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Dec. 11 obituaries

Gregory “Greg” Loren Gluth

June 28, 1958-Dec. 3, 2012

Gregory Loren Gluth died Monday, Dec. 3, after a battle with terminal cancer. He was 54.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Greg was born June 28, 1958, and graduated from Centennial High School. After 15 years in the U.S. Navy, Greg retired and returned to the Portland area, where he worked for Northwest Natural Gas.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Gluth.

Greg is survived by his daughter, Jennifer; son, Matthew; mother, June Marlene; brother, Steve; and sister, Lorene.

Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis

Dec. 20, 1976-Nov. 29, 2012

Estacada resident Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis died in an accident Thursday, Nov. 29. He was 35.

A memorial motorcycle run and celebration of Dusty’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Pleasant Home Saloon, 31637 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Centennial Rebekah Lodge No. 147, 267 S.W. Second and Wade St., Estacada.

Dusty was born Dec. 20, 1976, in Portland to Leonard and Ellen McKinnis. Raised and educated in Estacada, Dusty worked in the construction industry as a plasterer.

Dusty loved motorcycles, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus McKinnis.

Dusty is survived by his wife, Debra Himmelspach; son, Dakota McKinnis; daughters Ashley McKinnis and Chandell Sanger; brother, Josh McKinnis; and parents.

Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie is handling arrangements.

Michael “Mike” Dennis Gallaher

Nov. 2, 1939-Nov. 28, 2012

Gresham resident Michael “Mike” Dennis Gallaher died Friday, Nov. 28. He was 73.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Mike was born Nov. 2, 1939, in Seattle to Dennis and Maryanne Gallaher. He was raised and educated in Seattle, enlisting with the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating from high school in 1958. He was honorably discharged in 1962.

Mike fell in love with Oregon at a young age and made it his home in the 1970s. He married Susan Rodriguez Nov. 19, 1984, and worked as a salesman at Renew Distributors for many years, retiring in 2003.

Mike is survived by wife; children, Mike Gallaher, Dana Gallaher, Dawn Gallaher, Chris Gallaher, Crystal Gallaher, Dennis Gallaher, Kelli Gallaher and Anthony Rodriguez; brother, Dennis Davis; sister, Patty Parsons; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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Orval S. Clay

Orval Clay

Orval S. Clay passed away November 30, 2012 in Gresham, Oregon at the age of 94. He was born in Sunfield, Michigan to parents Charles and Lessie Clay, the fourth of six children. Raised in Michigan, Orval planned to set out for the East Coast after graduating from Kalamazoo College (MI) in 1940, but ended up out West instead. He attended Starr King Seminary College (CA), graduating in 1944.

In 1944, Orval married Jeannette (Keene) at her parent’s home in Berkley, CA. Together they shared 68 years of marriage and raised 5 children. Orval worked as a pastor for over 20 years at various churches. Following work in the ministry, he pursued a second career as an educator for Job Corps, retiring in 1983. Orval was a hardworking man, strong, intelligent and generous. Throughout his life he defined himself through work and words, taking a quiet pride in both. He took pleasure in providing for his family, and helping those around him. During their retirement years, Orval and his wife traveled through 49 of the 50 states.

Orval was preceded in death by his four brothers - Warren, Seth, Virgil and Joel, and sister - Florence; daughter Marjorie Bluder; daughter-in law Wylda and granddaughters Jeannette and Linda. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette; sons Chuck Clay of Alameda, CA, Keene (Peg Kenaga) Clay of Damascus, OR, Peter (Lynn Collier) Clay of Cornelius, OR, and Paul (Terri Rauscher) Clay of La Habra, CA; son in law Harry Bluder of Denver, CO; 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Zion United Church of Christ in Gresham, OR on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 4:00pm. Zion has been their home church since 1968. To leave the family a message please visit www.batemancarrollfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to Zion United Church of Christ (2025 NE 23rd Gresham, OR 97030) or Snow-Cap (17805 SE Stark St Portland, Oregon).




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