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for Nov. 6, 2012


John H. Mitchell

May 11, 1921-Oct. 14, 2012

JOHN MITCHELLGresham resident John H. Mitchell died of congestive heart failure Sunday, Oct. 14. He was 91.

A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 22, at Gresham United Methodist Church. A graveside service was held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

John was born May 11, 1921, in Greenfield, Mo., to Bert and Lillie Mitchell. He spent his childhood near Dove Creek, Colo.

He attended Carbon College in Price, Utah. He also attended the University of Utah but left formal education to work for the New Remington Arms Plant in Salt Lake City.

John was transferred to E.I. DuPont Corp. to work on a secret U.S. government project at Hanford, Wash.

He was married to Gwen Mitchell for 69 years.

John joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served as a fireman first class aboard the USS Omaha. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Following his discharge, he worked eight years as the head machinist for Schafer Brothers saw mill in Aberdeen, Wash.

In 1954, John incorporated MAR Hook and Equipment Inc., and in 1956, he opened Mitchell’s Machine Shop in Aberdeen.

John received 16 patents in the United States and Canada for his automatic releasing hooks, log grapples and a variety of other equipment used in the logging industry.

In 1978, he moved the MAR Hook production plant to Sandy.

In 1985, he opened Mitchell RV at the Sandy location, primarily selling travel trailers and truck campers. In December 1999, the businesses closed after operating more than 45 years.

John was an active member of the Methodist Church in Aberdeen, Wash., and Gresham for more than 60 years. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 in Gresham.

In 1990, John served as the Commodore of the Tyee Yacht Club in Portland.

He is survived by his wife; sister, Mary Ellen Blucher of Grand Junction, Colo.; children, JD Mitchell of Gresham, Vaughn Mitchell of Los Molinos, Calif., Kathleen Hill of Satsop, Wash., and Kameron Mitchell of Vancouver, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, heart.org or the United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth St., Gresham, 97030.

William “Bill” Lee McKinney

Feb. 18, 1931-Oct. 8, 2012

Former East County resident William “Bill” Lee McKinney died Monday, Oct. 8. He was 81.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 20, in Woodland, Wash.

Bill was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Salem to Eva and Harley McKinney. He graduated from Lebanon High School and later from the University of Oregon. Bill spent his career teaching. He was a librarian in the Reynolds School District before retiring in 1988.

Bill and his wife, Betty Lou, were married on June 16, 1957, in Eugene. They moved to the San Juan Islands following Bill’s retirement and settled in Woodland, Wash., three years ago.

Bill had a passion for running and participated in 13 marathons over the years.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Patty Hall of Keizer; sons, Kelly McKinney of La Center, Wash., and Michael McKinney of Clackamas; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Louanna Belle Beers

Jan. 24, 1924-Nov. 3, 2012

Longtime Gresham resident Louanna Belle Beers died Saturday, Nov. 3. She was 88.

No public service was held. Private burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Louanna was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Eagle Creek to Arthur and Myrtle (Barnett) Anderson.

She married Fred Cornish in 1943. They later divorced. In 1968, Louanna married Frank Beers. He died in 1983.

Louanna moved to Gresham in 1943. She enjoyed bowling and knitting. She was a big fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Survivors include her sons, Daniel F. Cornish of Wood Village and Dennis M. Beers of Gresham; daughter, Arlene Belle Cornish of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Paid Obituary

Jessea Rae Scofield

Aug. 2, 1924 — Oct. 29, 2012

JESSEA RAE SCOFIELDJessea Rae Scofield passed away at her home in Gresham on October 29, 2012 at the age of 88. She was born in Gresham on Aug. 2, 1924 to parents Wilfred A “Bud” and Helen Mae Nasshahn. She graduated from Milton Freewater High School in May 1941 and the University of Oregon in June 1951.

Before college, Rae joined the U.S. Navy WAVES and served during WW2 from October 1944-April 1946. On November 24, 1950, she married Raymond E Scofield, and together they raised four daughters. Rae worked as an accountant throughout her life, first at the First National Bank (teller) then at Western Skyways and finally Flight Craft until her retirement in 1989. She enjoyed square dancing, and together with her husband, was an active member and served as Area President for the Oregon Federation of Square Dancers and the Country Cut-Ups Square Dance Club. Rae also liked crossword puzzles, traveling, and reading.

Rae was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Wilford A. “Buddy” Nasshahn, nephew Kevin Nasshahn, and son-in-law Fred Holley. She is survived by her daughters Jan McIntyre of Longview, WA, Robin Holley of Troutdale, OR, Cyndi Boyd of Seattle, WA, and Laurie Scofield of Portland, OR; grandsons Morgan McIntyre and Dylan McIntyre of Portland, Adam Boyd of Olympia, WA, and Max Boyd of Seattle; sister Yvonne Price of Portland; brother-in-law Charles Scofield of Lake Oswego; sisters-in-law Harriet Scofield, Bonnie Nasshahn of La Pine, OR; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Rae will be laid to rest at Cliffside Cemetery in Sandy, OR following the memorial service.

Paid Obituary

Steven Schardt Shoultz

March 11, 1956-October 28, 2012

STEVEN SCHOULTZSteven Schardt Shoultz, passed away suddenly at his home in Gresham, Oregon on Sunday October 28, 2012. He was born on March 11, 1956 in Euclid, Ohio. The Shoultz family moved to Ontario, Calif. in 1959. He attended Elderberry school, Vernon Jr. High and Chaffey High School. He is survived by his wife Lorie, daughter Heather Coffey, grandsons Matthew and Jordan. Daughter, Stephanie Johnsen, son-in-law Colby. Granddaughter Jaiden, grandsons, Caleb and Zachery.

His parents, Tom and Cynthia Shoultz. Brother David, sister-in-law Silvia, niece Christine and nephew Skylor. Brother Jeffrey, sister-in-law Deana, nephew Jacob and niece Casey. All from California. And Uncle Bill Schoultz of Grand Junction, Colorado. Aunts Betty Willms, Mariann Henry and their families from Florida.

Sister and brother-in-law Jackie and Wold Verhelst. Nieces Alicia and Ashley and families. Brother and sister-in-law Jimmie and Sharon Lowther, nieces Alexa, Jessica, Jamie, and Kylee and families.

Steve’s family moved to Oregon in 1992. When he went to work for NW Natural. He has been with them for 20 years. He was currently serving as union steward representative, very competent trouble shooter and dedicated employee.

Steve had many interests. He loved to cook, enjoyed what he cooked. He loved the out of doors, especially Pine Hollow Reservoir for boating and socializing with family and friends. He also loved to fish. He took “Octoberfest” very seriously and loved dressing up in the alpine garb. Hawaii was a favorite place for vacationing and just kicking back.

A celebration of Life will be held on November 10, 2012 at Bateman Carroll Mortuary. 520 W. Powell Blvd. Gresham, Or. 97030 at 1:00 p.m.

Steve loved to laugh so be prepared to share your fun stories with all of us.

Paid Obituary

Robert Arthur Boyd

July 9, 1934-October 29, 2012

Bob was born in Portland and attended Jefferson High School. He was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, and a longtime owner of Boyd’s Pet Shop. He is survived by his wife Linda, daughters and son-in-laws Dana and Ken Mager, and Cari and Steven Dobrinski, and grandchildren Cameron, Emily, Kyle and Megan. He will be greatly missed.




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