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Obituaries for June 15, 2011

Raymond Freeman

March 17, 1927-June 4, 2011

Longtime East County resident Raymond Freeman, 84, died Saturday, June 4, in Wood Village.

No services will be held. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

Raymond was born March 17, 1927, in Richmond, Calif. He served in the Navy during World War II.

On Dec. 9, 1989, he married Marilyn Miller in Portland.

Survivors include his wife; children, Kenneth of Portland, Craig of Pendleton and Keisha of Gresham; stepchildren, Robert of Gresham, Linda of Vancouver, Wash., Teri of Portland and Sandra of Vancouver; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

National Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Martha M. Doversberger

June 20, 1916-June 10, 2011

Former Gresham resident Martha M. Doversberger died Friday, June 10, in West Linn. She was 94.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A concluding graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Martha was born June 20, 1916, in Lansing, Ill., to Nicklaus and Mathilda (Lange) Poppe.

Martha had a lengthy career as an executive secretary and worked for the Pullman-Standard Company from 1959 to 1981.

Martha was a member of Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby. She was a former member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Portland. She especially loved to sew and quilt and had many talents.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Carl E. Doversberger.

Survivors include her son, The Rev. Nicholas Doversberger of Oregon City; daughter, Mary Hood of Portland; brother, Herbert Poppe Sr.; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mike Matzek

Aug. 1, 1962-June 5, 2011

Former East County resident Mike Matzek, 48, died Sunday, June 5, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Odd Fellows Hall, 10282 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie.

Mike was born Aug. 1, 1962, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Randy and Terri Matzek. He was raised in Portland and graduated from Centennial High School in 1980.

Mike enjoyed golf, softball, rock 'n' roll, football and any activities at Kenton Station.

Survivors include his father of Forest Grove; mother of Long Beach, Calif.; and brother, Thom Matzek of Mount Airy, Md.

Darese Lynn Odoms

July 9, 1969-June 4, 2011

East County resident Darese Lynn Odoms, 41, died Saturday, June 4.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Metro Church of Christ, 1525 N.W. Division St.

Darese was born July 9, 1969, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to Emmanuel and Linda (Johnson) Odoms. Darese attended Buckman Elementary School in Portland, Milwaukie High School, Columbia Christian College and Oklahoma Christian University.

Darese worked for Target, where she received the employee of the month award and was personally congratulated by the company CEO. She also worked for City Center Parking in the accounting department until she was diagnosed with lupus.

Darese attended Metro Church of Christ in Gresham. She loved children and set up a donation service for obtaining batteries to be used in battery-operated push books for seriously ill children at Providence Child Center.

Darese's hobbies included graphic design, making jewelry, teaching Sunday school classes and children's worship and assisting with vacation Bible school. She also wrote 12 children's religious puppet skits for the purpose of teaching children around the world about Jesus. She hoped to have her skits published in the future.

Survivors include her mother, Linda Banks of Portland; brother, Emmanuel Odoms of Portland; sister, Etema Atagabe of Portland; two nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial donations can be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter, 800 Fifth Ave., Suite 4100, Seattle, 98104; or the World English Institute, 1525 N.W. Division St., Gresham, 97030.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Charles Christian Parsons

April 11, 1949-June 11, 2011

Former Portland resident Charles Christian Parsons, 62, died Saturday, June 11, in Clackamas.

No service will be held.

Chris was born April 11, 1949, in North Platte, Neb., to Gilbert and Jacqueline (Fredcey) Parsons. Chris graduated from David Douglas High School in 1968.

On Oct. 12, 1968, he married Penny Marie Allard in Portland.

Chris worked as the maintenance coordinator for the city of Gresham. His interests included horseback riding and mining for gold. He was a longtime Portland resident and also resided in Estacada and Clackamas.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Jackquilin Fuson of Vale and Leeanna Parsons of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; brother, Steve Parsons of Mount Vernon; sisters, Sandy Hampton of Vancouver, Wash., Karen Barger of Gladstone and Patty Silva of Vancouver; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, 97239.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.