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Steven Dean Brogden

May 7, 1953 - Nov. 22, 2012

Steven Dean Brogden passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22; he was 59.

He was born on May 7, 1953, to Everett Dean Brogden and Yeolande Lulu Brogden. He was born and raised in Oregon City, graduated from Oregon City High School in 1971 and received his associate’s degree from Clackamas Community College.

He worked at Blue Cross in the mail room when he met his wife, Jill, in the summer of 1974. They were married on Nov. 15, 1975. Their twin boys, Adam and Andrew, were born in 1978. Soon after that, Mr. Brogden began his career as an HVAC technician and remained in the profession for 36 years.

He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping, fishing, vacationing (Kauai was a favorite spot), working in his yard, reading and sports. He loved sports! He knew everything there was to know about anything related to sports, but then again, he did have a subscription to Sports Illustrated magazine for the last 40+ years, and he practically waited by the mailbox for it to arrive on delivery day.

He was also his sons’ No. 1 fan and attended all of their sporting events and games when they were young; he had continued that tradition with his grandchildren’s sports in recent years.

He always enjoyed helping his sons and grandchildren with miscellaneous projects and/or repairs and he always knew how to do everything. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone else in need as well; whether it was a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker, he was a man they could always call on for help. He was a kind, generous and loyal man, and a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who taught his sons how to be the same. He was loved by so many and will be missed more than words can say.

Though his life ended too soon, the quality of his life far exceeds the quantity of time in which he lived it.

Mr. Brogden is survived by: his wife Jill; sons, Adam and Andrew; six grandchildren; sister, Anita; and numerous relatives in Iowa.

A celebration of life service will be held in his honor, and his family invites anyone who would like to attend. It will be a time to celebrate his life accomplishments, to reminisce and tell stories with all the people whose lives he touched and to remember the legacy he leaves behind.

It will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Oregon City Golf Club, 20124 S. Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dougy Center (dougy.org). To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Marvin Eckert

Dec. 11, 1939 - Dec. 3, 2012

Marvin Eckert passed away in Oregon City from Lewy Body disease on Dec. 3, at the age of 72.

He was born in Oregon City to parents Ted and Lydia Eckert on Dec. 11, 1939. He was raised in Oregon City and attended Oregon City High School. He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for the J.M. Smucker’s Company until his retirement in 2003. His hobbies included woodworking.

Mr. Eckert is survived by: his brothers, Larry and Jerry Eckert; sister, Donna Caldwell; nephews, Larry Eckert Jr., Andrew, Kenny and Scott Eckert and Mel, Dale and Dennis Caldwell; and nieces, Alecia Rose and Sandra Eckert.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Doreene Eckert, who passed away in January of 2011; his father, Ted Eckert; and his mother, Lydia Eckert.

There will be no services. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor please visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Donald Norman Krueger

Nov. 30, 1927 - Nov. 8, 2012

Donald Norman Krueger passed away Nov. 8, at the age of 84.

He was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Athens, Wisc., to Otto and Josephine Krueger and was one of nine children.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. He served aboard the USS Chickasaw and at retirement held the rank of Storekeeper Third Class and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

Following his military service, Mr. Krueger was a U.S. postal mail carrier and owned and operated Donn’s Refrigeration. At the Presidio in San Francisco, he was foreman of refrigeration and air-conditioning and was promoted to the San Francisco Bay Area Federal Executive Board in recognition of consistently superior performance. He retired in 1983 and moved to Milwaukie.

Mr. Krueger was a trustee and member at Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City. He was active in the VFW, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Elks Lodge 1189 and was a member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans.

He was a devoted husband and is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Roethe Krueger; daughter, Kathy Scheel; son, Kenneth Scheel; sisters, Doris Habeck and Geraldine Andersen; and brother, Erlyn Krueger.

He was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Josephine Krueger; and siblings, Lucille Aderhold, Orville Krueger, Irene Habeck, Esther Nehrbass and Elvira Jantsch.

A memorial service was held.

Remembrances may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, 720 Jefferson St., Oregon City, OR 97045 or Legacy Hospice Services, P.O. Box 3426, Portland, OR 97208.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis

Dec. 20, 1976 - Nov. 29, 2012

Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis passed away in an accident in Estacada, on Nov. 29, at the age of 35.

He was born in Portland, to parents Leonard and Ellen McKinnis on Dec. 20, 1976. He was raised in Estacada and attended Estacada High School.

He worked in the construction industry as a plasterer, which is a form of art in itself.

He was loved by everyone who knew him, and he was always willing to lend a hand and help his friends and family out. He loved motorcycles, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

After dating Debra Himmelspach for five years, the two of them got married and were married three years.

He is survived by: his wife, Debra Himmelspach; son, Dakota McKinnis; daughters, Ashley McKinnis and Chandell Sanger; parents, Leonard and Ellen McKinnis; and brother, Josh McKinnis.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus McKinnis, who passed away in 1978. There will be a memorial motorcycle run and celebration of his life party on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Home Saloon, 31637 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham.

There will also be a memorial service on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Rebekah Lodge No. 147, 267 S.W. Second and Wade St., Estacada (next door to the Estacada Post Office).

Please do not send flowers to the Rebekah Lodge. If you are interested in sending flowers you can either send them directly to the family or you may call the funeral home for more information at 503-653-7076. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in Dusty’s honor please visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Cynthia “Cindy” Rose Mentzer

June 13, 1946 - Dec. 2, 2012

Milwaukie resident Cynthia “Cindy” Rose Mentzer died on Dec. 2, at her home; she was 66.

She was born on June 13, 1946, in Little Falls, Minn., to Edwin Carl Barchenger and Irene Harriet (Peterson) Barchenger. She moved to Southern California as a child and then to Oregon in the 1960s.

In 1969, she married Gerald “Jerry” Mentzer in Polk County. They later divorced. She worked as a bartender until retiring in 2009. She worked at Carman’s, Tortilla Flats and Intermezzo, all in the Milwaukie area. She loved working in her garden and home, particularly crafting.

She is survived by: son, Jeffery “Jeff” Mentzer; sisters, Karen Marie Oleman, and her husband, Roger, Andrea Sue Davis and Faye Janet Barchenger; sister-in-law, Donna Barchenger; grandson, Bythe Cordova; nieces and nephews, Treven, Brett, Stacey and Steven; and daughter-in-law, Emily Mentzer.

Her parents and brother, Curtis Barchenger, preceded her in death.

At her request, no public services are planned, a private cremation was held; a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center.

Jennifer (Nisely) Shelley

Feb. 20, 1955 - Nov. 19, 2012

Jennifer (Nisely) Shelley of Hillsboro passed away on Nov. 19, in Milwaukie; she was 57 years old.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1955, in Van Nuys, Calif., one of five children born to Milo and Audrey Nisely of Northridge, Calif.

In 1960 she began her school days as a 5-year-old first grader. Her love for learning was matched with her friendly, outgoing personality. She completed her formal education at California State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1976.

She met Kenneth Shelley while he was serving in the U. S. Marine Corps in Hawaii and they got married there in 1977. It was in Castlewood, Va., that she earned her teaching credential and taught school there until the birth of their son, Brandt, in 1981.

The family returned to California, where Mrs. Shelley worked as a successful recruiter for several years, filling executive positions throughout the United States.

In 1987, Krystal Erin Shelley was born, and shortly thereafter the family moved to Tigard.

Mrs. Shelley worked at Intel for 21 years as an executive recruiter. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, crafts of all kinds and had a flair for interior design. She loved animals, especially cats and two dogs, named Riley and Charlene.

She is survived by: her daughter, Krystal Cooper; son-in-law, Matthew Cooper; a very special granddaughter, Audrey Shyla Cooper, who is 14 months old; sisters, Deborah Nisely and Suzanne Dalsass; and her brother, Barry Nisely.

Her husband, Ken, preceded her in death in 2010, as did son, Brandt, in 2011.

To light a candle in her honor and to sign the online guest book please visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.




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