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Obituaries Feb. 24

Lena Lucille Kratz

April 19, 1918-Feb. 16, 2007

Lena Lucille Kratz, 88, a longtime resident of Boring, died Friday, Feb. 16, in Rhododendron.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive, Gresham.

Lena was born April 19, 1918, in Harmon, Okla., to William and Betty (Wheller) Pruett. She was raised and educated in Oklahoma.

On April 24, 1943, Lena married Earl B. Kratz in Woodward, Okla.

She moved to Oregon to work in the shipyards during World War II and settled in Boring in 1951. She was a field boss at a berry farm in Boring.

In 1982, Lena was preceded in death by her husband.

Lena was Southern Baptist. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her sons, William Howard of Troutdale and Robert Howard of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter, Clarinda Volk of Boring; brother, Harry Pruett of Moses Lake, Wash.; sisters, Betty Johnson and Lorraine Krutz, both of Kansas; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Mohler Lynch

Aug. 2, 1949-Feb. 20, 2007

East County resident James Mohler Lynch, 57, died Tuesday, Feb. 20.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Private interment will be at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Portland.

James was born Aug. 2, 1949, in Dickinson, N.D., to James Hillard and Marjorie Hazel (Macomb) Lynch. When he was young, he moved to East County and graduated from David Douglas High School in 1968.

On Sept. 14, 1974, James married Deborah 'Debbie' A. Record in Portland. He was a journeyman mechanic for Wagner Mining Company for more than 20 years. He retired in 2005.

James was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed taking trips to the beach and playing his guitar.

Survivors include his wife of Portland; sons, Ken Lynch of Hoboken, N.J., and Jeremiah Lynch of Tigard; sisters, Joyce Short and Becky Lynch, both of Halliday, N.D.; and one grandson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Katherine I. Ellison

March 2, 1942-Feb. 14, 2007

Gresham resident Katherine I. Ellison, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Portland.

An informal memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the East Hill Church Children's Center, 695 N. Main Ave., Gresham.

Katherine was born March 2, 1942, in Chicago to William R. Jones and Sandra Radford.

On Nov. 12, 1976, Katherine married Carl Ellison. She was a homemaker.

Katherine was a member of East Hill Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

On Nov. 22, 1996, Katherine was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her son, Todd Jones of Boring; daughters, Cynthia Heard and Lori Jones of Gresham and Christine Kafel of Eagle Creek; stepsons, Mitch Ellison of Lake Oswego and Steve Ellison of Beaverton; sisters, Joyce Merrill and Murlaine Crawford, both of Gresham, and sister, Gena Clowers of Florence; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Hannah Christine Moen

June 10, 1915-Feb. 16, 2007

East County resident Hannah Christine Moen, 91, died Friday, Feb. 16, at a Portland foster care facility.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel, 225 N.E. 80th Ave., Portland.

Hannah was born June 10, 1915, in Shawnee, N.D., to John L. and Julie (Raymo) Solseng. She was raised and educated in North Dakota.

In 1935, Hannah married Leonard Moen in North Dakota. They made their home in the Parkrose area.

Hannah was Lutheran. She was active in the Gresham and Cherry Blossom Loaves and Fishes.

In 1981, Hannah was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Blevens of Ridgefield, Wash.; son, Rodney Moen of Portland; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Southwest, P.O. Box 16, Vancouver, WA 98668.

Alternative Burial and Cremation of Oregon in Sherwood is handling arrangements.

Russell 'Russ' Nelson

March 25, 1922-Feb. 11, 2007

Former Gresham resident Russell 'Russ' Nelson, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 11, after a prolonged illness.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Russ was born March 25, 1922, in Clearlake, Wis., to Charles and Estella Nelson. In 1928, he moved with his family to the Portland area, where he graduated from high school.

In Oct. 1942, he joined the Coast Guard and served in the European, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters during World War II. He was discharged in March 1946.

Russ returned to Portland after his discharge. He worked for Ross Island Sand and Gravel Co., Kaiser Cement and Allied Ready-Mix.

In 1971, Russ started Nelson Ready-Mix Concrete Inc., with the help of his wife, in Ripon, Calif. They eventually opened other plants in Stockton, Calif., and Tracy, Calif., as the business grew. They retired after 30 years of running the company.

Russ was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He attended First Baptist Church in Modesto, Calif., and enjoyed golf, travel and spending time with his family.

Russ was preceded in death by his sisters, Elva, Velma, Ardis and Leila Mae; and brothers, Clifford and Curtis.

Survivors include his wife Marian of Ripon; daughters, Carol Niblett of Modesto and Sharlene Nelson Bolkan of Springfield; son, Douglas Nelson of Buckeye, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ted W. Pulliam

Oct. 15, 1950-Feb. 21, 2007

Happy Valley resident Ted W. Pulliam, 56, died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Happy Valley.

A party will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, a Paesano's Cedarville Park, 3800 W. Powell Loop, Gresham.

Ted was born Oct. 15, 1950, in Boise, Idaho, to Stanley and Agnes (Menke) Pulliam. He was raised and educated in Idaho and Springfield, where he graduated from Thurston High School in 1969.

In 1970, he joined the Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was discharged in 1972.

On Dec. 19, 1974, Ted married Adele Olsen in Reno, Nev. He lived in Boring for many years and owned the Olsen-Pulliam Well Drilling Company and Pump Services.

Ted was a member of the Gateway Elks and was a former vice president of the Oregon Groundwater Association. He coached soccer and baseball and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and horseback riding.

Survivors include his wife of Happy Valley; sons, Travis Croonquist of Portland and Tyson Croonquist of Damascus; parents of Springfield; brother, Tony Pulliam of Boring; sisters, Connie Nichols of Creswell and Nancy Barnes of Jasper; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Groundwater Association, Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 21285, Keizer, 97307-1285, or to The Adaptive Riding Institute (H.O.R.S.E.S. for the physically challenged), P.O. Box 280, Scotts Mills, 97375.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harold Hugo Grappe

Dec. 2, 1911-Feb. 20, 2007

Damascus resident Harold Hugo Grappe, 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Private interment will be at Bellcrest Cemetery, Salem.

Harold was born Dec. 2, 1911, in Dover, Idaho, to Carl Ulrik Emanuel and Hilma Elina (Lundberg) Grappe. He graduated from high school in Bellingham, Wash. He continued his education at Western Washington University in Bellingham and graduated with an associate's degree in contracting.

Harold began working as a general contractor when he was 18 years old and established his own construction firm in 1949 in Coos Bay. Construction projects took him throughout the Pacific Northwest until he retired at age 75.

In 1932, Harold married Virginia Jones in Bellingham. She preceded him in death in 1970.

On Oct. 30, 1970, he married Eleanor Shepard. He lived in Medford for 12 years before moving to Damascus five years ago.

Harold was an active member of the Baptist Church. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

On Nov. 25, 2001, Harold was preceded in death by his wife.

Survivors include his sons, Donald Grappe of Portland and Dan Norton of Aumsville; daughters, Burnie Getchell of Damascus, Marilyn Lux of Aumsville and Paula Geck of Palm Desert, Calif.; stepdaughter, Jean Hartmann of Honolulu; stepsons, Bob Forrest and Doug Forrest, both of Medford; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to ElderPlace, 17727 E. Burnside St., Portland, 97233.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Margaret 'Peggy' L. Parsons

Oct. 5, 1921-Feb. 21, 2007

Former East County resident Margaret 'Peggy' L. Parsons, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Troutdale Presbyterian Church, 352 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale. Private interment will be at Douglass Pioneer Cemetery, Troutdale.

Peggy was born Oct. 5, 1921, in Boise, Idaho, to F. Harvey and Ethel (Wilson) Anderson. She was raised and educated in Spokane, Wash., where she graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.

In 1942, she joined the Marine Corps and was a member of the pistol target team.

She was the National Pistol Target Champion and won a number of medals for her shooting.

After her discharge, Peggy married Al Pricco. They divorced in 1949.

In 1950, she married Dale Parsons.

They made their home in Troutdale.

Peggy was a cook at Edgefield. She then worked as a secretary at Troutdale Grade School and in the Reynolds School District administration office.

She later worked as a graphic artist and coordinated the printing department for the Multnomah Education Service District. She retired in 1985, but she co-owned a print shop in Sandy with her daughter until 1989.

She moved to Sandy in 1970.

Peggy enjoyed art, photography, animals and the outdoors. She also enjoyed kayaking and skydiving.

In 1978, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her sons, Marty Parsons of Sultan, Wash., and Jeff Parsons of Gresham; daughters, Dee Parsons of Gresham, Linda Smyth of Woodland, Wash., Jenni Oldenburg of Sandy; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.