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Marlene England

March 27, 1931-May 27, 2011

Marlene England, 80, died on May 27 at her home in Aloha. The cause of death was cancer.

She was born March 27, 1931, in Oregon City, to Charlie and Jewell Mack. She graduated from Beaverton High School with the class of 1949.

She was employed at the Christian Supply Store.

All her life she helped serve others without asking for anything in return. She had a deep belief in Jesus Christ.

Surviving are daughters Colleen Lavassaur of Aloha and Sherry Wright of Tucson, Ariz.; son Larry England of Juneau, Alaska; sisters Franscine Oekerman of Vancouver, Wash., and Susan Stewart of Canby, Wash.; granddaughters Michelle Gonzalez of Tucson, Alicia England of Beaverton and Sarena Rogers of Tucson; grandsons Derek Rogers of Albuquerque, N.M., Daniel England of Butte, Mont., and Alex LaVassaur of Aloha; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Charlie and Jewell Mack.

A memoral service was held Saturday at Beaverton Christian Church, and a graveside service was held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Marlene England may be made to East/West Ministries, for the benefit of Wade Mitchell Hope Center, 2001 S.W. Plano Parkway, Suite 3000, Plano, Texas 75075, or to Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation, 920 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland 97225.

Branden John Ferreira

Dec. 15, 1980-May 29, 2011

Branden John Ferreira died on May 29. He was 31 years old,

Born Dec. 15, 1980, in Hilo, Hawaii, to Wayland Ferreira and Sharon Wishard, he was raised in Aloha and graduated from Hillsboro High School with the class of 1999.

He had a dual master's degree in business and administration from the University of Phoenix.

He was a banker at Wells Fargo.

On May 20, 2006, he married Nicole.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, shooting and all outdoor activities and playing video games with his children, brothers and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his wife Nicole, are mother Sharon Wishard of Hilo; daughters Lana Ferreira and Francesca Ferreira and stepsons Trevor McKnown and Aiden McKnown, all of Beaverton; brothers Wayland Ferreira, Kyle Ferreira and Cody Wishard, all of Aloha; and sisters Nicole Ferreira Zoller of Aloha and Andrea Ferreira of Austin, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wayland Ferreira.

A celebration of the life of Branden John Ferreira will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and Imbrie Hall, 4045 N.W. Cornelius Pass Road in Hillsboro.

Springer and Son Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Harold R. Freece

May 3. 1927-May 27. 2011

Harold R Freece, local business owner and longtime resident of Beaverton, died suddenly on May 27. He was 84 years old.

The third and youngest son of Warren and Emma Freece, he was born May 3, 1927, in Canby.

Upon graduation from high school in Canby in May 1945, he was immediately drafted into the Army and began training for the expected invasion of Japan. Fortunately, World War II ended in August and he was discharged after completing his term of service.

After returning to civilian life, he began a lifetime career in one form or another of business connected to the automotive industry, first working for his uncle, Clarence Rupp, at a Shell service station in Canby and then working for Wolfard Lincoln Mercury in Oregon City.

In 1949, with help and guidance from Uncle Clarence, he opened Harold's Shell Service at 101st and S.W. Canyon Road in West Slope, a business he operated until 1964.

In 1964, after 15 years, he sold the service station business and purchased Beaverton Auto Parts, a business he was still operating when he died.

After 62 years in business in Beaverton, he was well known in the community and was liked and respected by all who knew him.

On July 30, 1949, he married Mildred Broad in Beaverton.

His greatest loves were his family, his church, his work, his membership in Rotary and his daily morning coffee group.

Survivors include his wife Mildred, with whom he enjoyed a wonderful marriage for almost 62 years; children Carol Charnstrom of Milwaukie, Wendell Freece of Beaverton, Warren Freece of Toledo, Wash., and Alice Johnson of Pinole, Calif.; his older brother Kenneth Freece of Seattle; grandchildren Aaron Charnstrom, Julia (Freece) Showers, Diana Freece, Robbie Freece, Rupp Freece, Gibb Freece, Emma Freece; great-grandchild Jacoby Showers; numerous nieces and nephews and uncounted friends.

He will be deeply missed by all of them.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his oldest brother, Raymond.

A memorial service was held Saturday in Southwest Bible Church in Beaverton. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery.

For anyone wishing to make a donation in the name of Harold R. Freece, the family suggests contributions to either the small church where Harold grew up, Canby Evangelical Church, 339 S. Township Road, Canby, or to Beaverton Rotary Club.

Jackie Graham

Sept. 26, 1939-March 21, 2011

After a long illness, Jackie Graham died peacefully on March 21 at Oddysee Hospice in Tucson, Ariz. She was 71 years old.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1939.

She is survived by her husband John Graham of Tucson; brother Earl Bell of New York; sister Lucy Mae Evans of Tennessee; children Roxane Risner of Oregon, Roberta Greer and Glenn Burhyte, both of Texas, Renee Burhyte of Wisconsin and Gregg Burhyte of California; plus 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In September last year, knowing that she didn't have long to live, she enjoyed her 71st birthday weekend in Arizona with all of her children

While all miss her greatly, there is a sense of peace that her health challenges are finally over.

Robert Eugene Lavey

June 22, 1928-May 20, 2011

Robert (Bob) Eugene Lavey, a family man, coach, athlete, businessman, veteran and good-natured friend to all, died May 20 at age 82.

He spent the last week of his life in Boston at Fenway Park watching his beloved Red Sox with friends; he never made it home to Portland.

He was born June 22, 1928, in Portland to George and Hazel, grew up in Eastmoreland and attended Duniway Grade School and Washington High School.

In high school, between basketball and baseball games, he met Jackie Austin, the love of his life for 65 years.

In 1950 he graduated from the University of Oregon, where he majored in business, played basketball and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Throughout his life, Mr. Lavey remained an active Ducks booster, attending games in Eugene and traveling to bowl games. Earlier this year, he was recognized, along with other former players, at one of the final games played at Mac Court.

After college, on Aug. 25, 1950, Robert Lavey and Jackie Austin were married in Portland.

He spent the next few years in the Air Force, in which he was an air traffic controller stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during the Korean War.

Upon returning home, he and his wife started a family and he began his lifelong career in the wood products industry. In 1993, he retired as president of Northwest Wood Specialties Inc.

As the father of three boys, he rarely missed a ballgame or school activity. Throughout the 1960s, '70s and '80s he coached regular season and All-Star teams in Raleigh Hills Little League and Beaverton Babe Ruth.

He was an outstanding coach and savvy baseball strategist, earning many championship trophies. Today, there are three grown sons and hundreds of grown men who fondly remember Coach Lavey with his Fungo bat in hand and cigar in his mouth.

As the grandfather of six, Mr. Lavey enjoyed being with his grandchildren. Whether it was teaching them how to play cards or attending plays or far-away games, he, with his wife by his side, was always around to support and encourage them.

As a devoted husband, he was his wife's best friend. Over the years they enjoyed spending time with friends in Gearhart, where he had his only hole-in-one (in 1969, fourth hole), traveling to jazz festivals and taking cruises around the world.

When with him, one could always count on him to meet new people, swap stories and enjoy a cocktail.

He was an excellent dance partner and a good bowler, but not handy around the house. He preferred car trips, nice hotels and restaurants; he liked to read history, listen to music and talk sports and politics. Above all, he was fun to be around, enjoyed being with his family (especially on birthdays) and was caring and sentimental about people and his country.

In 1978 he was honored as Oregon Baseball Man of the Year, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Sports Hall of Fame.

Surviving are Jackie, his wife of 61 years; sons Jeff, Greg and Dan; and grandchildren Mark, Jack, Caitlin, Rob, Max and Piper.

At the request of Robert Eugene Lavey, a private burial service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Those who wish to remember and celebrate his life may do so on June 22, his 83rd birthday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club and/or donate to Special Olympics Oregon at soor.org or 5901 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 200, Portland 97239.

Victor Walton

Dec. 19, 1959-May 29, 2011

Victor Walton died May 29 in his Aloha home. He was 51. Cause of death was ALS.

He was born Dec. 19, 1959, in Seattle to Don and Arleen Walton.

He attended McKay Elementary and Whitford Junior High and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1978.

He received a bachelor's degree in music and a teaching certification and master's degree in education from Portland State University.

At the age of 8 he received a silver medal at the Oregon Junior Olympics, and at age 12 he was a Little League all-star. In 1978 he won the bronze medal at the State Solo Contest playing the bassoon. From 1972 to 1982 he was a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. His favorite memory of this time with the Philharmonic was when he had the opportunity to conduct the orchestra in the masterpiece 'The Rite of Spring' at a rehearsal.

He began his teaching career in Sandy, where he taught elementary music. He transferred to the Beaverton School District in 1997 and for the past 10 years had taught at Kinnaman Elementary School.

He spent his life teaching music of one kind or another. From the age of 17 he taught private bassoon lessons and after high school worked as a music aide with the Beaverton School District before becoming certified to teach.

His love for music showed throughout his home and included an extensive collection of vinyl albums. He could be found most Saturdays scouting the local secondhand stores or garage sales looking for his next musical treasure.

He also loved to go to the waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, and he spent countless hours visiting various lakes all over Oregon.

Victor Walton would tell you that he was just a regular person. However, those who knew him know better. His generosity and kind heart have been an inspiration to all he has touched. He lived his life to the end with integrity and courage. He made our world a better place, and he is a true hero.

His life is best described in a poem he wrote for the fifth-grade class at Kinnaman:

'Every time you find someone who is lonely and you make them your friend, then you are my hero. Every time you bring joy to those who are sad, hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, confidence to the shy, compassion to the different, and happiness to the depressed, then you are my hero. A true hero is just a regular person who tries his best to make our world a better place.'

On Aug. 28 last year, he married Debora Reynolds, who survives him. Also surviving are son Michael of Tigard; daughter SarahLou of Beaverton; stepdaughter Leanna of The Dalles; parents Don and Arleen Walton; brother Mike Walton of Hillsboro; sister Suzanne Dawson of Beaverton; and grandsons Cainan of Tigard and Tanner of The Dalles.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Aloha High School auditorium, 18550 S.W. Kinnaman Road.

The family of Victor Walton asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ALS Association of Oregon, 700 N.E. Multnomah St., Suite 870, Portland 97232.

Aftercare Funeral Home is handling arrangements.