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Oct. 9 obituaries

Jean R. Krank Apodaca

June 20, 1925-Oct. 5, 2012

Gresham resident Jean R. Krank Apodaca died Friday, Oct. 5. She was 87.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., with a reception to follow. She will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery.

Jean was born June 20, 1925, in Dickinson, N.D. She married Ted Snyder and divorced, and later married Charles Apodaca. They divorced.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She lived and worked in various clerical positions in California and Montana before moving to the Portland area in 1985.

Jean was best known to her family for her love of dance and German music.

Jean is survived by her son, Larry J. Snyder of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; daughters, Marian Lanius of Reno, Nev., Glory Cooper of Medford and Charlene Ferguson of Gresham; brothers, Gerald and Virgil Krank of Billings, Mont., Irvin Krank of Merchantville, N.Y., and Larry Krank of St. Paul, Minn.; sisters, Clara Brown of Vancouver, Wash., and Dorothy Schwab of Rapid City, S.D.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jesse Kenneth Langley

March 17, 1930-Sept. 30, 2012

Portland resident Jesse Kenneth Langley died Sunday, Sept. 30. He was 82.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.

Jesse was born March 17, 1930, in Harriman, Tenn., to Edgar and Ethel (Jernigan) Langley. He graduated from Harriman High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951.

He was released from active duty in 1953 and received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserve in 1957 as a sergeant.

On May 8, 1953, Jesse married Barbara Lou Duggins in Harriman, Tenn. In 1957, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and worked for Reynolds Metals in Florence, Ala.

He was transferred to the plant in Massena, N.Y., in 1970 and to Troutdale in 1975. He retired as the superintendent of production in 1990.

Jesse was tenacious, a perfectionist and full of “scrappy” energy. He was quick with a joke and easy with a smile.

He was a golfer, lifelong Republican, a Tennessee Volunteer for Life and a member of Mill Park Baptist Church, where church members nicknamed him “Amen Ken.”

His wife and three brothers preceded him in death.

Jesse is survived by his sons, Michael and David Langley of Portland; sister, Lorraine Taylor of Georgia; and one grandchild.

Contributions may be made in Jesse’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Verna Juanita Schomann

April 6, 1917-Oct. 3, 2012

Longtime East County resident Verna Schomann died Wednesday, Oct. 3. She was 95.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 12, at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 11801 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland, with a 1:30 p.m. interment service at Willamette National Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughters, Joanne Sousa and Mary Lange; son, Bob Schomann; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Willis Gordon Green

June 7, 1938-Oct. 1, 2012

Longtime Gresham resident Willis Gordon Green died Monday, Oct. 1, following a motor vehicle accident. He was 74.

A public memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Rose City Church of the Nazarene, 7016 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland.

Willis was born June 7, 1938, in Nampa, Idaho, to Gordon and Florence (Cotner) Green. He started school in North Portland while his dad welded warships.

They eventually made it back to Nampa, where his mom’s extensive family lived. He graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy in 1956.

In 1961, Willis earned his bachelor’s degree from George Fox College in Newberg, where he met his future wife, Marilyn J. Pearson.

Willis and Marilyn married Dec 27, 1963, in Salem. He worked for State Social Services from 1961 through 1979 in Oregon, California and Washington, where he raised his family.

In the 1980s Willis became an entrepreneur, and after one too many icy commutes through the Columbia River Gorge to Portland, he moved to Gresham.

He bought Camera Connection in 1986 and could be found there every day the last 20 years. He was on his way home from work on the day of his accident.

Willis was devoted to his family and his church, Rose City Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a greeter.

He is survived by his wife; sister, Kathy Farmer of Ontario; brother, Jim Green of The Dalles; sons, David Green of Gresham and Jonathon Green of Portland; daughter, Julia Lovell of Vancouver, Wash.; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rose City Church of the Nazarene’s building fund, 7016 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Portland, 97213.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Susan Gail Byars

March 26, 1952-Oct. 4, 2012

Forest Grove resident Susan Gail Byars, formerly of Gresham, died Thursday, Oct. 4. She was 60.

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

Susan was born March 26, 1952, in Portland, to Lydian and Edna Lou (Beets) Ascenzi.

She was raised and educated in Portland and Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School in 1970.

She married Phil Davis on Aug. 26, 2006, in Hillsboro. Following their marriage, Susan and Phil lived in Forest Grove.

Susan was a homemaker. She enjoyed beading, making jewelry, and tending to her plants and animals.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Kristy Gunther of Forest Grove; sister, Vicki Nelson of Mulino; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations in Susan’s name be made to Goodwill Industries, 1943 S.E. Sixth Ave., Portland, 97214, or to the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, P.O. Box 3338, Portland, 97208.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.



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