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May 10 obituaries

Jerry Lee Miller

March 19, 1943 -April 28, 2013

Longtime Gresham resident Jerry Lee Miller died Sunday, April 28. He was 70.

A celebration of life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at his home.

Jerry was born March 19, 1943, in Caldwell, Idaho, to Harvey and Adaline Miller. He grew up in Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School and marrying Dorothy Dulaney in 1966.

Jerry worked for Cascade Corporation as a machinist for 35 years and at Twelve Mile Disposal Services for 30 years. He loved drag races, cruise-ins, old cars and socializing.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife in 2012. He is survived by two daughters, Jeri Miller and Heather Miller of Portland; brothers, Dean and Chuck Miller; sister, Carol Blaylock; and two grandchildren, Trynity and Orion Alvarez.

Arrangements are being handled by Davies Cremation & Burial Services of Vancouver, Wash.

Darrell George Martin

Sept. 23, 1934-May 3, 2013

Corbett resident Darrell George Martin died Friday, May 3. He was 78.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Corbett Community Church.

Darrell was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Stanfield, Ore., to Theo and Daphne (Haage) Martin. He was raised and educated in Orchards, Wash., graduating from Evergreen High School. After his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1956, Darrell attended business administration classes at LaSalle University.

In 1966, Darrell married Etta Pedersen in Vancouver, Wash.

He worked for Johnson Acoustical and Supply Company (JASCO) for 35 years, retiring in 1993.

Darrell was preceded in death by his son, Scott, and daughter, Debbie Vernell. Darrell is survived by his wife; sons, Jim Martin and Daren Martin; brother, Kenny Martin; sisters, Loralee Lies and Debbie Heller; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth Althea (Taylor) Peterson

April 23, 1955-May 7, 2013

Portland resident Elizabeth Althea (Taylor) Peterson died Tuesday, May 7, in Portland. She was 58.

Elizabeth’s funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Troutdale. Private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Elizabeth was born April 23, 1955, in Portland to Paul H. Taylor and Bonnie Belle (Pitt) Taylor. She attended Franklin and Estacada high schools.

Married at 18, Elizabeth was the spark in her family, teaching them how to love and serve others.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edward “Ederd” Stephen Cooper

May 12, 1929-May 5, 2013

Lifelong Pleasant Home resident Edward “Ederd” Stephen Cooper died Sunday, May 5, at his home. He was 83.

A public visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, May 13, at Bateman Carroll. Edward was born May 12, 1929, in Portland to Walter Godbey and Elva Blanche Cooper. He attended Gresham High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War.

In December 1979, Edward married his sweetheart, Mary Zufelde, in Vancouver, Wash. They belonged to car clubs and traveled extensively through Eastern and Central Oregon, always ending at their favorite getaway, Steens Mountain.

Edward also enjoyed building models, riding motorcycles and collecting clocks. After his retirement from both Reynolds Metal and the Portland Steel and Iron Works Company, he raised llamas for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Lynda Ader, Pamela Cooper, Cathy Cooper, Julie Reece and Penny Martin; sons, Don Buffman and Alvin Martin; brothers, David Cooper and Nick Cooper; sisters, Marjorie Sander and Geraldine Glenn; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Vaden J. ‘V’ Callister

May 16, 1927 - May 6, 2013

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Vaden James Callister was born to Ernest Cameron and Cecile (Taylor) Callister and grew up on their farm on Callister Road southeast of Gresham. His childhood included fishing his way to and from West Gresham Grade School along the banks of Johnson Creek. A 1945 graduate of Gresham High School, he served two years in Korea with the Army of Occupation. After honorable discharge as an Army Staff Sergeant, Vaden returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Jo Stone of Fairview, on November 10, 1948. Hired by Portland General Electric in 1954, he capped his 35-year career in the E M & C and Line Departments as Pole Yard Foreman and Helicopter Line Inspector. Known to his co-workers as ‘V’, he retired in 1989.

Vaden’s heaven on earth was the backcountry of Oregon, where he led his family and friends on countless adventures - fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, waterskiing and exploring. Vaden and Jo raised their family beside the Sandy River at Troutdale, and in their retirement moved to Damascus where they resided for more than 20 years. There they enjoyed a Mt. Hood view, a sunny garden, and a comfortable home base from which they made many motor home trips – winter visits to the Southwest and touring all the states except Alaska.

Survivors include Vaden’s wife of 64 years and their daughters Teri (Bill) Herzog, Nancy Buley and son Larry (Janene) Callister; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his brother Robert (Ruth) Callister of Gresham, and his sister Polly (‘Bill’) Compton of Canby.

A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairview. Burial at Troutdale’s Douglass Pioneer Cemetery will be private. The family suggests remembrances be made to a favorite charity, and kindness be shared freely in Vaden’s honor.



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