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Bill “Billy” Oscar Kitchens

Oct. 31, 1937-Oct. 25, 2012

Longtime Corbett resident Billy Kitchens died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. He was 74.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy.

Billy Oscar Kitchens was born Oct. 31, 1937, in Epps, La., to Oscar Pink and Bessie (Parrish) Kitchens. He was raised in Epps and graduated from high school in 1958.

He met his wife, Elsie May Crouch, in Maryland while serving in the U.S. Army. They married Nov. 1, 1958, in Rock Hall, M.D. They made their home in Epps.

The couple moved to Oregon in 1973, where they raised their four children, eventually settling in Corbett as their permanent home.

Billy provided for his family by working as a long haul truck driver, a career he began at age 17 and finally retired from in 2002.

Billy loved to hunt, spend time with friends and family, take care of his animals, tend to his garden and keeping his fences mended and straight.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Elsie; sons, Ronnie Kitchens of Sandy and Billy Kitchens of St. Helens; daughters, Karen Kitchens and Sheena Barnes both of Sandy; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; several nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Billy’s family suggests contributions be made in his name to the Corbett Grange, Northeast Grange Hall Road, Corbett.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles T. Lane

June 24, 1910 - Oct. 22, 2012

Former Sandy resident Charles T. Lane died Monday, Oct. 22, at a Portland retirement center where he had resided for the past seven years. He was 102.

A funeral service was held Oct. 27 at the Community Presbyterian Church with a private burial following at Cliffside Cemetery.

Charles was born June 24, 1910, in rural Hayes County, Neb., the youngest in a family of six children. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Arthur County, Neb., graduating from Arthur County High School in 1930, and from Kearney State Teachers College at Kearney, Neb.

Moving to Sandy in 1941, Charles began a lengthy teaching career at Sandy Elementary School, teaching eighth grade most of the time.

He also was a principal, bus driver, sports coach and school activities coordinator. Charles was involved in community affairs, helping secure Sandy’s first fire truck.

On Feb. 21, 1942, Charles married Nellie A. Clapp. During World War II, Charles served with the 4th Infantry Division in the European Theatre as a front-line medic.

After retiring from the Sandy public school system, Charles took some jewelry-making classes at Mt. Hood Community College. He worked part time for as a jewelry lab supervisor at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham from 1976 until 1988.

Surviving is his wife of 70 years, Nellie; his three daughters; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Arthur County Rural Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 187, Arthur, Neb. 69121.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Virginia “Ginny” DeWan

Nov. 5, 1922 - Oct. 23, 2012

Gresham resident Virginia “Ginny” DeWan died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. She was 89.

Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. There will be no public services.

Ginny was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Pueblo, Colo., to Edwin and Jessie (Moore) Gaskill.

She graduated from Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colo. and from San Fernando State College which is now called Cal State Northridge in Southern California.

Ginny was an elementary school teacher for 20 years. She married Fred DeWan Dec. 31, 1941, in Pueblo, Colo.

After her husband’s death in 1988, Ginny lived in Pueblo, Colo., San Fernando Valley, Calif. and for the last 29 years in Gresham.

Ginny was a bridge player and enjoyed square dancing.

Survivors include her two daughters, Melvaleigh Zeillemaker of Ola, Idaho and Janice Neary of Gresham; two sons, Dale DeWan of St. David, Ariz. and Brian DeWan of Flagstaff, Ariz., sister, Mary Marjorie Stewart of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Richard “Dick” Eugene Jansen

Feb. 17, 1938-Oct. 23, 2012

Portland resident Richard Eugene Jansen died Oct. 23. He was 74.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave. Portland, followed by a celebration of life 1-4 p.m. at Gresham Eagles, 117 N.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. To celebrate Dick’s love of Hawaii, aloha attire is welcome. A private interment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery.

“Dick” was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Superior, Neb., to Paul and Zelma (Thomas) Jansen. He moved to Oregon as a young child, settling first in Portland.

The family moved to McMinnville, where Dick attended St. James Catholic School and graduated from Albany High School in 1956.

On Feb. 5, 1957, Dick enlisted in the United States Air Force. He received an honorable discharge on June 16, 1958 at the rank of Airman Second Class.

On May 20, 1961, he married Judy Raab at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. They were later divorced.

Dick lived in Portland, Welches and Gresham, where he owned and operated numerous restaurants and bars: The Happy Hour, Tin Quill, Your Inn, Barleyman, Whistle Stop, Dairy Maid, Don Guido’s and the BBQ Shack.

He also lived in Hawaii for a while, where he managed Uncle John’s Family restaurants. After he retired from the restaurant business, he worked for Pantry Pride Meat Company.

A quick-witted social storyteller, John was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Portland.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Bill Jansen.

Dick is survived by his children, Pamela Jansen of Carson City, Nev., Paula Jansen of Portland, Greg Jansen of Cornelius and Renee’ Terramoccia of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; stepchildren, Christie Navarro of Portland and Rohn Navarro of Oregon City; his sister, Donna Swift of Gresham; three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren: Michael Navarro, Bambi (Navarro) Wheeler and Kyle Navarro. Contributions may be made in memory of Dick to Elderplace, 17727 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97233.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jeffrey Alan Gluth

June 21, 1956-Oct. 22, 2012

Gresham resident Jeffrey Alan Gluth died Monday, Oct. 22. He was 56.

A memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, Nov. 1 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Jeffrey graduated from Centennial High School and enlisted in the Navy. He was a service agent representative and union representative for a rental car agency.

He was preceded in death by his father, Loren Gluth.

Jeffrey is survived by his mother, June Gluth; brothers Greg and Steve Gluth; and sister, Lorene Schnell.



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