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Obituaries for July 20

India Belle Funk

March 14, 1928-July 14, 2011

Gresham resident India Belle Funk, 83, died Thursday, July 14.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 400 S.W. Walters Drive, followed by a reception at her house.

India was born March 14, 1928, in Kentucky to Joshua and Lillie Adkins.

In 1946, she married Raymond Funk in Washington. They never had children but took in many 'adopted' children.

India enjoyed picking blackberries and making jam, baking cookies for other residents at the group home and decorating the shared spaces for the holidays.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her nephew, Dwight Henson.

Survivors include her brothers and sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Annette Lusienne Hittle

March 23, 1943-July 7, 2011

Gresham resident Annette Lusienne Hittle died Thursday, July 7, at her home. She was 68.

A celebration of her life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Glenn Otto Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

Annette was born March 23, 1943, in Glendale, Calif., to Andre and Dorothy (Flynn) Varrin.

Annette was a receptionist for various businesses in the Gresham area. She was divorced. She was a member of the Gresham Eagles. She loved to watch her boys drag race.

Survivors include her sons, Glenn Hittle of Oregon and Ken Hittle of Troutdale; brother, Andre Varrin of Texas; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Crown Memorial Center of Portland is handling arrangements.

Cebert Simmons Bryan

Jan. 12, 1923-July 2, 2011

Gresham resident Cebert Simmons Bryan, 88, died Saturday, July 2, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held in August at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Gresham.

Cebert was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Portland to Edward Sr. and Catherine (Loughran) Bryan. He graduated from Albany Union High School in Albany and served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 in the Aleutian Islands at Cold Bay, Alaska. After his return, Cebert worked for Multnomah County and was an assistant director of parks and memorials until his retirement in 1982.

On April 9, 1965, Cebert married Ednamae 'Hoppi' Ebi in Portland.

Cebert was active in several service organizations: the American Legion Musician Post 135 and a past commander of the Gresham Post 30; the 41st Infantry Division as an honorary member; the Milwaukie and Gresham Elks; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; the Gresham Heroes Memorial Task Force; the Navy League Blueback Council; and the Royal Rosarians as a life member and former prime minister.

Cebert was an avid roller skater in his early years and played drums for the American Legion and the Royal Rosarians. Cebert and Hoppi had a championship rose garden and crafted many wood decorations together. They loved traveling and participating in parades.

Cebert was preceded in death by his wife and by his brother, Ed.

Survivors include his daughter, Claudette Naylor of Gresham; grandchildren, Erin Hire of Portland and James Kleinke of Troutdale; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Multnomah County Animal Services, 1700 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, 97060.

Luella Gant

July 31, 1952-July 10, 2011

East Portland resident Luella Gant, 58, died Sunday, July 10, in Reno, Nev.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Family Worship Center, 5001 W. Powell Blvd.

Luella was born July 31, 1952, in Everett, Wash., to Robert and Myrtle Dibble. She grew up in Portland.

On June 19, 2009, she married Lawrence Harrell in Clackamas.

Luella was a bus operator.

Her sister, Jeanette Dibble, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Felicia Wagner of Fairbanks, Alaska, Tereatha Rider of Gresham and Sarah Gant of Portland; sons, Chris Gant of Portland and Nathan Gant of Portland; sister, Marie Pulido of Portland; brother, Robert Dibble of Healy, Alaska; and 13 grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Tereatha Rider, 276 S.E. Hood Ave., Gresham, 97080.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John Keith Rutledge

Jan. 3, 1967-July 15, 2011

Former Gresham resident John Keith Rutledge died Friday, July 15, in Sandy after sustaining injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident. He was 44.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

John was born Jan. 3, 1967, in Portland to John and Tommie (Ross) Rutledge. He grew up in Gresham and graduated from Gresham High School in 1985. He served in the Army from 1986 to 1992.

John worked as a truck driver. He loved hunting for elk and chukar with his dad and brother in the high desert region of Eastern Oregon.

Survivors include his wife, Lori Rutledge of Portland; children, Larissa Rutledge of Germany and Keith Rutledge of Portland; mother of Fairview; sister, Tracy Mandeville of Quincy, Wash.; and brothers, Jimmy Rutledge of Sandy and Obie Rutledge of Portland.

Oregon Cremation Co. is handling arrangements.

Michael Allen Mosher

June 8, 1960-July 17, 2011

East County resident Michael Allen Mosher, 51, died Sunday, July 17.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, 2465 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.

A full obituary will run in a future edition of The Outlook.