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Nellie Elisabeth Alcorn

Nov. 19, 1913 - April 15, 2013

Nellie Elisabeth Alcorn died on April 15 at age 99.

As a member of Milwaukie Christian Church, she served as choir director, missions chairperson and in many other capacities.

She is survived by: children, Velma Heckman and Ken Alcorn; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on April 27 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in Milwaukie. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to the Milwaukie Christian Church, Mission Program; or to Serenity Hospice, 6975 S.W. Sandburg St., Suite 190, Portland 97223.

Arland Hugh Christ

Aug. 24, 1971 - April 13, 2013

Troutdale resident Arland Hugh Christ died on April 13, at age 41; the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1971, in Portland, to parents Arland Howard and Judy Perkins, and attended Gresham High School. He was a member of East Hill Foursquare Church. He married Kathleen Byrne on Aug. 14, 2010.

In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by: stepdaughter, Jewlz; stepson, Jaden; and sons, Johnathan, Jordan and Nathan. A memorial service will be held on April 26 at 1 p.m. at 50 N.W. Fifth St., in Gresham.

Arrangements: Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Fremont Ira Greehling

June 15, 1919 - April 12, 2013

Fremont Ira Greehling died on April 12.

After his return from World War II serving in the U. S. Army, he and his wife, Madeline, moved to Oregon City, where he worked for Crown Zellerbach and spent many years as a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Together they had four children, France Lewis, Lorna Kautzky, Madge Earnshaw and Marvel Serres.  Mr. Greehling enjoyed square dancing and bowling. 

He is survived by: three daughters, Frances, Lorna and Madge; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline, and daughter, Marvel.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City. 

Priscilla Elizabeth Greene

Dec. 7, 1943 - April 12, 2013

Happy Valley resident Priscilla Elizabeth Greene died on April 12 at age 69; the cause of death was cancer.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1943, in Budapest, Hungary, to parents Dezso and Pitoska Soos.She had been employed as a kindergarten teacher.

She is survived by: husband, Roger Greene; daughter, Elizabeth List; sons, Richard, David and Michael Greene; sisters, Judy and Elizabeth; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on April 20 at Spring Mountain Bible Church in Clackamas.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial.

Theresa Hebrank

Nov. 3, 1929 - April 8, 2013

Theresa Hebrank died on April 8.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Dishman, Wash. Her family will always remember her beautiful smile, hearty laugh, fiery spirit and most of all, her selfless love.

She is survived by: children, Cecelia, Caroline, Paul, Rodney, Michael, Carla, Francis, Robert, Catherine and Jennifer; 11 grandchildren; and three siblings.

A service was held on April 17 at the Archangel Church.

Walter John Kmetic

September 22, 1942 – April 9, 2013

A FRIEND TO MANY - Walter John Kmetic was born in Oregon City on September 22, 1942 to Mary and Frank Kmetic. He finally lost his battle with glioblastoma on April 9, 2013. He fought valiantly believing that he would be healed soon and back on the farm with family and friends.

As a student at Barclay, Gardiner and Oregon City High School, Walt decided on working at the Fish Commission. After a short time he joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. After being honorably discharged he returned home to Oregon City and started working again at the fish commission which was later changed to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He continued his work as a carpenter building fish ladders and outbuildings all throughout the state until his retirement at the age of 55.

Walt is survived by two brothers Gary and Ken with his wife Lynn and their two daughters Kaili and Kari. He is additionally survived by Kevin, his oldest son, along with wife Angie and their two children Kegan and Kealy. His youngest son Steve with his kids Kendyl and Connor, along with his wife Jackie and her two kids Claire and Grace. All are current residents of God’s country, Oregon City.

Walt loved to work, and mostly for other people. You could always find him doing odd jobs or tasks for friends in the community. He was a member of the Oregon City Elks Lodge and a founding father of Hoagies which later turned into the Icehouse. He really enjoyed sitting with friends and reminiscing about good times and fish that got away. The stories grew each time just as much as the bar tab would.

The family will be holding a memorial service for Walt at the Oregon City Elks Lodge located at 610 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, Oregon, 97045 on April 27, 2013 at 1pm. Following the service attendees can gather at his favorite watering hole at the Icehouse located down the road on Main Street.

In lieu of flowers, please send any remembrances to the American Cancer Society.

Dennis William Stevens

Nov. 21, 1948 – March 14, 2013

Lt. Colonel Dennis William Stevens USAF (Ret.) passed into the hands of the Lord on March 14, 2013, at age 64.

He was born in Portland, Oregon, to Howard and Gloria Stevens. During high school, he was an athlete and a scholar, excelling especially in baseball. He was First Team All State in Baseball and First Team Honorable Mention in Football. At age 16, he received his Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards.

He attended Linfield College on athletic scholarships and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and later completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He was a pitcher on Linfield’s NAIA National Championship Baseball Team in 1971 and was later inducted into the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame.

During college, he met and later married Joyce Ann Greene, recently celebrating 40 years together. He entered the Air Force and was stationed at various locales in the Midwest, West Coast, and Pacific, supporting the Vietnam and Persian Gulf eras. He concluded his career at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, after 32 years of service.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria Stevens, sisters Donna Lugibihl and Laurie Davis, brother David Stevens, wife Joyce Stevens, daughter April Zimmermann, son Matt Stevens, and granddaughter Alexa Zimmermann, as well as beloved nephews, nieces and family members across the U.S. and Canada. He was dearly loved and will be fondly remembered. Services were held in San Antonio.

Condolences may be offered online at www.SunsetNWFuneralHome.com. Memorial donations may be made to Village Parkway Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX.

Bruce E. Vermillion

Jan. 21, 1961 - April 10, 2013

Bruce E. Vermillion died on April 10 at age 52; the cause of death was lung cancer.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1961, to parents Darlene Helliwell and Jack Vermillion. He attended Oregon City High School and had been employed as an industrial welder and custom fabricator.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: brother, Norm, and his wife, Susie Vermillion; daughters, Jamie Ail, Shauna Moys and Christina Vermillion; and grandson, Tyson Moys.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by: grandmother, Velma Smith, and stepfather, Gordon Helliwell.

Memorial contributions may be sent to projectaccessnow.org.

Arrangements: Chapel of the Chimes.




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