Obituaries - Dec. 22
James 'Jim' Robert Baker
Jan. 16, 1924-Dec. 17, 2007
James 'Jim' Robert Baker, lifetime resident of Aims on the Clackamas/Multnomah county line, died at his home Monday, Dec. 17, at the age of 83.
A service was held Saturday, Dec. 22, at Corbett Community Church with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Corbett.
He was born in Portland to Louie F. and Clara (Kerslake) Baker on Jan. 16, 1924, and was raised on the family homestead at Aims, attending the Aims elementary school and graduating from Corbett High School in 1940. He went to work logging for his father and brother, enlisting in the Navy in December 1943.
Ardis Mershon, whom he met at Corbett High School, made the wartime trip by train to Richmond, Va., to marry him on June 6, 1944.
Baker was honorably discharged in December 1945, and he and Ardis made their home at Aims, where he worked with his brother, Allan, and best friend and former shipmate, Frank Dunlap, in Baker Brothers Logging until his retirement in 1989.
He continued to farm after retirement and helped to build a new building for Aims Community Church.
In addition to volunteering for the Corbett Fire District for 34 years, he was a member of the Mount Hood Snowmobile Club, volunteered at Vista House, and enjoyed working outside, as well as teaching his grandsons to drive farm and logging equipment.
He is survived by his wife of Aims; daughters, Pat Lucas and Linda Traxler of Aims; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to the Jeff Lucas Memorial Fund for construction of a Corbett High School stadium, to 33305 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, 97019. Lucas, Baker's grandson, was a Navy Seal who died in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gene William Atterberry
Aug. 7, 1942-Dec. 19, 2007
Longtime East County resident Gene William Atterberry, 65, died Wednesday, Dec. 19.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.
Gene was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Pasco, Wash., to Jack and Elsie Bottler. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1960, then attended Portland State University.
In 1960, he married Sharon McWrightman in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He worked for NW Natural Gas for 12 years before retiring in 2000. He also owned a small nursery in the Gresham area with his wife that he ran when he wasn't working for the gas company. He was also very active in the Oregon Nurseryman's Association.
Gene enjoyed working on the nursery, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He loved going to the coast, clam digging and traveling with his wife. He was a very competitive person and enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of Boring; mother, Elsie Wickham of Gresham; son, Michael Atterberry of Eugene; daughter, Susan Hebb of Boring; brother, Ray Atterberry of Sandy; sister, Shirley Redfern of Gresham; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gordon L. Worth
Nov. 8, 1917-Dec. 18, 2007
Gresham resident Gordon L. Worth, 90, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Gresham.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Interment will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.
Gordon was born Nov. 8, 1917, in Medical Springs to James and Martha (Saffron) Wirth. He graduated from Baker City High School in 1937.
On Jan. 23, 1945, he married Ruth Shepherd in Dyersburg, Tenn. She preceded him in death July 12, 2007.
Gordon served his country in the Army before World War II. He later served in the Air Force, where he was a pilot. He also served in the Oregon National Guard for 20 years.
Gordon owned and operated the Lents Building Material Store in Portland. He was a tax assessor for the Multnomah County Tax Assessor's Office, where he retired in 1982.
He had resided in the Pleasant Valley, Troutdale and Gresham areas since 1958. He was a member of Tremont Evangelical Church in Portland before becoming a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Troutdale. He enjoyed working in the outdoors, flying airplanes and being on boats, and doing building projects.
Survivors include his daughter, Carol Talley of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Connie Nelson of Klamath Falls and Nona Duby of Baker City; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Robert R. Ritschard
Sept. 14, 1928-Dec. 13, 2007
Former Gresham resident Robert R. Ritschard, 79, of Seaside died Thursday, Dec. 13, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.
There will be no service at his request.
Robert was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Gresham to Rudy and Irma (Borter) Ritschard. He was raised in Gresham and graduated from Gresham Union High School in 1946.
He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries he received.
In 1950, he married Yvonne Holcombe. They were later divorced.
He spent many years at the hockey rinks supporting the different teams. After retiring, Bob moved with his daughter Trudy to Seaside. He remained involved backstage in the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant Program for more than 30 years. Along with beachcombing, he helped in a variety of capacities at Seaside Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rudy Ritschard and Ron Ritschard.
Survivors include his daughters, Debbie Preston of Portland and Trudy Ritschard of Seaside; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary is handling arrangements.