Obituaries for March 28


Ralph Clinton Kelly

April 15, 1920-March 26, 2007

East County resident Ralph Clinton Kelly, 86, died Monday, March 26, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A reception will follow.

Ralph was born April 15, 1920, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Charles and Lydia (Wright) Kelly. When he was 3 years old, he moved with his family to Santa Monica, Calif., where he graduated from high school.

He joined the Merchant Marines and attended the academy at Kings Point on Long Island, N.Y., for two years.

Ralph then began his 37-year sailing career, which took him all over the world. For the last seven years, he sailed in Alaska. He retired in 1985, having attained the rank of chief's mate.

In 1953, Ralph married Betty Coffey in Portland. After his retirement, they wintered in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was within walking distance of a field where his favorite professional baseball teams practiced.

Ralph also enjoyed reading, history and college football.

Survivors include his wife of East County; sons, Ernest Kelly of Indio, Calif., Michael Kelly of Gladstone and John Kelly of Salem; sister, Betty Gossage of Fullerton, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Providence Hospice, 1235 N.E. 47th Ave., Suite 148, Portland, 97213.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Richard 'Dick' Leahmond Anderson

Aug. 20, 1939-March 25, 2007

Gresham resident Richard 'Dick' Leahmond Anderson, 67, died Sunday, March 25.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Living Word Fellowship, 12700 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring.

Dick was born Aug. 20, 1939, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Vernon and Lela (Self) Anderson. He was raised and educated in Long Beach, Calif., where he graduated from high school in the late 1950s.

After his graduation, he joined the Marine Corps and served for more than four years.

While he was in the service, Dick married Marlene Ward in California. In the early 1970s, they moved to Oregon, and he began working for United Telephone Systems.

Then, in the 1980s, they began doing missions work in Oaxaca, Mexico. After they returned from Mexico, Dick took a job with GTE.

Marlene preceded Dick in death in August 1984.

Then, on Nov. 18, 1984, Dick married Ann Benner. They lived along Johnson Creek in Gresham and worked together to remodel their home.

Dick was a master craftsman and handyman and enjoyed helping others with their remodeling projects.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Anderson.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; daughter, LaRonna Howell of Cascade Locks; son, Bob Anderson of Chunchula, Ala.; stepdaughters, Deborah Laskey of Everett, Wash., Marsha Stewart of Puyallup, Wash., and Julie Amano of Gresham; stepson, Jeffrey Benner of Fairview; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Living Word Fellowship building fund, 12700 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring, 97009.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gerald 'Jerry' E. Perkins

June 6, 1925-March 24, 2007

Former Gresham resident Gerald 'Jerry' E. Perkins, 81, died of heart failure Saturday, March 24, in Welches.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Hoodland Lutheran Church, 59151 E. Highway 26, Brightwood. Visitation will follow at noon. Private interment will be at Willamette Valley Park.

Jerry was born June 6, 1925, in Spokane, Wash., to Edward James and Margaret (Fisher) Perkins. He was raised and educated in Spokane.

He served in the Navy during World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion.

Jerry later graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's in history.

On July 10, 1953, Jerry married Jan Smith in Los Angeles. He worked as the western regional manager for CPC International Foods. He was retired.

Jerry lived in Gresham for six years before moving to Welches in 1991.

He was a member of Hoodland Lutheran Church; Mount Hood Golf Club, where he served as the executive secretary for 10 years; and was co-founder of the AA Softball League in Spokane.

Survivors include his wife of Welches; daughters, Cindy Taylor of Tigard, Debbie McClain of Tualatin, Jody Perkins of Reno, Nev., and Patty Christensen of Las Vegas; son, Tim Perkins of Welches; and eight grandchildren.

The Neptune Society is handling arrangements.

Mathew Ardell Buck

Feb. 20, 1920-March 26, 2007

Gresham resident Mathew A. Buck, 87, died Monday, March 26, 2007.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Mathew was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Oklahoma to Calvin and Tessie (Heath) Buck.

He began working at a young age and was a laborer in mines and oil fields throughout the country.

He also worked in the grapefruit and orange orchards in California.

Mathew was married and divorced.

He moved to Gresham about seven years ago.

Survivors include his sons, Sonny Buck, Bobby Buck and Michael Buck, all of California; daughter, Dixie; sister, Patty Pallinger of Gresham; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Affiliate, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.