Barbara A. Riemer

Dec. 28, 1938-Oct. 4, 2012

East County resident Barbara A. Riemer died Thursday, Oct. 4, in Portland after a long battle with cancer. She was 73.

Services were held Friday, Oct. 19, followed by burial at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Barbara was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Seattle to Gus and Mary (Brinkman) Johnson. She moved to Portland with her family when she was 12, after her father opened a bakery in Southeast Portland. Barbara attended the former Portland Union Academy, now Portland Adventist Academy. She married Harry Riemer on June 2, 1957, in Portland and they made their home in East County.

Barbara was a kitchen manager in the Centennial School District for 28 years. She began her career at Harold Oliver Middle School and retired from Harold Oliver Elementary School. Her years as the kitchen manager for the school district gave her an opportunity to show just what a caring person she was by not letting any child go hungry. She always made sure each child got at least one hot meal a day.

Barbara and her husband frequently traveled to West Yellowstone Park. She also enjoyed the beach and will be remembered as a nurturing mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jodi Zettle. Survivors include her husband of 55 years; daughters, Sheri Sullivan of Gresham and Coleen Riemer of Portland; brother, Wallace Johnson of Monroe, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Eloise E. Boggs

Jan. 23, 1931-Oct. 14, 2012

East County resident Eloise Elsa Boggs died Sunday, Oct. 14, in Portland. She was 81.

No services were held. Private inurnment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Eloise was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Coalinga, Calif., to Enos and Ila (Morgan) Hudson. She was raised and educated in Oklahoma.

Shortly after Eloise moved to Gresham, she was working in a restaurant when she met John Boggs. They were married Aug. 4, 1950, and moved to Milton-Freewater. Eloise worked for Canned Foods (now Grocery Outlet), before the family returned to Gresham in 1978 so she could care for her aging parents.

Eloise loved to hunt and fish with her husband, often competing for bragging rights as champion of the day. She will be remembered as a sweet and loving person.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007 and one sister. Survivors include her son, John Boggs Jr.; nephew, Denny Miller of Portland, sister-in-law, Eleanor Weisz of Gresham; and an extended family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Kirby

Sept. 5, 1925-Oct. 14, 2012

Longtime Corbett resident and former Assistant Fire Chief Floyd Eldon Kirby died Sunday, Oct. 14. He was 87.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Corbett Community Church. Private interment has been held.

Floyd was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Lewis, Iowa, to Clarence and Blanche Kirby. He grew up in Trenton, Neb., and moved to Portland as a teenager. Floyd attended Washington High School but enlisted in the Marine Corps on Feb. 9, 1944, prior to graduating. He completed his high school education while in the Marines.

Floyd served in the Pacific theater from July 1944 to February 1946. During that time, he served on Guam and the Marianas Islands. Floyd also was stationed on Iwo Jima from Feb. 22 to March 8, 1945, after being wounded on March 7. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in San Diego and moved to Portland.

Floyd married Dorothy Geisel on July 11, 1950, in Portland. They lived for a time in El Centro, Calif., before moving to Anchorage, Alaska, where Floyd worked as a longshoreman nine months out of the year. When the port froze over, Floyd and Dorothy would return to Portland for the winter. They made three or four trips to Alaska before deciding to settle in Portland.

In February 1962, the family moved to Corbett. Their new home contained 3-1/2 acres of blueberries, leading them to become farmers and opening the Kirby Farms blueberry business.

During his lifetime, Floyd wore several career hats. He was a newspaper carrier, a policeman and a barber. He worked in office and sales jobs at Morris P. Kirk Co., Future Products Co. and Toyota Motors, all in Portland. In 1975, Floyd and Dorothy opened Kirby and Son Janitorial, which they ran for more than 25 years, until he retired.

Floyd is most known for his years of active service with the Corbett Fire Department. During his 30 years as a volunteer with the department, Floyd was named captain and assistant fire chief.

Dorothy died in 1999. Later that year, Floyd proposed to Bethel June Law through an ad he placed in The Outlook. They married Nov. 21, 1999, in Las Vegas and honeymooned on a Caribbean cruise. They spent many years living part time in June’s Springdale home and traveling with their RV in El Centro. They traveled all over the United States and into Mexico.

Floyd was a longtime active member of Corbett Christian Church. He enjoyed going out to dinner, listening to gospel quartets and spending time in his garden. Floyd’s best times were spent playing with his great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, of Corbett; daughters, Debra Ragland of Boring and Teresa Butler of Las Vegas; son, Charles Kirby of Corbett; stepdaughters, Lynne Aasted of Marcola and Becky Geroux of Myrtle Creek; stepson, Gary Law of Springdale; six grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Corbett Fire Department, District No. 14, P.O. Box 1, Corbett, 97019; or the Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 N.E. Glisan St.,Portland, 97213.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Ann Pierce Wainwright

July 22, 1945-Oct. 6, 2012

Former Gresham resident Sharon Ann Pierce Wainwright died Saturday, Oct. 6, in Portland. She was 67.

Sharon was born July 22, 1945, in Portland to Marvin and Esther Pierce.

She was raised in Northeast Portland and attended Reynolds High School.

On Jan. 4, 1965, Sharon married Charles Wainwright Sr. Together they had four children.

Sharon was a homemaker who enjoyed reading, coloring, puzzles, going to the beach and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Charles Wainwright Jr., Donald Wainwright and Timothy Wainwright; daughter, Tanya Bahrman; brother, Marvin Pierce; her parents; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Arrangements are being handled by Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Kenneth Eugene McCabe

Jan. 14, 1927-Oct. 8, 2012

Gresham resident Kenneth Eugene McCabe died Monday, Oct. 8. He was 85.

Military honors will be held at a later date at Willamette National Cemetery, 1800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd.

Kenneth was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Yankton, S.D., to Frank and Helen McCabe.

He spent his youth in South Dakota, later moving to Iowa. In 1944, Kenneth enlisted with the United States Navy.

After his honorable discharge, he moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where he met Betty Persons. They married in the early 1950s.

The couple moved to Yakima, Wash., where Kenneth painted signs for signage companies, retiring in 1971.

After their divorce, Kenneth moved to Walla Walla, where he met Verna Randall in 1976.

Kenneth followed Verna to Portland in 1979, settling in Gresham. They were married in Reno, Nev., on March 6, 1982.

Kenneth was very charismatic and liked to make people laugh. He was artistic and enjoyed working with his hands, playing the harmonica and drums, sketching and putting together models.

He was a member of the Yakima Assembly of God Church, having ministered to inmates in his younger years. Kenneth was also a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Verna; children, Suzzanne McCabe of Yakima, Wash., Doug McCabe of Selah, Wash., Dave McCabe of Thailand, Mike McCabe of Richland, Wash. and Steve McCabe of Portland; and step-children, Tracey McNulty of Portland and Dave McNulty of Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family suggests contributions to The General Council of the Assemblies of God Church, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, Mo., 65802-1894.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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