Obituaries for June 8, 2011


Steven Gordon Johnson

Oct. 6, 1942-May 20, 2011

Former Sandy 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.

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

Robert 'Bob' Jay Bell Jr.

Dec. 17, 1949-May 27, 2011

Robert 'Bob' Jay Bell Jr., a former Boring business owner, died Friday, May 27, at his home in Portland. He was 61.

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

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; his 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.

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 was held Saturday, June 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in 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, which operated in the Sandy and Boring area.

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; brothers, 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 U.S. 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.

Martin James Sander

April 28, 1934-May 31, 2011

Former Sandy area 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.

Dolores 'Dee' Meta Steffl

April 7, 1927-May 30, 2011

Sandy resident Dolores 'Dee' Meta Steffl died Monday, May 30, at her home. She was 84.

A viewing was held Friday, June 3, at Sandy Funeral Home. Private burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Dee was born April 7, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wis., to George and Ester (Buck) Fabry. After graduating from high school, Dee worked as a secretary at Wisconsin Ice and Coal.

In 1949, Dee went on a blind date with Richard 'Dick' Steffl. They were married on Jan. 7, 1950, in Wisconsin. Shortly afterward, Dick was called to serve in the Navy. After his discharge in 1952, they returned to Milwaukee for a short time prior to moving to Oregon.

Dick and Dee made their home in Sandy, where they resided on Dick's father's farm. They purchased their own home two years later.

Dee worked as a customer service representative for Portland General Electric for more than 30 years.

Dee was an avid quilter and made hundreds of quilts for the veterans' hospital. She loved to garden, especially roses and lilies. She enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables. She was a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273.

Survivors include her husband; and godson, Shawn Burns of Sandy.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273, 38452 Proctor Blvd., Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Perry Furnish

Nov. 20, 1953-May 5, 2011

Sandy resident Perry Furnish died Thursday, May 5. He was 57.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 18, at Hoodland Lutheran Church, 59151 E. Highway 26, Brightwood.

A complete obituary will be in a future edition of the Post.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Catherine A. Fox

May 4, 1924-May 28, 2011

Former Sandy resident Catherine A. Fox died Saturday, May 28, in Eugene of complications from a stroke. She was 87.

Interment was at Cliffside Cemetery in Sandy.

Catherine was born May 4, 1924, in Bismarck, N.D., to Dana and Maude Cone. She graduated from Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, S.D., and received her bachelor's degree from Dakota Bible College in 1950.

On Feb. 11, 1944, she married Kenneth N. Fox in Minneapolis. They resided in Sandy from 1961 to 1980.

Catherine was an assistant director of a high school glee club and later of the Sweet Adelines. She attended Garden Way Church in Eugene, had written several books and was involved in missionary ministries.

She was preceded in death by her husband in September 2004; and by her son, Vern C. Fox.

Survivors include her sons, Norman Fox of Springfield and Gary Fox of Terryville, Conn.; daughters, Marlys Steele of Carmel, Calif., and Marilee Cichon of Orinda, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the mission fund at Garden Way Church, 231 N. Garden Way, Eugene, 97401.

England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eva Wamboldt

Aug. 28, 1915-May 24, 2011

Sandy resident Eva Wamboldt, 95, died Tuesday, May 24, at her home.

A celebration of her life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Sandy Grange, 34705 S.E. Kelso Road. A private graveside service was held at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Eva was born Aug. 28, 1915, in Sterling, Colo., to Jacob and Anna (Kimmel) Sterger. She was raised and educated in Colorado.

On Jan. 9, 1934, she married David Wamboldt in Atwood, Colo. They moved to Oregon in 1938 and to Sandy in 1947.

Eva enjoyed camping, black powder hunting, painting, crocheting and woodworking.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years; son, Delbert Wamboldt; five sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include her son, Marvin Wamboldt of Sandy; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kenneth Keith Teuscher

June 14, 1931-June 6, 2011

Longtime Sandy resident Kenneth Keith Teuscher died Monday, June 6. He was 79.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. A committal service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Kenneth was born June 14, 1931, in Cherryville to John and Grace (Shank) Teuscher, the youngest of five children. Kenneth grew up in Sandy and graduated from Sandy High School.

Kenneth resided on the family homestead that was started in the 1800s. He was a dairy farmer, raised beef cattle and grew hay.

Survivors include his sister, Christine Dutton of Portland; brother, Elmer Teuscher of Woodburn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lorrell Stricker

Oct. 25, 1948-March 28, 2011

Lorrell Stricker, a former resident of Boring, died Monday, March 28. She was 62.

A private service was held.

Lorrell was born Oct. 25, 1948, in Portland to Lorne and Leona Purdy.

On Nov. 12, 1965, she married John Stricker. They resided in Gresham and in Boring before retiring to Culver 10 years ago.

Lorrell was a barber and worked at Perfect Look in Gresham for several years. She loved living in the Three Rivers community in Culver, where she enjoyed her friendships and watching the wildlife, especially the deer.

Her sisters, Mary Bateman and Collette Bartruff, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Jeanette Muck of Vancouver, Wash., Moniece Snell of Vancouver and Wendy Littlepage of Boring; and six grandchildren.

Carrie 'Sue' Sidebottom Hill

April 19, 1920-June 4, 2011

Former Sandy resident Carrie 'Sue' Sidebottom Hill died Saturday, June 4. She was 91.

Services are pending.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.