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Obituaries Feb. 28

Louis Hernandez Zavalsa

Jan. 7, 1989-Feb. 24, 2007

Gresham resident Louis Hernandez Zavalsa, 18, died Saturday, Feb. 24, in Portland.

A funeral will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Louis was born Jan. 7, 1989, in Tijuana, Mexico, to Angel and Maria Zavalsa Nunez. He was raised and educated in California. In 1995, he moved with his family to Portland, and in 2004, to Gresham.

Louis attended Helensview High School in Portland and took part in a community service and job skills development program through Victory Outreach.

Louis was active in his church. He enjoyed going to movies and working out.

Survivors include his son, Louis Hernandez Jr. of Gresham; parents of Gresham; brother, Bryan Hernandez of Gresham; and fiancé, Maria Cruz of Gresham.

Danny L. Ellis

Dec. 2, 1959-Feb. 24, 2007

East County resident Danny L. Ellis, 47, died Saturday, Feb. 24, in Clackamas County.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at New Life Christian Center, 16575 S.E. Webster Road, Milwaukie.

Danny was born Dec. 2, 1959, in Inglewood, Calif., to John and Lawanda (Turentine) Ellis. He began his education in Inglewood but moved to East County when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Centennial High School in 1977.

After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. He returned to East County after his discharge and owned Double E. Tile in Portland with his brother.

Danny enjoyed spending time outdoors, particularly if he was fishing or hunting.

Survivors include his parents of Gresham; brothers, Tom Ellis of Enterprise and John Ellis of Portland; grandmother, Rena Turentine of Grants Pass; and longtime companion, Gayle Heon of Portland.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Blanche R. Peek

Nov. 19, 1921-Feb. 23, 2007

East County resident Blanche R. Peek, 85, died Friday, Feb. 23, in Portland.

A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. Private interment will be at Alsea Cemetery, Alsea.

Blanche was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Williams, Ariz., to Victor and Ellen (Hardy) Ross. She was raised and educated in Arizona and Alsea, where she graduated from high school.

On Sept. 19, 1941, Blanche married Kenneth Peek in Vancouver, Wash. She lived in Alsea, while her husband served in the Army during World War II. After his discharge, they made their home in Portland.

Blanche was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress for White Stag and Forresters.

In 1984, she moved with her husband to Gresham.

Blanche enjoyed sewing and gardening.

In 2003, Blanche was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Bouray; and infant sons, Ronald Peek and Robert Peek.

Survivors include her son-in-law, Dale Bouray of Gresham; and grandson, Jordan Bouray of Gresham.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kaiser Permanente Hospice, 2701 Northwest Vaughn, Suite 140, Portland, 97210, or to the charity of one's choice.

James A. Boman

July 10, 1923-Feb. 16, 2007

Former Gresham and Troutdale resident James A. Boman, 83, died of cancer Friday, Feb. 16, in Yuma, Ariz.

A memorial gathering will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Sam Cox Building at Glenn Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Those who wish may share their memories of James at 11:30 a.m.

James was born July 10, 1923, in Monett, Mo., to Henry and Emma (Atwell) Boman. He was raised and educated in Joplin, Mo., where he graduated from high school in 1941.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served during World War II. He was discharged in 1945.

In 1946, James married Avanelle Harpool in Missouri. In the 1940s, he owned a dance pavilion. He later worked for various electric companies in Missouri and Oregon before retiring in 1985.

James lived in East County from 1956 to 1969. He later moved to Yuma.

In the 1960s, James served on the Troutdale City Council for a short period of time. He was a Golden Glove champion and enjoyed coaching Little League.

James also enjoyed remodeling houses, watching and playing sports, dog and horse racing and coin collecting.

In 1987, James was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Eley of Portland; sons, James Boman of Pleasant Hill and Barry Boman of Vancouver, Wash.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 20998, Portland, 97294, or to the charity of one's choice.

Kammann Mortuary in Yuma is handling arrangements.

Del Lee Karlen

Nov. 19, 1933-Feb. 25, 2007

Gresham resident Del Lee Karlen, 73, died of cancer Sunday, Feb. 25, in Gresham.

An informal memorial gathering and potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Milwaukie Grange Hall, 12015 S.E. 22nd Ave., Milwaukie.

Del was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Plymouth, Idaho, to Lee and Malissa (Tipton) Hamilton. She was raised and educated in Pleasant Valley.

In 1957, Del married John R. Karlen Jr. in Oregon. They later divorced but remained close.

Del was a waitress at the Satellite Restaurant for more than 25 years. She later worked at Boeing and Chums Café in Gresham. She retired in 2002.

In 1966, Del moved from Portland to Boring, where she resided until 1978. At that time, she moved to Gresham.

Del was a member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local No. 9.

Del was preceded in death by her brother, Arnold Hamilton.

Survivors include her daughters, Juanita Lane of Tygh Valley and Debra Burke of Eugene; sons, John Karlen III of New Jersey and Mike Coates of Brightwood; brother, Harold Hamilton of Troutdale; sister, Helen Hamilton of Dallas, Ore.; former spouse, John Karlen Jr. of Boring; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Ireland Bernard Whaley

April 3, 1918-Feb. 24, 2007

Troutdale resident Ireland Bernard Whaley, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 24, in Troutdale.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Ireland was born April 3, 1918, in Morgantown, Ark., to Head Deluth and Levie Ann (Phillips) Whaley.

On Aug. 18, 1998, Ireland married Bernice Mischel in Salton City, Calif. He was previously married. In 2003, he moved to Troutdale.

He was a machinist.

Ireland was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Mullens; and brother, George Whaley.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; daughters, Ileine Shrake of Boring and Judy Mosset of Seattle; son, Ed Mosset of Boring; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter, 104 S.W. Clay St., Portland 97201, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Evelyn Post

Jan. 24, 1922-Feb. 21, 2007

Gresham resident Evelyn Post, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14500 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Evelyn was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Portland to Amundus and Bertha (Albriktsen) Amundsen. She was raised and educated in Portland, where she graduated from Commerce High School in 1939.

On July 22, 1943, Evelyn married Walter Post in Portland. They made their home in Portland. She was a homemaker. In 1987, Evelyn moved to Gresham with her husband.

Evelyn was a longtime member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, where she volunteered with the Elsies and was part of the church choir and altar guild. She enjoyed bowling, card games, knitting, ceramics, bunko, the beach and spending time with her friends and family.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her son, Karl Post, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968.

Survivors include her husband of Portland; sons, Mark Post of Gresham and Erik Post of Dexter; daughters, Karin Maier of Portland and Marilyn Burg of Gresham; brother, Alan Amundsen of Redmond; sister, Lillian Bates of Bend; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14500 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland, 97236, or to Fairlawn Good Samaritan Village and Health Center, 1280 N.E. Kane Drive, Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James 'Jim' Frank Miller

April 13, 1923-Feb. 20, 2007

Longtime East County resident James 'Jim' Frank Miller, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Jim was born April 13, 1923, in Milwaukee to Frank and Helen (Mielcarek) Miller. He was raised and educated in Milwaukee, where he graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1941.

On Jan. 21, 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served with the Seabees during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 19, 1945, in Bremerton, Wash., having attained the rank of coxswain.

On Dec. 12, 1945, Jim married Doris Ann Weaver in Portland. He was a printer apprentice in Milwaukee. In 1953, they moved to Portland, and in 1955, to East County, where he worked for Metropolitan Printing Company for 25 years. He also worked for Montgomery Ward for five years before he retired in 1985.

Jim was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, Gateway Elks Lodge and American Legion Post No. 1. He enjoyed cribbage, bowling, football, fishing, hunting and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of Portland; sons, Steve Miller and Will Miller, both of Gresham; and two grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sommer Nicole Chambers

July 9, 1977-Feb. 21, 2007

East County resident Sommer Nicole Chambers, 29, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Seoul, South Korea.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Sandy Baptist Church, 34435 S.E. Jarl Road, Boring.

Sommer was born July 9, 1977, in Portland to David James and Cindy (Cooper) Chambers.

A full obituary will be published at a later date.

Flora Ritchey

Dec. 5, 1923-Feb. 23, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Flora Ritchey, 83, died Friday, Feb. 23.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Flora was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Peace Valley, Mo., to Grant Hibbard and Martha (Payne) Hibbard. In the mid-1930s, she moved with her family to Sandy, where she attended Sandy High School.

In December 1941, Flora married Louis Bernard Ritchey. They made their home in Gresham. She worked as a nurse's aide at Edgefield Manor for many years. She retired in 1989, after working in private care for six years.

Flora enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, reading, painting and spending time with her family.

In February 1980, Flora was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her sons, Frank Ritchey of Erick, Okla., and Ron Ritchey of Gresham; daughters, Missie Amiott of Lane, Okla., Sherry Cleman of Yakima, Wash., and Nancy Elle of The Dalles; brother, Elmer Hibbard of Taft, Calif.; sister, Lilly Fielder of Brooksville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Malcolm P. East III

July 1, 1968-Feb. 16, 2007

Gresham resident Malcolm P. East III, 38, died of cardiac arrest Friday, Feb. 16, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Sunday, March 4, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Malcolm was born July 1, 1968, in Fort Riley, Kan., to Malcolm and Beverly (Smith) East. He was raised and educated in Kansas, Germany, Louisiana and Texas, where he graduated from Lumberton High School in 1986. He continued his education at Mt. Hood Community College and graduated with an associate's degree in manufacturing technology in 1992.

In 1986, he joined the Army. He was discharged in 1993.

On Jan. 13, 1989, Malcolm married Ramona R. Case in Wichita Falls, Texas. They moved to Gresham in 1995.

Malcolm was an associate of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter No. 292, in Texas. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, cooking, watching sports and helping others.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; parents of Lumberton, Texas; and sisters, Melisa Romero of Port Arthur, Texas, and Methena Harper of Groves, Texas.