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Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Robert Lawrence Groesbeck

Aug. 9, 1938-June 15, 2011

Robert Lawrence (Larry) Groesbeck died of cancer at his home in Aloha on June 15. He was 72 years old.

He was born to Robert William and Alberta M. Groesbeck on Aug. 9, 1938, in Portland but grew up in Aloha and Beaverton, where he graduated from Beaverton High School in 1957.

He served in the Navy from Nov. 27, 1957, to Nov. 20, 1959, as a signalman on board the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.

He was an ironworker and foreman from 1957 until retiring in 1998.

He became an ironworker when apprenticing with his father in the family-owned Ace Ironworks. He worked for R.A. Gray Construction for many years before becoming a foreman for several other ironworking companies, including Action Steel, Universal Securities and REFA.

His imprint is on many buildings in downtown Portland, including the Blue Cross building, the Justice Center, the Convention Center, Reed College and Doernbecher Hospital.

On Sept. 3, 1976, he married Betty McRobert in Aloha.

Mr. Groesbeck was a devoted husband and father. He was an avid fisherman, loved spending time at his beach cabin with family and traveling around the West in his motor home with friends. He could build and fix anything.

Surviving are his wife Betty; daughters LaJean Marie Dark of Redmond, Shelly Denise Blankenship of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Melissa Lynn Griffin of La Center, Wash.; son Brian Michael Kirby of Hillsboro; brother Richard W. Groesbeck of Bellingham, Wash.; sister Francis Louise Hardiman of Redmond; and grandchildren Justin and Kevin Edwards, Sarah Addington, Grayson, Nolan and Olivia Kidby and Dillon Griffin.

A memorial service will be held July 2 in Orenco Presbyterian Church, 6420 Oelrich Road in Hillsboro.

Jack S. Howard

March 24, 1940-Feb. 6, 2011

Jack S. Howard, a former resident of Beaverton, died Feb. 6 at Portland Care Center. He was 70 years old.

He was raised and educated in Vernonia, graduating from Vernonia High School in 1958.

Pastor John Cahill will officiate at graveside services Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. in Vernonia Memorial Chapel, 2080 Bridge St. Full military honors will be under the direction of the American Veterans Honor Guard.

The family of Jack S. Howard suggests that contributions in his memory be made to Disabled American Veterans, 8725 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland 97201.

To send a condolence to the family, the online guest book may be signed at fuitenrosehoyt.com.

Robert H. Schmer

June 14, 1923-June 12, 2011

Robert (Bob) H. Schmer died June 12, two days before his 88th birthday,

The sixth of seven children, he was born on June 14, 1923, in Harvard, Neb.

In 1929 he moved to Sutton, Neb., where he attended public schools, graduating from Sutton High School in 1940.

He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940 and was stationed at Hebron and Omaha, Neb. In 1944 he enlisted in the Navy and served as a radioman aboard a fleet oiler (USS Nantahala AO-60) in the Pacific Theater until his discharge in 1946.

In 1948 he moved to Portland and was employed by Hyster Co.

He attended the Northwestern School of Commerce and, after graduation in 1951, he received an appointment with the U.S. Secret Service.

In 1951 he married Hazel Galbrecht. Their daughter Lori was born in 1960. They were married until Mrs. Schmer's death in 1990.

In 1978 Mr. Schmer retired from government service and became a salesman for Tarbell Realtors. From 1984 until 1992 he worked in security at the KOIN Center.

In 1992 he married Azalea Chandler and happily acquired his second family.

They enjoyed spending winters with many good friends in Tucson, Ariz., and summers in Portland with family and friends. For many years they enjoyed traveling around the western United States.

Mr. Schmer was an avid golfer, bowler and fan of Oregon and Arizona college sports. His family and his garden were his pride and joy.

His family will miss his big heart and his incessant pranks.

He was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Azalea, include daughter Lori U'Ren; son Dave Chandler; grandchildren Hilary and Andrew U'Ren; Chris, Amy, Val, Josh and Matt Chandler and Heather Nelson; and great-grandchildren Sydney and Jake Chandler and Kadence Nelson; and sister Byrnus.

Preceding him in death in addition to his wife Hazel, were sons Alan and Lynn Chandler, brothers Floyd, Ken, Ivan and Harold Schmer and sister Vera Lawrence.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.