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Obituaries - July 7, 2011

Wallace Graham

Well-known Lake Oswego business leader and community volunteer Wallace D. Graham died June 18, 2011. He was 93.

Born in Spokane, Wash., in 1917, July 23 was a birthday he would eventually share with both his future wife and mother-in-law.

After graduation from Garfield High School in Seattle, he moved to Oregon. He worked at the Butter Shop at Portland's Yamhill Market, where he fell head over heels for his co-worker Norma. They were married Nov. 5, 1938.

Mr. Graham worked as a clerk at the Swan Island Shipyards, and during this time their daughter Kelly was born. In 1947 he was hired by the J.K. Gill Co., where he became salesman for the Northwest. Soon after that, their son Paul was born.

In the early 1950s the Grahams opened their first retail store, Main Street Variety, in Milwaukie. Mrs. Graham ran the store while Mr. Graham continued to work for the J.K. Gill Company as an outside salesman. In 1957 they opened Graham's Book and Stationery in Lake Oswego's Village Shopping Center, which Mrs. Graham also ran for several years until her husband could join her in the business full time. Four years later they expanded with a branch in Milwaukie and in 1975 another in Canby.

A passionate golfer, Mr. Graham had seven holes-in-one. The Grahams loved the beach, playing bridge, being with friends and traveling.

Mr. Graham's many community activities include having served as president and/or board member of the Lake Oswego Community Theater, Library Board, Chamber of Commerce, Elks and Rotary Club. He was also a founder of the Canby Rotary Club. In 1975 Mr. Graham served as mayor of Lake Oswego.

The Grahams became grandparents of Erin and Chris and sold their business to their son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Teri, in 1980.

Mrs. Graham died in 2006.

Services will be for the immediate family.

Remembrances may be made to the Lake Oswego Library or the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

Marie Reitan

Marie Reitan, who lived in a foster care home in Lake Oswego, died in her sleep May 30, 2011. She was 101.

She was born July 18, 1909, near Williston, N.D., the daughter of John and Emma (Erickson) Elton. She was raised in Hawley, Minn., and always spoke fondly of the family home on Lee Lake. Since the farm has remained in the family, throughout the years she was always able to return to her room, regardless of the current occupant.

She earned a teaching degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 1932.

On June 18, 1941, she married Hans Christian Reitan in Hawley. While he served in World War II, Mrs. Reitan moved home to live with her parents and continue teaching.

In 1969 the family moved to Seattle, Wash., and settled in the Ballard area. Mr. Reitan died in May 1990, but Mrs. Reitan remained in the Seattle area until moving to Lake Oswego in 1999 to be near family.

Mrs. Reitan enjoyed chocolate, entertaining, music, church activities and playing cards and dominoes. She also enjoyed walking, knitting, traveling and especially celebrating her Norwegian heritage and will be remembered as adventurous, kind and gracious. She belonged to Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Diane and Lester Zoller of Lake Oswego and Marian and Wilson Li of Honolulu, Hawaii, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers Norman and Lawrence Elton.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 15751 Quarry Road, in Lake Oswego. Interment will be July 18 at Evergreen-Wahelli Cemetery in Seattle.

Remembrances may be sent to Concordia College, Advancement Office, 901 8th St., Moorhead, Minn. 56562.

Lucille Martin

Lucille M. Martin died June 30, 2011, of Alzheimer's disease. She was 90.

Mrs. Martin was born Aug. 31, 1920, in Papillion, Neb., to Margaret and Fred Stellges. She grew up in Papillion and graduated from Papillion High School.

She moved from Nebraska to Oregon in the 1940s and was married in 1945 to Lynn E. Martin in Portland. The couple lived in Salem for 55 years and when Mr. Martin died in 2001, Mrs. Martin moved to Lake Oswego to be closer to her family. She lived at Oswego Terrace until 2006 and has lived at Tanner Springs Assisted Living in West Linn since then.

The Martins had owned a small business and Mrs. Martin also worked as a payroll clerk during her professional life.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Diane and Scott Mulligan of West Linn and her sister Alice Deprez of Portland.

No service is planned.

Interment will be at City View Cemetery Mausoleum in Salem at a later date.

Remembrances may be sent to the National Alzheimer's Association.

Thomas Ankeny

Thomas Edward Brents Ankeny died April 5, 2011. He was 71.

Mr. Ankeny was born Dec. 28, 1939, in Seattle, Wash., the son of Dorothy and Lewis. He was on the Klamath Union High School State Championship basketball team of 1958, served in the U.S. Army in Germany and worked for US West (Qwest) for 28 years.

Mr. Ankeny lived in Lake Oswego in 2004 and 2005. He will be remembered for his intelligence and kindness.

He is survived by his special companion Augustine, his daughter Krista, his brother Lew, several nieces and nephews, a cousin and former wife Mary. He was predeceased by his brother Richard.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the home of niece Kathryn Burge, 18880 S. Whitten Lane in West Linn. RSVPs may be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .