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Feb. 26 obituaries


Harvey Frank (Skip) Longanecker

Aug. 17, 1948-Feb. 12, 2013

Happy Valley resident Harvey Frank (Skip) Longanecker died Tuesday, Feb. 12, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 15, at East Hill Church in Gresham. Internment will take place at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Harvey was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Hoven, S.D., to Orval and Hester Longanecker. He graduated from Bandon High School in 1966 and pursued his business degree at Oregon Institute of Technology and McPherson College.

He is survived by his parents; wife, Mary Lou Longanecker; children, Harvey Longanecker Jr. and Shonia Heston; sister, Connie Rowell; and brothers, Danny Longanecker and Michael Longanecker.

Arthur L. Kennedy

Jan. 27, 1916-Feb. 23, 2013

East County Resident Arthur L. Kennedy died Saturday, Feb. 23. He was 97.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Margaret Jane Shea

Dec. 17, 1926-Feb. 20, 2013

East County Margaret Jane Shea died Wednesday, Feb. 20. She was 86.

A funeral liturgy will be held at noon Friday, March 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. Private internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Margaret was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Portland to John and Alice (Agnew) Shea. She graduated from Franklin High School and continued her education at Good Samaritan Hospital, receiving her degree in nursing.

In 1947, Margaret enlisted in the United State Army, retiring from the Air Force in 1970.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Virginia Shea of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. The family suggests contributions to the Oregon Humane Society.

Wauneta Wand

April 27, 1920-Feb. 18, 2013

Lifelong Troutdale resident Wauneta Wand died Monday, Feb. 18. She was 92.

A scriptural rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated t St. Henry Catholic Church.

A committal service will be held at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Wauneta was born April 27, 1920, in Axtell, Neb., to Irenus and Flora Davis. She came to Troutdale at age 16, working on her family’s bulb farm.

On Jan. 20, 1945, Wauneta married George Wand in Gainesville, Texas. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking and her home’s panoramic view of the Columbia River.

George preceded Wauneta in death in 2008. She is survived by her children, Jan Saint John, Ken Wand, Florence MacKenzie, Joe Wand and Allen Wand; brother, Wes Davis; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Judith Lillis Furrow

Oct. 23, 1945-Feb. 23, 2013

Gresham resident Judith Lillis Furrow died Saturday, Feb. 23. She was 67.

At her request, no services will be held.

Judith was born Oct. 23, 1945, in Hood River to Malcom and Shirley (Stai) Kresse.

She was raised and educated in Hood River, moving to Portland her senior year where she graduated from David Douglas High School.

Judith worked as a certified nurses aid at Gateway Care Center, retiring in 2010.

She is survived by her son, Chris Furrow of Gresham; daughter, Jill Furrow of Portland; brother, Michael Kresse of Maupin; one niece; and one nephew.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. The family suggests contributions be made to the Oregon Humane Society.

Terence Joel Tappert

May 20, 1952-Feb. 20, 2013

Troutdale resident Terence Joel Tappert died Wednesday, Feb. 20. He was 60.

A public mass was celebrated Feb. 25 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

Terence was born May 20, 1952, in Spokane, Wash., to Elizabeth Regina Broxterman and William Francis Tappert.

He served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam, receiving five medals and honors. Prior to truck driving, Terence worked for East Side Paving Inc. and the city of Portland.

He married Linda Tappert Sept. 4, 1971, in McMinnville. Terence enjoyed fishing, hunting, politics, history, Western movies and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife; children, Sherry Lynn Tappert, Gina Yeager, Elizabeth Dillard and Sara Hughes; seven grandchildren; and 13 brothers and sisters.

Davies Cremation and Burial Service is handling arrangements.

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John Robert Karlen, Jr.

John Robert Karlen, Jr.

On February 21, 2013, John Robert Karlen, Jr., better known as “Bob”, passed away after a short stay in the hospital.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial celebration at the Community Church of Sandy at 39290 Scenic Drive in Sandy, Oregon, on Saturday, March 2nd at 1 PM.

Bob was born in Gresham on May 4, 1925 to Bertha (Wiese) and John Karlen III. Growing up in Boring, Oregon provided many experiences to shape his character. He is remembered as a hardworking, determined individual who would help family, neighbors and friends whenever there was a need. During World War II Bob served in the Coast Guard off the coast of Alaska and after his tour of duty he settled in East Portland. In the late 1960's Bob moved back to the original family farm site and built the family home. For over 40 years, Bob delivered home heating oil, gasoline and diesel fuel to logging crews, farmers, small stores and gas stations from Gresham to Warm Springs. Over many decades he grew to know personally most of his customers who nicknamed him “Tanker Bob”.

While work was important in Bob's life, so was his family. He spent many hours as a little league baseball coach, later helping the kids repair their vehicles. His honest opinions on life brought much wisdom and many laughs to the family. He loved animals and over the years had a menagerie of cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, chickens, squirrels and birds. Those who had the opportunity to know Bob will miss him greatly.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Del Karlen. Bob was a dedicated father to his children Juanita Lane and John R. Karlen III, and two step-children Debra Burke and Michael Coates. His family included 9 grandchildren: John Lane, John R. Karlen IV, Laura Karlen, Beau Burke, Shawna Houser, Nolan Burke, Jason Coates, Juliane Weaver, Joanna Martin and 10 great grandchildren. His neighbors Dickie and Julia Murray must be included as surviving “family” also.

The family would appreciate remembrances, in lieu of flowers, be directed to the Humane Society.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lorinda Jean Lassich

Lorinda Jean Lassich, 52 of Sandy, unexpectedly passed away in her sleep on Friday, February 22, 2013. She is survived by her loving family, her husband Gregory Thomas, daughter, Sara Jean and son, Stephen Gregory all of Sandy. Also surviving are her brothers, Charles, Tom and Don and their immediate families, and numerous aunts and uncles all from Washington.

Lorinda was a long time valued employee of Blount International in the Portland office as a computer program design engineer, where she received frequent recognition for her outstanding work.

Lorinda loved her family. She enjoyed spending time with them in leisure activities such as hiking, dining out and playing board games at home. She had a friendly outgoing personality and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

A Memorial Service was held at Sandy Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold

January 1, 1923 - February 12, 2013

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold, age 90 died February 12th, 2013 lovingly surrounded by her children and husband.

She was born January 1, 1923 in small village outside of Odessa, Russia to wealthy German landowners, Paulina and Adolf Heier. The oldest of seven children, her family escaped for their lives from the Bolshevik Revolution. A harrowing adventure with jewels stitched into their clothes, one suitcase, a sinking ship and grave illness ultimately lead to her family being saved with the aid of the Lutheran Church. The Heiers emigrated to Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

At 18 Elsa trained at Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan to become a Registered Nurse.

Following WWII she met John Junior Liepold in Bengough, Saskatchewan, married him June 25, 1950, became a US citizen and settled in Boring, Oregon in 1952 where they established Liepold Farms. The Liepold home was the daily social hub for fellow parishioners, friends and neighbors where everyone was welcome for coffee, a bite to eat and conversation. Ace, as she was commonly referred to, was very friendly and socially outgoing. She developed an amazing social network over her lifetime. Elsa spoke 4 languages, read extensively, traveled, loved polka music, and aided in the plight of refugees from around the world as her family had been helped.

Deeply believing in the German saying, “work makes life sweet,” Elsa would say to all, “America is where any dream can be earned with hard work.” She realized her dream by proudly nursing for 43 years, raising her children, and farming with her husband of 62 years. As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham for over 55 years, Elsa was tireless in helping others escape political or religious persecution to establish within the community. She was thankful to God for her blessings and most for the love of her family.

Elsa is survived by her husband John; 3 brothers, lrv Heier and Walt Heier of British Columbia, Skip Heier of Ontario and her sister, Ime Heier of British Columbia; her 3 children and their spouses, Rod and Marcia Liepold of Boring, Marcia (Liepold) Patterson and Jim Patterson of Boring, Mark and Carla Liepold of Boring; her 8 grandchildren Michelle (Liepold) Krummenacker of Happy Valley, Jeff Liepold of Boring, Jon Liepold of Portland, Melody Eisenzimmer of Sandy, James Struck of Newport Beach, California, Heather Patterson of Klamath Falls, Kim Liepold of Gresham, and Katy Liepold of Boring and finally her 13 great grandchildren. The celebration of Life will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to Mt. Hood Hospice in her honor.