Obituaries for June 22, 2011
Arlene G. Henshaw
May 1, 1921-June 16, 2011
Gresham resident Arlene G. Henshaw died Thursday, June 16. She was 90.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.
Arlene was born May 1, 1921, in Pleasant Home to Ernest and Emily MG (Anderson) Lundbom. She was raised in Gresham and attended Lusted Grade School and Gresham High School, graduating in 1939.
On July 2, 1942, she married Eugene David Henshaw of Corbett in Denver, Colo.
Arlene worked as a model, secretary and organ teacher, but she was dedicated to being a mother and homemaker for her family.
Arlene was a talented seamstress and cake decorator and also had a love of floral arranging and landscaping. She was an avid reader and faithful correspondent.
Arlene was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, volunteering on the altar guild and serving as communion assistant. She was a member of the Orient Grade School Community Club and served on the Multnomah County Election Board for 30 years.
Her husband preceded her in death in May 2011.
Survivors include her sons, Roger Henshaw of Vancouver, Wash., and Keith Henshaw of Portland; daughter, Elaine Henshaw-Marshall of Gresham; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild with another on the way.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham, 97030.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Robert W. Dunken
May 31, 1928-June 3, 2011
East County resident Robert W. Dunken died Friday, June 3, at his home with family after a more-than-25-year battle with cancer. He was 83.
A memorial gathering will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in the ballroom at Summerplace, 2020 N.E. 150th Ave., Portland.
Bob was born May 31, 1928, on a farm in Nelson, Neb., to James and Nellie (Wilde) Dunken. The family moved to Corbett in 1937. Bob graduated in 1945 from Columbian High School, where he was student body president.
On June 28, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty J. Muck. They built their home in Corbett. Bob served on the fire board, the water board, the school finance committee and the building committee. In 1975, Bob and Betty moved to Fairview and built a house.
Bob worked for Bridal Veil Lumber and Box Company from 1947 to 1952, when he started working for the Multnomah County Road Department, eventually becoming a truck driver. He worked as the head millwright for Rollin Lumber Co. from 1964 to 1970. He then worked for Portland Machinery as manager of the forest products division.
From 1977 until the company was sold, Bob was president and co-owner of Portland Sawmill Machinery. In 1990, he and a business partner started Acme Storage in Portland, where he worked as manager and co-owner until his death. Bob was never unemployed and in his earlier years he worked both full-time and part-time jobs to support his family. He was known to conduct business by a handshake and verbal agreement. A high compliment was to be called 'a good guy.'
Bob joined the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) in 1952 and owned several antique cars (his 1910 Cadillac was his favorite), antique tractors and an antique fire truck. He was elected president of the Portland Regional Group of the club in 1970 and spent six years on the club's national board of directors, serving as president in 1974. He was a lifetime member and trustee of the National HCCA Foundation. Bob's memberships also included Antique Powerland, the Parkrose Elks, the Troutdale Historical Society and the Crown Point Historical Society as a lifetime member.
Bob liked to travel and through business or personal travel he visited all 50 states and between 35 to 40 countries. After Betty's death, Bob met and traveled with his companion of 21 years, Patty Williams.
Bob liked to build things and was known for designing and building several machines for the sawmill industry. Bob figured out how to build several things such as duck houses, 'treasure boxes' for his grandchildren, a poker table and a recreational vehicle he designed from a friend's cab-over freight truck.
He was preceded in death by his wife and by his younger brother, Bill.
Survivors include his children, Christine Boughton of Portland, Jerry Dunken of Portland and Susan Mershon of Corbett; five grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to Providence Hospice, 6410 N.E. Halsey St., Suite 300, Portland, 97213.
Sherry L. Barnes
Aug. 19, 1956-June 15, 2011
Former Troutdale resident Sherry Barnes, 54, died Wednesday, June 15, in Sandy.
A celebration of her life was held Saturday, June 18, in Sandy.
Sherry was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Robert and Jeanette Wright. Her father later married Sandra Stoltz. Sherry was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1974.
On Aug. 2, 1981, she married Jerry Barnes in Gresham.
Sherry was a mother of three, mom of many.
Her husband preceded her in death in June 2000.
Survivors include her children, Alicia Barnes-Wendel, Bobby Barnes and Chase Barnes, all of Oregon; sisters, Brenda Williams of Oregon and Kelle Luoma of Minnesota; and brother, JC Wright of Alabama.
Evelyn P. Morris
Feb. 10, 1927-June 20, 2011
Gresham resident Evelyn P. Morris, 86, died Monday, June 20.
A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, June 27, at Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.
Evelyn was born Feb. 10, 1927, in Walsenburg, Colo., to W.J. Bryan and Kathrine Proffitt.
Survivors include her daughters, Sylvia Courtain of Sandy, Evelyn Abbot of Portland and Loretta Marley of Gresham.
Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Shirley M. Nielsen
Dec. 21, 1928-June 18, 2011
Gresham resident Shirley M. Nielsen died Saturday, June 18. She was 82.
No service will be held.
Shirley was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Robert and Carmen (Carahoff) Blake. She was raised in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School.
On July 26, 1946, she married Robert Nielsen in Vancouver, Wash.
Shirley was a homemaker. She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling, fishing and garage sales. She moved to Sandy in 1949 and resided there until 2003. She then resided at O'Hara's Manor in Gresham for the last eight years.
Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1992.
Survivors include her son, Chris Nielsen of Sandy; daughter, Sharon Ulrich of Sandy; brothers, Manning Blake of Gresham, Tom Blake of Osburn, Idaho, Ron Blake of Gresham and Frank Blake of Gresham; sisters, Margaret Jones of Cushing, Texas, Barbara Kessler of Portland and Donna Harris of Portland; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Cornerstone Funeral Services is handling arrangements.