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Obituaries for Dec. 29

Ralph J. Murphy

April 12, 1927-Dec. 21, 2007

Sandy resident Ralph J. Murphy, 80, died Friday, Dec. 21, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. A reception will follow the service at the chapel. A private inurnment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Ralph was born April 12, 1927, in Portland to Augustus and Angie (Goodell) Murphy. Ralph grew up in Portland and graduated from Benson High School. While in high school, Ralph began his life long career as a firefighter for the City of Portland.

After graduating, Ralph enlisted in the Marines and served his country from Jan. 16, 1945 to April 13, 1947. During his tour of duty, Ralph was in one of the first groups of soldiers to land in Nagasaki, Japan, after the U.S. dropped the atom bomb in 1945.

After his honorable discharge, Ralph returned home to Portland where he went to work for Safeway as a truck driver.

On May 1, 1949, he married Eloise 'Elly' Lein in Portland.

Ralph worked for Safeway for four years before going to work as a firefighter for Multnomah County, District 10. His career there spanned 20 years. Ralph took an early retirement because of a disability in the late 1970s. In 1979, he and Elly moved to Harbor, where he worked at various jobs including logging, building roads and unloading fishing boats. He also volunteered for the Nevada Fish and Game Department.

The couple moved back to Sandy in early 2007 to be with their family.

Ralph enjoyed camping, fishing and driving. He was a restaurant connoisseur while traveling. He was a member of the Gateway Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Murphy, in 2007, his brother, John Murphy, in 2000, and his sister, Paula Dorsett, in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of Sandy; daughters, Jill Murphy of LaPine, Wendy Blackmer of Sandy, and Kerry Galloway of Sandy; brothers, James Anderson of Portland and Gary Anderson of Independence; sister, Mary Ables of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William 'Fred' Morgan

July 1, 1928-Dec. 26, 2007

Lifetime Gresham resident and Glendale Farms owner Fred Morgan, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, at a Gresham hospital.

A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Dr., Gresham.

Fred was born in Gresham to Frederick W. and Dora (Berney) Morgan on July 1, 1928. He was raised in Gresham and graduated from Sandy High School in 1946, after which he worked on the family dairy farm.

On Aug. 6, 1949, he married Patricia Bell in Gresham. They made their permanent home on the family farm.

In 1953, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1955.

He continued working the dairy until the early 1970s, when he began using the farmland for nursery and trucking wood waste products.

He enjoyed water skiing, traveling extensively and camping with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife; brother, Jim Morgan of Gresham; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hood Hospice.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Brett Ian Friberg

Nov. 23, 1976-Dec. 23, 2007

Former East County resident Brett Ian Friberg, 31, of Las Vegas, died Sunday, Dec. 23, at his mother's home.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at East Hill Church Youth Center, 50 N.W. 5th St., Gresham.

Brett was born Nov. 23, 1976, in Portland to Harold Friberg and Beverly Waterworth. Brett grew up in Troutdale and graduated from Reynolds High School in 1995. He went on to become a journeyman plumber and was employed at Wolcot Plumbing in Portland. In 2003, he moved to Las Vegas to continue his career in plumbing.

Brett stayed close to his friends from school and loved coming home to see them.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Beverly and Richard Waterworth of Gresham; father and stepmother, Harold and Donna Friberg of Gresham; grandmother, Florence Capes of Gresham; sisters, Jody Wolf of Aloha, Amy Orling of Troutdale, Brittney Waterworth of Gresham; brother, Stephen Waterworth of Gresham; step-brother, Bob Tjoelker of Portland; and step-sister, Julie Backmeier of Bend.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

R. Richard 'Dick' Summer

Aug. 6, 1927-Dec. 24, 2007

The Rev. R. Richard 'Dick' Summer, 80, of Gresham, died Monday, Dec. 24, in Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Dick was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Waynesboro, Penn., to Walter and Charlotte (Strite) Summer. He graduated from Gettysburg Seminar and was ordained a Lutheran Pastor in 1952.

His first church was in Hagerstown, Md. He worked for the Bureau of Prisons as a Protestant Chaplain and led the Community Assistance Programs.

In 1949, he married Mary Ann Cooper. In 1983, he moved to Oregon and finished his ministry working in Gresham and downtown Portland. He loved the outdoors and watching his grandsons grow to be strong and loving men.

Survivors include his brothers, Walter Summer of Hyattsville, Md., and Bill Summer of Oyster Bay, N.Y.; sons, Mark Summer of Oldwick, N.J., and David Summer of Boring; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to persons, ministries, agencies or programs that people trust as vehicles for making the world a more hopeful place for those in need.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

David Karl Wilson

April 26, 1925-Dec. 27, 2007

Gresham resident David Karl Wilson, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 27, in Portland.

A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 11801 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. A private interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

David was born April 26, 1925, in Portland to Everett Wilson and Ines Maria Salminen. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Portland.

He served in General Patton's Third Army in the European theater during World War II in the tank corps. David worked as a deputy sheriff for Multnomah County. He retired in 1980.

On May 7, 1960, he married Lois Irene (Houck) Wilson in Portland.

He moved to Gresham in 1968.

Survivors include his wife of Gresham; daughters, Shelley Marie Wilson of Hermiston, Dorren Kay Mapstone of Gresham; son, David Karl Wilson Jr. of Gresham; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Norma Evangeline Russell

Oct. 14, 1910-Dec. 21, 2007

Former Gresham resident Norma Evangeline (Green) Russell, 97, of Salem, died Friday, Dec. 21, in Salem.

A public graveside service was held Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Salem. Interment followed at Rest Lawn Cemetery in Salem.

Norma was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Tate, Neb., to Earl and Ethyl Green.

She was a housewife and served as secretary of the Gresham Ladies Auxiliary of Eagles for 25 years. She lived at Linnemann Station from 1941 to 1967, in the original depot building.

She married Robert Russell. He preceded her in death April 24, 1979.

Survivors include her sisters, Eva Smith of San Diego, Calif., Fern Lempke of Yakima, Wash.; sons, Glenn Russell of Oregon City, Warren Russell of Salem and Lynn Russell of Seattle, Wash.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Rest Lawn Funeral Home of Salem is handling arrangements.

Anne Marie Walker

Aug. 30, 1922-Dec. 17, 2007

East Portland resident Anne Marie (Schutze) Walker, 85, died Monday, Dec. 17, at her home.

A private memorial service will be held.

Anne was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Pittsburgh to Carl Frieda Schutze. She was raised in Troutdale and graduated from Gresham High School in 1940. On June 19, 1948, she married Walter Walker in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She traveled the world as a military wife, living in occupied Japan, Germany, Hawaii, Texas, Oklahoma and Washington. She loved traveling, especially to Hawaii.

Anne lived in Portland from 1967 to 2007.

Survivors include her daughter, Frieda Anne Riegelmann of Gresham; brother, Richard Schutze of Ojai, Calif.; two grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.