William Oliver 'Bill' Porter

Sept. 6, 1926-Jan. 20, 2012

Gresham resident William Oliver 'Bill' Porter, 85, died Friday, Jan. 20.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, 4205 S.E. 59th Ave., Portland. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors.

Bill was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Pendleton to William Tracy and Estella (Oliver) Porter. The family lived in Pocatello, Idaho, Palo Alto, Calif., and Bend. They moved to Salem in 1937 and Bill enlisted in the Navy at age 16. Bill served active duty in the South Pacific during World War II as a gunner's mate and ship's barber; he also wrote the ship's newsletter. He was discharged from the service in June 1946.

On Sept. 4, 1949, he married Frances Dee Gibby at Silver Falls Creek. They resided in Gresham and Boring.

Bill worked at canneries and logging companies and was a co-owner and hydraulic mechanic at Line Ko Equipment in Clackamas. He was a master woodcarver of gunstocks, Christmas ornaments and decorative pieces.

Bill was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was also a sharpshooter and vice president of Frontier Town at the Little World's Fair in Damascus. He enjoyed gardening (especially dahlias), Christmas and restoring vintage cars.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Martha Porter and Ester French Robinson; brother, Donald Porter; and grandchildren, Shelley Talent, Billy Ray Talent and Heather Porter.

Survivors include children Debby Moore, Richard Porter, and Claudia Catchpole, all of Gresham, Patsy Talent of Orchards, Wash., and Donald Porter of Newberg; brother Edward Porter of Lakewood, Wash. ex-wife, Frances Millington of Portland; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.

Mt. Scott Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Verna M. Martinsen

Sept. 19, 1906-Jan. 21, 2012

Gresham resident Verna M. Martinsen died Saturday, Jan. 21. She was 105. Her longevity was attributed to her maternal grandparents, and she had numerous other family members who lived into their late 90s to early 100s.

No service will be held at her request.

Verna was born Sept. 19, 1906, in Shawnee, Okla., to Charles and Hattie (Wood) Hensen. At the time of her birth, Oklahoma was still Indian territory.

When Verna was 3, the family moved to Springfield, Colo., where they homesteaded and farmed 360 acres. When Verna was 20, the family left Colorado and moved to Eugene to join her brother. He later built a home for Verna and her family. 

On July 15, 1939, Verna married William H. Martinsen in Eugene. The couple moved to Junction City where Bill's father had a machine shop. Bill purchased the business and Verna was the bookkeeper there until Bill retired in 1966. Verna then cared for their home and family.

Bill was an inventor; he created a cable-cutting machine that was sold to Bethlehem Steel, and later invented a portable sawmill. Verna was active in the Danish Ladies Aid Society, volunteering in retirement homes and helping where needed. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and crafts.

Bill and Verna belonged to the Christian Church and later to Faith Lutheran Church in Junction City. On Aug. 23, 1983, Bill preceded Verna in death. In 1985, Verna moved to Gresham.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Art Hensen in 1965 and John Hensen in the late 1990s. 

Survivors include her daughter, Evelyn Troxel of Gresham; sister, Sara Oliver of Albany; one granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Darrell Noel 'Chip' Gaudette Jr.

June 9, 1947-Dec. 17, 2011

Gresham resident Darrell Noel 'Chip' Gaudette Jr. died Saturday, Dec. 17, in Portland. He was 64.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at New Hope Community Church, 11731 S.E. Stevens Road, Portland. The service will be followed by a potluck for family and friends.

Darrell was born June 9, 1947, in Danville, Va., to Darrel and Jean Gaudette. The family resided in Portland, and Darrell attended Oregon State School for the Deaf in Salem. He returned to Virginia and graduated high school there. He became a Christian in 1977 in Virginia and moved back to Portland.

Darrell moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1978 to attend college at Christ For The Nations, where he met and married his wife, Debra Ann Nystrom, on Dec. 18, 1981. He received an associate degree. During college, he and Debbie went on a month-long mission trip to Bolivia. After graduation, they spent another nine months as missionaries in Bolivia before settling in Portland. Darrell began working at the U.S. Postal Service in 1987 and worked there until his death.

Darrell loved cars and motorcycles and was an avid motorcycle rider and active in the Independent Bikers Club, serving as club president for two years. He enjoyed tinkering with vehicles and was working on restoring a Volkswagen bug. Darrell also attended Mt. Hood Community College for several years.

He enjoyed vacations and short road trips, often traveling with family or to visit family. He and Debbie were members of the Christian Deaf Church in Portland.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Nina Gaudette of Morton, Wash.; siblings, Keith Gaudette, Frank Gaudette and Mary Gaudette-Davey of Portland, Mike Gaudette of Coos Bay, Anne Gaudette of Redding, Calif., Tony Gaudette of Lacy, Wash., Gemma Gaudette-Lojek of Boise, Idaho, and Denise Gaudette of Eugene.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christian Deaf Church, P.O. Box 86417, Portland, 97286-0417.

Steven Paul Brown

April 4, 1959-Jan. 16, 2012

Former Gresham resident Steven Paul Brown died Monday, Jan. 16, in Everett, Wash., of complications from a heart condition. He was 52.

A private service will be held.

Steven was born April 4, 1959, in Portland to Edwin and Loretta (Wallace) Brown. He was raised in Gresham and attended Barlow High School.

He was an ASE-certified auto mechanic and a CNC operator. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping and fishing. He resided in the Gresham area until 1998.

Survivors include his father of Sandy and brother, Scott Brown of Beavercreek.

Marguerite 'Peggy' A. Campa

Aug. 23, 1933-Dec. 13, 2011

Gresham resident Marguerite 'Peggy' A. Campa, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 13.

A memorial service and Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1260 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland.

Peggy was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Fairhaven, Mass., to Jules and Laura d'Anjou. Peggy graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1951 and moved to Boston to attend Simmons College, where she received her bachelor's degree in business relations.

On her 23rd birthday, Peggy met Air Force officer Manuel John Campa. On Oct. 13, 1956, Peggy and John married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fairhaven.

In 1958, Peggy and John moved to Portland and started their family. She was a homemaker. When Campa Graphics opened in 1977, Peggy assumed administrative and accounting responsibilities for the family printing company.

Peggy and John were active members of the Portland Jaycees and the Oregon Advertising Golfing Association. They also belonged to Columbia Edgewater Country Club since 1984.

Her brothers Byron and Robert preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Craig Campa of Tigard, David Campa of Portland, Richard Campa of Austin, Texas, and Stephen Campa of Santa Monica, Calif.; sister, Jane Ostric of Memphis, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren.

Dorothy L. Woods

Oct. 9, 1927-Jan. 20, 2012

Gresham resident Dorothy L. Woods, 84, died Friday, Jan. 20.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1910 S.E. 182nd Ave. Private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Dorothy was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Arvada, Colo., to Floyd and Dorothy (Strawn) Cowart.

On Nov. 20, 1969, she married Rodney Woods in Medford.

Dorothy was a member of the Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her hobbies included gardening and traveling. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

A son, James Gallentine, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Robert Hill of Grants Pass, Bernie Gallentine of Battle Ground, Wash., Darrell Woods of the Philippines and Dean Woods of Portland; daughters, Karen Thompson of Portland and Valerie Woods of Troutdale; brother, Leon Cowart of Spokane, Wash.; sisters, Anita Zimmerman of Portland, Barbara Nicholas of Kuna, Idaho, and Cheryl Lindeman of Corpus Christi, Texas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations may be given to Project Patch, 2404 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite A, Vancouver, Wash., 98661.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Linda M. Sroufe

April 24, 1944-Jan. 20, 2012

Gresham resident Linda M. Sroufe, 67, died Friday, Jan. 20.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St.

Linda was born April 24, 1944, in Lowell, Mass., to Pasquale and Marie Salce.

On April 25, 1969, she married Alan C. Sroufe. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Survivors include her daughters, Catherine Wabnitz of Pittsford, N.Y., and Elizabeth Upton of Beaverton; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 104 S.W. Clay St., Portland, 97201.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William Joseph Ranstead

June 7, 1955-Jan. 22, 2012

Former Gresham resident William Joseph Ranstead died Sunday, Jan. 22, at his home in White City from prostate cancer. He was 56.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 3625 N. River Road, Gold Hill. A gathering for family and friends will be held at Bill's house after the service.

Bill was born June 7, 1955, in Portland to Robert and Lois Ranstead. The family moved to Gresham in 1966 and he graduated from Gresham High School in 1973. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and served until 1979, when he was honorably discharged as a sergeant E-5.

On Feb. 14, 2002, he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Bachmann, in Corbett.

Bill was a supervisor for Garda security company. He was a volunteer paramedic and firefighter.

Bill was an avid gun collector (his nickname was Rambill) and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He and Lois also rescued animals and cared for exotic birds and llamas.

Survivors include his wife; mother of Gresham; son, Bradley Ranstead of Portland; stepsons, Justin Goodrich of Newberg and Aaron Goodrich of Sherwood; brothers, Larry Ranstead of Gresham, Steve Ranstead of Gresham and Alan Ranstead of Boring; sister, Karen Aiken of Plano, Texas, and Kathleen Payne of Corbett; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to any Wells Fargo branch in Bill's name for cancer research.

Kenneth Curtiss

Feb. 23, 1951-Jan. 16, 2012

Gresham resident Kenneth Curtiss, 60, died Monday, Jan. 16, in Portland of complications from a liver transplant.

A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Family Worship Center, 5001 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Ken was born Feb. 23, 1951, in Portland to Dan and Helen (Permann) Curtiss. Ken helped his parents on their farm and orchard in The Dalles. He graduated from The Dalles High School and enlisted in the Army in 1971. He was stationed in Germany until 1973. After his discharge, he went to a trade school to become a welder.

On May 7, 2005, he married Louise Wilson. They moved to Gresham in 2005.

Ken worked as a long-haul truck driver for more than 30 years until he retired in 2008 because of illness. His hobbies included tinkering in his shop, building motorcycles, riding his Harley-Davidson, photography and camping.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Jennifer Jones of Panama City, Fla., Lori Beth Curtiss of Elmira, N.Y., and Kelly Osborne of Kannapolis, N.C.; stepdaughters, Denise Cadle of Gresham and Heather Boland of Netarts; brothers, Gary Curtiss of The Dalles and George Davie of Enid, Okla.; sister, Sheri Esquivias of The Dalles; eight grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Memorial donations should be made to a charity of choice.

Omega Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Luella 'Fay' Bechtel

May 16, 1923-Jan. 21, 2012

Luella 'Fay' Bechtel, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, Jan. 21. She was 88.

A viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Hollyview Baptist Church, 14095 S.E. 257th Ave., Damascus. Burial will follow.

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

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edythe Hansen

May 3, 1918-Jan. 24, 2012

Gresham resident Edythe Hansen, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 24.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd., with reception to follow. A graveside service will be held the same day at Oceanview Cemetery in Warrenton.

A complete obituary will be published in The Outlook at a later date.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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