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Obituaries for Jan. 7


Roy Thomas Wise

Sept. 10, 1920-Dec. 28, 2011

Gresham resident Roy Thomas Wise, 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 28.

A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Jan. 4, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham. Interment will be at Newport Cemetery in Newport, Wash.

Roy was born Sept. 10, 1920, in Hay, Wash., to Thomas and Rose (Jaynes) Wise. After college at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Roy became a certified pilot and started his own flying school. During the first part of World War II, he worked as an air traffic controller in Boise, Idaho.

In 1944, he married Betty Lou O'Leary, whom he met through a college roommate. Betty preceded him in death in 1966. In 1967, Roy married June McClarty Werr, who was Betty's first cousin. 

During World War II, Roy took a job with Pan American Airways and worked for the company for 31 years. Initially he became a first officer on Pan Am's B-314 flying boats. Roy also flew military supplies and mail to ports all over the world. In later years as Pan Am became known as a luxury international airliner, he flew many famous people to their destinations. He also flew soldiers in and out of Vietnam.

Nearing his retirement, Roy bought and farmed a large wheat ranch in Enterprise while commuting to San Francisco to take his flights. June and Roy lived in Enterprise for 16 years before moving to Kirkland, Wash., in 1983. June died in 2004 and Roy moved to Gresham in 2007.

Survivors include his children, Cecile Anderson of Fox Island, Wash., Danielle Chapman of San Luis Obispo, Calif., John Werr of Newport, Wash., Tom Wise of Seattle, Martin Werr of Easley, S.C., Sara Wise of Gresham, Patrick Werr of Cairo, Egypt, and Michael Wise of Seattle; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to a charity of choice.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Gerald L. Peters

Dec. 15, 1949-Jan. 2, 2012

Gresham resident Gerald L. Peters, 62, died Monday, Jan. 2.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Omega Funeral Home, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland.

Gerald was born Dec. 15, 1949, in Portland to James and Mary (McDonald) Peters. He was raised in Portland.

On Jan. 1, 1995, he married Terry Lowery in Portland.

Gerald was a distributor of metal plating chemicals and equipment.

His brother, Richard Strickland, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Shannon Braunagel of Gillette, Wyo., Brian Peters of Naselle, Wash., and Cody Hoover of The Dalles; daughters, Kimberly Helvey of Hammond, Courtney Lanning of Naselle and Lisa Colombo of Naselle; stepchildren, Jason Kline of Salem, Erik Kline of Gresham and Jamie Borolov of Michigan City, Ind.; 25 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Omega Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JoAnn Gwendolyn Kelley

Sept. 13, 1932-Jan. 2, 2012

Former Gresham resident JoAnn Gwendolyn Kelley, 79, died Monday, Jan. 2, in Redmond, Wash.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. Private interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

JoAnn was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Eugene to James and Mabel (Lamb) Haines. She grew up in Eugene and graduated from high school in 1950 and later received her nursing degree from Oregon Health and Science University in 1954.

In 1952, she married James Toner in Eugene. They later divorced. She married Robert Kelley in 1986 in Fairview. He preceded her in death in 2009.

JoAnn moved to East County in 1953 from Eugene and then to Gresham in 1976 before she finally moved to Surprise, Ariz., in 1998.

JoAnn worked as a registered nurse in the Portland area for many years and retired in 1993 from Mount Hood Medical Center after 10 years. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church and most recently a member of St. Clare of Assisi in Surprise. She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, reading, playing piano and playing many games.

Survivors include her daughters, Patty Dingman and Donna Toner of Gresham and Jackie Watkins of Redmond, Wash.; son, Bill Toner of Tualatin; stepdaughter, Linda Kelley of Portland; stepsons, Bob Kelley of Dayton, Nev., and Ken Kelley of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Marylon Smith of Mooresville, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 17111 W. Bell Road, Surprise, Ariz., 85374; or to a charity of choice.

Visit JoAnn's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to share thoughts and fond memories with the family.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dr. John F. Cafferty

April 20, 1937-Dec. 28, 2011

Dr. John F. Cafferty, a resident of Gresham, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Portland. He was 74.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

John was born April 20, 1937, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Thomas and Genevieve (Farley) Cafferty. John served in the Army during the Korean War. Following the military, John went to work for Sears and became a top national salesman. He then owned and operated a Farmer's Insurance agency.

In 1984, John earned his doctor of chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, and opened a practice in Tustin, Calif. He moved to Oregon in 1991 and opened Cafferty Chiropractic Center in Gresham. He belonged to many national and international organizations. He was past president of the Oregon Doctors of Chiropractic and was the International Chiropractors Association's state representative. He wrote various articles and newsletters.

In 1986, John married Molly Scoles in Laguna Beach, Calif.

John was a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints from the very beginning of the team; there was no happier day than when they finally won the Super Bowl. John also enjoyed the beauty of the Northwest and loved showing it off to visiting family and friends. An active Mason for most of his life, John attained his 32nd degree with El Bekal Temple and participated in numerous charitable endeavors.

His brothers, Robert and Thomas Cafferty, and his sister, Genevieve Cafferty, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Randall, Brian and Michael Sean; stepchildren, Michael Alan Staley and Tracy Lyn Staley; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Barbara Louise Olson

June 22, 1928-Jan. 1, 2012

East County resident Barbara Louise Olson died Sunday, Jan. 1, in Keizer. She was 83.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Barbara was born June 22, 1928, in Los Angeles to Robert and Opal (Colbert) Bales. Barbara was raised and educated in California and Oregon and attended several schools up and down the West Coast as her family sought work during the Depression. Barbara attended college in the Bay Area. She married Andrew B. Olson on Nov. 10, 1948, in Portland.

Barbara was a bookkeeper and consultant for various companies in the metro area, working the longest for Simmons Duplicating Supply Company. Barbara and Andy retired in 1990.

Barbara enjoyed traveling, gardening, singing, dancing and reading. Her family was her pride and joy.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2004.

Survivors in include her son, Thomas Olson of New York; daughter, Kimberly Kline of Aloha; brother, John Bales of Brush Prairie, Wash.; sister, Joan Wells of Falls Post, Idaho; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Serenity Helping Hands, 6975 S.W. Sandburg St., Suite 190, Portland, 97223.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Edward B. Swartz

July 26, 1924-Jan. 6, 2012

Gresham resident Edward B. Swartz died Friday, Jan. 6. He was 87.

Services are pending

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.