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Obituaries for June 18, 2011

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.

Maynard Link

July 19, 1935-June 15, 2011

Troutdale resident Maynard Link, 75, died Wednesday, June 15.

A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, June 20, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Maynard was born July 19, 1935, in Seiling, Okla., to Adolph and Emily (Louthan) Link. He served in the Army.

On Sept. 16, 1961, he married Beverly Hunt in Amarillo, Texas.

Maynard worked for Crown-Zellerbach for many years. He was a charter member of Greater Gresham Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and working in his yard. He resided in Troutdale for the last 18 years.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Brenda Yeager of Grantville, Ga., and Becky Hegardt of West Linn; son, Glenn Link of Sandy; brother, Willard Link of Rolla, Kan.; sisters, Lois Burchett of Manhattan, Kan., Alta Howeth of Seiling, Vada Hawkins of Seiling, Belva Taylor of Cache, Okla., and twin sister Marie Elliott of Seiling; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations can be made to Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James L. Keller

April 10, 1932-June 14, 2011

Portland resident James L. Keller died Tuesday, June 14, in Portland from congestive heart failure. He was 79.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, June 20, at Greater Grace Church, 3707 S.E. 162nd Ave., Portland. There will be a private interment.

Jim was born April 10, 1932, in Valley City, N.D., to James and Selma (Johnson) Keller. He moved to Portland as a young boy and attended Cleveland and Benson high schools.

On Sept. 20, 1952, he married Sylvia Wright.

Jim began his police career Nov. 7, 1961, as a reserve deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. In 1964, he accepted a full-time position with the sheriff's office working at the Rocky Butte Correctional Facility.

On Dec. 7, 1968, Jim began his career as a police officer with the Gresham Police Department. The population of Gresham at that time was 6,600 and his original badge number was No. 7. Most of his career in Gresham was spent in the patrol division with the last eight years serving with the Police Training Unit. He also served as a field training officer for new recruits and as a police firearms instructor. Jim retired on April 30, 1994, after 25 years, 4 months and 23 days of service.

Jim was an award-winning competition shooter and was a devoted teacher of firearms safety to his children. Jim also enjoyed racing midget race cars and flying in his younger years.

His sister, Joanne, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Julie Ann Geates of Moses Lake, Wash.; son, Ronald J. Keller of Portland; sister, Janet Friend of Portland; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, 687 N. Thompson St., Portland, 97227; or to Lutheran Brethren Seminary, 815 W. Vernon Ave., Fergus Falls, Minn., 56537.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sherry Barnes

Aug. 19, 1956-June 15, 2011

Former Troutdale resident Sherry Barnes, 54, died Wednesday, June 15, in Sandy.

A celebration of her life will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at 36740 Double Creek Drive, Sandy.