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Obituaries April 21

Dorothy Viola Shrout

Sept. 25, 1921-April 19, 2007

Gresham resident Dorothy Viola Shrout, 85, died of cancer Thursday, April 19.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Lynchwood Church of God, 3818 S.E. 174th Ave., Portland.

Dorothy was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Hutchinson, Kan., to William Arther and Nora Viola (Miller) Edie. She was raised and educated in Wichita, Kan., where she graduated from Wichita High School in 1939.

On May 18, 1941, Dorothy married the Rev. Irvin Ewell Shrout in Anderson, Ind. They lived in Fresno, Calif., where she worked as an executive secretary for the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission. She retired in 1986.

The following year, they moved to Gresham.

Dorothy was active with the Church of God and was a member of Lynchwood Church of God in Portland. Over the years, she served as a church secretary, choir director, youth group leader, accompanist and organist. She also was a former president of the California Women's Missionary Society of the Church of God.

On Sept. 9, 1986, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceded in death by her brother, William Edie.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Callison of Gresham; sons, David Shrout of Albany and Martin Shrout of Oceanside, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lynchwood Church of God, 3818 S.E. 174th Ave., Portland, 97236.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Shelly Dee Haswell

Jan. 5, 1968-March 16, 2007

Former Gresham resident Shelly Dee Haswell, 39, died Friday, March 16, in Kingman, Ariz.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 24, at Victory Life Tabernacle in Kingman.

Shelley was born Jan. 5, 1968, in Portland to Donald and Lois Miller. She was raised and educated in Gresham, where she graduated from Gresham High School in 1986.

In 2000, Shelly married Carl Haswell in Las Vegas. She was a homemaker.

Shelly was a member of Victory Life Tabernacle.

Survivors include her husband of Kingman; daughters, Brooke Hennie of San Diego, McKenzie Haswell of Kingman and Summer Haswell of Kingman; sons, Nicholas Haswell of Boston and Ryan Haswell of Kingman; father and stepmother, Donald and Olive Miller of Gresham; mother, Lois Chancey of Gresham; sister, Dawn Miller of Las Vegas; and three stepsisters.

Arrangements were handled in Kingman.

Walter R. Nasmyth

Feb. 8, 1926-April 18, 2007

Southeast Portland resident Walter R. Nasmyth, a longtime Troutdale resident and photo librarian for the Troutdale Historical Society, died Wednesday, April 18, in Portland of liver cancer at the age of 81.

A memorial service is planned for him at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in Glenn Otto Community Park in Troutdale.

A full obituary will appear Wednesday, April 25.

George W. Allen Sr.

May 26, 1924-April 17, 2007

Gresham resident George W. Allen Sr., 82, died Tuesday, April 17, in Portland.

No local services will be held. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix.

George was born May 26, 1924, in Bossur Parish, La., to Pink and Rosie Allen. He was raised and educated in Louisiana.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1944.

After his discharge, George moved to Phoenix and began his career with the city of Phoenix. He retired after 35 years with the city.

George was married and divorced.

In 1999, he moved to Gresham to be closer to his daughter.

George was a longtime member of the Phoenix Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his daughters, Juanita Grant of Portland, Maryanne Allen of Phoenix, and Carolyn Allen and Evan Allen, both of Sacramento; sons, George Grant Jr. of Phoenix, Roy Allen of Sacramento, Calif., Jackie Allen of Phoenix and Jessie Allen of Houston, Texas; 23 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York 10016.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Joseph Bryce Faris

Aug. 7, 1936-April 17, 2007

Gresham resident Joseph Bryce Faris, 70, died of pulmonary fibrosis Tuesday, April 17, at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas.

No formal services will be held. His body will be donated to science.

Joseph was born Aug. 7, 1936, in Maryville, Mo., to Elmer Ellsworth and Elsie Hortense (Houston) Faris. He was raised and educated in Maryville, where he graduated from Maryville High School.

In August 1956, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in Columbus, Ohio. He was discharged in October 1957.

On Nov. 6, 1965, Joseph married Grace Lucile Baker in Portland. He worked for a Jubitz Truck Stop for 23 years. He then worked as a Texaco service station attendant for 14 years. He retired in 2004.

Joseph was preceded in death by his sisters, Esther Grandaman and Roberta Neff; and brother, Leonard Faris.

Survivors include his wife; son, Rocky Faris of Washose Valley, Nev.; brothers, Arthur Faris of Chapin, S.C., Harold Faris of St. Joseph, Mo., Adam Faris of Riverside, Calif., James Faris of Gretna, Neb., Edwin Faris of Durango, Colo., and George Faris of Louisville, Colo.; sisters, Marie Tatum of Tucson, Ariz., Sarah Dawson of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and Neva Jones of Happy Jack, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

Agatha Cecelia 'Pat' Plante

Dec. 22, 1921-April 19, 2007

Gresham resident Agatha Cecelia 'Pat' Plante, 85, died Thursday, April 19, in Gresham.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Gethsemane Cemetery, 11666 S.E. Stevens Road, Portland.

Pat was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Lenox, Minn., to John and Clara (DeRosier) Perlinger. She was raised and educated in Brainerd, Minn., where she graduated from high school.

During World War II, she worked in the shipyards in Oregon.

Pat lived primarily in Minnesota and Oregon. She was a homemaker.

She married David Boyd, but they later divorced. She later married Henry Plante.

Pat enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, gardening and spending time with her family. She also liked dancing, fishing, playing cards and taking trips to the casino.

In 1979, Pat was preceded in death by her husband. She also was preceded in death by one grandchild.

Survivors include her sons, Gerard Plante of Milwaukie, Michael Plante of Little Falls, Minn., and Dennis Plante of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Carole Booth of Vancouver, Gayle Diehl of Portland; Sandra Brewer of Tigard, Jeanne Plante of Brookings and Sheri Ruble of Gresham; sister, Gertrude Hughes of Brainerd; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ernest Hager

May 18, 1917-April 16, 2007

Longtime Corbett resident Ernest Hager, 89, died Monday, April 16, in Hillsboro.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Southeast Smith Road and Evans Road, Corbett.

Ernest was born May 18, 1917, in Carbon, Alberta, Canada, to Jack and Katherine (Teske) Hager. As a child, he moved with his family to the Dakotas. In 1929, they moved to Portland, where he graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1935. He continued his education at Portland Art School and graduated with a four-year degree.

Ernest married June Pflager on Sept. 1, 1938, in Portland. They later divorced.

Shortly after his marriage, he enlisted in the Army and served in San Francisco during World War II. He worked as an advertising artist until the mid-1940s, when he was honorably discharged.

After his discharge, Ernest returned to Portland, where he worked as a freelance cartoonist in the commercial advertising industry. He then purchased a piece of property in Corbett and built what is now known as Brickhaven Bed and Breakfast.

On Dec. 9, 1978, Ernest married Ruth Drugg Besaw in Portland.

He retired in the late 1990s.

Ernest was a member of the Kiwanis Club and Northeast Multnomah County Community Association. He enjoyed creating abstract art, spending time in Corbett, playing the harmonica and attending ballets or operas.

Survivors include his wife of Hillsboro; daughter, Jan Pipher of Corbett; sons, Robin Hager of Occidental, Calif., Michael Hager of San Francisco and Timothy Hager of Corbett; stepdaughters, Chris Noski and Marilyn Hagen, both of Portland; sisters, Vi Ward of Salem and Alma Prather of Southern California; stepbrother, Don Linenberger of Albany; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ching-Lin Chang

March 26, 1936-April 15, 2007

Longtime East County resident Ching-Lin Chang, 71, died Sunday, April 15.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Ching-Lin was born March 26, 1936, in Touliu, Taiwan, to Chih-Lai Chang and Yen-Chi Lai. He was raised and educated in Taiwan, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan.

After his immigration to the United States in the 1966, he continued his education at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he earned a Master of Science in 1968. He also completed some doctoral work in sanitary engineering.

On March 17, 1968, Ching-Lin married Mei-Hui Chang. They made their home in Corvallis. In 1973, they moved to Portland, where he ran Aqua-Tech Laboratories, a small company that provided water treatment and analysis services. He retired in the mid-1990s.

On Sept. 17, 1976, Ching-Lin became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Ching-Lin enjoyed photography, reading, classical music, attending the opera, gardening and cooking.

He also enjoyed ballroom dancing and world traveling. He served as a dance host on major cruise ships, which took him everywhere from Holland to Costa Rica, the Red Sea, the Panama Canal, Alaska and the Ivory Coast.

On Oct. 13, 1982, Ching-Lin was preceded in death by his wife.

Survivors include his sons, Peter Chang and Ted Chang, both of Portland; daughters, Susie Chang of Oakton, Va., and Lucy Fitzpatrick of Naperville, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.