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Obituaries April 11

Louis Joseph Adams

Dec. 16, 1931-April 7, 2007

Gresham resident Louis Joseph Adams, 75, died Saturday, April 7, at his home.

A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham.

Louis was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Chicago to Michael and Helen Marie (Goeller) Adam.

In 1947, he joined the Air Force and served as a weapons specialist during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

While he was stationed in Albuquerque, N.M., he met Doris Swann. After their marriage, they moved to Italy, where he was stationed for three years. In 1972, he retired from the Air Force, having attained the rank of master sergeant.

Louis then moved with his family to Denver, where he worked for an insurance company. The following year, they moved to Gresham, where he worked as an industrial engineer for Boeing. He retired from the company in 1995.

Louis was a member of numerous bowling leagues through Rockwood Lanes, Rosebowl and Eastmont Lanes. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing and animals, particularly dogs.

Louis was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Marie Rodey.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; daughters, Pam Thomas of Albany and Debbie Adams of Salem; son, Joe Adams of Gresham; brothers, Mike Adams of Arvada, Colo., and George Adams of Williams Bay, Wis.; sister, Annie Jones of Skokie, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Adventist Medical Center, hospice program, 5835 N.E. 122nd Ave., Suite 135, Portland, 97230.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Bobetta Mae Amundson

April 30, 1930-April 7, 2007

East County resident Bobetta Mae Amundson, 76, died Saturday, April 7, in Portland.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, also at Bateman Carroll. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Bobetta was born April 30, 1930, in Milnor, N.D., to Niel and Illa (Bell) Peterson. In 1935, she moved with her family to the St. Johns area of Portland. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948.

On Nov. 24, 1948, Bobetta married Duane C. Amundson at Peace Lutheran Church in Portland. They made their home in Monmouth, where she worked for a short time as a secretary for Hunt Foods and at a dry cleaning facility. They later moved to Bend, and in 1956, to East County.

Bobetta was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Portland; son, Duane Amundson of Portland; daughter, Darci Sherman of Bandon; sister, Janice Morgan of Wilsonville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Contributions, J5-200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024.

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-grandchildren.

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

Lester M. Emery

March 26, 1917-April 6, 2007

East County resident Lester M. Emery, 90, died Friday, April 6, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Damascus Community Church, 14521 S.E. Rust Way, Boring. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Lester was born March 26, 1917, in Auburn, Maine, to Lester L. and Cora Mae (Curtis) Emery. He was raised and educated in Maine.

When he was 23 years old, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in Panama and Iceland during World War II. He was honorably discharged in September 1945.

On May 10, 1944, while he was still in the service, Lester married Ellen Landstrom in Milwaukie.

After his discharge, they made their home in Portland, where he worked as a painter. He then took a job as a civilian airplane mechanic at the Portland Air Base. In the late 1940s, Lester worked as an air conditioning mechanic for Barnes Hospital in Vancouver, Wash. He retired from the hospital in 1974.

Lester was a longtime member of Damascus Community Church, and often cooked for large church events.

He also was a carpenter and built the home he and Ellen lived in. He continuing his craftsmanship by building miniature Victorian homes to scale.

Lester also enjoyed photography and spending time outdoors, particularly if it included fishing or hiking.

Survivors include his wife of Portland; sons, Douglas Emery of Portland and Curtis Emery of Eaton, Colo.; sisters, Belva Vosmus of Auburn, Zadie Burnell of Oxford, Maine, and Alma Boston of Lansdale, Penn.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eugene 'Gene' Schwerzler

Oct. 15, 1910-April 8, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Eugene 'Gene' Schwerzler, 96, died Sunday, April 8, in Portland.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. A recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. A reception will follow at the church. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.

Gene was born Oct. 15, 1910, in Comfrey, Minn., to Frank and Kathryn (Schumacher) Schwerzler. He was raised and educated in Comfrey, where he graduated from high school in 1927. He continued his education at a college in Chicago and graduated with a degree in watch and clock repair.

As a young man, he played drums in a band.

On Sept. 1, 1932, Gene married Ruth Wallin at St. Paul Catholic Church in Comfrey. In 1937, they moved to Gresham, where he worked at a nursery and later for Swift and Company.

Gene later pursued a career as a watch and clock repairman and rented space in the Hollywood District for his shop. In the early 1950s, he opened his own repair shop, Gene's Watch and Clocks, at the corner of Northeast 42nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. He closed the shop in the late 1960s, but continued to operate it out of his home.

Gene was a longtime member of St. Henry Catholic Church. He also was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus and served as the grand knight, district deputy and secretary. Gene also started the Squires group at the church.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors and particularly liked caring for his lawn and garden.

Survivors include his daughter, Joan Phair of Gresham; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.