Norbert J. Johnson

Feb. 10, 1917-April 4, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Norbert J. Johnson, 90, died Wednesday, April 4, in Portland.

A funeral Mass was held Thursday, April 12, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Gresham. Interment was at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery, Portland.

Norbert was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to John and Antoinette (Laimers) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school.

After his graduation, Norbert worked with his brothers in their body and fender shop.

On Feb. 24, 1938, Norbert married Evelyn O'Shasky at St. Peter and Paul Church in Wisconsin Rapids. In 1943, they moved to Gresham.

During World War II, Norbert worked at the Alcoa aluminum plant in Troutdale. He then worked as the body and fender foreman for Fieldhouse Chevrolet, which became Fanning Chevrolet.

In 1951, Norbert opened Norb's Auto Body Service at 12 Mile Corner, which he ran for three years. During that time, he also was a painter for Flightcraft and Skyways in Troutdale.

He then owned and operated the Flying A Service Station on Powell Boulevard and the Richfield Service Station at Roberts Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

In 1962, Norbert took a full-time job with Flightcraft painting and repairing airplanes. Then, in 1965, he went to work for Hometransfer Trucking, which later became Coast Transport. He retired in 1978.

In 1979, Norbert was preceded in death by his wife.

Norbert was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling in his RV and crafts.

Survivors include his son, Richard 'Dick' Johnson of Winlock, Wash.; daughter, Sara Heggie of Tigard; sisters, Eppie Mlsna of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Agnes Nelson of Wisconsin Rapids; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Bette Ruth Thomas

Oct. 13, 1924-April 9, 2007

Longtime Gresham resident Bette Ruth Thomas, 82, died Monday, April 9.

A graveside service was held Friday, April 13, at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Bette was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Parmelee, S.D., to John and Ethel (Bristol) Muthart. She was raised and educated in South Dakota and Nebraska, where she graduated from Crawford High School in 1942.

She then studied education and taught in rural Nebraska schoolhouses for two years. During World War II, Bette worked in the shipyards in San Francisco.

On Feb. 2, 1945, Bette married Chester 'Chet' A. Thomas in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1946, they moved to Gresham.

She was a secretary for Walter Marx Gardens and Murray Newell Pontiac of Gresham, before taking a position as an administrative secretary with the David Douglas School District. She retired in 1985, after 27 years with the district.

In 2002, Bette moved to Corvallis to be near her daughters.

Bette enjoyed singing, dancing, traveling, watching sports, playing bridge and spending time with her family and friends.

In 1980, Bette was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl Thomas of Corvallis and Toni Thomas Carroll of Philomath; sister, Alyce Bunch of Sun City, Ariz.; brother, Dick Muthart of Alma, Neb.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon, P.O. Box 1051, Philomath, 97370, or to Philomath High School, 2054 Applegate St., Philomath, 97370, for the school's volleyball or softball programs.

McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis is handling arrangements.

Glen Dwight Konkle

July 9, 1931-April 3, 2007

Fairview resident Glen Dwight Konkle, 75, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday, April 3.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at his home.

Glen was born July 9, 1931, in Hubbard to Lawrence and Helen (Black) Konkle. He was raised and educated in Oregon City. In 1945, he moved with his family to the Parkrose area, where he graduated from high school in 1950.

After his graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Whitefish and the USS Bairoko. He spent the next three and a half years on the USS Essex during the Korean War.

In 1951, while he was on leave, Glen married Betty Jones, his high school sweetheart.

After his discharge, Glen worked for Armour Meat Co. in North Portland for a year before taking a job with Goodyear Industrial Rubber and Supply Co. He worked for the company until 1984, when it was bought by a company in Missouri. While working for Goodyear, he rose through the ranks and was named inventory control manager.

In his spare time between jobs, Glen taught others how to weatherize their homes, search for jobs and practice job interviews.

In 1990, the Oregon Older Worker League, Coalition for Older Worker Employment and the American Legion/Economics Commission Department of Oregon recognized Glen as the Most Outstanding Older Worker, Private Sector. Then, in 1992, Glen was recognized for his leadership training and accomplishments in employment planning training.

When his children were young, he coached Little League Baseball and Junior League Bowling. In the 1960s and 1970s, he also bowled in adult leagues, representing Rockwood Bowling Alley in tournaments.

He enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his wife of Fairview; daughter, Tracy Miller of Alaska; sons, Kevin Konkle of Portland and Dana Konkle of Gresham; brother, Wayne Konkle of Phoenix; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Bertha Marie Sammons

March 22, 1925-April 11, 2007

East County resident Bertha Marie Sammons, 82, died Wednesday, April 11, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Open Door Baptist Church, 27710 S.E. Strebin Road, Troutdale. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Bertha was born March 22, 1925, in Kentucky to Harvey and Susan (Sims) Driscoll.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

A full obituary will be published at a later date.

Bertha L. Summerfield

Dec. 14, 1923-April 9, 2007

Longtime East County resident Bertha L. Summerfield, 83, died Monday, April 9, in Portland.

A private family service was held. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Gresham.

Bertha was born Dec. 14, 1923, in the Blooming Valley Township, S.D., to Henry and Lena (Nordahl) Mogen. She graduated from Waubay High School in Waubay, S.D.

On Dec. 2, 1950, Bertha married Spencer Summerfield in Vancouver, Wash. They made their home in Madras, but moved to East County in 1968.

Bertha was a homemaker.

She enjoyed reading, baking and solving crossword puzzles.

On April 9, 1992, Bertha was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include her sons, James Summerfield of Portland and Thomas Summerfield of Gresham; daughter, Catherine Grimm of Portland; sister, Phyllis Witcher of Fairfax, Va.; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Oregon Chapter, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, 97209.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Vincent Bruce Viltrakis

July 28, 1964-April 11, 2007

Former resident Vincent Bruce Viltrakis, 42, died Wednesday, April 11, at his home in Eugene.

No formal services will be held.

Vincent was born July 28, 1964, in Waterbury, Conn., to George and Karen (Duncan) Viltrakis. He was raised and educated in Eugene, where he graduated from high school. He continued his education at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Vincent was married and divorced. He worked as a chef.

He moved from Gresham to Eugene 15 years ago.

Survivors include his life partner, Patti Winter of Eugene; sons, Blake Viltrakis and Brock Viltrakis, both of Gresham; daughter, Brittany Viltrakis of Gresham; mother, Karen Hazen of Gresham; sister, Valerie Mejia of Gresham; grandparents, Anthony Viltrakis and David and Alice Duncan, all of Gresham; and two grandchildren.

Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is handling arrangements.

Richard Lee Daniels

Oct. 8, 1947-April 11, 2007

Gresham resident Richard Lee Daniels, 59, died Wednesday, April 11, at his home.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at East Hill Church, Office Complex, 539 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Interment with full military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Richard was born Oct. 8, 1947, in Portland to Orville and Lois (Sommerton) Daniels. He was raised and educated in Yamhill, where he graduated from high school in 1967.

That same year, he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970 and was awarded the Bronze Star.

On March 27, 1970, Richard married Debra Larson in Portland. They made their home in Portland, but moved to Gresham 12 years ago.

Richard worked for First Interstate Bank for 20 years, Portland Metro Residential Service for 10 years and finally as a caregiver for mentally challenged adults.

Richard attended East Hill Church in Gresham. He enjoyed auto racing at Portland International Raceway, camping, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; son, Mike Daniels of Gresham; daughters, Sheri Vinson of Junction City, Kan., and Diane Augur and Michelle Daniels, both of Gresham; brothers, George Daniels of Palm Springs, Calif., Doug Daniels of Vernonia and David Daniels of Portland; sister, Darlene Schultz of Portland; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to East Hill Church, P.O. Box 650, Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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