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Richard G. Conachan

Oct. 28, 1924 – Feb. 5, 2013

Happy Valley resident Richard G. Conachan died on Feb. 5.

He served in World War II from 1942 to 1946 in the South Pacific, and married July 15, 1949.

He was a butcher for nearly 40 years, and in that business made many friends out of co-workers, as he became a master at cutting meat. He retired in 1987, and soon thereafter started working part time at Glendoveer Golf Course. He enjoyed his time spent there a lot as he made many special friends in the men’s club, also playing with “the geritols” and all his co-workers as well. He spent another 25 years of great summers working and golfing at Glendoveer.

He was always full of life and looked forward to the next event to come. Even when he became ill he never lost his enthusiasm for life and love for those around him.

He and his wife brought three boys into the world: Gary, Rick, and Ken; he had eight grandchildren, Gary, Christine, Candice, Courtney, Daniel, Stephanie, Chelsea and Corey; and six great-grandchildren, Gary III, Patrick, Liam, Hudson, Audrey and Evelyn.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Richard Jay Dixson

Nov. 5, 1944 - Feb. 8, 2013

Richard Jay Dixson died on Feb. 8 of natural causes; he was 68.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1944, in The Dalles, to parents Richard and Mamie Dixson. He was raised in Arlington, and later moved to the Portland area. He attended Cleveland High School and was a member of the marching band playing the trumpet.

In 1965, he joined the U. S. Army and served as a crew chief and performed rescue missions in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service medals.

He liked horses, Pee-Wee Rodeo and all things “cowboy.”

Mr. Dixson is survived by: his daughters, Jaylyne Dixson-Bowen and Ceanna Bergstrom; stepson, Kelly Hanson, of Milwaukie; sisters, Guyla Gilgus and Mary Frazier; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Aloha Hanson Dixson, in 2006; his parents, Richard and Mamie Dixson; daughter, Deborah Micheli; and brother, Roy “Toad” Dixson.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor, visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Deborah Jo Klein

May 15, 1964 – Feb. 10, 2013

Deborah Jo Klein died on Feb. 10, after battling cancer for 16 months.

She was born in Orange, Calif., on May 15, 1964.

She graduated from Oregon City High School in 1982, attended Clackamas Community College from 1983 to 1986 and then graduated from East-West College as a massage therapist in 1998.

She became a Christian at the age of 7, while attending Vacation Bible School. Reading her Bible devotions was something she did daily.

Her work history included: Clackamas County Print Shop (bindery operator), Framed by Design (framing of artwork), a massage therapist and an independent TriVita business owner (a nutritional company). She also was co-owner with her mother in TriVita and did all their clerical work.

Her hobbies varied throughout the years, but her main love was for books. She enjoyed shopping for old books, and finding one she’d been looking for over a long period of time was a real treat. She also enjoyed designing jewelry. She always said what she made from the sales supported her habit for buying more supplies.

Her father passed away in 2006, and she is survived by her mother, Judy, and companion, Alex.

At the family’s request, there will not be a memorial service, but friends and family are welcome to an open house in her memory on March 2 at 3 p.m. Contact Hillside Chapel, 503-656-4285, for details.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

James J Zirkle

Feb. 24, 1949 – Feb. 3, 1023

James J Zirkle died on Sunday, Feb. 3. 

He was on active duty in the U. S. Army from February 1969 to January 1971, with final discharge in February 1975. 

He was a longtime employee of Package Containers in Canby.

He is survived by: his brother, Robert Zirkle; sister, Kristine Woods, of Milwaukie; and a daughter, Jamie Kraljev.

A cemetery service with full military honors took place on Feb. 14 at Willamette National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances in his memory to the American Heart Association.

For more information, visit stehnfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by Stehn Family Chapels.