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Obituaries March 31

Kenneth 'Ken' Richard Krebs

Jan. 16, 1934-March 26, 2007

Troutdale resident Kenneth Richard Krebs, 73, died Monday, March 26, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring.

Ken was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Portland to Richard and Lillie (Nelson) Krebs. He was raised and educated in Sandy, where he graduated from Sandy High School in 1952.

On March 5, 1955, Ken married Doris Ann Hornback at Calvary Lutheran Church in Portland. They made their home in Gresham, but later divorced.

Then, on Nov. 28, 1986, he married Nance (Uptegrove) Neumeyer in Gresham. They lived in Gresham and Boring, before moving to Troutdale in 2005.

Ken worked various jobs early in his career. He was a truck driver for P.I.E. (Pacific Intermountain Express) for two years, and then served as the Rockwood Water District superintendent. He retired in 1985.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Community Church.

Ken enjoyed cars - particularly his original 1941 Ford pickup truck, that he restored - and was a member of the Early Ford V-8 Club. He was named Mr. V-8 in 1988.

He also enjoyed traveling in his RV, wintering in Yuma, Ariz., fishing, waterskiing and spending time with family.

Survivors include his wife of Troutdale; sons, Steve Krebs of La Pine and Kevin Krebs of Gresham; sister, Janice Wagner of Gresham; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Good Shepherd Great Adventure, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring, 97009.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Roger Sherman Hansen

Sept. 18, 1938-March 25, 2007

Gresham resident Roger Sherman Hansen, 68, died Sunday, March 25, in Portland.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, at Gresham First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd.

Roger was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Portland to Karl and Edythe (Davis) Hansen. He was raised and educated in Cannon Beach, Astoria and Richland, Wash., where he graduated from high school. He then attended college in Portland for three years.

In 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force and served as an administrative specialist. He was discharged in 1965.

Roger was a buyer for Disney World and later worked in sales in the photography and electronics departments for Fred Meyer in Portland and Warrenton. He retired in 2000.

He lived in East County in the 1960s, and returned to the area in 2000.

He was a member of Gresham First Baptist Church, N.W. Trail Metal Detector Club, 1,000 Trails, Leisure Time Resorts in Seaside, American Legion in Astoria, Pacific Ramblers Travel Club and a rock club in Gresham.

Roger enjoyed traveling, metal detecting, rock hunting and hiking. He also liked animals, history, music, football, golf and basketball.

Survivors include his mother of Gresham.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Geraldine 'Jeri' Ann Sill

April 3, 1922-March 27, 2007

East County resident Geraldine 'Jeri' Ann Sill, 84, died Tuesday, March 27, in Portland.

A recitation of the Rosary will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland. A funeral Mass will follow at 2 p.m.

Jeri was born April 3, 1922, in Portland to Henry and Christina (Fehrenbacher) Brandes. She was raised and educated in the Portland area and graduated from Immaculata Academy in 1938.

On June 28, 1969, she married Ronald Sill in Longview, Wash. They lived in East County for 16 years.

She worked for Columbian Optical in Lloyd Center for a number of years.

Jeri was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

She enjoyed fishing on the Siletz River and knitting and crocheting blankets for charity and for her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of Portland; son, Steve Burnside of Portland; daughters, Christine Bloom of Manzanita, Pat Ortmayer of Molalla and Linda Shannon of Sherwood; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Affiliate, 710 Second Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104, or the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church Altar Guild, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland, 97233.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Nancy Arlene Copeland

July 15, 1934-March 15, 2007

East County resident Nancy Arlene Copeland, 72, died Thursday, March 15, at her Portland home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Gresham First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd.

Nancy was born July 15, 1934, in Eureka, Calif., to Herschel Bernard and Helen Dulcina McGrew. She was raised and educated in Klamath Falls, Grants Pass and McMinnville, where she graduated from McMinnville High School in 1952. She continued her education at Linfield College.

On Feb. 14, 1954, Nancy married Richard Arlen Copeland in McMinnville. After Richard finished his military service, they made their home in McMinnville, but later moved to the Portland area. In 1973, they moved to Gresham, and in 2001, to a home they built in Portland.

Nancy was a supervisor at Liberty Northwest Insurance for 18 years. She retired in 1991.

She was a longtime member of Gresham First Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia Marchione of Port Orchard, Wash., and Jennifer Lynn Mandaville of Eureka Springs, Ark.; son, Mark Copeland of Gresham; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Attention: Web Donation Department, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, D.C., 20077.

Alice 'Sparkle' S. Thomson

Sept. 23, 1922-March 28, 2007

Gresham resident Alice 'Sparkle' S. Thomson, 84, died of cancer Wednesday, March 28, in Gresham.

No formal services will be held.

Sparkle was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Anamoose, N.D., to Charles and Margaret Vickstrom. She was raised and educated in Anamoose and Rochester, Minn., where she graduated from high school in 1941.

She worked as a waitress in a number of restaurants in Los Angeles, Oakland, Calif., and Portland. She later was an apartment manager in Portland for 20 years, and an Avon sales representative for 28 years. She was retired.

She was a member of the West Gresham Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

In 1989, Sparkle was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Jim Thomson. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Zondra Lee Salstrom; and brother, Clarence Vickstrom.

Survivors include her sisters, Edith Flesher of Gresham and Allegra Overby of Kerrville, Texas; brother, Gorden Vickstrom of Braham, Minn.; three granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, OHSU Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 200, Portland, 97205-2021.