Obituaries for Feb. 22, 2012
Vivian L. Murhammer
Aug. 2, 1915-Feb. 16, 2012
ormer Gresham resident Vivian L. Murhammer died Thursday, Feb. 16, in Sandy. She was 96.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 8648 S.E. Foster Road, Portland.
Vivian was born Aug. 2, 1915, in Fairview, Mont., to Frank and Mary Murphy. She moved to Oregon after graduating from Fairview High School in 1936.
On Aug. 22, 1941, she married Raymond Murhammer in Salem. They moved to Portland and later to Gresham, where they resided for nearly 20 years. They moved to Happy Valley in the late 1970s.
Vivian was a secretary. She was an active member of her church and a volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, serving meals to the elderly. She donated to the Gresham Heroes Memorial as a remembrance to the family's veterans. She enjoyed visiting family and friends, sewing, walking and her flowers.
Her husband preceded her in death in 2004, eight days before their 62nd wedding anniversary. She was also preceded in death by four brothers and her granddaughter, Malynda.
Survivors include her son, Bill Murhammer of Boring; daughter, Patricia Fiedler of Sandy; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mt. Scott Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Timothy James Doolan
Dec. 30, 1981-Feb. 11, 2012
Former East County resident Timothy James Doolan died Saturday, Feb. 11. He was 30.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Camp Collins, Oxbow Park, 3001 S.E. Oxbow Parkway.
Tim was born Dec. 30, 1981, in Oregon City to Pat and Margie Doolan. He attended Troutdale Elementary and Reynolds High School, and was math student of the year in 2000. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in math. He was finishing his master's degree in teaching arts at Portland State University. His master's thesis, 'How Origami Saved the World,' was about teaching many kinds of math through the art of folding.
Tim was happiest while working outdoors with youth through YMCA Camp Collins. He taught snowboarding to youth at Mt. Hood Skibowl and was a lift operator at Hoodoo. He also worked with disabled kids through the Multnomah County Education Service District. More recently, he started Hyperion Chairs, a new woodworking business.
Tim loved to be outdoors. He gardened, created garden trellises and pruned his bushes to smile at passers-by. He loved snowboarding, camping, hiking, music and philosophizing.
Survivors include his partner, Emily Jasperson of Portland; parents of Gresham; grandparents, Jim and Lois Doolan of Coraopolis, Pa., Dean and Carol Morehouse of Rio Rico, Ariz., and Donna Kelley of Mount Angel; sisters, Katie Doolan of Gresham and Aimee Doolan of Silverton; brother, Eddie Zuelke of Bellevue, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to the Timothy Doolan Memorial Fund to benefit Emily Jasperson, Oregon First Community Credit Union, 1531 N.E. Park Lane, Fairview, 97024.
Crown Memorial Center of Portland is handling arrangements.
Earl Raymond Leckie
April 7, 1949-Feb. 21, 2012
Former Gresham resident Earl Raymond Leckie, 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 21.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.
A full obituary will be published in a future edition of The Outlook.
The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209.
Erna Eugenia 'Jean' Wolfe
June 22, 1926-Feb. 15, 2012
Gresham resident Erna Eugenia 'Jean' Wolfe died Wednesday, Feb. 15. She was 85.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Orient Drive Baptist Church, 15150 S.E. Orient Drive. A committal service will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Jean was born June 22, 1926, in Streeter, N.D., to Jacob and Magdalena (Fischer) Remmich, the 14th of their 17 children. She was raised and educated in Streeter. She moved to Oregon as a teenager and resided with her eldest brother, Edward, and his family.
During a trip to Corcoran, Calif., Jean met Richard Wolfe. They were married Sept. 15, 1944. They began their family in North Dakota and later moved to Oregon, making their home in Portland. In 1957, the family moved to Sandy and began farming. In 1960, they moved to Boring where they opened and operated a family business, Dick Wolfe Meats. Dick died March 31, 1991. Jean returned to Sandy that same year and lived there until 2007. When her health began to decline, she moved to Gresham to receive the care she needed.
Through the years, Jean was employed in various jobs, one of them being a housekeeper for local families. She was also the custodian at Orient Drive Baptist Church for 25 years, where she was an active member.
Her sister, Irene Weston, preceded her in death on the same day.
Survivors include her sons, Loren Wolfe of Gresham, David Wolfe and Dan Wolfe of Sandy; daughters, Saundra Kitzmiller of Gresham and Kathy Huva of Goldendale, Wash.; brothers, Ervin Remmich of Chaska, Minn., and Les Remmich of Sandy; sister, Orlean Timmen of Illwaco, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Orient Drive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1930, Sandy, 97055.
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Joanne Catherine Neal
Aug. 15, 1951-Feb. 8, 2012
East Portland resident Joanne Catherine Neal, 60, died Wednesday, Feb. 8.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Cornerstone Funeral Services, 18625 S.E. Bakers Ferry Road, Boring.
Joanne was born Aug. 15, 1951, in Portland to Vernon and Catherine (Hill) Johnson.
Joanne married William Riley Neal Jr. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband and her son, Steven Neal of Portland.
Cornerstone Funeral Services and Cremation is handling arrangements.
Goldie Elizabeth 'Libby' Ballweber
Dec. 3, 1940-Feb. 15, 2012
East Portland resident Goldie Elizabeth 'Libby' Ballweber, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, with her husband by her side.
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 20, at Greater Portland Baptist Church. Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.
Libby was born Dec. 3, 1940, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Fred Luethke and Mildred Doyle Ketchum.
She married Daryl Ballweber.
Libby was very involved in her church, Greater Portland Baptist Church, and held a special place for children's ministries.
Survivors include her husband; children, Ron Francis of Troutdale, Judy Kelchner of Troutdale, Debbie Izer of Gresham and Paul Francis of Troutdale; father of Kingsport, Tenn.; brothers, Fred Luethke Jr. and Larry Luethke, both of Kingsport, Tenn., and John Luethke of Knoxville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bus Ministry of Greater Portland Baptist Church, 17800 S.E. Main St., Portland, 97233.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Arnold Elroy Johnson
Feb. 25, 1943-Feb. 16, 2012
Gresham resident Arnold Elroy Johnson, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 16.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A reception will follow. He will be laid to rest in his hometown of Williston, N.D.
Arnold was born Feb. 25, 1943, in Williston to Obert and Vernie (Wierson) Johnson. He graduated from Williston High School and completed one year of college.
Arnold enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard on Jan. 10, 1961. He served with Company A with the 164th Engineer Battalion out of Williston. He was called up for active duty for the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was honorably discharged Oct. 15, 1964, at the rank of specialist 5.
On Oct. 17, 1964, Arnold married Janice Torstenson in Vancouver, Wash. They returned to Williston and Arnold worked for the REA Express Service as a relief agent and in the office. In 1970, they moved to Portland where Arnold owned and operated Arnold Johnson Painting Company. They later moved to Gresham. He retired in 1999.
Arnold enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed his pets, saltwater fish tank and digging for Oregon sunstones.
He was preceded in death by his son, Craig Johnson, and his sister, Sharon Johnson.
Survivors include his wife; son, Lynn Johnson of Portland; daughter, Christi Johnson of Gresham; mother of Williston; sister, Joni Olson of Williston; and one grandson.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Veterans' Home, 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, 97058.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Carol Patricia Ehr
Sept. 22, 1929-Feb. 18, 2012
Gresham resident Carol Patricia Ehr, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 18.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd.
Pat was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Weiser, Idaho, to Harold and Gladys (McKeown) Mallett. The family moved to Portland at the start of World War II and Pat attended Jefferson High School. During her senior year, the family moved back to their ranch in Eastern Oregon, where she graduated in 1947 from Vale Union High. She attended Eastern Oregon College.
On Feb. 5, 1955, she married Richard Ehr. They resided in the Parkrose area. After raising their children, Pat and Dick moved to Gresham where they resided for the past 25 years. Pat enjoyed helping Dick, an architect, build architectural models as well as much of their furniture.
Pat was an avid swimmer and skier. She was a cook, seamstress, knitter and creator of her own patterns. She also enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles and card games, especially bridge. She was involved in Meals On Wheels and the League of Women Voters. Pat was an interviewer for the U.S. Census Bureau for 21 years. She traveled throughout the western states and to China, Russia, Europe, the Panama Canal and other places.
Survivors include her husband; sons, Milton Nelms of Tasmania, Australia, Stuart Ehr of Sisters and Douglas Ehr of Portland; daughter, Marcia Chisholm of Gresham; sister, Ginny Snodgrass of Portland; six grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Contributions can be made to Medical Teams International, P.O. Box 10, Portland, 97207.
Visit Pat's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign the guest book and to share thoughts and memories with the family.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Robert M. Whedon
April 13, 1919-Feb. 15, 2012
Former Gresham resident Robert M. Whedon died Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Clackamas.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Glenfair Evangelical Church, 50 N.E. 143rd Ave., Portland.
Bob was born April 13, 1919, in Montesano, Wash., to Dolph and Cora Whedon. He moved with his parents and four siblings to Oregon as a child. Bob was drafted by the Army in 1942 to serve in World War II. He was a squad leader for an anti-tank unit, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as other campaigns in Europe in the 70th Division Trailblazers.
In March 1944, Bob married Reva Howey.
After his time in the Army, Bob worked as a driver and salesman for 12 years at the Ann Palmer Bakery. He then became a manager of luxury hotels in Oregon, Santa Barbara, Calif., and along the Oregon Coast. He also worked as a Dairy Queen franchise manager and as a warehouseman for Zellerbach Paper. He resided in Gresham for 27 years.
Bob played baseball and golf and watched the Portland Trail Blazers and football games. He was a member of Glenfair Church for more than 40 years, and served as a lay leader for 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Lynn Davis, and granddaughter Laura Beth Moore.
Survivors include his wife, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visit Bob's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign the guest book and to share thoughts and memories with the family.
Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.