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Oct. 12 obituaries

Mary “Phyllis” Calhoon

Oct. 11, 1914-Oct. 6, 2012

Sandy resident Mary “Phyllis” Calhoon died Saturday, Oct. 6. She was 97.

A private service will be held in San Diego.

She was born Mary Phyllis Christensen on Oct. 11, 1914, in Gresham to Frank and Grace (Wolf) Christensen.

When Phyllis was a young child, her family moved to Sandy, where they made their permanent home and Phyllis attended school.

After graduating from Sandy High School in 1933, she attended San Diego State University, where she met her future husband.

In 1936, Phyllis married Leo Calhoon. They made their home in San Diego, and Phyllis began her career in the banking industry.

They later moved to Oregon and made their home in Sandy on Music Camp Road. Phyllis pursued her career with Clackamas County Bank.  

In 1954, they returned to San Diego until retiring. From 1968 until 1976, Phyllis cared for her mother until she died.

After her husband’s death in 1996, Phyllis returned to Oregon, living in Gresham and later returning to Sandy. For the last 11 years, Phyllis lived at Avamere in Sandy.

Every day, she would go from room to room at Avamere, where she checked up on the residents. Phyllis was a devout Christian and a member of the Nazarene Church. She enjoyed cooking and was dedicated to her family.

Survivors include five nephews and four nieces.  

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, 39641 Scenic St., Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Helen D. Muck

Jan. 13, 1921-Oct. 6, 2012

Gresham resident Helen D. Muck died Saturday, Oct. 6. She was 91. 

Private entombment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Helen was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Newberg to John and Margaret (Nelson) Staley. 

She graduated from Gresham High School in 1940 and married Kenneth Muck in 1946. Helen was a bookkeeper for the Portland school district for 20 years. 

Helen enjoyed reading and traveling, along with serving as hostess for Parker Host Tours of Gresham for many years.

Helen is survived by her sister, Ruth Callister of Gresham; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Walter Strous

Sept. 16, 1927-Oct. 8, 2012

Gresham resident Walter Strous died Monday, Oct. 8. He was 85.

Service information will be announced later.

Walt was born Sept. 16, 1927, in Tacoma, Wash., to Walter and Lois Strous. He moved to Gresham as a child and graduated from Gresham High School in 1945.

In 1954, he married Marva Irvin in Portland. Together they had two children.

Walt spent 40 years working at Reynolds Metals and retired in 1985 as the carbon plant supervisor. He was also a charter member of the Gresham Elks.

After retirement, Walt enjoyed going to Yuma, Ariz., for the winter with his wife. He loved to travel in his RV, hunt, fish and be outdoors.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he loved having friends and family over to play cards.

Walt was preceded in death by his wife.

He is survived by his son, Larry Strous of Clackamas; daughter, Janice Ackley of Gresham; sisters, Naomi Brown of Van Nuys, Calif.. and Marlene Schafer of Cerritos, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thomas Allen Metzger

Aug. 11, 1925-Sept. 30, 2012

Gresham resident Thomas Allen Metzger died Sunday, Sept. 30. He was 87.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Tom was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Gresham to Frank and Josie (Hoagland) Metzger.

He graduated from Gresham High School and in 1944 enlisted in the United States Navy.

He served his country during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946 at the rank of signalman third class.

On Oct. 29, 1949, Tom married Lois Crabtree in Portland. He worked for Portland General Electric for 35 years, retiring in 1988.

Tom enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and woodworking. He earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. He was a Boy Scout leader, a family historian and a volunteer for the Gresham Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his 10 brothers and sisters.

Tom is survived by his wife; son, Gordon Metzger of Portland; daughter, Nancy Haase of Gresham; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to SnowCap Community Charities, 17805 S.E. Stark St., Portland, 97233, or the Gresham Historical Society, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham, 97030.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Don Abel

Feb. 6, 1956-Oct. 9, 2012

Longtime Gresham resident Don Abel died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 9 from a brain aneurysm. He was 56.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Grace Community Church, 800 S.E. Hogan Road, Gresham.

Don was born Feb. 6, 1956, in Omaha, Neb., to Clayton and Martha Abel. He was raised in Omaha and graduated from Westside High School.

On Nov. 8, 1975, Don married Heidi Swift in Omaha. The couple moved to the Gresham area 30 years ago, where Don become the owner of Fireplace Sale and Service.

Don loved being outdoors and taking trips with his wife and children. He mentored more than 40 young men as they worked toward their Eagle Scout honor.

He was known for his gentle personality and firm presence.

Don was a church deacon at Journey Church Damascus and a Boy Scout mentor for Troop 586.

Don is survived by his wife; sons, Patrick Abel of Gresham, Justin Abel of Gresham and Trevor Abel of Portland; and his mother, Martha Abel of Portland.

Family Memorial Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Alta Marie Loucks

March 13, 1928-Oct. 8, 2012

Troutdale resident Alta Marie Loucks died Monday, Oct. 8. She was 84.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, 348 Cherry Park Road in Troutdale.

Alta was born March 13, 1928, in Minneapolis to James and Johanna (Buskness) Fornshell. She was raised and educated in Minnesota ,graduating from Pillager High School in 1946.

On Sept. 26, 1947, Alta married Harold Loucks in Brainard, Minn. They had five children and moved to the Portland area 1952. Alta was a waitress at Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins in Troutdale for 25 years. In 1990 she retired from Tektronix after 26 years in the Cathode Ray Tube Division.

Alta was a member of Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and playing cards.

Alta is survived by her husband of 65 years; sons, Gary Loucks of Vancouver, Wesley Loucks of Troutdale, Dale Loucks of Troutdale and Brian Loucks of Troutdale; daughter, Pamela Wetmore of Troutdale; sister, Betty Farber of Motley, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to Cherry Park Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.



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