Obituaries for July 13, 2011


Thelma (Brink) Ramsey

Sept. 27, 1917 - June 19, 2011

Longtime Estacada resident Thelma (Brink) Ramsey died June 19 at her home after suffering from dementia/Alzheimer's for many years. She was 93.

Born Thelma L. Brink on Sept. 27, 1917, in Montana to Reuben and Alice (Wolcott) Brink, she moved with her family to Oregon in 1926. She attended Lents Grade School, and Girls Polytechnic High School in Portland.

After graduating, she was employed as a domestic and live-in mother's helper for a number of families until she married Lee A. Ramsey in 1936.

The family lived in and around the Portland area, including Sherwood, the Chapman district of Warren, and Estacada, where she lived until her death.

Mrs. Ramsey was a devoted wife, mother and a lifelong Christian. She loved sewing and craft projects. She worked and managed cafeterias in Portland - Mannings, Hot Coffee Service and Canteen and Tiffany Food Service - retiring in October 1979 after 28 years of service.

Survivors include her daughters, Delores (William 'Jack') Taylor of Depoe Bay, Marilyn Loyd of Estacada and Jeanette (Vernon Michael) Gumbert of Portland; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law Lillian Brink of Tualatin.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Lee Ramsey, in 1988; father, Reuben Brink, in 1962; mother, Alice Brink, in 1973; son, Dennis Ramsey, in 1985; sister, Dorothy Ramsey, in 1998; and brothers, Lester Brink, in 1953 and Harold Brink in 2003.

A memorial service for Mrs. Ramsey will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Lents Gilbert Church of God in Portland, where she was a member. Disposition was by cremation, and her remains will be scattered at Lost Lake on Mount Hood. Estacada Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Alzheimer's Foundation.

Johann Weber

Nov. 11, 1934 - July 6, 2011

Estacada resident Johann Weber died at his home on July 6. He was 76.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Estacada Funeral Chapel.

Johann Weber was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Bekasmegyer, Hungary, to Johann and Maria Weber. He immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1956. On Sept. 7, 1957, he married his wife, Elisabeth, in California. He and his family moved to Oregon in 1970.

Mr. Weber worked for Oregon Cutting Systems for most of his career. He was involved in the invention of the Woodzig and was responsible for several patents. He retired from the model shop at OCS in 1999.

He was the ultimate 'do-it-yourselfer,' had an extraordinary inquisitive mind and loved to dance. Most of all, he enjoyed good conversation with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth; son, Frank; daughter, Christine Weber-Fox and her husband, Edward Fox, of West Lafayette, Ind.; grandchildren, Isaac and Sophia Fox of West Lafayette, Ind.; and sisters, Magdalene and Resi of Germany.

Steven Lee Durham

Dec. 2, 1968 - July 1, 2011

Sandy resident and former Estacada resident Steven Lee Durham died July 1 of cancer. He was 42.

A celebration of his life was on July 9 at Estacada Funeral Chapel. Private inurnment is at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Steven Lee Durham was born Dec. 2, 1968, in Glendale, Calif. His family moved to Estacada in 1976. Mr. Durham attended Estacada High School and then went to Concordia College, where he received his medical technician degree. He worked at Oregon City Family Practice before quitting to take care of his father in 2006.

He enjoyed gardening, his dogs and going to the beach.

Survivors include his mother, Gloria Durham of Sandy; brother, Adam Durham of Portland; and nephew, Beckam Durham of Portland.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is in care of the arrangements.