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Obituaries: May 16, 2012


Raymond Frank Snell

March 21, 1962-May 10, 2012

Raymond Frank Snell, a resident of Boring, died Thursday, May 10, in Gresham. He was 50.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy.

Ray was born March 21, 1962, in Gresham to Lloyd Orville and Lois LaVerna (Linafelter) Snell. He attended Cottrell Grade School and then Sandy High School, graduating in 1980.

Ray worked as a truck driver for Swartz Moving and Storage in Portland. He enjoyed reading, doing the daily crossword puzzle and watching sports.

Survivors include his daughter, Bobbie Snell of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Ross Snell of Boring and Ron Snell of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Louise Maples of Olympia, Wash., Gayle Alexander of Gresham, Joyce Edwards of Baker City and Lois Allen of Zigzag; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions can be made to the Boring Fire Department, P.O. Box 85, Boring, 97009.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Patricia Louise Osborn

Dec. 13, 1926-May 4, 2012

Patricia Louise Osborn, a former resident of Boring, died Friday, May 4. She was 85.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Patricia was born Dec. 13, 1926, in Vancouver, Wash., to Lewis and Rachel Butler. She was raised in Ridgefield, Wash.

On Nov. 14, 1947, she married Ronald Osborn in Ridgefield.

Patricia moved to Boring in 1949. She worked as a dry cleaning silk finisher. She retired in 2001 and moved to the Oregon Coast.

Patricia attended St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham. She volunteered with the Special Olympics. She enjoyed making quilts and riding motorcycles.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1994 and by her grandson, Otto Brandt.

Survivors include her daughter, Annetta Osborn of Warrenton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Crown Memorial Center is handling arrangements.

Etheline J. 'Jackie' Kirk

Sept. 18, 1925-May 12, 2012

Gresham resident Etheline J. 'Jackie' Kirk, 86, died Saturday, May 12.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.

Jackie was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Horton, Kan., to Emmett and Ethel (Bryant) Saucier. She was raised in Kansas.

On July 18, 1947, she married Russell F. Kirk in Kelso, Wash.

Jackie was a dedicated homemaker. She was a member of the Elks and Eastern Star clubs in Gresham. She loved to fish. She also was an accomplished artist in oils, a hunter and a taxidermist. She enjoyed reading her Bible, cooking, canning, sewing, crocheting, winemaking, gardening and looking for mushrooms, rocks and agates.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Russell Ray Kirk; brother, Sonny Saucier; and her sisters Shirley Salvey, Emilene Fenton, Lois Henderson and Mae Frank.

Survivors include her daughter, Diane Lettau of Palm Springs, Calif.; sons, Jack Kirk of Gresham and David Kirk of Molalla; stepdaughter, JoAnn Cronk of Portland; sisters, Fay DeVincolis of Canon, Ga., Darlene Shmidt of Powhatan, Va., and Georgia Davis of Lake Oswego; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Ave. N.E., Salem, 97303.

Visit Jackie's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign her guest book and to share thoughts and fond memories with the family.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Arlene Tomsha Kuykendall

Feb. 25, 1919-May 13, 2012

Gresham resident Arlene Tomsha Kuykendall died Sunday, May 13. She was 93.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Arlene was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Kansas to Ray and Leola (Brooks) Douglas. Arlene was raised and educated in Kansas.

On Sept. 11, 1938, she married Leslie J. Tomsha in Colorado. In 1943, they moved to Oregon with their two infant children and made their home in the Parkrose area and had two more children. Arlene worked part time at J.C. Penney.

In 1958, the family moved to Gresham, where they made their home and had another child. In 1964, Arlene's husband preceded her in death. She remained in Gresham and was employed at W.R. Hicks Company in downtown Gresham and later as a cook for the Gresham School District.

In the late 1960s, Arlene married Roy Kuykendall. Arlene and Roy owned and operated a heavy equipment construction company until his death in 1986. Arlene remained in Gresham, living on the family farm until 1998, when she moved to a mobile home park where she lived on her own until she was 92 and her health began to decline.

Arlene was an avid gardener and an excellent cook. She square-danced for 75 years and was a charter member of the B and B's Square Dance of Portland. She also danced with the Country Cut-Ups and the Sandy Swingers. She was a longtime member of the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 4273. Arlene made wedding dresses, all of her square-dance dresses, quilts, comforters and afghans; she also did fabric painting and made rice bags. When she was younger, she enjoyed playing the piano. Arlene had a love and passion for cats, not just her own but strays. She also loved dogs and had a Labrador that lived to age 23. She even handmade quilts for her animals and fed them homemade food.

She was preceded in death by her son, Francis Tomsha; grandson, Joe Tomsha; and brother, Jerry Douglas.

Survivors include her daughters, Jo An Gunderson of Sandy and Sherri Becker of La Grande; sons, Bob Tomsha of Gresham and Dennis Tomsha of Gresham; sister, Normadine Dixon of Boise, Idaho; 18 grandchildren; more than 25 great-grandchildren; and more than 20 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bernard 'Bud' Thomas Mathews Jr.

July 23, 1941-May 7, 2012

Gresham resident Bernard 'Bud' Thomas Mathews Jr. died Monday, May 7. He was 70.

A private service will be held.

Bud was born July 23, 1941, in Butte, Mont., to Bernard Sr. and Gertrude (Johnson) Mathews. He was raised in Martinez, Calif., and graduated from Alhambra High School. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Bud was an auto detailer. He was divorced and gained custody of his six children in 1981.

Bud moved to Fairview from Klamath Falls in 2000 and then to Gresham 2005. He loved spending time with his family and playing games, being outdoors, woodworking and working on cars.

His sisters Shirley Clark and Helen Sorenson preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children, Evelyn Riddle of Gresham, Bernard Mathews III of Pittsburg, Calif., Marcy Garrett of Sierra City, Calif., Dawn Riddle of Prineville, Frank Mathews of Klamath Falls and Mary Shields of Wolf Creek; sister, Carol Silva of Martinez; and eight grandchildren.

Omega Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jesse Alan Ash Sr.

Sept. 15, 1964-May 13, 2012

Troutdale resident Jesse Alan Ash Sr. died Sunday, May 13, of heart failure. He was 47.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 19, at the Lighthouse Community Church, 495 S.E. Fourth St.

Jesse was born Sept. 15, 1964, in Harbor City, Calif., to John and Maryjane (Gilbert) Ash. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Washington, where he began his elementary education. The family later moved to Boring, where Jesse finished his schooling.

Jesse was an automotive mechanic and was employed at wrecking yards and later at Don's Machine Shop for many years.

On Aug. 3, 1991, Jesse married Lisa Angus at Lighthouse Community Church in Gresham. For the last three years, Lisa and Jesse resided in Troutdale.

Jesse enjoyed working in his garage doing car repairs, working on his sand rail and restoring a 1950 Ford for his father. Jesse was a past member of the Associated Fords of the Fifties car club with his 1959 Ford truck. He also enjoyed spending time at Sandy Lake with his sand rail.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jesse Ash Jr. and Russell Ash, both of Troutdale; daughter, KC Ash of Troutdale; his parents, of Gresham; brothers, Charles Orth of Ohio and Johnny Ash of Gresham; sisters, Victoria Angus of Damascus and Kathy Ash of Gresham; nieces and nephews; and one great-niece.

In lieu of contributions, the family requests that love and prayers be lifted for Jesse's family.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Madelin Wheeler

Dec. 14, 1928-May 15, 2012

Madelin Wheeler, a resident of Boring, died Tuesday, May 15, in Sandy. She was 83.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy. Private burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of The Outlook.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.