Helen M. Hansen

Helen M. Hansen of Scappoose died July 12, 2011, at a hospital in Portland. She was 80.

Helen M. Allshouse was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Stuart, Neb., to Glen and Violet (Mott) Allshouse.

In the late 1940s she moved to Scappoose, and graduated from Scappoose High School in 1950.

On Oct. 14, 1950, she married Jack Hansen. He preceded her in death in 1982.

For all of her working life she was a homemaker and babysitter.

A member of the Morning Star Worship Center in Scappoose and the Scappoose Senior Center, she loved to paint ceramics, go on camping and hunting vacations, her yard and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Rodney Hansen of Rainier, Carlan Hansen of Deer Island, Ronald Hansen and Michael Hansen, both of Scappoose, Clinton Hansen of Albertino, Texas, Sharon Garritson of La Grande, and Kevin Hansen of Rainier; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and half-brothers and sisters, Lillian Goodwin of The Dalles, Helen Sandau and Carolyn Barger, both of Portland, and Raymond and Donald Unger, both of Scappoose.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Graveside service and vault interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Morning Star Worship Center in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Fr. Philip Michael 'Mike' Hemming

Fr. Philip Michael 'Mike' Hemming, of Beaverton, died July 16, 2011, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. He was 69.

Services are pending.

Arrangements provided by Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home in Forest Grove.

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A complete obituary will be published when available.

John Kroeker

John Kroeker of St. Helens died July 17, 2011. He was 41.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A celebration of life will follow at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Grace Baptist Church in Warren.

A complete obituary will be published in next week's print and online editions.

Jody V.C. Nickel

Jody Victor Clarence Nickel of St. Helens passed away July 12, 2011, at home surrounded by family. He was 51.

Mr. Nickel was born July 31, 1959, in Fargo, N.D., and adopted by Clarence and Verona (Niewoehner) Nickel. He was the third of five children.

His family relocated from Willow City, N.D., to Warren in 1965, and eventually moved to St. Helens where he graduated from high school in 1977.

Employed for Linnton Plywood during the 1980s and 1990s, he also owned and operated Raven's Espresso in St. Helens, worked at Freightliner as a mechanic and for the last several years for Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor.

Loving the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing and riding his four-wheeler and motorcycle. He also liked to go camping and taking his four-wheeler to Sand Lake, Winchester Bay, and Little Sahara in Utah.

His love of mechanics and carpentry work, combined with his passion for helping people provided an opportunity to serve those around him. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and always did it with a smile.

During his high school years he played the organ at Calvary Lutheran Church in St. Helens, and later would play the piano at home for personal enjoyment.

For the last year he attended Columbia River Foursquare Church.

He also had a will to help other patients suffering from brain cancer to find the most effective way to battle and have the best possible life. He felt there were many alternatives to chemotherapy left to explore and knew that the pure desire to fight was the most important.

A survivor and fighter for the last four years, he lived his life to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; children, Josh of Phoenix, Ariz., Brandon of Silverton, and K'lyn and Cody, of St. Helens; granddaughter, Ariel of Phoenix; father, Clarence Nickel of St. Helens; siblings, David Nickel of St. Helens, Teresa Sato of Banning, Calif., and Heidi Ralls of Deer Island; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Verona; and his sister, Bonnie.

A celebration of life was held July 19 at Columbia River Foursquare Church in St. Helens.

Private burial was at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts in his name may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Ste. 2D, Watertown, MA 02472, or Columbia River Foursquare Church, 555 Commons Way, St. Helens, OR 97051.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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