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March 8 obituaries


Hugo Lueck

July 30, 1931-March 5, 2013

Troutdale resident Hugo Lueck died Tuesday, March 5. He was 81.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 11 at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home.

Hugo was born July 30, 1931, in Techirgiol, Romania, to Albert and Magdalene (Liebelt) Lueck.

Hugo married Christine Staffa in Herrenberg, Germany. He worked for Boden Brothers and later for Alexander as a cabinet maker. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Grange in Corbett.

Hugo was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors include his brother, Arthur Lueck; sisters, Erna Sauer and Elsa Koch; and many nieces and nephews.

Elsie Joan Simnitt

Aug. 22, 1917-March 5, 2013

Longtime Troutdale resident Elsie Joan Simnitt died Tuesday, March 5.

She was 95.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Canby Funeral Home, 160 S. Grant St., Canby.

Elsie was born Aug. 22, 1917, to Gottlieb and Emilie Meger, the youngest of 12 children in Saskatchewan, Canada. She immigrated to Oregon in 1924 and lived in Troutdale the rest of her life.

Elsie married Kenneth J. Simnitt in 1936 and worked with her brother at Troutdale General Store for 45 years. Elsie enjoyed bowling, quilting, gardening and spading. She was a member of Cherry Park Presbyterian Church for more than 80 years.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Nancy Simnitt; and son, Kenneth Simnitt Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Alley and Debora Simnitt; and sons, Theodore Simnitt and Jerome Simnitt.

Dale G. Leymaster

June 16, 1928-March 5, 2013

Gresham resident Dale G. Leymaster died Tuesday, March 5. He was 84.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sandy.

Dale was born June 16, 2028, in Aurora, Neb., to Roy and Hattie Leymaster. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Winnie Leymaster; and children, Wayne Leymaster, Alan Leymaster and Linda Goold.

Donald Cecil Freeman

Aug. 20, 1938-March 2, 2013

Fairview resident Donald Cecil Freeman died Saturday, March 2. He was 74.

A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Willamette National Cemetery, with full military honors.

Donald was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Hoquiam, Wash. He served in the Army.

Donald is survived by his brothers, S.W. Kenneth and Gerald Freeman; daughters, Stephanie Steinhorst, Michelle Smith and Tamara Freeman; sons, Richie and Billy Wayne; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Jack Lee Irwin

Jack Lee Irwin

Former Gresham resident, Jack Lee Irwin, 72 of Bay City OR, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. He was born on November 3, 1940 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He moved to Portland, Oregon on 1959 where he began his career with U.S. Bank. In 1994, he retired from the bank where he was an Executive Vice President. In 2001, he moved to Bay City. Jack was one of the founders of the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz in Gresham and was also active in Kiwanis, East Portland Optimist Clubs and Gresham Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife Judith Irwin of Bay City OR; daughter Deborah Hughes (Joseph Craft) of Portland OR; son Darren Irwin (Rhonda) of Warren OR; grandchildren Anthony Hughes (Cyndal) of Clackamas OR, Natalee Irwin and Samantha Irwin both of Warren OR and great granddaughter Cheyenne Hughes.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd in Gresham, Oregon. Private interment at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Craig Raymond Tufts

Craig Raymond Tufts, a resident of Troutdale, Oregon, died on March 3, 2013 in Troutdale. He was 63 years of age.

Craig was born on June 20, 1949 in Portland, Oregon and was the son of Raymond and Josephine (VanVoorhees) Tufts. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 1968 and owned and operated C & M Carpet Cleaning for 33 years.

On May 5, 2005, Craig married Sue Ellen Chesney in Las Vegas Nevada. They resided in Troutdale where Craig retired in 2010.

Craig loved NASCAR and never went anywhere without his dog Willy. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle on a nice day and boating the Columbia in the summer. Craig was a member of Olympic gym since 1972 and the Corvette club. From checkered flags to tossing darts this man of high integrity will be missed by many.

Craig is survived by his wife, Sue Ellen Tufts of Troutdale son, Cheyenne Tufts of Happy Valley, step-daughter, Carla Christenson-Matthews of Corbett, mother, Josephine Tufts of Beaverton, brother, Roger C. Tufts of Boring, sister, Jackie Coryell of Oregon City, nephew, Ryan Martin of Happy Valley and niece, Kelley Baker of Milwaukie, along with 2 grandchildren; Gaven Christenson, Lilly Christenson and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held at the Elks lodge #1805, address 3330 Ne division st Gresham Or, 97030 on 03-10-2013 from 1pm-3pm. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.