams and her husband Jim of St. Helens, Kenneth B. Hall Jr. and his wife Amelia of Sandy, Utah, Susan Carstens of Tallahassee, Fla., and Rhonda Potter, a foreign exchange student who lived with the Halls in 1973, of Melbourne Australia; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Hall of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Florence Cramer of Longview, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Mickey Bunnell of Castle Rock, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sons, Charles, Richard and Randy; parents; brother, Lynn; and a great-grandson.

Visitation with be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Sunset Park Community Church, 174 Sunset Blvd., St. Helens, with a reception to follow.

Memorial gifts may be made 'In remembrance of Bruce' to Gideons International.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Patricia C. Johnston

Patricia Carol Johnston of Scappoose died May 29, 2011. She was 84.

Patricia Carol Wells was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., to William W. and Violet C. (Ries) Wells.

When she was young her family moved to Missouri.

After graduating from Kirtwood High School, she attended William Wood College in Fulton, Mo.

She married Robert B. Johnston in Kirkwood, Mo., and they moved to Oregon in the early 1960s.

While raising six children, she studied oil painting, stained glass art, and creative writing. She also volunteered as a Portland tour guide in her limited spare time.

After her divorce in 1978, she volunteered at Scappoose High School becoming a full employed teacher's aid, working with disadvantaged children as well as a coordinator of the summer work experience program.

A prolific reader, she believed in sharing the power of books. She was a member of The Friends of the Scappoose Library, and also served on the library board.

Among the other things she enjoyed were travel, garage sales, going to the opera, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Stephen Douglas Johnston of Beaverton, Candice Leigh Johnston Kooyman of St. Helens, Jeffery Scott Johnston of Vancouver, Melissa Ann Johnston Kooyman of Columbia City, and Anthony Lathrop Johnston of Scappoose; grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica, Christopher, Stephani, Nicole, Stephen, and Catie; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Ashlin, Audra, Braden, Brody, Devon, Henry, Seth, Dylan, Drake, and Justice; brother, William W. Wells of Olympia; two nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael B. Johnston; sister, Barbara JoAnn Wells (Brett) and ex-husband, Robert.

A memorial services was held June 5 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Friends of the Scappoose Public Library, P.O. Box 400, Scappoose, OR 97056.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Thelma E. Nelson

Thelma Ellen Nelson of St. Helens passed away May 29, 2011, at a hospital in Portland. She was 79.

Thelma Ellen Wood was born Sept. 5, 1931, in Augusta, Kan., to Cecil Ray and Grace Ellen (Southard) Wood, and was an only child.

Raised in Iowa, she graduated from Onawa High School.

On Sept. 19, 1953, she married Clarence Raymond Nelson in Sioux City, Iowa.

Later she worked for AT and T, and then for the IRS at the complaint desk for over 10 years from 1973-1983 in Des Moines, Iowa.

After her husband retired in 1996, the couple enjoyed traveling, and travel they did. They visited Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Paris, Greece, the Panama Canal, New Zealand and Australia.

An avid reader, she also enjoyed the Lawrence Welk Show, loved watching her hummingbirds, played the organ and was a talented Bridge player.

In 2000 she and her husband moved to St. Helens to be closer to their daughter.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clarence Nelson; daughter, Cyndi Furseth of St. Helens; granddaughter, Nicole Bishop; great-grandchildren, Michael and Chaina Morton; and great-grandson, Casey Morton.

A private family gathering will be held.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Willie Rae Vandergalien

Willie Rae Vandergalien of Rainier passed away May 26, 2011, at her home surrounded by family. She was 74.

Willie Rae McLearen was born Jan. 19, 1937, in Harrison, Texas, to James T. and Pearl May (Boles) McLearen.

On Aug. 5, 1958, she married Gilbert Schoonover in Whitney, Texas, before moving to Fort Gamble, Wash., in the same year.

The next year the family moved to St. Helens in November, and has remained in the area between St. Helens and Rainier ever since.

On Aug. 21, 1974, she married Samuel Vandergalien in Clatskanie.

She is survived by her daughters, Terri Schoonover of Goble, and Wille Rae Vandergalien of Rainier; granddaughters, Amanda M. Hummer of Rainier, Sonja Hummer of Clatskanie, whom she raised as her own daughter from the age of 9 years old, and Samantha Miller of St. Helens; great-granddaughters, Page R. Taylor and Payton R. Taylor, both of Clatskanie; and siblings, Mary Dishman, Carolynn, and James T. McLearen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sam Vandergalien; and dear friend, Tom Burback.

A celebration of life service was held June 3 at the Rainier Assembly of God Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Anamaude Willhoft

Anamaude Willhoft of Longview, Wash., formerly St. Helens, passed away June 4, 2011, at her home. She was 87.

Anamaude Wing was born March 15, 1924, in the Township of Odessa, Kan., to Lloyd and Velma Wing, and was the oldest of five children.

For more than 50 years she lived in St. Helens with her husband of 56 years, Neil. He preceded her in death in 2001.

A year later she moved to Longview to live near her daughter and son-in-law.

In her earlier years, she was active in the community. A longtime member of the school board, she also participated in BPW and the Ladies of the St. Helens Elks Lodge, BPOE #1999.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Fred Gaspro of Longview; daughter, Lee Anne Minor of St. Helens; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Dorcine Barton of Grants Pass; grandchildren, Ann (Jason) Nelson of Longview, Tony (Melanie) Gaspro of Vancouver, Victoria (John) Clements of Peoria, Ariz., Dorena Watkins of Scappoose, and Brenda Brown of St. Helens; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and brother, Lloyd L. Wing Jr. of Grants Pass. She was preceded in death by two of her great-grandsons.

A private family niche side gathering will be held at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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