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Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - Auto Repair INSIDER -

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -

SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness


Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.


Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170


Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.


Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722


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Kevin Corbell

Feb. 23, 1970 - Sept. 25, 2012

Kevin Corbell died on Sept. 25 in Sandy. He was born on Feb. 23, 1970, in Medford, to parents Mandy Foster and William Corbell.

A graduate of Clackamas High School, he went on to work as a truck driver and in the construction industry.  He enjoyed cooking and working on his ‘65 Chevy pickup, as well as a variety of older cars. 

He is survived by: his daughter, Madison Kidwell; brother, James Corbell; niece, Cory Corbell; aunts, Doris (Randi) Kobernik and Mary Drath; uncles, Gary and James Foster; and numerous cousins. He will be missed by his extended family and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mandy St. John; and grandparents, Johnnie and Olivia Foster.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Donna Elizabeth Kennedy Doty

Oct. 26, 1939 - Sept. 30, 2012

Donna Elizabeth Kennedy Doty died on Sept. 30; she will be missed by many loved ones. She is survived by: son, Melvin J. Doty, and his wife, Janet; son, Allen D. Doty, and his wife, Alesa; daughter, Rhonda L. Richardson, and her husband, Joe; daughter, Jeannie (Darla) Davidson, and her husband, Dan; sister, Vida Duffey, and her husband, Wes; sister, Naomi Nicholson, and her husband, Bill; brother, Bob Kennedy, and his wife, Pat; five grandsons; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and many other nieces and nephews.

Her husband, John Doty, preceded her in death.

A celebration of life ceremony was held at Oregon City Christian Church on Saturday, Oct. 6.

To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor, visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.


Jan. 18, 1932 - Sept. 13, 2012

Jack Drumm passed away Sept. 13.

He was born John Louis Drumm to Lafayette and Nellie (Baron) Drumm in Portland, on Jan. 18, 1932.  When he was a young child the family moved to Oregon City, living there until he married. He attended schools there, delivering newspapers, playing basketball and roaming center field in baseball; he graduated in 1950, having received the award for outstanding sportsmanship.  

He worked at Publisher’s Paper Mill for two years before beginning elementary teaching studies at Portland State. Soon he met the love of his life, his best friend forever, and after his two-year stint in the Army, he and Charlane Trumbull were married on Aug. 18, 1956; son, Scott, was born in 1965.

Mr. Drumm began teaching at Portsmouth in North Portland, transferring to the Oregon City district in 1970, teaching at Jennings Lodge and Logan schools. In 1973, he received his master’s degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College and his administrative certificate in 1976. From then until his retirement in 1992, he served as principal at Logan, Barclay, Jennings Lodge, Candy Lane, McLoughlin and his old school, Eastham. He truly loved being an educator and his influence as both an elementary classroom teacher and principal was considerable. 

In retirement, Mr. Drumm enjoyed frequent rounds of golf. Always interested in the world about him, he and Charlane traveled to all 50 states and to several European countries in the last several years. His love of all things Oregon, particularly the Ducks, was legendary.  

For nearly 20 years, he volunteered at the Travel Portland visitor information center, applying his wit, charm and especially wisdom to a world-wide audience, converting them to become Oregon lovers one at a time. He also volunteered monthly, helping with meals for the homeless.  An avid reader, especially of non-fiction, as well as loving movies, he was a font of information on history, geography, actors and music oldies; he was a veritable trivia buff par excellence.  

Mr. Drumm fought the good, noble battle the past several months, even in the end thanking everyone for their friendship and support.  

He is survived by: his wife, Char, of 56 years; son, Scott; brother, Dick, and sister-in-law, Trenna; niece, Jeanne Drumm; nephew, Matt Drumm, his wife, Molly, and grandniece, Liliana; several cousins; extended family, Regina and Vanessa; and, of course, literally multitudes of friends, students and colleagues who bear the indelible stamp of his abiding faith in their worth and humanity.

There will be an open house celebration of his life from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City, 211 Tumwater Drive, above the falls, just off McLoughlin Boulevard.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “In the memory of Jack Drumm,” University of Oregon Foundation, 1720 E. 13th Ave, Ste. 410, Eugene, OR 97403-2253.

Janet Gloria Gilham Jewell

Nov. 30, 1950 - Sept. 25, 2012

Janet Gloria Gilham Jewell died on Sept. 25.

She was born to parents Terry and Lula Gilham on Nov. 30, 1950, in Portland. She grew up in Portland, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1969 and later attended Mt. Hood Community College.

She settled in Milwaukie in 1974 and remained there until 2007. She worked as a respiratory therapist and a care giver when she wasn’t fulfilling the role of a homemaker. She liked to travel to tropical places, playing billiards and going to the Oregon Coast. He was an avid OSU Beaver fan and had an extensive Coca-Cola collection.

She loved her family and was about to become a great-grandmother for the second time to a baby, due in March 2013.

She is survived by: her daughter, Tammi Doty, and her husband, Andy; son, James Jewell; sister, Carolyn Howell; brother, Terry Gilham; aunt, Ellen Wiseman; granddaughter, Kelley Jewell; grandson, James Jewell; granddaughter, Kimberly Doty; great-granddaughter, Alaia Rasmussen; and one great-grandchild on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents Terry and Lula Gilham.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Clackamas Park Friends Church, 8120 S.E. Thiessen Road, Milwaukie.

To light a candle in her honor and to sign the online guest book, visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Mavis Alene Kennett

Oct. 29, 1927 - Sept. 23, 2012

Mavis Alene Kennett passed away, on Sept. 23, at age 84, in Jennings Lodge, where she had lived since 1946.

She was born to Elmer and Miriam (Snider) Blake in Mills, Neb., on Oct. 29, 1927.  In 1942, the family moved to Canby.

Mrs. Kennett worked at J.C. Penney in downtown Oregon City. She enjoyed activities with the Portland Postal Retirees, the Oregon City Elks, her grandsons and great-grandchildren, as well as other gatherings with family and friends.

She is survived by: her daughter, Sue Jones; grandsons, Matt and Andy Jones; great-grandchildren, Sid, Ella, Jocelynn and Graham Jones; and sister, Lois Swearingen.

Mrs. Kennett was preceded in death by: her husband, Fred Kennett; her companion, Eric Rasmussen; and brothers, Darrell and Robert Blake.

At her request, no services will be held.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Larson

Oct. 21, 1927 - Sept. 27, 2012

Robert W. “Bob” Larson, 84, a resident of Hillsboro, died Thursday evening, Sept. 27, at his home. He was born on Oct. 21, 1927, in Portland, the son of the late Ernest and Bertha (Baker) Larson. He was raised and received his education in Portland, having attended Franklin High School. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, having served one enlistment during World War II, until receiving his honorable discharge. He was united in marriage to Patricia Mildred Strandy in October of 1953. Following their marriage they made their home in Southeast Portland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 1984, after celebrating over 31 years of marriage together.

In 1995, he moved to his present home in the Hillsboro community, where he had resided since.

Mr. Larson worked as an exterminator in the pest-control industry for over 36 years, until his retirement in 1990. Following his retirement he owned and operated a scrap metal business for over 15 years. He was a member of the Hillsboro Elks Lodge # 1862, the American Legion in Aloha and a lifetime member of the NRA.Among his special interests, Mr. Larson enjoyed NASCAR, shooting and hunting. Survivors include: his daughter, Kerri Larson; his son and daughter-in-law, Gary W. and Alice Larson, of Oregon City; his sister, Dorothy Asberry; his granddaughter and her spouse, Jaime and Brandon Bowker, of Oregon City; his two great-grandchildren, Landon and Dylan Bowker; several nieces and nephews, including Buzz and Judy Ruch; and his special friend, who was like a son, Wally Watson, and his companion, Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Bertha Larson; his nine brothers and sisters, Carl, Kenneth, William, Amy, Edith, Irma, Ruth, Jean and Shirley; and his partner of over 20 years, Barbara Germeroth. A graveside service with full military honors was held on Friday, Oct. 5, at Willamette National Cemetery. Pastor Tim Long, with Stone Creek Christian Church in Oregon City, officiated.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the American Heart Association, 1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, # 220, Portland, OR 97209, in his memory. Arrangements: Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro.

Kathleen Lois Freeman

July 27, 1956 - Sept. 24, 2012

Life. The center of every living thing on this earth. We go through the motions of life, day by day. Not really bothering to look around, or as some would say, to stop and smell the roses. When suddenly it can be taken away in an instant. Life turned upside down, flipped inside out, all in a moment. Let me tell you a story about a woman. She is a lover of Christ. A believer in The Great I Am. A follower of The Lord Our Savior. Her name is Kathleen Lois Freeman and on Sept. 24, she closed her eyes to this world and opened them to a place beyond her dreams. Heaven. Angels sang her into gates of pearls and streets of gold. She stood before The Lord. Her family was in mourning but she was in awe. She was a magnificent mother, loving grandmother, beloved daughter, cherished sister, aunt and friend. As I write this about my mom I can’t help but feel joy. She is in a place where pain does not exist. Hurt is a distant memory and sorrow is no more. We lost a mom but we gained an angel. A mother never truly leaves her children behind. She is always there. The whisper in the wind, the rustling of the leaves. She is the sunshine in the morning and the moonlight in the evening. She will be deeply loved and forever missed. Fly with the angels Mom. 

To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor, visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Beverly Lavone Miller

Oct. 5, 1942 - Sept. 27, 2012

Beverly Miller, 69, passed away during the night of Sept. 27, in her home in Milwaukie, with her three children and husband at her bedside.

She was a loving mother and a friend to all. She was born Oct. 5, 1942, in McMinnville, to Lloyd and Bessie Bjelde. Seven days after her birth, her mother, Bessie, died from an infection caused during the birth.

Her father was tasked with raising three children by himself. He took his daughter to live with relatives near Duluth, Minn. When she was 3, her father returned and reunited his family with his new wife, Helen Bjelde in Denver.

She lived with her family in Denver until the fifth grade until they moved again to Salem. They made their final move while she was in the sixth grade to Siletz. In Siletz, she attended high school and met her future husband, Lewis “Mike” Miller.

After graduating from high school, she started work at the Lincoln County Courthouse where she saved money to attend the University of Oregon. After one year in Eugene, she moved to Corvallis to be close to Mr. Miller. They married March 17, 1963.

In the summer of 1963, the couple moved to Eddyville. Mr. Miller had taken a job as a high school teacher, while Mrs. Miller helped the school out with administrative duties. In 1964, she gave birth to their first child, Michael Miller. After three years they moved to Milwaukie, where Mr. Miller took a job as the director for a new vocational program with the Portland Public Schools. It was here in Milwaukie where the Millers planted their roots and their other two children, Eric, in 1968, and Jennifer, in 1973, were born.

In Mrs. Miller’s early years in Milwaukie, she was known as a family motivated stay-at-home mom, selling Avon products door-to-door. In 1982, she went to work part-time at Wichita Water Works. It was a one-minute walk from her home, which was convenient for her to work and be close to her children. In 1986, she began working full time with the city of Milwaukie. She retired in 1998.

After retiring, she continued her involvement with the city of Milwaukie. She enjoyed catching up with her work friends. She and her husband spent much of their time at the family farm in Siletz. She enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren. Each spring, she organized her annual Easter egg hunt at their home in Milwaukie. At Christmas, she was always the most excited, even more than the children.

Being a two-time survivor of breast cancer, Mrs. Miller became a member and large contributor to Race for the Cure in 1995. Every year, she would assemble her team, Bev’s Bosom Buddies.

She was known for her family devotion and sacrifice. She always had an open door for her family and friends. She saw the best in everyone. She was proud of her children, who all graduated from college, and loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband; three children; 10 grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Komen Foundation under team name, Bev’s Bosom Buddies.

A memorial service was held Oct. 6, at Abundant Life Church.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center; for more information, visit stehnfuneralhomes.com.

Tuoc Van Pham

April 20, 1934 - Sept. 29, 2012

Tuoc Van Pham died on Sept. 29.

He was born in Vietnam on April 20, 1934. He served in the South Vietnamese Military. He married Lan Thi Nguyen in Vietnam and they moved to Oregon in 1975.

He is survived by: his sons, Jung Van Pham, Hung Van Pham and Dang Hong Pham; daughters-in-law, Nuong Thi My Ha, Tim Thi Huynh and Diep Thi Le; and almost 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie. Visit anewtradition.com to sign the online guest book.

Marguerite Frances Rathgeber

May 1, 1920 - Sept. 27, 2012

Marguerite Frances Rathgeber died on Sept. 27, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

She was born Marguerite Frances Venini, to Victor Venini and Mary (Cairns) Venini, on May 1, 1920, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

She graduated from Franklin High School with the class of 1938, and attended and graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in nursing.

She served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps during World War II, and married Albert F. Rathgeber on Feb. 8, 1947.

She is survived by: her children, Mary Ann Mitchael, James Rathgeber, Theresa Ellis, Patty Ryan, Robert Rathgeber, Thomas Rathgeber, Sally Scott and Tim Hansen; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert; brothers, Edward and James; and her sister Mary.

She was a devoted wife and mother, was deeply loved and will be missed by her family and friends.

 A Recitation of the Holy Rosary followed by a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Oct. 4 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Southeast Portland; a reception followed, concluding at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery. 

Remembrances may be made to St. Anthony Village. 

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie; for more information, visit stehnfuneralhomes.com

Sherrill King Smith

Jan. 3, 1937 - Sept. 14, 2012

Sherrill K. “S.K.” Smith, alias “Smitty,” passed away Sept. 14, at the age of 75.  He was a sixth generation Oregonian, born in Portland on Jan. 3, 1937, the son of Blasdel G. and June R. Smith.

“SK” was a man of many passions. In the beginning, he raced sports cars for many years, switching to motorcycles after eight years. In both cars and motorcycles, he competed in many national events including Riverside, Calif., Las Vegas Mint 400s, and Baja 1000s, usually finishing with the top finishers.

In the 1970s he raced sailboats in the Columbia River, also finishing in the “top of the pack.” Up to the end he was still riding off-road motorcycles in the mountains of the coast range and the Oregon desert.  

In the early 1960s, after selling his import auto repair business, he acquired two Honda motorcycle franchises, one in Prineville and the other in Medford. After selling these businesses in the late 1960s, he moved back to Portland and worked as a sales representative in the motorcycle business for a motorcycle parts distributor.

In the early 1980s he went to work as inside salesman for St. John’s Honda, where he retired in 1999 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1997 and starting chemotherapy.

Since 1997, and many treatments of chemotherapy, he survived through prostrate cancer, lung cancer (lung removal), skin cancer and right knee replacement.

Mr. Smith loved anything that challenged him mentally and physically.  He was dedicated to whatever he put his mind to. He was a master at planning excursions; he went 10 years in a row to Baja in November, to work radio communications as an amateur radio operator, each year with more vehicles going with him. He organized himself and others and he really knew how to motivate and challenge those around him to do better than they thought they could as he challenged himself.  He was a mentor to many, many people.  

He would say, “It’s been a hell of a ride! Aging is certainly not for wimps!”

Survivors include: his loving and caring wife, Jennifer Tyrrell, the love of his life; his sisters, Joie R. Smith and Gayle S. Kosel; his three children, son, Sam B. Smith, and daughters, Sherri Ferguson and Kimberly Meyer; stepsons, Travis and Sean Tyrrell; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral or service, but a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To light a candle in his honor and to sign the online guest book, visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie. Donations may be made to the lymphoma foundation.

Ed Tolstrup

Nov. 11, 1938 - Sept. 28, 2012

Ed Tolstrup died on Sept. 28, at age 73.

He was born Nov. 11, 1938, in Tacoma, Wash.; he graduated from Washington State University in 1960 with a bachelor of science degree in forestry.

In 1962, he married Betty Harman; they later divorced. He married Reitha Thomas on Jan. 24, 1976; most of their life together was spent in the Oregon City area, with brief stints in Reedsport and Veneta.

He worked as a forester for the state of Oregon and later for International Paper, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed serving in many capacities; he was scoutmaster for Troop 220 in Oregon City and an Elder in the Oregon City Christian Church. His love of horticulture included his hazelnut orchard, Christmas tree farm, and his large garden. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing, and any other reason to be outside. When he wasn’t outdoors, he was reading about gardening, trees, investment, health, and travel.

He was a faithful man of God, generous servant and a man of action; he will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Mr. Tolstrup is survived by: his wife, Reitha; children, Carole Van Domelen, Darlene (David) Kropf, Kirk (Michelle) Tolstrup, Troy Thomas, Kristi Soto and Becki (Mike) Kaufmann; grandchildren, Moses Miller, Tyler Toney, Jonathon Thomas, Molly Wassom, Grant Kropf, Melissa McCrary, Joshua Thomas, Angela Thomas, Gunnar Kaufmann, Sarah Tolstrup, Emily Tolstrup, Taylor Soto, Davey Thomas, Garrett Kaufmann, Daniel Tolstrup, Sadie Thomas, Griffin Kaufmann, Spencer Soto and Matthew Tolstrup; and 10 great-grandchildren, Danner, Preston, Matteo, Parker, Noah, Hank, Tanner, Trey, Carleigh, and Brooklynn.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby and Donny; granddaughter, Reitha May Miller; and sister, Rosemarie.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon City Christian Church Landscaping Fund.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. Visit hillsidechapelfh.com for more information or to sign the guestbook for the family.