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Obituaries for April 7, 2010

The Gresham Outlook publishes news obituaries free of charge as space allows. Forms are available at The Gresham Outlook office, 1190 N.E. Division St., Gresham. The obituary desk can be reached at 503-492-5114.

John B. Pappin

April 25, 1934-April 2, 2010

Damascus resident John B. Pappin, 75, died Friday, April 2, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., followed by a reception.

John was born April 25, 1934, in Fairfax, Okla., to Floyd J. and Beatrice (Yandell) Pappin. When John was 1 year old, the family moved to Sweet Home in Oregon. John grew up in Junction City. After graduating from high school, he served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

After his honorable discharge, John attended the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended Oregon Health and Science University and received master's degrees in anatomy and science.

John opened his own general dentistry practice in Newport, and he also served as president of the district dental society. John again attended OHSU from 1972 to 1974 and received a certification in endodontic dentistry. He went to work for Bill Scharwatt in the Lloyd Center for about two years. John then ran his own practice near Washington Square from 1978 until his retirement in 2009.

In 1988, he married Linda K. Wendler in Gresham.

John was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Osage Indian Tribe and was a beadwork master.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; children, Kevin Pappin of Gresham, Karin O' Brien of West Linn, Katy James of Telluride, Colo., and Kimberly Pappin of Durango, Colo.; stepchildren, Treavor Pemberton of Gresham and Tami Meyer of Newport; sisters, Jean Roberts of Eugene, Delores Christiansen of Sweet Home and Theda Escobar of Vancouver, Wash.; and 11 grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Shirley Ann Wohlschlegel

April 7, 1936-April 2, 2010

Damascus resident Shirley Ann Wohlschlegel, 73, died Friday, April 2, in Gresham.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Bateman Carroll. A committal service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Shirley was born April 7, 1936, in Volin, S.D., to Ray and Jessie (Johnson) Allison. She moved to Gresham in 1950 and graduated from Gresham High School in 1954. After graduation, Shirley worked for the phone company and later became a surgical secretary at Gresham Hospital and Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. She retired in 2001 after nearly 30 years of employment.

On Sept. 13, 1956, she married Ronald G. Wohlschlegel at Gresham Baptist Church. They made their home in the Gresham area and raised five daughters. Ronald preceded Shirley in death in 1994.

Shirley's many hobbies and pastimes included tole painting, sewing and reading. She also enjoyed her flower garden and thrived from being in the sun. Her greatest love was her family, and she adored the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Shirley was a breast cancer survivor since 2001 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006. Her cancer returned in March 2010, and she battled it until her death.

Her brothers, Russell, Keith and Joe, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Debbie Hoff of Eugene, Wendy Wohlschlegel of Orlando, Fla., Brenda Anderson of Gresham, Rhonda Hayward of Salem and Stacey Haney of Gresham; brothers, Clare Allison of California, Gene Allison of Sherwood, Robert Allison of Washington and Gary Allison of Gresham; sister, Nancy Fleischer of Gresham; 12 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Philip Mathew Mankey

Oct. 13, 1962-March 22, 2010

Gresham resident Philip Mathew Mankey, 47, died Monday, March 22, in Boise, Idaho.

A private memorial service will be held.

Philip was born Oct. 13, 1962, in Portland to Wilbur and Dolores Mankey. He graduated from Centennial High School.

Philip worked as a truck driver.

His sister, Paula Mankey Gaul, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sister, Mary Jo Kaiyala of Vancouver, Wash.; and his brothers, Gregory Mankey of Troutdale, David Mankey of Gresham and Joseph Mankey of Fairview.

Cremation Society of Idaho is handling arrangements.

Lois LaDonna McCoshum

Dec. 7, 1941-March 31, 2010

Former Gresham resident Lois LaDonna McCoshum died Wednesday, March 31, at her home in Ontario. She was 68.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, at Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario.

Lois was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Ontario to Daniel and Katherine (Showalter) McCoshum. She was raised there and attended Ontario High School.

On Dec. 23, 1961, she married Patrick Butson. They made their home in Ontario and raised three children. They also lived in John Day before moving to Gresham, where they resided for several years. Lois and Patrick later divorced. Lois moved to Winchester Bay and took care of her father for many years before returning to Ontario, where she lived until her death.

Lois had a great love for art and gardening.

Her brother, Skip McCoshum, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Jalet Farrell of Dallas and Kary Gaskill of Estacada; son, Ryan Butson of Portland; brother, Marcus McCoshum of Ontario; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visit estacadafuneralchapel.com for more information.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Raymond 'Ray' Ralph Houston

Oct. 6, 1914-March 28, 2010

Raymond 'Ray' Ralph Houston, a former resident of Cottrell and Kelso, died Sunday, March 28, at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He was 95.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy.

Ray was born Oct. 6, 1914, in Council, Idaho, to Ralph and Gladys (Carouthers) Houston. The family moved to Oregon when Ray was 6 years old and lived in Estacada prior to moving to the Cottrell area. Ray attended Cottrell Grade School and graduated from Sandy High School in 1934. He worked as a farmer and in the shipyards until November 1942, when he entered the Army Air Corps. Ray participated in the air offensive against Japan and received the Marksmanship Badge, the American Theater Service Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

After his discharge, Ray married Anna Adams on July 24, 1948, in Gresham. They made their home in Cottrell, where Ray and his brother worked on a farm. In 1953, the family moved to Sandy and started a raspberry farm. From 1960 to 1980, Ray worked for the city of Portland Water Bureau and ran his 60-acre raspberry farm that was 3 miles east of Sandy. In 1985, Ray sold the farm and he and Anna moved to Kelso.

Anna died in June 2002. Ray lived at Avamere at Sandy until April 2007, when he moved to Vancouver, Wash., to be closer to his family.

Ray enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his great-grandchildren. His other interests included nature, bowling, cribbage, beanbag baseball and working on the family farm.

Survivors include his daughter, Carol Garritson of Pendleton; grandson, Sean McKannay of Vancouver, Wash.; granddaughter, Lisa McKannay of Pendleton; and two great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William 'Bill' Franklin Branson

Dec. 13, 1922-April 2, 2010

William 'Bill' Franklin Branson, a resident of Boring, died Friday, April 2, at Avamere of Sandy of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 87.

A private service was held.

Bill was born Dec. 13, 1922, in Healdsburg, Calif., to Ira Lee and Clara Lucille (Fowler) Branson, the youngest of seven children. Bill was raised in Geyserville, Calif., and attended Geyserville High School. Bill joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, a few months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the South Pacific and was discharged in 1945.

After his return to the United States in 1945, Bill married Betty Cook in Portland. They started their family in Portland, and Bill worked as a clerk for the Veterans Administration. The family later moved to Newport, where Bill worked as a carpenter. Eventually, the family moved to California, and Bill went to work for U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, Calif. He retired from the industry after 31 years.

After his retirement, Bill taught at Los Medanos Community College in Pittsburgh. He and Betty returned to Oregon in 1984 to be closer to their daughter, Sandra.

Bill enjoyed hunting, hiking and the outdoors. He also enjoyed music and reading.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters and by four brothers.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Sandra Young of Boring, Teresa Branson of Coos Bay and Joan Branson of Yreka, Calif.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, Donor Services, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, Fla., 33136.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marguerite Elizabeth Wilson

Sept. 5, 1953-March 29, 2010

East County resident Marguerite Elizabeth Wilson, 56, died Monday, March 29, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Rocky Butte Chapel of City Bible Church, 9200 N.E. Fremont St., Portland.

Marguerite was born Sept. 5, 1953, in Riverside, Calif., to Alvan and Henrietta (George) Brubacher. She graduated from high school in Riverside and later attended the Portland Art Institute.

Marguerite moved to Medford in the early 1980s. In 1987, she married John A. Wilson at the Salvation Army Center in Medford. They moved to East County in 1990, and Marguerite worked as a telemarketer for a while.

Marguerite's pastimes and hobbies included reading, visiting the library and participating in an Internet book club and a paperback book swap. She volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. She also enjoyed gardening, painting and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband, John.

Memorial contributions can be made to City Bible Church, 9200 N.E. Fremont St., Portland, 97220.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Wallace Eugene Burkett Jr.

March 9, 1939-April 1, 2010

Gresham resident Wallace Eugene Burkett Jr., 71, died Thursday, April 1, in Portland.

A private service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Wallace was born March 9, 1939, in Boise, Idaho, to Wallace and Marguerite (Phillips) Burkett. At age 2, Wallace moved to the Portland area and attended Washington High School. He enlisted in the Air Force on March 9, 1956. He was honorably discharged on May 9, 1961, at McChord Air Force Base with the rank of airman second class.

On May 12, 1960, he married Anita Degen in San Francisco. They moved to Oregon, and Wallace found work as an air traffic controller, first in Pendleton for six months and then in Portland. He left the job after the 1981 strike. He later worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1994.

Wallace lived in Gresham for nearly 35 years. He enjoyed math and music as well as mountain climbing and camping. He also enjoyed long car rides throughout the backcountry of Eastern Oregon with his wife and watching old-time cartoons with his grandchildren. He was the life of the party and a jokester.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Kristin Fortune of Gresham and Susan Lawitzke of Rockaway; son, Steven Burkett of Portland; brothers, Lanny Phillips of Portland and Mike Phillips of Gresham; sister, Linda Phillips of Gresham; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lois LaVerna Snell

Oct. 5, 1926-April 3, 2010

Lois LaVerna Snell, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, April 3. She was 83.

Visitation hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, at Pleasant Home Community Church, 32120 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd.

LaVerna was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Wareham, Neb., to Harvey and Mable (Hirsch) Linafelter. The family lived in several small towns in Nebraska, where LaVerna was educated. In 1941, the family moved to Troutdale and lived in a cabin for two years while they picked berries and fruit and worked in the fields.

LaVerna attended Gresham High School for two years but quit during World War II to work as a welder in the shipyards at St. Johns. After the war, LaVerna worked for First National Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank and for Commonwealth Insurance in Portland.

On April 4, 1947, she married Lloyd Snell. They lived in Portland, where LaVerna worked for various banks and Lloyd was a truck driver. They lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for a year but returned to Portland in 1951.

In 1959, Lloyd and LaVerna purchased a 20-acre farm in Boring, where they raised cattle and raspberries. LaVerna worked for Cottrell Grade School for 20 years and was involved in her children's school activities and with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She was a member of Pleasant Home Community Church. Her hobbies included quilting and growing flowers. Her proudest accomplishments included obtaining her GED after raising seven children and being named Queen of the Sandy Mountain Days Festival in 2004 at age 78.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; and by a sister.

Survivors include her sons, Ross Snell of Boring, Raymond Snell of Boring and Ron Snell of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Louise Maples of Olympia, Wash., Gayle Alexander of Boring, Joyce Edwards of Baker City and Lois Allen of Zigzag; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pleasant Home Community Church, 32120 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham, 97080; or to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055.

Visit LaVerna's page at batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign her guestbook.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kenneth 'Ken' Charles Rooney

Nov. 24, 1963-March 30, 2010

Kenneth 'Ken' Charles Rooney, a resident of Boring, died Tuesday, March 30, at his home, surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 46.

A celebration of his life and a potluck will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Meinig Park in Sandy.

Ken was born Nov. 24, 1963, in Sacramento, Calif., to Donald and Margaret (Condon) Rooney. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Oregon City, where Ken was raised and educated.

On Sept. 29, 2001, he married Patty Pelletier in Boring, where they made their home and raised a family.

Ken loved cooking, hunting, fishing, camping and riding his all-terrain vehicle, as well as spending time with his children.

Survivors include his wife; son, Tyler Rooney of Boring; daughter, Ally Rooney of Boring; father and stepmother, Donald and Shirley Rooney of Yacolt, Wash.; mother and stepfather, Margaret and Gary Rundell of Oregon City; brother, Brian Rooney of Oregon City; and sister, Teresa Rooney of Oregon City.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 7420 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Suite 200, Tigard, 97224-7790.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mark Howard Holmes

June 18, 1959-April 3, 2010

Gresham resident Mark Howard Holmes, 50, died Saturday, April 3, in Portland.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at Rivercrest Community Church, 3201 N.E. 148th Ave., Portland.

Mark was born June 18, 1959, in Portland to Richard and Joyce Holmes. He graduated from Parkrose High School in 1977 and served in the Coast Guard from 1977 to 1981.

He married Michelle Dalsing.

Mark worked as a corrections deputy with Multnomah County for 27 years. He was one of the original organizers of the Multnomah County Corrections fishing derby for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. His hobbies included golf and fishing on the Columbia River, the Oregon coast and in Alaska. He lived in Gresham for the past 20 years.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Stephanie Turner; son, Justin Holmes; mother, Joyce Holmes; sisters, Jackie Holmes, Ruth Harpole and Betty Faist; brothers, John Holmes and Jim Holmes; and one granddaughter, all of Gresham.

Memorial donations can be made to Snow-CAP Community Charities, P.O. Box 160, Fairview, 97024.

Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Josephine Cats-Daeseleer

Feb. 12, 1918-April 1, 2010

Gresham resident Josephine Cats-Daeseleer, 92, died Thursday, April 1.

A recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at St. Henry.

Josephine was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Sukabumi, Indonesia, to George and Oti Halewijn. Her aunt and uncle raised her after her parents' deaths.

In 1936, she married Jurjen Cats, a dairy farmer and veterinarian. During World War II, Josephine had to flee the family farm and was put in a Japanese prison camp. After the war, Josephine and Jurjen continued to work on dairy farms in Indonesia. Josephine and Jurjen later moved to the Netherlands, where they had sent their children to study, in the late 1950s. Jurjen died afterward.

Josephine and her son moved to Pacific Northwest and settled in Portland, where Josephine worked at Jantzen swimwear and later as a nanny for Tektronix co-founder Howard Vollum's sons.

In 1971, she married Albert Daeseleer, whom she met while living in California. They resided in Oregon and Hawaii. After Albert's death, Josephine lived with her daughters in Lake Oswego and Gresham, and then moved to Marquis Care at Centennial in Gresham.

Josephine loved animals. She kept busy with her flower garden. She also loved to cook for people and was an excellent seamstress.

Survivors include her daughters, Josephine Wollrabe of Gresham, Louise De'Hoog of Lake Oswego and Nelly Delhaye of Long Beach, Calif.; son, George Cats of Sisters; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Robert 'Bob' Ernst

April 7, 1919-April 3, 2010

Robert 'Bob' Ernst, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, April 3, at his home, surrounded by family. He was 90.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Rose City Cemetery, 5625 N.E. Fremont St., Portland. A memorial service will be held at Living Word Fellowship Church, 12700 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring.

Bob was born April 7, 1919, in Davenport, Iowa, to Fredrick and Mary (Knowles) Ernst. Bob graduated from Davenport High School and attended a business college. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after graduating and served during World War II in England and France.

On April 5, 1943, Bob married Lorene Alt in Florence, S.C. They moved west and lived in Portland and Klamath Falls until 1964, when they moved to Brightwood.

Bob worked as a salesman for Farmer Brothers Coffee, earning national salesman of the year awards two years running. He retired after 30 years and opened Bob's Whistle Stop, a model train store in Portland. He attended a Bible college and sold his business. He was ordained by City Bible Church and pastored at House of the Lord Church. He retired after 20 years but continued in local area ministry.

Bob and Lorene moved to Boring in 2004. He helped out at his son Greg's business in Sandy as a salesman. His hobbies included praying for others, golfing, fishing and playing pool with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene, in 2009; and by his brother, Walter Ernst.

Survivors include his sons, William of Hood River, Greg of Eagle Creek and Richard Ernst of Chehalis, Wash.; daughter, Sheila Stephens of Sherwood; sister, Margaret Bledsoe of Iowa; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Living Word Fellowship Church Benevolence Fund, 12700 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring, 97009.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.




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