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Jan. 4 obituaries


Roger Lee Blumer

Dec. 16, 1939-Dec. 22, 2012

Portland resident Roger Lee Blumer died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 22. He was 73.

A private service will be held at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Roger was born Dec. 16, 1939, in International Falls, Minn., to Irving and Florence (Simpson) Blumer. He was raised and educated in Chisholm, Minn., before attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

He worked for General Motors before returning to Chisholm to run the family business. On July 18, 1980, Roger married Linda Elmlund. That year they moved to Bend, where Roger was involved with the satellite industry. In 1984 they moved to Gresham, and Roger worked as an electronics buyer.

Roger is survived by his wife, Linda Blumer of Portland; daughters, Amy Blumer of Indianapolis and Michele Johnson of Gresham; mother, Florence Wood of Portland; sister, Shirley Bana of La Mirada, Calif.; four grandchildren; and extended family in California and Oregon.

Arrangements are being handled by Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Michael Cereghino

Oct. 24, 1953-Dec. 21, 2012

Gresham resident Michael Cereghino died suddenly Friday, Dec. 21. He was 59.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church.

Michael was born Oct. 24, 1953, to Joyce Bartlett and Ernest Cereghino. Raised on the family farm in Troutdale, Michael was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Reynolds High School in 1972.

Michael pursued many different occupations, working for Murray Chevrolet, his uncle’s sanitation and recycling business, and a machine shop, where he performed janitorial duties.

Michael loved to work on cars and ride his motorcycle. He preferred the company of close friends and family, and mostly kept to himself. Though shy around new people, he maintained several close relationships with friends over the years. He took care of both of his parents as they aged.

Michael is survived by his mother, Joyce Bartlett of Troutdale; son, Brandon Cereghino; sisters, Carol Rapp and Linda King of Beaverton; nephew, Gary King of Beaverton; and an aunt, many cousins and other relatives.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Eunice Catherine White

July 22, 1939-Dec. 28, 2012

Gresham resident Eunice Catherine White died Friday, Dec. 28, surrounded by family. She was 73.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth St., Gresham. Internment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery.

Eunice was born July 22, 1939, in Salem to Clarence and Thelma McGill. She graduated from Gresham Union High School in 1957 and retired in 1999.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Lee McGill, and nephew, Michael McGill. Eunice is survived by her husband of 55 years, Herb White of Gresham; daughter, Cynthia Flynn of Gresham; sons, Ron White of Pensacola, Fla., and Glenn White of Gresham; grandchildren, Christina, Thomas and Rebecca Flynn and Joey and Andrew White of Gresham; brother, Roy McGill of Gresham; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Neptune Cremation is handling arrangements.

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Loren Bennett

May 14, 1923 - Dec. 27, 2012

Loren Bennett

Loren Bennett went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the age of 89 after a short illness.

A private family graveside service with Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

A joyous remembrance to celebrate Loren’s life will be held at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Loren Bennett was born on May 14, 1923 in Humeston, Iowa to Jacob Orville and Vada Janetta (Wheeler) Bennett. Loren received his schooling in Chariton, Iowa.

On April 12, 1942 Loren was united in marriage to Naomi Miller. Loren and Naomi moved to Oregon with their family in 1943 and made their home in the Gresham area. Loren and Naomi both worked in the shipyards in Portland until Loren was drafted into the Army Air Corps on October 12, 1943. After his discharge on October 19, 1945, Loren and Naomi moved to Alhambra, California where he worked as an auto mechanic. Shortly after their first son was born, they returned to Oregon and made their permanent home in the Gresham area and raised their family. Loren began his career with Reynolds Aluminum in Troutdale as a Maintenance Supervisor until retiring at the age of 58.

Loren loved hunting, fishing, camping and waterskiing and in his later years, his real love was golf. When Loren and Naomi were raising their children, Loren was active in Boy Scouts with his sons, coaching Little League Baseball and involved in 4-H with their horses. Loren was a member of the Orient School Board and was active at Pleasant Home United Methodist Church at that time. For the last several years, Loren and Naomi have attended Good Shepherd Community Church.

Surviving is his wife Naomi of 70 years; his children, Thomas Bennett of Alpine, California, Kathy Branch of Vancouver, Washington and Terry Bennett of Milwaukie; his sisters, Sue Anderson of Simi Valley, California, Janet Farr of Gresham, Emma Penuel and Donna Smith both of Gresham; his brothers, Tom Bennett and Jim Bennett both of Sandy and Bob Bennett of Boring; his 8 grandchildren, Stephen, Cory, Bethany, Kelly, Kyle, Sara, Kassy and David; his 6 great grandchildren, Khloe, Natalie, Gabe, Stephen, Gracie and Damion; many nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful and caring friends.

Loren is preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Vada, his brother John and sister Wanda.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Darwin E. “Pudge” Bruner

November 11, 1928 - December 17, 2012

Pudge Bruner of Fairview, Oregon passed away in his sleep surrounded by his family. He was born in Yakima, WA to Clyde and Alice Bruner and moved to Goldendale as an infant. He had one brother, Duane, who died in 1963.

At the young age of 16, pudge met Fern Lewallen of Klickitat, WA. They were married on Aug 8, 1948. Their son, Glen was born in 1950, daughter, Gaye was born in 1952, and their daughter Melody was born in 1954. Their early years together were spent in Goldendale where Pudge was a log truck driver and mill worker.

After moving to Portland in the 1960’s, Pudge became a long haul truck driver for Santry Trucking Co., earning their million-mile award for accident free driving. As Fern pursued her career in Accounting at Streimer Sheet Metal, they began acquiring rental properties as well as owning and managing several Residential Care Facilities in the Portland area. Pudge retired from truck driving in the late 1970’s, when his focus moved to the care of their properties until Fern’s retirement in the mid 1980’s. They enjoyed many years of ocean fishing, boating on the Columbia River, and many RV trips with family and friends. In the 1990’s they discovered their love for the desert and built a home in Yuma, Az. They continued to spend winters there until Fern passed away in 2002.

While time and health concerns slowed Pudge down over the past ten years, he continued to enjoy his dogs, country music, a little travel, and his family and friends. He reconnected with close friends in Goldendale, WA where he spent a great deal of time these last few years.

There is no way to sum up the life of this special man. There are too many wonderful memories of him to draw from. But, his warm heart, sense of humor, love of a good time, and that mischievous sparkle in his eye will forever be remembered and deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Melody. He is survived by his son, Glen Bruner (Karen) of Corbett, daughter Gaye Cameron (Jon) of Gresham, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family is planning a celebration of life on January 12th at 2:00pm, at the Gresham Eagles located at 132 NE Roberts Gresham, Oregon (21 and over).

Betty Ione Kerslake-Johnson

August 29th, 1925 - December 26th, 2012

Betty Ione Kerslake-Johnson

Betty Ione Kerslake-Johnson was born August 29th,1925 in Independence, OR to Elizabeth & Floyd Kerslake. She worked for Bell telephone company where she met her husband, James L. Johnson and they married in 1944. Jim preceeded her in death in 1992. They had four children, James Johnson of Ocean Park, WA, Ginger Teeney of Gresham, OR, Pearl Buhman of LaPine OR and Laddie Johnson deceased in 1996. She had 24 grandkids and great grandkids that she loved dearly. She had two brothers Stanley Kerslake & Billy Kerslake who have both preceeded her in passing. She lived most of her life in Portland and attended Washington High School. She was a dental assistant to the late Dr. Dafoe, whom she admired greatly. She retired in 1989 when she and Jim became Arizona “Snowbirds”, they loved to dance and she was known for creating some beautiful beaded jewelry. In 1997, due to complications with health issues she came to live with Ginger in Gresham and was there ‘til March 2010 when she needed full skill nursing and we moved her to Regency Gresham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The love and care she got there was excellent! She loved her birds! We fed them for three years, I would call and ask if she needed anything before going to see her and I always knew what the answer would be “My birds need to be fed!” and possibly a few frozen blueberries. She was truly a lady and will be missed so!

Mark Jackson

December 31 1955 – December 30 2012

Mark Jackson

Mark Alan Jackson, 56, passed away December 30th, 2012 in his sleep at his family home in Troutdale, Oregon surrounded by his family.

Mark was born on December 31st, 1955 in Biloxi, Mississippi to Frances Elaine Hopkins and Glenn Roy Jackson Sr. who were both in the United States Air Force.

Mark attended Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 1984. Mark’s career in the energy industry began when he worked as a petroleum engineer for Montana Oil Well Cementers, Inc. in Cut Bank Montana. Mark continued his career working for the State of Montana in Natural Resources from 1985 – 1989.

In 1983, Mark met Kathy Hinick in Butte, Montana, and they were marriage in 1986 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mark and Kathy were proprietors of the Carriage House Bistro in Helena, Montana in 1987. The Carriage House was a French fine dining restaurant. Mark was the chef and Kathy was everything else. They successfully ran this restaurant while working full time in their careers until the summer of 1988 when they began their family.

Mark and Kathy’s first child, Phillip James Jackson, was born in 1989. When Phillip was six month’s old, Mark was offered a job as an engineer in Bonneville Power Association in their Energy Efficiency Organization. Adrienne Michelle Jackson was born in 1990.

Per Rich Gillman, Mark’s boss “Mark was one part engineer and two parts artist. He was passionate about the electric utility industry. He became recognized nationally and even internationally for his work. During his tenure at the BPA, he sat on and or chaired many committees which set policies that formed the foundation for efficiency efforts today. Mark received many awards in BPA that recognized his accomplishments. He had a deep reservoir of technical knowledge and a unique ability to clarify complex issues. Mark joined BPA’s Transmission Organization in 2002 where he made immediate impacts. He was widely admired for his work on wind energy, transmission economics, as well as transmission financing and rate making, where, again, he influenced many policies that shape how transmission business is conducted today. Mark was highly regarded and respected within BPA and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He capably listened to the concerns of BPA customers and developed business practices that met BPA and customer needs. He was always ready to take on the most significant challenges, able to make difficult recommendations, and never took the easy way out. Mark will be deeply missed by many friends in the community.”

Mark was highly intelligent, creative, and skilled with many hobbies that exhibited his thorough research, talents, skills, and passions. Mark raised orchids, patiently trimmed and trained bonsai plants, had exception culinary skills, was a photographer, made fly fishing rods, and tied flies. His latest hobby was making classical acoustical guitars. When Mark wanted to do something, he figured out how to do it and he did it.

It is hard to put Mark’s life accomplishments into words. He was a wonderful husband, father, employee, and brother. Mark lived his life with passion and excellence in all he chose to do.

Mark is preceded in death by his mother and father. Mark is survived by his wife Kathleen Hinick, children Phillip and Adrienne Jackson , and grandson Brogan Jackson in Troutdale, Oregon; brothers Scott Jackson (Kim Johnson), brother Glenn Jackson Jr., sister Maree Boyd (Jon), step-sister Laura Ulrich (Russ) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and half-sister Sara McDrummond (Dan) of Lynnwood, Washington.

Rosary is at 7:00 p.m. Friday January 4th, 2013, at Gresham Memorial Chapel 257 SE Roberts Ave.; and the Mass of Christian burial is at 11:00 a.m. on January 5th, 2013 at Saint Henry Catholic Church in Gresham, Oregon, the family will receive friends at 10:30. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Etory “Peg” Shephard

January 5, 1925 - January 1, 2013

Etory “Peg” Shephard passed away in Portland, OR at the age of 87 on January 1, 2013 .She was born to parents Edwin and Viola Andrews on January 5, 1925 in Pontotoc, MS, the middle of 9 children. Peg was raised in Arkansas and Missouri, and moved to Oregon along with her husband to be near his family.

Peg met Oranis during World War II, while he was stationed nearby. They married in 1944, and shared 53 years of marriage until his passing in 1997. Together they raised 2 children. Peg was a homemaker, but also spent over 10 years working for the Gresham School District both in food service and as head cook. She enjoyed gardening, playing pinochle, traveling to her beach home with her husband, and spending time with family and friends. Peg made sure to keep in contact with family, organizing all of the get-togethers and celebrations, as well as friends, maintaining close friendships over many years. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, belonging to the Gresham United Methodist for many years.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Oranis, and 7 of her siblings. She is survived by her son, Rudy (Trish) Shephard of West Chester, Ohio; daughter Marilyn Shephard of Fairview, Oregon; sister Dee Wilson of Joplin, Missouri; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Monday January 7 at 1:00pm at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home; visitation will begin at 11:00am, and a graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Peg’s name to Gresham United Methodist. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.