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Obituaries, March 14, 2012


Deane 'Dee' Lee Boppre

July 29, 1946-Feb. 20, 2012

Deane 'Dee' Lee Boppre, a resident of Boring, died Monday, Feb. 20, at her home after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by family. She was 65.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Dee was born July 29, 1946, in Central City, Neb., to Lawrence and Dion Ellenwood.

Dee worked at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center for the last 10 years until her illness.

Survivors include her husband, LeRoy Boppre; mother of Seaside; children, Jeff Teel of Dade City, Fla., Shawn Teel of Portland, Shane Lee of Portland and Crissy Lee of Juneau, Alaska; sisters, Evie Randall of Portland and Vicky Borrelli of Seaside; brother, Harry Vanderheiden of Grants Pass; and 10 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Vernon Merle Rathman

Aug. 27, 1927-Feb. 17, 2012

Vernon Merle Rathman, a former Troutdale mayor, died Friday, Feb. 17. He was 84 and a resident of Sandy.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Vernon was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Langdon, N.D., to Alexander and Catherine Rathman. Vernon grew up on the family farm. After his father's death, the family moved to Troutdale in 1936. When he turned 16, he talked his mother into signing the papers so he could join the Merchant Marine and the Army during World War II.

In June 1948, he married Martine Humphrey in Vancouver, Wash. Vernon and Martine formed the Windy Whirlers Square Dance Club, which met in members' homes and later in Troutdale City Hall, until the group had to leave to make more room for offices.

Vernon served as mayor of Troutdale from 1960 to 1964. He also served as chairman of the city's first planning commission. He was a charter member of the Troutdale Historical Society and a member of the Troutdale Lions and the Boy Scouts. In 1973, Vernon started Rathman and Sons excavating business, bringing his three sons along.

In an interview with the Troutdale Historical Society, Vernon said his biggest contribution to the city was the construction of a tall water tower on the hill where Helen Althaus Park is now located. As the service area and engineering changed, it was torn down and replaced with an underground storage tank.

'It was my only monument,' he said, 'and they tore it down.'

Vernon enjoyed piloting his private airplane, hunting, golfing and hosting Family Camp for 25 years. He and Martine also enjoyed traveling in their motor home, accumulating 350,000 miles visiting family, friends and NASCAR races.

He was preceded in death by his wife in February 2010 and by his brothers, Wilbur and Stanley Rathman.

Survivors include his sons, Kenneth Rathman, Daniel Rathman and Timothy Rathman, all of Sandy; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265-0309. 

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Tyyne Helen Mattson

Aug. 6, 1919-March 6, 2012

East County resident Tyyne Helen Mattson died Tuesday, March 6. She was 92.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland. Private internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Tyyne was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Superior, Wis., to Ivar and Hilda Williams. While growing up in Kettle River, Minn., she helped with the chores on the family farm while attending public school. She graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1938 as the salutatorian of her class. She then attended a business college in Duluth, Minn., and graduated with honors in 1939. She worked in many local and regional banks in northern Minnesota, becoming the night deposit manager of the largest bank in Minneapolis. She would ride the train home on weekends to visit and to help with chores on the family farm.

In the mid-1950s, Tyyne met Arvo Mattson at her family's farm one weekend when Arvo brought his mother, Ida, over to visit with Tyyne's parents, who met in Finland and were distant relatives of distant relatives. They married Aug. 25, 1956, in Kettle River.

In May 1957, the Mattsons followed Tyyne's sister to settle in Portland. Tyyne resumed her career in banking with U.S. Bank and was also the lead bookkeeper and payroll associate for Wilson Construction from 1958 until her retirement in 1981.

Tyyne enjoyed bowling, sewing, knitting and cooking. She bowled on teams from Wilson Construction and the Moose Lodge from the late 1950s through her retirement, receiving numerous team and individual trophies for her achievements. Tyyne also volunteered time for her church by writing and mailing get-well and sympathy cards and in the local schools while her children were attending.

Her sisters, Claudia Williams and Norma Wilson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; sons, David of Vancouver, Wash., and Dennis of Henderson, Nev.; sister, Vivian Korpela of Portland; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church's R-4 Building and Remodeling Fund, 1700 N.E. 132nd Ave., Portland, 97230.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Christine 'Chris' Ramona Vaeretti

Nov. 6, 1928-March 7, 2012

Former Gresham resident Christine 'Chris' Ramona Vaeretti died Wednesday, March 7, at her home in Sandy. She was 83.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy. Burial will follow at Cliffside Cemetery.

Chris was born Nov. 6, 1928, in Gresham to William and Emma (Koch) Rannow. She was raised on the family farm near Dodge Park, where she enjoyed hoeing berries with her father as they discussed life philosophies, family and their future. Chris was educated in Sandy, graduating from Sandy High School in 1946. She attended the University of Oregon and was a lifelong member of Sigma Kappa sorority.

On June 26, 1948, Chris married former schoolmate Howard J. Vaeretti in Portland. They made their home in Sandy, where they raised their six children.

Chris worked as a bookkeeper and later as a schoolteacher. In 1985, Howard and Chris moved to Guam, where they taught school for eight and a half years.

Chris was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed traveling throughout the world, gardening, golf, skiing, dancing, playing tennis, pingpong and volleyball, going to the beach and snorkeling. She was a member of several garden clubs throughout Oregon and California. Chris was also was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Gresham.

Survivors include her husband; sons, William Vaeretti of Sandy, Mark Vaeretti of Venice, Fla., and Thomas Vaeretti of Birmingham, Ala.; daughters, Karyn Bertrand of Hermiston, Teresa Vaeretti-Shultz of Vancouver, Wash., and Gina Vaeretti of Portland; brother, William Rannow of Lincoln City; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jeffery Alan Crosby

May 8, 1966-Feb. 4, 2012

Gresham resident Jeffery Alan Crosby, 45, died Saturday, Feb. 4.

A potluck and celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Portland Gun Club, 4711 S.E. 174th Ave.

Jeff was born May 8, 1966, in Spokane, Wash., to Richard and Joyce Crosby. His father was in the military, so Jeff resided in many places in Washington, California, Hawaii and Oregon. He attended John Adams High School in Portland.

Jeff worked as a mechanic. He collected swords, knives and tools; he also liked Army-related items.

His brothers, Timothy Crosby and Robert Crosby, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son, Adrian Mull Crosby of Troutdale; mother of Portland; father of Saucier, Miss.; and grandfather, Murray Crosby of Hood River.

Crown Memorial Center is handling arrangements.

Calvin Ronald 'Ron' Peterson

July 10, 1947-March 9, 2012

Gresham resident Calvin Ronald 'Ron' Peterson died Friday, March 9, after a 17-year battle with melanoma. He was 64.

Interment will be on Thursday, March 15, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Ron was born July 10, 1947, in Britton, S.D., to Calvin and Betty Peterson. Ron received his bachelor's degree in business and management from Moorhead State University in Minnesota.

In 1968, he married Sandi Hulm in Bismarck, N.D.

Ron resided in North Dakota through his 20s until he moved to Oregon to continue his career in music distribution.

Ron could fix most anything, and completed detailed wood cabinets and shelves around the home he shared with Sandi. He was committed to bettering his community, devoting many volunteer hours to the Parks and Recreation Board, Little League, and Babe Ruth baseball. In his later years, he made his lifelong dream come true in building a navy blue 1932 Ford three-window coupe.

Survivors include his wife; son, Dr. Chad Peterson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; daughter, Melissa Jones of Ridgefield, Wash.; brothers, Bruce Peterson of Minot, N.D., and Kurt Peterson of Mandan, N.D.; sisters, Penny Preston of New York and Sherry Eikren of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Legacy Hopewell House, 6171 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland, 97239-2649.

Visit Ron's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com for more information.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Emmabelle J. Ramage

Feb. 6, 1927-March 7, 2012

Gresham resident Emmabelle J. Ramage, 85, died Wednesday, March 7, at her home.

A private service will be held. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Emmabelle was born Feb. 6, 1927, in La Grande to Joseph and Rebecca Hughes.

On April 27, 1944, she married Wesley Ramage in Vancouver, Wash.

Emmabelle was a certified caregiver. She enjoyed spending time with her family and working in her yard and garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; her sons, Ronald Ramage and Gerald Ramage; and grandson, Robert Brooks.

Survivors include her daughters, Roberta Pantin of Washougal, Wash., Theresa Adamson of Gresham and Suzette Brewster of Estacada; sons, Wesley Ramage Jr. of West Linn, Robin Ramage of Gresham, Walter Ramage II of Gresham and Joseph Chase of Estacada; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.

Sharon Ann Watson

July 19, 1948-March 2, 2012

Sharon Ann Watson, a resident of Boring, died Friday, March 2, in Portland. She was 63.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham.

Sharon was born July 19, 1948, in Portland to Richard and Maxine (Hansen) Nimmo.  She was raised in Portland and Cathlamet, Wash., and graduated from Wahkiakum High School.

On May 15, 1965, Sharon married Arvid Blix; they later divorced. She married Greg Watson on Dec. 28, 1975, in Portland.

Sharon worked as a bookkeeper for G and S Welding, retiring in 1999. As hobbies she enjoyed baking, knitting and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Angela Blix of Boring and LeeAnn Watson of Portland; son, Troy Blix of Puget Island, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.