Obituaries - July 21, 2011


Claude Shadburn

Claude Shadburn of Lake Oswego died Jan. 15, 2011, in the home he grew up in on Upper Drive in Lake Oswego. He was 98.

He was born in Portland on Nov. 23, 1912, the son of Clinton and Marie Shadburn. After his father died of tuberculosis, he boarded with relatives in Sellwood; and he often shared memories of riding the Sellwood Ferry back and forth before there was a bridge.

At age 4 or 5, he and his mother, Marie, along with her new husband, Oliver Worthington, moved to Lake Grove and lived on Upper Drive.

Memories he shared included the church in Rosewood and hops fields, riding the ore cars down Iron Mountain and catching the train to get from one end of the lake to the other.

He attended Lake Grove Elementary School and West Linn High School.

During World War II Mr. Shadburn served on the USS Louisville, where he passed ammunition to the gun turret while surviving a triple kamikaze attack.

Jobs held by Mr. Shadburn includedriving cattle in Wyoming and working as a ranch hand, living in the Aleutians and homesteading in Alaska while driving construction trucks and overseeing tire changing.

He also worked at Miller Paint in Portland.

Considered a friend and uncle by many, Mr. Shadburn is survived by his sister, Virginia Baird, her children and their families and the Vanderjack family.

A service was held at River View Cemetery in January.

Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams of West Linn died July 15, 2011. He was 41.

He was born Aug. 28, 1969, in Oregon City, the son of Willie Ray and Mary Williams. He graduated from Portland State University.

In 1993 he married Johnette Ferguson-Voss. Mr. Williams' hobbies included golf, video games and traveling. He was a gracious family man and friend who made all feel special.

Survivors include his wife, Johnette; his son, Spencer; his daughter, Katie; his parents, Willie Ray and Mary; and his brothers, Kevin and Ray.

A celebration of life was held July 20 at The Oregon Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mr. Williams' memory to Katelyn Williams college fund via the account set up at U.S. Bank. An online guest book may be signed at