Obituaries April 28
Thomas 'Tom' Hoffman Moore Sr.
Jan. 25, 1919-April 20, 2007
Gresham resident Thomas 'Tom' Hoffman Moore Sr., 88, died Friday, April 20, in Gresham.
No formal services will be held.
Tom was born Jan. 25, 1919, in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., to Frank Devitt and Helen Printz Moore.
Tom was raised in Penn Valley, Pa., on his parents' farm, FD Moore and Son's Nursery. He was the eighth of 13 children. He graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1939.
Tom worked as a mechanic at the Horsley Service station in Narberth, Pa., from 1939-41.
Tom was inducted into the Army during World War II. He served as a scout with the cavalry unit in Tillamook County from 1941-44. He was then sent to the European Theater in 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Tom met Ruby Alt while stationed in Tillamook. They were married in Tillamook in 1944. After Tom was discharged in 1945, they moved to Ruby's home in Audubon, Iowa, where they lived for three years.
The family moved back to the Oregon coast in 1948, where Tom was employed as an auto mechanic in Cloverdale. In 1956, they moved to Tillamook, where he worked for Tillamook County. In 1959, the family moved to Gresham, where Tom worked for McKeel Mercury. In 1965, Tom owned and operated Tom's Richfield station. He later owned two more gas stations in the Gresham area.
Tom was a member of the Gresham Elks and was named Elk of the Year in 1971.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, stepson Darrel Baysinger, brothers Frank Moore Jr., Alfred Moore, Fred Moore and Carl Moore; and sister Emma Schmidt.
Survivors include his son, Thomas Moore Jr. of Gresham; daughter, Sherry Moore of Gresham; sisters, Helen Witte, Dorthea Sassaman, Anna Wiesenhutter, Elizabeth Cochrane and Ethel Housekeeper; brothers, Earl Moore and John Moore; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
William Eugene Hight
Dec. 8, 1922-April 24, 2007
Gresham resident William Eugene Hight, 84, died Tuesday, April 24, at home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.
William was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Rapid City, S.D., to John and Hattie Hight.
He was raised in and near White River, S.D. He was a ranch hand as a young man. When he was a teenager, he and another young man drove a band of horses to Fort Robinson, Neb., for the Army cavalry.
In 1943, William married Shirley Heimark. They had five children.
William worked as a jockey. In 1964, he became a top-four quarter-horse jockey in the nation. His career ended as a result of an injury during a race at Portland Meadows in 1964.
He went on to ranching, farming and was a farm implement mechanic for many years.
William enjoyed riding horses, being with horses and his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, 12 siblings, a son, two grandsons and two great-grandsons.
Survivors include his sons, Bill Hight of Gresham and Will Hight; daughters, Beth Boyce of Gresham, Ella Hight of Golconda, Nev., and Taviyah Hight of Bonner's Ferry, Idaho; sister, Mary Ann Gionfriddo of Connecticut; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
William 'Will' McCoy
July 8, 1979-Jan. 22, 2007
Gresham resident William 'Will' McCoy, 27, died in a vehicle accident Monday, Jan. 22, in Santa Ana, Calif.
A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Lighthouse Family Worship, 3500 Arrowhead Drive, Medford, 97504.
Will was born July 8, 1979, in Medford to Ray McCoy and Barbara McCoy.
He was raised in Red Bluff, Calif., from 1986 to 1991. He moved to Troutdale in 1991 and to Gresham in 1993. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1998.
He was a construction worker and roofer in Topeka, Kan., from 1999-2000. He worked in the food service industry in Portland from 2003-06. He volunteered with the homeless in San Francisco from 2001-02. He was planning to attend college in Santa Ana in the fall. He wanted to become a teacher.
He was a member of the Gresham High School wrestling team for four years and was a member of USA Wrestling team of Portland. He represented Oregon in a competition in Fargo, N.D., in 1997.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Evison-Day of Kaufman, Texas; father of Gresham; brothers, Joshua Day of Las Vegas, David McCoy of Troutdale; Matthew McCoy of San Jose, Calif., and Michael McCoy of Kaufman.
Flowers can be sent to Lighthouse Family Worship, 3500 Arrowhead Drive, Medford, 97504.
Jane Marie Tiffany
June 3, 1918-April 23, 2007
Longtime Gresham-area resident Jane Marie Tiffany, 88, died Monday, April 23.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.
Jane was born June 3, 1918, in Dowagiac, Mich., to Ray and Peachy (Tinkey) Brown.
She attended high school in Niles, Mich.
She married Robert Tiffany on Nov. 21, 1936, in Benton Harbor, Mich. Jane was a homemaker all of her life.
They had been married for 69 years before Robert died in 2005. They moved to the Gresham area in 1964 from Michigan.
Jane was a member of the Wood Village Baptist Church, working as an ambassador, and was a 'White Cross' wrapper of bandages for the missions. She was an avid reader, hobbyist and did latch-hook rugs. She loved dolls and also made them.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Lawrence Tiffany. in 2006.
Jane is survived by her daughters, Sandra Tait and Yvonne Lessig, both of Gresham; son, Richard James Tiffany of Spokane, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
George Edward Connors
Feb. 22, 1938-April 23, 2007
Gresham resident George Edward Connors, 69, died Monday, April 23, at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.
George was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Portland to George and Anna (Kellner) Connors. He attended Parkrose Grade School and graduated from Parkrose High School in 1956. George joined the Army in 1956 after graduation and was discharged in 1959.
He married Edythe Ronnfeldt on Oct. 15, 1966, in Gresham.
George worked 40 years in the construction industry as a carpenter, supervisor and foreman. He belonged to the Carpenters Union No. 1388. His last employment was with HL Green Co., for 10 years and CA Green Co. for one year before retiring in 2005.
He loved youth baseball. He was past president of the Orient baseball association and was also a coach and an umpire. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, his squirrels, birds, the beach, gardening, claming and his family.
Survivors include his wife of Gresham; sons, Mark W. Connors of Gresham, Michael E. Connors of Vancouver; daughter, Sharon Salisbury of Mulino; sister, Barbara Rasmussen of Norman, Okla.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Steelheaders, 6641 S.E. Lake Road, Milwaukie, 97222.