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Larry D. Askew

Oct. 29, 1945 - May 12, 2013

Tigard resident Larry D. Askew died on May 12 at age 67. The cause of death was end-stage kidney failure. He had previously lived in Oregon City for 22 years.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Hicks and Marcella Askew.

He is survived by: wife, Linda Askew; sons, Jeremy and Dustin Askew; daughter, Emily Askew; brother, Lynn Askew; stepdaughters, Julee and Sherry Welch; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Wayne Askew, and aunt, Vivian Daiss.

A memorial service was held on June 22 at Blue Lake Regional Park in Tigard.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial-Tualatin.

Jeri Cline Cottis

July 17, 1948 - June 13, 2013

Jeri died peacefully in her home from small cell lung cancer.

Jeri lived in the Milwaukie area for the past 45 years and had dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren. Her great love of sports was second to her love of family.

She is survived by sons Doug and Michael, daughter Stefani Strohl, seven grandchildren, 1 great grandson and sister Jeani Goold.

There will be a very casual, no service “Celebration of Jeri” picnic for family and friends held at Happy Valley Park on July 14 from noon to 4 p.m.

Donations in her name may be made to Portland Adventist Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Cynthia Marie Fox

Jan. 22, 1952 - June 14, 2013

Cynthia Marie Fox died on June 14.

She was born in Portland on Jan. 22, 1952, to Bill and Ellen Speight, the third of four girls. When she was a toddler, the family moved to Milwaukie and she attended Milwaukie schools, graduating in 1970. She traveled to Europe after graduation and returned to marry her high school sweetheart, Pat Fox, in 1974.

Survivors include: husband, Pat; daughter, Tricia; son, Bryan; granddaughter, Jayden; father, William Speight; sisters, Linda Carson and husband, Bill, and Tracy Canright and husband, Walt. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen, and sister, Lisa.

A service was held on June 24; private interment was held at Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels.

Laton Kirk

Dec. 14, 1943 - June 10, 2013

Laton “Butch” Riley Kirk was born Dec. 14, 1943 in Southeast Portland to Laton Riley Kirk Sr. and Stephina Magary Kirk. Growing up, Laton helped his dad deliver milk, rode horses, played the guitar and was doted on by his sisters. In 1970 he met the love of his life, Marsha, when she attended one of his band practices, and they were married on Sept. 18, 1970. Laton and Marsha took over the Sunnyside Store, a small grocery store on Sunnyside Road in Clackamas. They worked there for several years and later owned grocery stores in Mollala and Southwest Portland.

Laton and had three children, Corey, Jessie and Israel. The family lived in Milwaukie, and he worked for Kaiser Permanente for 25 years as a landscaping supervisor. In addition to being a fun-loving dad and husband, he was a prolific painter and a guitar player and singer who performed with several bands around town. He coached his kids’ sports teams, liked to play at blues jam sessions at local venues and enjoyed nothing more than having a nice dinner out with his family. In his retirement, he loved to go to coffee with his guitar-playing buddies, he painted oil landscapes and portraits for his children and his greatest joy was playing with his six grandchildren, often spoiling them with candy and affection.

A service was held June 15 at Faith on Hill Church in Milwaukie, where Laton attended for nearly 30 years. Layne’s Battle Ground Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Laton is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Marsha; his children and their partners: Corey and Jen Kirk of Gladstone, Jessie and Josh Christiansen of Milwaukie and Israel Kirk and Jeremy Jacques of Portland; his six grandchildren Cody and Zack Berg, Olivia and Henry Christiansen and Parker and Emma Riley Jacques; his adoring sisters Dolores Rothery and Patty Compton as well as a number of cherished cousins, nieces and nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William Layton Kirk and his granddaughter Samantha Rose Christiansen.

He was loved deeply and will be sincerely missed.

Paul M. Harmon

Dec. 24, 1969 - June 12, 2013

Paul Michael Harmon, 43, died on June 12, in Canby. He was born Dec. 24, 1969, in Minot, N.D., and was raised in Canby.

On Nov. 22, 1997, he married his girlfriend of 15 years Nikki Douglass- Harmon at Oregon City Evangelical Church.

Mr. Harmon is survived by: his wife, Nikki; his two sons, Clayton, 6, and Zachary, 2; parents, Michael and Margo Harmon; sister, Lisa Wilson; grandmother, Estella Harmon; and by a host of other aunts and uncles, cousins and extended family.

A memorial service was held on June 21 at Grace Church in Molalla. A private burial will be held at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Paul Harmon Memorial Fund at Grace Church, 901 N. Molalla Ave., Molalla 97038.

Donald Leroy Kelland

Sept.21, 1925 – June 23, 2013

Donald Leroy Kelland, age 87 of Woodland, Wash., passed away at home with family at his side on Sunday, June 23, following a stroke.

Don was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Oregon City and was the youngest of five children born to Thomas O. Kelland and Bertha Bullard Kelland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Robbins Kelland, his sisters, Ruth Herrin, Lorene Wimmer and Ophelia Hall Ledbetter and his brother Tom Kelland. He is survived by his stepson, Douglas Ruge (Lori) of Vancouver, nephews Tom Hall (Cheryl) of Los Angeles, Tom Kelland, Jr. and David Wimmer (Marcia) of Oregon City and nieces Kathy Mashek (Rick) of Oregon City and Laurie Gallagher (Joe) of Phoenix, as well as many great-nephews and great- nieces.

Don spent his childhood in Oregon City on the Kelland family farm. He attended public schools in Oregon City and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his separation from the military, he worked on various local rivers for 37 years before retiring. He began his life on the rivers as a deck hand for Romona Tow Boat Co. (1946-1948) and then worked as a boom man for Jones Lumber Co. (1948-1955). He was a contractor for Oregon City Boom and Rafting (1955-1959) and for Gladstone Boom and Rafting (1959-1961). In 1961, Don moved to Woodland, Wash. where he contracted a log boom on the Lewis River for 22 years, retiring in 1983. Don was also a pilot and flew his own Piper Cub following his discharge from the military.

In 1980, Don married Maxine Robbins. Their life together was spent fishing, clamming and traveling. Their favorite places included Baja Mexico, Desert Hot Springs, California, and Oregon and Washington coasts and mountain lakes.

Don was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting, crabbing, clam digging, huckleberry picking and vegetable gardening. Don was a long time member of the Oregon City Elks, Canby Rod and Gun Club and Vancouver Trap and Gun Club.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at the Woodland Presbyterian Church in Woodland, Wash. where he was a longtime member. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Interment will be in the family plot at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests a donation be made to the Woodland Presbyterian Church, PO Box 297, Woodland, WA 98674; to the Donald and Maxine Kelland Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for SW Washington, 1053 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661; or to a charity of choice.

Lois Joan Rose-George

Oct. 3, 1920 - June 12, 2013

Lois Joan Rose-George died on June 12.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1920, to William Drennen and Irene Grecco. She leaves behind: her husband, Stan George; her three daughters, Sandra (Randy) Scott, Barbara Rose-Cox (Richard), and Kathy (Larry) Powell; grandchildren, Shauna, Brandon, Haleigh and Jordan; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and her husband, Vic, who died in 1982.A rosary was held on June 21, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milwaukie, followed by a Mass of Christian burial.

Arrangements: Peake Funeral Home.

Visit Peakefh.com for a full obituary and to view the online tribute and to sign the guest book.

Joseph D. Simpson

Nov. 20, 1933 - June 18, 2013

Joseph D. Simpson died on June 18.

He was born in Portland on Nov. 20, 1933, and attended Sunset Grade School, West Linn High School and Portland State College. 

He married Joyce (Patterson) on Jan 30, 1951, and fathered two sons, Mark Lynn and Joe Gale Simpson (who died in an accident in 1975). 

Services were held on June 23 at the Oregon City Evangelical Church on Linn Avenue, where he was a member for 38 years.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.




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